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Back pain and leg pain

I want to introduce you to Lumbar Spondylosis. There are people who complain of back pain and leg pains. The back pain is in the lower back and can radiate to the waist or the hip. The pain is worse with activity: sitting, standing etc. it is often better at night...

The management of back pain

A significant number of patients present to doctors and physiotherapists with back pain. For the majority, the pain is of little consequence and resolves without much hassle. In many instances, reassurance, a positive attitude and a healthy support system is all that...

A Case Story

Mama Yunusa stopped walking in March. Her arms and legs simply stopped moving. She also complained about pain in the neck. She was effectively bedridden and had to be carried to the bathroom by her daughter. A fiercely independent woman was reduced to a helpless state...


What is epilepsy? Epilepsy is a recurring outward manifestation of a problem with the brain. The medical definition of epilepsy is ‘repeated seizures or convulsions (or fits) due to a brain problem’.  How does epilepsy occur? The brain is made up of billions of...

Phone a friend: ask for help.

I belong to several groups of doctors and other medical people. There are those I work with locally in Abuja and we share information and advice through local courses and seminars. There are those I correspond with on Facebook and Twitter who are a variety of doctors...

Let’s call a spade…a spade

One of the reasons that Nigerians fail to trust doctors is in the area of misdiagnosis and the reasons are legion. Diagnosing pneumonia for cancer and calling cancer, Tuberculosis is all too common. Stroke is often misdiagnosed. One of my recent patients with...

‘Go away, we have no beds!

Many patients and their relatives are frequently turned away from public hospitals because of the lack of bed space for admission. Many emergency cases are turned away from the emergency rooms and left to wander, travelling from one hospital to another. Sadly, since...


A mother in Oregon sued Portland Adventist Medical Center for $8.6 million after she accidentally smothered her four-day-old baby in a hospital bed. Monica Thompson said that a few days after her son Jacob was born in August 2012, the hospital put her newborn in bed...

Spinal cord injury: YOU need to know

I find it rather amusing and unbelievable that anyone can have a road traffic collision on Sunday afternoon in Abuja. I mean the roads are great to drive on and often quiet with little traffic. So, I am always amazed that people still have head-on collisions and fatal...


There are two great ideas for improving access to healthcare. One idea is to offer a free consultation to indigent patients. The other idea is to assist the patients to access surgery by looking at their financial situation and working with what they have. Both ideas...

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