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Answered questions from the past 2 years:
What is thoracic outlet syndrome? Can it be treated?
I am a musician. I developed this strange "sticking" effect in the center knuckle of my left pinky finger. It's not painful, but the joint "pops" rather than moving smoothly. What can be causing this problem? What should I do about it?
Is there any evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin can prevent arthritis?
I took inflammation pills for bursitis. Now a week later, I’m having a bad reaction to it. What's the antidote?
I am an 18-year-old woman. Much of my family has Muscular Dystrophy. Is there a way to check if it is in my genes, to know if I could pass it to my children?
I sprained my foot ten days ago. It still is very sore. How long until I should feel relief?
How likely is it that impingement syndrome with shoulder spurring would come back after treatment? I had surgery exactly one year ago for this condition, and now all my symptoms are back.
What kind of bed is best for back problems?
I sometimes get muscle cramps so severe that I can't use the stairs. I am into weight lifting, but never work the same muscle groups on back-to-back days. I get plenty of water and potassium. Any ideas what could cause this?
My 9-year-old daughter is small for her age and below the growth chart norm. She had a bone test that said the age of her bones was 7 years. How can that be and what does it mean?
I'm not in pain. But I keep feeling a "clicking" in my hips, knees, ankles, head – and everywhere else. Should I be concerned?
When I get out of bed in the morning, I have very tight thigh muscles — to the point where I can hardly walk. What could this be?
Other than botox injections, is there an effective treatment for spasmodic dysphonia?
I have gout. What should I be eating – or not eating – to get rid of it?
I have sciatica. Is it still OK to run?
What is anterior wedging of the mid-thoracic vertebral body?
Is scoliosis arthritis?
What causes muscle spasms below your eye?
What types of treatments are available for osteoarthritis?
I have nerve pain in my middle upper back. And I was recently diagnosed with borderline diabetes. Could that be causing the nerve pain?
Over the past few months I have been experiencing an increasing number of severe, isolated muscle cramps or "charlie horses." What causes them? Why would they be getting worse? How can I prevent them?
I am a 58-year-old woman with osteoporosis. I take calcium supplements with vitamin D (I am scared to take bisphosphonates and the other osteoporosis drugs.) Should I stop calcium supplements and vitamin D in light of the new heart and stroke warnings?
What is a Baker's Cyst, and what is the best way to get rid of it?
What kinds of exercise do you recommend for a person with fibromyalgia?
I have chronic, shooting pain in both shins. My doctors didn’t find anything abnormal in my back, central nervous system or blood. I do have Type 2 Diabetes. Any ideas?
I have heel spurs. The pain is under control, but I worry about this getting worse. What causes heel spurs? Is it caused by ingesting too much calcium? How about a vitamin deficiency?
Over the past 3 weeks, I’ve developed pain in my ankles, Achilles tendon, knee and elbows. The pain is minor to severe, and it feels like the pain moves from joint to joint. I haven’t changed my routine or had any injuries. So what could cause this?
I hear a lot about the importance of vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis. Is it as good as calcium supplements as a way to maintain strong bones?
I have a hip click. I am only 30 years old. Aren’t I too young to have this? What causes it? Does it go away by itself or is surgery needed?
I was diagnosed with osteopenia and osteoporosis four years ago. I started taking Actonel. In the spring of 2010, I saw a news report that said these drugs are suspected of increasing the risk of fractures in the femur. My doctor recommends going to...
I get severe hand and foot cramps, especially around the time of my menstruation. Is there anyway of preventing or alleviating the cramping? I am active and in good health.
I am 68 years old. I used to be 5’6’’ tall. I just visited my doctor and my height was just over 5’4’’. Will I continue to shrink? What can I do to help stop it?
When I walk for about a mile, my leg muscles suddenly get very weak — so weak I can hardly walk. After 10–15 minutes of rest, the muscles go back to normal and I can continue for another mile or so. I am trying magnesium pills. Is there anything else you
For the past few days I have woken up with a dull aching pain in my heel. The majority of the pain is on the bottom of the heel. I have not done anything out of the ordinary, and can think of no reason for this. What could be causing this pain?
My doctor just told me I have thin bones. She calls it “osteopenia.” Does this mean I will definitely develop osteoporosis?
I have some type of cyst just above my heel, pressing on my Achilles’ tendon. It causes no pain now. But could it cause a problem later on? Should I have it removed?
How much is a safe level of calcium to take daily so I do not get kidney stones?
For around 12 years, I’ve suffered from sunset to sunrise from severe cramping and uncontrollable leg jerks that responded to no known medical treatment. Is this restless leg syndrome? What’s the best treatment?
I fell during skating last year. Since then, I have daily low back pain. I was offered a steroid shot at the ER, but declined it. Should I have gotten the shot? Is this something I should ask for now?
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