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Ask An Expert

Ask an Expert: Biologic response modifiers (BRMs)

Q: I’ve heard about new “biologic” therapies for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. How do these medicines work? 

Ask an Expert: Can you have a stroke and not know it?

Q: Is it possible to have a stroke and not know it, like if you're sleeping or the symptoms are mild?

Ask an Expert: Diet and arthritis flare-ups

Q: Are there certain foods that can prevent arthritis flare-ups? And is it true that eating vegetables like tomatoes and potatoes can actually aggravate arthritis?

Ask an Expert: Do I need back surgery?

Q: “My back problem seems to be getting progressively worse. I’ve been taking medication for the pain, but at what point should I consider surgery?”

Ask an Expert: Drug use and stroke risk

Q: Could past drug use put me at increased risk for a stroke?  I stopped using illegal drugs more than 10 years ago.

Ask an Expert: Glucosamine and chondroitin

Q: Can glucosamine and chondroitin prevent joint cartilage from wearing down?

Ask an Expert: Headache Pain Relievers

What pain medicines are safe to use for headaches? With all the recent recalls and new safety warnings, I’m worried that I may be risking a stroke or heart attack every time I take something to get rid of a headache.

Ask an Expert: Homocysteine, vitamins and stroke prevention

Q: A friend of mine is taking folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements to lower her homocysteine levels and help prevent a stroke. What exactly is homocysteine? Should I be taking vitamin supplements if I’m worried about having a stroke?

Ask an Expert: Is it a stroke, or something else?

Q: If you have only one symptom of a stroke, or only mild symptoms, how do you know it’s a stroke and not something else? Will symptoms eventually appear that make it clear you've had a stroke? What other conditions cause stroke-like symptoms?

Ask an Expert: Stress and stroke risk

Q: I’ve read that stress can increase your risk of having a stroke. Does this warning relate only to anxiety experienced during times of crisis or extend to everyday stress as well?

Ask an Expert: Stroke vs. TIA

“Is a TIA truly a stroke, or is it caused by other problems? What is the process for finding a good specialist?"

Back and neck pain decision tools

Providence offers a number of online tools to help you make informed decisions about treatments for back and neck pain.

Pioneering stroke care video

Learn how Providence built a telestroke network to improve stroke care in communities in Oregon and Washington.

Three Tests That Can Help Identify a Stroke

Q: An e-mail is going around that says if you think someone may be having a stroke, you should ask him to perform three tests: to smile, to raise both arms and to speak a simple sentence. Can these tests really indicate a stroke, or is this an urban legend?

Forms Instructions

Exercises for a Healthy Spine

Incorporating some simple exercises into your daily routine can help you maintain a healthy spine and avoid back and neck pain.

Know your stroke risk

Take this short test to determine your risk of stroke. You'll need to know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Providence Telestroke Network map

Miles away… and by your side. See the map of all telestroke locations.

What is a stroke?

Learn more about stroke using this easy-to-understand interactive guide, including causes of stroke, types of stroke and how to reduce risk for stroke.

Proprietary Health Article

Providence Stroke Center Video Library

How can I tell if someone is having a stroke?
What can I do to lower my chances?
What is a transient ischemic attack (TIA)? Is this a mini-stroke?

Questions and Answers About Stroke

Questions and answers about stroke with Ted Lowenkopf, M.D., and Lisa Yanase, M.D., Providence Brain and Spine Institute.

[VIDEO] Providence Telestroke Network in Action

Watch this video depicting the lifesaving power of telestroke.

Recommended Resource

AAOS Spine and Neck

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Spine and Neck page

Aetna InteliHealth Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Aetna InteliHealth page on Arthritis and Osteoarthritis and relevant resources.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

AAOS landing page with resources to all topics regarding musculoskeletal health.

American Chronic Pain Association

American Chronic Pain Association main page with search for conditions, treatments and medication and pain management tools.

American College of Rheumatology

Physician’s resource website about rheumatology includes news, resources and research articles.

