Monday December 2, 2013
Cauda equina syndrome is a rare condition that may affect some very delicate areas of your functionality.
The first thing to do when you notice cauda equina symptoms is to call your doctor. This is because if you have not yet reached the point where urinary retention accompanies your other symptoms, there may be time to save your bladder (or bowel, for that matter) from permanent damage.
Beyond that important distinction, diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome gets trickier.
Thursday November 28, 2013
Well, the holiday weekend is upon us.
You may be spending it with relatives who don't want to hear about your latest "search for the cure" adventure. I've got something for you.
Go to this VENT page and let 'er rip. The page was set up for people who have sciatica as an avenue of expression. But it's okay to post your frustrations there even if your back or neck problem is something other than sciatica. Consider this opportunity as my gift to you - at least someone is listening!
Thursday November 28, 2013
I meet many people who to me seem trapped - for years and years - with chronic pain.
Theoretically, at least, this is is not always necessary as most back pain goes away on its own by simply reducing activity levels. And chronic neck and back pain often responds really well to gentle movement or a prescribed exercise program. The key is to approach it from a place of knowledge so that you do the right thing for you body.
Related: Move Pain Out of Your Body
Along with this, research studies reveal that your relative degree of psychological well-being may influence your pain. The roles you play, any financial or family stress you endure, and your belief in your ability to resolve the pain (called self efficacy) are a few things that may factor into your recovery.
To this end, I'd like to recommend a book I've read and reviewed (Disclaimer: the author sent me a copy). The book, called Unlearn Your Pain, by Howard Shubiner, lays out 28 day program of mind-body techniques designed to get at the root of and shift chronic pain. Mind you, if you do this program, you'll likely spend a fair amount of time reviewing your life. But if you're game for a month of self assessment around the things that may keep you in pain, check out Unlearn Your Pain.
Sunday November 24, 2013
Maureen Janson Heintz
I'd like to announce a new print (only) magazine dedicated to scoliosis that will launch in 2014. It's called Scoliosis Quarterly, and there are some great perks to it.
First, if the publisher has her way, Scoliosis Quarterly will be free of ads, or will contain only a minimal number of them. I think that perk is self-explanatory.
Second, it will cover scoliosis in all its aspects, for people who live with the condition. And while it will certainly include coverage on the medical aspects, it will also take a much wider approach. Editor/publisher Maureen Janson Heintz is a dance teacher, choreographer and yoga for scoliosis specialist who, at the age of 16, was diagnosed with a significant curve. In her words:
"I did not undergo surgical or bracing treatments, but continued to study ballet and other dance forms. I've had physical limitations over the years which have taught me the importance of gaining as much knowledge as possible about scoliosis."
"In my own constant search for scoliosis information, I always felt there was no one place or resource where I could go to find a range of reliable information. As a teacher of yoga and movement for scoliosis, I found that participants in my workshops and private sessions were experiencing the same thing. Additionally, in those workshops, students would arrive with an abundance of questions that I was not capable of answering. I would go away and do my best to find a place to direct them for more information."
So that's where this new magazine is coming from. The line up of articles for the first issue is:
- The difference between carrying a backpacks or a shoulder bag
- An interview with Australian anatomist, Narelle-Carter Quinlan
- Pregnancy and scoliosis
- Surface topography (a potential replacement for x-rays)
- Running with scoliosis
- Global Scoliosis Foundation
- All about bones
To order your subscription, go to http://www.scoliosisquarterly.com.
Related: Are you and Your Back Ready For Yoga? and What is the Cobb Angle?