Let’s count them up. In our spines, we have 26 bone disks, or vertebrae. When you add to that a few decades (or more) of life, our chances for back pain really stack up – so it’s no wonder the World Health Organization estimates that 60 to 70 percent of us will experience lower back pain as we age. The truth, which is no surprise, is that along with aging comes wear and tear in all our joints; our vertebrae are not immune. And degenerative spine is the most common cause of that back pain in older adults.
We’ve all tossed and turned for hours at night, trying everything to make sleep come. It’s frustrating, your brain won’t stop going, you’re fully expecting to be exhausted the next day, and worrying about not sleeping just seems to make it more difficult to fall asleep. Believe it or not, as maddening as this is, a few sleepless nights here and there are common. But if you have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for a month or longer, you may have insomnia.
From acne to psoriasis, it’s estimated that more than 100 million Americans are fighting at least one type of skin condition. One common condition I see, especially in women, is melasma, which appears as dark brown and gray patches, most notably on the forehead, upper lip, nose and cheeks.
“I’ve got warts.” Most people don’t like to say this out loud because of the negative stigma it carries. Plantar warts – those small, ugly skin growths that appear on the bottoms of feet – can be frustrating, uncomfortable, embarrassing, and in some cases even painful. Although hard to eliminate, plantar warts can be treated.
Every so often, a new supplement gains popularity as the next big thing in beauty. Right now, collagen peptides are making waves and causing a lot of debate in the medical community. Some believe the promises that taking collagen peptide supplements result in youthful skin, shinier hair, and stronger nails, joints, and bones, as well as other benefits. Others believe that’s all hype. But there is some evidence that, although collagen peptides certainly aren’t magic pills, they may reinvigorate collagen production in the body.
Trichomoniasis, also known as “trich,” is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It’s caused by a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis.
Almost everything has an expiration date or life expectancy – your medication included! I tell patients to go through their medicine cabinets and clean them out. Expired, unwanted, or unused medicine should be disposed of, but safely to protect others and the environment. Keeping unused, excess prescription medications in the home leaves households vulnerable to accidents, such as poisoning and overdoses, and misuse.
There has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding emergency contraception, so I thought I could help clear things up about what emergency contraception pills (ECPs) can and can’t do.
There is lots of misleading information mistakenly touted as good, sound medical advice, but following this “advice” can be harmful or damaging to your health. Douching is one of those topics. This may be hard for some women to believe because there are douching products on the market available for sale. Regardless of their availability, douching can lead to serious health problems and should be avoided.
It’s not unusual for people to pick at their skin from time to time – this is a common behavior. But if you notice that picking at your skin is constant or find that you can’t stop doing it even if you try, you might have skin picking disorder called dermatillomania. Are you picking at a scab, or more commonly the skin around your fingernails, until it causes sores, bleeding, or scars? Read on. There are ways your doctor might be able to help you.