Ankle Replacement?

Knees, hips, even shoulders; but ankles? Severe arthritis or a host of other conditions can affect ankles: still in their infancy, ankle replacements were developed and are growing more common. The main reason that people need ankle replacements is that they sustained a trauma to this complicated joint-possibly an injury that didn’t heal correctly. Illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause result in the need for ankle replacements because of decreased ability to function, walking difficulties, and extreme pain. Recently, I had an ankle replacement for severe arthritis and another bone condition. Surgery went smoothly and rehab is uneventful; it has … Continue reading Ankle Replacement?

“Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah; here I am at: Camp Grenadah”

I should have called. I should have written. But no. I just left and I’m sorry about that. But, I had a sound reason; really, I did. I’ll try to explain! I, like @ 50% of lupus sufferers, have Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS). APS is a blood disorder which can cause blood clots. It did. APS caused some small clots to get lodged in the microcirculation of my ankle and then those clots blocked the flow of blood to the bone. When blood didn’t get to the bone, the bone died because the blood carries oxygen and nutrients and removes debris … Continue reading “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah; here I am at: Camp Grenadah”

Phantom Limb Pain?

It’s not fair. Charlene lived through the car crash, but her left leg was so crushed with broken bones and bruises that amputation was the only option. After a lot of rehab, drive, true grit and support, she is now back to her favorite sport of running. When she wears slacks, you wouldn’t know that she is missing a leg! One Saturday eve, the two of you are at a party, and, “ow,” “ouch,” “my left leg!”  The sounds came from your right, but Charlene is the only person on your right;  grimacing, and clearly the utterer! But, how could … Continue reading Phantom Limb Pain?

‘First, Do No Harm’ and the Opioid Crisis  

That title implies that there is a connection between the Hippocratic Oath the current opioid crisis. What is it? Any chronic illness can be used as an example. Consider ‘lupus.’  Pericarditis, the inflammation of the sac aound the heart is a very painful condition that affects many lupus sufferers. The pain from pericarditis can be so severe: that “it feels like I’m having a heart attack!” However, our treatment of that acute pain is severely lacking because we are also concerned, and rightly so, about the abuse of opioids. But, should the treatment of chronic pain which is real pain, … Continue reading ‘First, Do No Harm’ and the Opioid Crisis  

Benefits of Avocado!

Author: This guest post is by Emily Pham, a blogger with many years of experience in searching the best natural & effective remedies for health and beauty issues. All content provided is for informational and educational purposes. We recommend you consult a healthcare professional to determine which method is appropriate for you.   Health Benefits Of Avocado Well-known for health and beauty benefits;  avocado is a rich source of natural vitamins and minerals.  1. Vision Avocado is rich in carotenoids which help eyesight. Carotenoids reach the macula of our eye and light focuses on the macula so we can see. 2. … Continue reading Benefits of Avocado!