Polymyalgia rheumatica

Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a painful condition characterized by muscle pain, and inflammation of the membranes surrounding nearby joints and the sacs that cushion them. This sometimes disabling common condition responds beautifully to proper treatment but is associated with giant cell arteritis (GCA), a disease that is much less common but much more serious. Understanding the symptoms and treatments of both can restore comfort and preserve your vision. (Locked) More »

Atrial fibrillation: Common, serious, treatable

Atrial fibrillation occurs when the heart's upper chambers flutter rapidly and weakly, instead of contracting regularly and steadily. Age, high blood pressure, lung disease, thyroid problems, and smoking are among the likely contributors. AF is becoming more common with between 2.3 million and 5.1 million Americans affected, and 150,000 new cases diagnosed each year. This condition increases the risk of stroke fivefold and almost doubles the risk of premature death. There are standard theriapies and new innovations which are highly effective in treating artrial fibrillation. More »

On call: Penile shortening post-prostatectomy

I am trying to decide between a radical prostatectomy and radioactive seed therapy for my newly diagnosed prostate cancer. All the doctors I’ve consulted say I have very early disease (PSA 4.9, Gleason score 6) and that I should be cured either way. I’m basing my decision on side effects, but I need more information on one thing I learned about on the Internet, penile shortening.   (Locked) More »