More than 20 million people in the U.S. suffer neuropathic pain. At least 25% of those cases are classified as unexplained and considered cryptogenic sensory polyneuropathy (CSPN). There is no information to guide a physician’s drug choices to treat CSPN, but a researcher from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and MU Health Care
Is this person with chest pain having a heart attack? That’s a question EMTs frequently confront when responding to 911 calls. A study conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Health shows that on-scene use of a new protocol and advanced diagnostic equipment can help paramedics better identify patients at high risk for adverse cardiac events. This
Is the heat still bearable, or should I take my hand off the hotplate? Before the brain can react appropriately to pain, it must evaluate and integrate sensory, cognitive and emotional factors that modulate the perception and processing of the sensation itself. This task requires the exchange of information between different regions of the brain.
DR ELLIE CANNON: How long will it be before I’m free from the pain of shingles? I had shingles a few months ago and was given tablets. The blisters have gone but I still have pain across the side of my ribs where they were. Will it go away? Something I noticed, during lockdown was
Cannabis appears to be a safe and potentially effective treatment for the chronic pain that afflicts people with sickle cell disease, according to a new clinical trial co-led by University of California, Irvine researcher Kalpna Gupta and Dr. Donald Abrams of UC San Francisco. The findings appear in JAMA Network Open. “These trial results show
A new mass study of people living with chronic pain in the UK has demonstrated the links between pain and certain atmospheric weather conditions. Weather systems in the UK could cause chronic pain suffers to experience more or less pain on certain days as a result of certain pressure patterns and accompanying rain, humidity, and
Arthritis means joint inflammation and the term is used to describe around 200 conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint and other connective tissue. The condition is more common among adults aged 65 years or older, however, it can affect people of all ages. Certain foods can cause inflammation in the fat
DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: From chilli cream to swearing, how to beat pain without popping pills I have had loads of emails recently from readers asking me about pain, and how best to treat it. According to the British Pain Society, about 28 million people in the UK suffer from chronic pain, and the numbers just
Vitamin B12 is a crucial vitamin the body requires to operate efficiently. It helps to prevent a type of anaemia called megaloblastic anaemia that makes people tired and weak. Having a deficiency occurs when a lack of vitamin B12 or folate causes the body to produce abnormally large red blood cells that cannot function properly.
Joint pain can be caused by injury affecting any of the ligaments, bursae or tendons surrounding the joint. Injury could affect ligaments, cartilage and bones within the joint. Pain is also a feature of joint inflammation which could include arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Joint pain is also referred to as arthralgia. When it comes
A study from McMaster University has found a potential mechanism explaining why some people who take drugs to lower their cholesterol develop sore, aching muscles. The use of statin drugs to significantly lower cholesterol, and ultimately reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, has become widespread and large-scale studies suggest that nearly half of Americans and
Stomach bloating describes what happens when too much gas fills up a person’s gastrointestinal tract. People tend to experience a stretchy, puffy sensation in their tummy, accompanied by painful abdominal cramps. While cutting out foods known to cause wind may reduce the risk, it’s no use if the bloating has already taken effect. A certain
Until she was 25, Rachel* was completely healthy. She ran marathons and rode horses, and later she was active in her job as a microbiologist. Suddenly, she developed joint problems. She was first diagnosed with Lyme disease, then a genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which makes her joints move beyond their normal range of motion
When Shannon Menger, 20, started to experience intense stomach pains, her doctor dismissed her symptoms as being caused by an STI. Shannon, born in Missouri but living in Auckland, New Zealand, began experiencing extreme stomach pains that left her unable to move back in January 2019. Along with pain that made her unable to move,
It is estimated that one in seven people globally live with migraines. Migraines are recognised as a significant disorder which sufferers often experiencing intense symptoms that range from visual disturbance to vomiting, dizziness to vertigo. More than 90 per cent of people with migraines say they can not work or function normally due to the
Period pain is horrible. As well as the debilitating cramps, you can also suffer with back pain, sore breasts, headaches, mood swings and bloating. What a treat. When you’re feeling like this, the last thing you probably want to do is put your trainers on and go and workout. But it could be the best
The annual cost of chronic pain in the United States is estimated to be more than $635 billion in direct medical costs, lost productivity and disability programs. One in five adults—50 million Americans—report living in chronic pain. The increasing number of patients is leading to a major push to develop non-opioid treatments for chronic pain.
When a person has a paleness to their skin on their face it could be a warning sign that you are lacking vitamin B12. A person may also feel facial pain and occurs usually on only one side of the face at a time. The pain can feel like a dull pain and occurs on
Cutting out these culprits can help soothe the swelling. Another simple fix is to eat regularly throughout the day. There is a popular misconception that skipping meals will flatten the stomach – this is wrong, says Kirsten Crothers, specialist gastro dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association. She explained: “Irregular eating can cause a
A specialized pain management program for patients who underwent robotic surgery for urologic cancers resulted in just eight percent going home with narcotics after discharge, compared to 100 percent who would have received them without this enhanced recovery protocol. What’s more, the group of patients who did receive narcotics went home with fewer pills than