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On Methotrexate? – Take Vitamin C

In rat model, vitamin C prevents oxidative stress on liver and kidney

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Acute Neck Pain and Pain on Swallowing – Longus Colli Tendonitis

Though often confused with an abscess, acute  anterior neck pain and stiffness associated with swallowing pain or globus, can be longus colli tendonitis. Calcificatrions might be seen on xray. Fortunately it last only a couple weeks on average

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In Sleep Deprived? Naps and Caffeine Might Help Pain

in the Animal model if animal sleep deprived ( Not fragmented sleep though) , they animals become more sensitive to noxious stimuli.  Yet sleep would restore things and Caffeine would also reduce pain reaction.

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How Can You Tell If Duloxetine (Cymbalta) or Pregabalin (Lyrica) will Work?

Both duloxetine and pregabalin work by restoring brain down pain inhibition. Hence the work in people who have deficits in this system. There is a simple test to confirm functioning.

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Friedrich Nietzsche – What I got out of his Sayings

Friedrich Nietzsche  – What I got out of his Sayings

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Office Factors Related to Chronic Neck Pain

Keyboard too close, too long in one job position, and muscle tension are 3 factors found in one study

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Sedentary Lifestyle Only Weakly related to Chronic Back Pain – and Only in Women – Twin Study

Twin study found only a weak relationship between sedentary lifestyle and chronic back pain – and found it only in women and when corrected for genetics -was only weak. Spine J. 2017 Jul;17(7):933-942. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2017.02.004. Does sedentary behavior increase the … Continue reading

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Ibuprofen an Alternative For Preventing High Altitude Sickness

“Severe high altitude headache  occurred in 3% treated with ibuprofen and 10% with placebo”

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Fibromyalgia Common in Thyroid Disease

In Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, quoted FM rate is 30-40% ; present study found 62%.  Thyroid antibodies, abdominal girth, and duration disease among other things, contribute to FM possibility.

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Chemotherapy Induced Sore Mouth Mucositis – Cut Pain in Half with Topical Ketamine

Must be horrible to have a sore mouth with chemotherapy – ketamine  20 mg/5ml used four times daily reduced pain from 6 to 3 within days.

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Opioids and Tranquilizers/Sedatives Don’t Mix

“Sedative-hypnotic use compared with nonuse was associated with 6.4 times the risk of opioid overdose death. … Even at opioid doses 1-19 mg/d, patients using sedative-hypnotics concurrently had 5.6 times the risk than patients without sedative-hypnotics”. I must admit I have … Continue reading

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Certain Orthopedic Issues over 70 yr Old – Easy Pain Help – low Dose Radiotherapy- But Will you ever see it?

Low dose Radiotherapy over age 70 has minimal risks but can often drop pain by 1.9/10 in following issues – sore heel and achilles pains, knee pains, and trochanteric bursitis.

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Depression in Chronic Back Pain? – Twin Study Suggests More Familial Than Related to Pain

Spine J. 2017 Jul;17(7):905-912. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2017.02.009. Chronic low back pain and the risk of depression or anxiety symptoms: insights from a longitudinal twin study. Fernandez M https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28267634 “The relationship between chronic LBP and the future development of depression or anxiety … Continue reading

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Peripheral Neuropathy Pain Unresponsive to Creams – Try 5% Doxepin

Child cancer case where chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy pain was not helped by usual topicals was helped by 5% doxepin cream

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Sad News of Hip Replacement – Less Pain and Better Function but No Increase in Physical Activity Seen

J Arthroplasty. 2017 Jul;32(7):2191-2198. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2017.02.002. Total Hip Arthroplasty Improves Pain and Function but Not Physical Activity. Jeldi AJ et al https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28285898 30 cases ages 67 +/- 7 yrs Physical Activity of Total Hip Arthoplasty  patients was quantified to 12 … Continue reading

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Buttock-Posterior Thigh Neuropathic Pain – Posterior Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Injury and Treatment

Pain in butt and hamstring is not uncommon and usually involves hamstring. However, neuropathic level pain in areas can happen after surgery or injection suggesting nerve damage to Posterior Femoral Cutaneous Nerve. Present article used cryoablation successfully to treat.

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Pain News – Short Snaps June 2017

June 2017 Pain News: I put them up as short snaps because not going to blog note them – hope you like. You will probably not find many in news elsewhere.

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Dispelling Myth That Chronic Pain is Unresponsive to Treatment

This was the title of a recent article in British Journal of Sports Medicine. It is what my blog is all about – recognizing that there are new things coming out every week that make a difference –

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Epidural Steroid Injection – Pain on Lumbar Extension Determines Extent of Benefit

In Chronic Low Back Pain and Radiculopathy (sciatica) epidurals are used with varying success. “The mean length of relief duration is 38.37 weeks for individuals without painful lumbar extension and 14.68 weeks for individuals with painful lumbar extension.” CONCLUSIONS:: The … Continue reading

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Recurrent Abdominal Pain (RAP) in Children – More Than it Seems

European study found in RAP syndrome without any alarm features, 57% were found to have organic disease – and treatment of such lead to resolution of symptoms. Things found included: 19 (22.6%)  lactose intolerance. 17 patients (20.2%)  celiac disease. Two … Continue reading

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Refractory Burning Mouth – Try Clonazepam and Venlafaxine

Venlafaxine (300 mg/d) and Clonazepam (5 mg/d) in Refractory Burning mouth – All responded with a reduction in pain from 8.6/10 to 3.2/10 after 3 months

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Subdeltoid Hyaluronic Acid Lubricant Injection in Supraspinatus Tendonopathy Helps

Subdeltoid hyaluronic acid injections 2 ml x 2 weekly associated with mild improvement in pain

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What Should Patients be Advised Post Shoulder Injection?

116 patients Forty-one (35.3%) patients experienced post-injection pain. The mean duration of symptoms was 3.9 days. At 6 months, 81 (69.8%) patients were discharged successfully and, at a mean of 23.2 months, did not require re-referral; 29 (25%) had surgery; … Continue reading

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Vulvodynia Treatments 2017

New approaches include topical neuromodulation which means “Podophyllotoxin (5 mg/mL) applied locally to tender points of vestibule after 5% acetic acid application. Treated area was covered with a mild estrogen cream and covered with gauze pads until the next day” … Continue reading

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SSRI Antidepressants Work Better Than older TCA Antidepressants in Irritable Bowel

Traditionally, an old antidepressant, amitriptyline, has been used for irritable bowel at doses far lower than its antidepressant level, as an aid to stimulating endophin system etc. Now it appears that more up to date SSRI’s work better. This was … Continue reading

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