September 27, 2015 |
One of my patients came to see me at my office for her annual gynecological visit. She was 26, and generally very healthy. I asked whether she had experienced any new symptoms or issues since I last saw her the previous year, and she hesitated. She figured it had nothing to do with my specialty, she said, but she did have this odd pain in her lower back. Her primary care physician suggested ibuprofen, but it hadn't helped. The young woman said the pain, which had started two weeks before, was very low on the right side of her back and felt like something was pushing out from the inside.
March 2, 2014 |
As the long and busy winter turned into spring, the young executive reveled in the tranquil escape he achieved out on the golf course. But as summer came on, the nagging ache in his right side made him wonder if he was overdoing it on the links. For a few weeks, ibuprofen seemed to make the pain subside, but eventually that didn't relieve it. Then he began having pain when he took a deep breath, which pushed him to get evaluated. He described his symptoms, and the physician examined him, clarifying that the pain was in the right upper quadrant of the patient's abdomen, the region housing the liver and the gallbladder.
August 29, 2012
THE ONLY thing worse than having a career-threatening injury is having a career-threatening injury and not knowing what it is or how to fix it. That was the scary situation Eagles punter Mat McBriar found himself in last October. Through the first six games of the 2011 season, McBriar, a two-time Pro Bowler who was in his eighth year with the Cowboys, was one of the league's leading punters, averaging 49.8 yards per attempt. Then, as he prepared for a Week 8 game against the Eagles, he began experiencing intense pain in his left, non-kicking, leg. He punted three times in the first half against the Eagles, and each time he planted his left foot for the kick, he felt a shooting pain.
July 27, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM — Mat McBriar didn't know the source of the nerve problem that was causing him to have trouble lifting his left foot last season, making planting his leg to punt an adventure. "I just didn't have any control. My consistency was just horrendous," said McBriar, who ended up punting in 14 games for Dallas, in his eighth season on the job. McBriar, who'd made his second Pro Bowl a year earlier, ended up with a 43.8-yard gross, 22nd in the NFL and 4.1 yards lower than his 2010 figure.
February 13, 2011 |
When Shea Wassel was 2, she began to complain that her head hurt. Her mother, Christine, noticed that her head was becoming larger than normal for Shea's age. An examination revealed that a cyst on her brain was causing the problem. Wassel underwent surgery at St. Christopher's Hospital in Philadelphia, where doctors placed a shunt in her brain to drain fluid that was building up. For Wassel, that was only the start. Now 17 and a senior basketball player at Lansdale Catholic, she has overcome three brain surgeries in all. To give you an idea of how well she has dealt with her health issues, Wassel recently became a 1,000-point career scorer on the hardwood.
February 2, 2011
THE FIRST time Andy Reid did the Philadelphia podium thing, it was 12 years ago last month at the Marriott in Center City. The day he was hired as the Eagles' coach, the unknown quarterbacks coach from Green Bay was faced with a barrage of negativity, about his new roster and his crumbling stadium and his lack of a practice facility and the perception around the NFL that this was a lousy franchise. Oh, and welcome to town. Reid batted away the questions and pushed back at the cynicism of the questioners.
August 30, 2010 |
Two-hundred-seventy milliliters of fluid in your left calf, arising from a problem in your left knee, is quite a bit to have sloshing around down there. Nine ounces. No wonder Cornelius Ingram's left calf was about three times the size of his right last week, at the point when the Eagles had him stop practicing and go get the whole thing checked out again. The diagnosis was a Baker's cyst, a swollen, fluid-filled bursal sac behind the knee, often associated with arthritis or cartilage damage.
March 31, 2007 |
Former Oklahoma basketball great Wayman Tisdale is undergoing treatment for a cancerous cyst discovered below his right knee after he broke his leg. Tisdale, a 6-foot-9 Tulsa native who played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns, disclosed the cancer earlier this week on his Web site. He said the prognosis for his recovery is excellent. On the Web site, the 42-year-old Tisdale, who is an award-winning jazz musician, said he broke the leg in a fall at his home in Los Angeles last month.
August 3, 2003 |
Eyes closed, Jim McGowan recites in a mesmerizing voice the opening line of the PBS-televised documentary Whispers of Angels. "On July 4, 1776, a marvelous experiment in democracy was conceived. " The inflection and timbre, not unlike James Earl Jones', intensify the impact of the words, which begin the story of the Underground Railroad and the contributions of Thomas Garrett, a Delaware Quaker, and William Still, a free, black antislavery activist in Philadelphia. McGowan not only served as narrator, but he also was interviewed in the film, based in part on his book Station Master on the Underground Railroad: The Life and Letters of Thomas Garrett.
February 23, 2002 |
What we've learned this season from Derrick Coleman: A Bakers' cyst is different from a baker's dozen; his boys from Detroit call him "Colonel"; he loathes rehab; his temper is legendary and explosive; and to be on the receiving end of his ire is not fun. The latest revelation came with an assist to Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller, who somehow incited Coleman to grab his neck and pack a potent punch during the 76ers' loss Sunday at Conseco Fieldhouse....