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Intermittent acute hip pain.?


for the past 2 years, i've been having random pain in my left hip. It appears to be rooted either in the bone, or possibly my hip joint, but its extremely debilitating when it happens. It usually goes away within a minute or 2, but within the past week, the pain has gotten both more painful, 8/10, and lasts a lot longer. i woke up this morning at 8am, got in my car at 8:30 and since then ive been having intermittent pains in my hip. It is currently 9:30 and im still having these pains. I dont believe its bursitis and i cant really put my finger on what it could be. Originally i thought it was a pinched nerve, however, i now think it could be something else. I would describe the pain as sharp and stabbing, comparing it to having a needle stuck in the head of my femur. Its gotten so bad i thought about not going into work today. I went over this with my partner (we are both paramedics) and we both couldnt figure out exactly what it could be. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have already made an appointment with a chiropractor but im just trying to do some research in the meanwhile. Thank you.
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Did you know your first and last clue to porphyria in your family may be a fatal drug reaction?


Acute flaccid paralysis, fatal seizures, pancreatitis, bowel infarction, acute liver failure, psychosis, catatonia, depression, mania, suicide, photosensitivity, blistering skin lesions, early onset renal failure, pericarditis/myocarditis, sudden cardiac arrest with autonomic arrhythmia, rhabdomyolysis (muscle condition associated with statin drugs), lactic acidosis, eosinophilic fasciitis (another drug or chemical induced reaction) are all presentations of porphyrias. These are complex inherited metabolic disorders that are aggravated by drugs, chemicals, hormones, heavy metals, nutrition, infections and stress, but also modified by the inheritance of other genes including the inheritance of two porphyrias known as dual porphyrias. They are not easy to diagnose with present limited technology and there are multiple DNA subvariants. They are especially difficult to diagnose before puberty and in autopsies. The information is out there in libraries and on Pubmed.
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is this a question???  (+ info)

What is the scientific name for porphyria?


I have to research the genetic disorder porphyria for Biology. One of the requirements for the project I have to do is to find the scientific name for the disorder. I tried looking it up on Google but couldn't find it so I was wondering if there actually was a scientific name for porphyria. Please give me the website in which I can find the scientific name (if there is one) if possible.
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Porphyria IS the scientific name for porphyria. There are various types of porphyria (variegate porphyria, acute intermittent porphyria, etc.) but there isn't any other term to describe this set of conditions in common medical use.  (+ info)

What might cause an Intermittent burning sensation in the thigh?


Recently, I've been getting an intermittent burning sensation in my thigh. It comes on at random moments, I get between 5-10 times a day. It lasts a matter of seconds. It seems to increase in frequency if I've been walking. It comes on in the same spot in my right thigh.
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It sounds like neuropathy.  (+ info)

What could be causing an intermittent pain in my right side?


I keep getting an intermittent sharp pain in my right side (just below the ribs but above the hips). It is usually at the front side but occasionally hurts in the same position in the back. It is a sharp pain that comes on for a few minutes, or lasts a few hours and then disappears - returning some time later in much the same way.

In the past, I have had 3 laparotomies and once suffered from an obstruction in the small bowel brought on by one of my laparotomies.

Any idea on what it could be?
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what is the best way to clean catheters for intermittent catheterization?


My kid has to catheterize every 3 to 4 hours. We get a few latex free mentor catheters a month. the doc said to just wash them with soap and water and reuse them, its called "clean intermittent catheterization". He said it didn't have to be sterile, just clean.
However, I am concerned after several infections that were severe and painful. After a few hospitalizations requiring IV treatment, I am starting to think maybe I should clean the catheters better.
Is there a way to get these catheters a little more sterile than just soap and water, without totally dissolving the plastic?

Does anyone out there do intermittent cathing? How do you clean your catheters? What can be done to minimize infections? Buying a catheter for each time would be very expensive, more than I can pay.
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you can use betadine to clean the cath. thats a great antimicrobial  (+ info)

What is the difference between respite and intermittent care in home health?


I have heard a little about respite care but I'm not sure what intermittent care is and what that entails to a nurse's perspective.
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Respite Care: A brief period of relief or rest for caregivers. It can be in the form of in-home respite, adult day care respite, or institutional respite for an overnight stay on an intermittent, occasional, or emergency basis.  (+ info)

What does acute opiate intoxication mean in regards to death?


I am confused about a cause of death. It is listed as an accidental head injury caused by acute opiate intoxication. What does that mean?
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Means the person was high on Morphine or some other opiate and they fell and hit their head, resulting in their death.  (+ info)

What is the difference between an acute and chronic bacterial infection?


Where is the line drown. For example if acute septic infection from streptococci is partially treated but the organisms are still in body 9 months later then is that still acute or is that still considered chronic. I know this is a strange question but please let me know.
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acute is small amount.

chronic, is like major.

it wont be chronic.

it will still be acute until they leave the body  (+ info)

What is the difference between acute and chronic mono?


My doctors just ruled out a past infection of mono and told me I have either chronic or acute mono, and I don't know the difference.
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I'm not sure how it specifically applies to mono, but, medically speaking, acute means "short and intense" and chronic is long lasting but generally not as severe.

So chronic mono is most likely the form that lasts 6 months to a year and acute may be something you could recover from in a couple of months.

I hope that helps.  (+ info)

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