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1. uppers Informal The upper teeth or a set of upper dentures.
2. Slang
a. A drug, especially an amphetamine, used as a stimulant.
b. An exhilarating or euphoric experience.
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Drug slang A popular term for any amphetamine or neurostimulant. See Amphetamine, Ecstasy, Rave.
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1. In anatomy, a synonym for proximal, central, or superior, e.g., upper gastrointestinal tract, upper motor neuron.
2. In toxicology, a colloquial term for a stimulant drug, such as an amphetamine.
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Q. I get shooting pains in my buttocks and both upper legs

A. Sounds like radicular pain (pain originating from injury to the roots of the nerves in the spinal column). Is it aggravated by coughing, straining, standing or sitting? Is it relieved by lying down.

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Q. What are the presenting signs of ALS? Are the upper or lower extremeties affected initialilly?

A. The most common presenting sign of ALS is asymmetric limb weakness, usually starting with the hands (problems with pinching, writing, holding things etc.) shoulders (lifting arms above head etc.) or legs (problems walking).

Other presenting signs may be problems with speaking or swallowing, although these are less common.

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Q. Hello friends, my uncle suffers from fibromyalgia and arthritis in his upper shoulder and hand. Hello friends, my uncle suffers from fibromyalgia and arthritis in his upper shoulder and hand...I told him he needs to exercise. Can some give me a list or a website with a couple of general exercises that includes a diagram (preferred)

A. Hello Daron, Eat only when hungry and not more than thrice a day. Include plenty of uncooked vegetables and fruits in each meal, preferably 50%. Chew each morsel at least 32 times to activate your body to generate signals of hunger/fullness. Obey these signals. Take light exercises and brisk walks regularly preferably twice a day. U will achieve what u have not even dreamt and that too in a reasonable time. Do not be in a hurry. Have him see a doctor, first, and then someone doing psy rehab. I can think of lots of good exercises for healthy people, but it seems like your uncle needs medical attention.

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The main constitutional amendments, which many believe should be included within the committee's final recommendations, are the dissolution of parliament; establishing a constitutional court; and the circulation of powers in the country.Meanwhile, Hammouri stated, "The first step to reform is to have a well-balanced constitution so that the government will not remain the only power to do as it pleases."He pointed out that the Executive Authority should stick to its role, without dominating all other authorities and having the upper hand over them."We need to redefine its [the Committee's] duties so that the government will be aware exactly of the role it should play," Hammouri said.
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Granada is generally regarded as having the upper hand in the overall merger, but the two companies are keen to stress how their two international businesses complement each other's.
The rebels usually downplay their setbacks and human losses on the battlefields and insist on having the upper hand, but local hospitals inside Al Houthi-held provinces talk about receiving bodies of hundreds of fighters every month.

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