Ask the Webrarian


Welcome to the Webrary! I am the Webrarian at Arthritis Insight and I’m here to help you find your way around the web. Sometimes finding specific information on the internet can be difficult. You pop a phrase into a search engine and you get back thousands of web pages that you need to sort through and try to figure out which ones have the information you?re looking and which ones don?t.

I can help. Send me your subjects and questions and I?ll dig through the search engines and find a few links that will actually give you some answers. This week’s question:

I was told that I have Shermans Disease but the doctor didn’t tell me much on it. I was wondering if you could please send me some information on it please. Thank you for your time

GREETINGS FROM THE WEBRARY! We get alot requests like this one. While we would love to be able to send literature out to everyone, we just don’t have the money or the manpower to take care of all of requests. So, for the time being, we’ll have to keep trying to offer as much information as we can on the web site. Hopefully, sometime in the near future this will change and we’ll be able to put together pamphlets on different subjects that can be sent via snail mail for you to read at home. Now about the information on Shermans Disease. I’m not finding much. I see alot of requests for information on Shermans Disease but that’s it. Is it possible that you are actually looking for information on Scheuermann’s disease? (I really wish doctors would give a little more information to their patients when the toss a diagnosis at them.) Without knowing more than the name of the disease, it’s hard to say. Since I can’t find any real information on Shermans Disease – here are some links for Scheuermann’s Disease: Scheuermann’s Disease Sportsinjuryclinic.net – Scheuerman’s Disease Developmental Disorders: Scheuermann’s Kyphosis @ Back.com Orthoguide.com You may want to check with your doctor and then give us a holler if you really do need information on Shermans Disease and we’ll send your question over to our Experts — I’m sure they can straighten us out. AND….. What does it mean that Bextra can be taken PRN? I’ve been away, but believe it was referred to in the 10/2 newsletter. Keep up the good work and thanks for your assistance. GREETINGS FROM THE WEBRARY!! This one was fun. As I’ve stated before, I have absolutely NO medical background so to say I was clueless would be an understatement. I tried to make up words that fit the puzzle. Couldn’t even come up with something silly. Gotta be Latin right? Right! I found a really good web site for medical abbreviations. Pharma-lexicon, if you’re ever wondering about an abbreviation on one of your pill bottles or something that your doctor wrote down this would be an excellent place to start. So, if you’re told to take 2 Bextra PRN – it means pro re nata – or as needed. If you’re told to take those two Bextra BID PRN – then it’s bis in die pro re nata – or twice a day as needed.

Hope that helped!



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