American Stroke Association Website

Provides warning signs and overview of stroke, emergency stroke center locations and patient education resources.

Bone and Joint Decade’s Musculoskeletal Portal

Bone and Joint Decade’s online resource for news for patients and orthopedic specialists.

Check Your Symptoms: Back problems and injuries

Most people will have a minor back problem at one time or another. Our body movements usually do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or injury. Back problems and injuries often occur during sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks, or home projects.

FamilyDoctor.org: Chronic pain medicines

FamilyDoctor.org page on Chronic pain, how to identify and treatment resources.

FamilyDoctor.org: Medicamentos para el dolor cronico (Chronic Pain Meds in Spanish)

FamilyDoctor.org page on Chronic pain, translated to Spanish.

FDA COX-2 Selective (includes Bextra, Celebrex, and Vioxx) and Non-Selective Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)

Explains requirement by FDA to change labels on drugs commonly prescribed for arthritis and headache.

Healthfinder.gov: Arthritis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthfinder.gov tool’s page on arthritis. Includes FAQs and an overview of the types of arthritis with resource treatment options.

Healthfinder.gov page on Back Pain

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthfinder.gov page describing back pain, best treatments and other resources.

Healthfinder.gov Page on Headaches

Headache topic page for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Healthfinder.gov: Pain

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services page on Pain, how to identify, treat and relevant resources.

Low back pain: Exercises to reduce pain

Low back pain is very common among adults and is often caused by overuse and muscle strain or injury. Treatment can help you stay as active as possible. And it will help you understand that some continued or repeated back pain is not surprising or dangerous.

Mayo Clinic Back Pain Page

Provides definition, symptoms and references for seeking treatment.

Mayo Clinic Neck Pain Page

Mayo Clinic’s definition, symptoms and references for seeking treatment of neck pain.

Mayo Clinic Stroke Risk Factors

Provides extensive outline on the risk factors that contribute to stroke.

Medline Plus: Arthritis

Medline’s page on Arthritis, discussing types and symptoms with links to various resources for treatment and interactive tools.

Medline Plus: Headache

Medline Plus topic page on headaches, providing info on different types and treatment options.

Medline Plus Page on Back Pain

Medline Plus landing page describing back pain, best treatments and other resources.

Medline Plus: Pain

The National Library of Medicine’s online tool Medline Plus provides definition and treatment resources for pain management.

National Aphasia Association

The NAA's mission is to educate the public to know that the word aphasia describes an impairment of the ability to communicate, not an impairment of intellect. 

National Headache Foundation

Welcome to the website for the National Headache Foundation — the world's largest voluntary organization for the support of headache sufferers.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

NIAMS landing page with search for conditions in the health index and related resources.

National Stroke Association Website

Comprehensive overview of stroke, including warning signs, emergency stroke center locations and patient education resources.

National Stroke Association: Women and Stroke

Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year –

However, women in a recent survey believed breast cancer is five times more prevalent than stroke and 40 percent of women said they were only somewhat or not at all concerned about experiencing a stroke in their life.

Power to End Stroke Risk Assessment Card

American Stroke Association’s test for personal risk of stroke.

Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) was established in 1987 on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) in Americus, Georgia. 

Spine Health Conservative Care for Back Pain

Spine Health page with instructions on conservative ways to deal with back pain without surgery.

Spine Health Trusted Information for Back and Neck Pain

Spine Health main page with information about back and neck pain.

The Goddess Fund: Hazel K. Goddess Fund for Stroke Research in Women

The Goddess Fund was created with one clear and compelling goal: to eliminate the impact of stroke in women's lives, the lives of their families and society at large.Lynn B. Goddess founded The Hazel K. Goddess Fund for Stroke Research in Women, also known as The Goddess Fund, in April 2000 as a legacy to her mother Hazel K. Goddess, who died of complications from stroke.

The Internet Stroke Center

The Internet Stroke Center is an independent web resource for information about stroke care and research.