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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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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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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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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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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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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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Office Ketamine For Chronic Pain Poster

here is poster in pdf format:   Poster CPS 2017 ketaminefinal (2)

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Antidepressants Don’t Necessarily Help that Much Re Back Pain

I contend antidepressants help very little in back pain and waiting for it to work before starting painkillers is an unethical abomination. Studies showing any benefit in the last century are laughable because dosages used would not be achievable today. … Continue reading

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Advanced Gallbladder Testing Can Miss Disease

Two approaches to gallbladder advanced testing – use of fatty meal (FM) as a substitute for cholecystokinin (CCK) in pain reproduction during hepato-imino-diacetic acid (HIDA) scan in functional gallbladder disorder. – will miss 1/2 of cases

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Metformin May Augment Painkillers

Previously I wrote how metformin helps Fibromyalgia and Bipolar. It has anti-cancer properties and diabetics, just on it, live longer. Now in animal model it it cut analgesic needs by 56-73% in regard to ibuprofen, ASA, tramadol, and pregabalin in … Continue reading

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Serotonin Syndrome May be Reversed by Famoditine (Pepcid)

Operative case serotonin syndrome induced by Merperidine caused “hypertension, tachycardia, tachypnea, hyperthermia, myoclonus, diaphoresis, retching, nausea, agitation, and semicoma mentality with no pupillary light reflex.”  Incidentally, patient was given famotidine, in this case IV, to prevent aspiration pneumonia. Within 15 … Continue reading

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On Oxaliplatin Chemotherapy for Colon Cancer? Would taking Melatonin Reduce Peripheral Neuropathy?

In rodents, Melatonin helps prevent peripheral nerve damage from Oxaliplatin for colon cancer without reducing its cyotoxic effects on cancer. Doses were large, but I would give it a try..

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Pain Treatment Options

  I have an MS patient who was in bad shape when I started to see her – was using a walker. With various measures, she was much better. What worked? Vit D2 50,000 u weekly, B12 injections 1000 mcg … Continue reading

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Topical NSAID Ketophen or Diclofenac – Poor Showing

Topical anti-inflammatory drug would be the safest way to go in knee arthritis for example. Yet the number of patients needed to treat to help one case was Ketoprofen – one in 6.9 cases Diclofenac (Voltaren) – one in 9.8 … Continue reading

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Burning Mouth Syndrome – Could a Subgroup With Elevated B6 Levels be Helped by Stopping B6?

Recent study paradoxically found elevated B6 levels – up to 4 times normal in 1/6 of burning mouth cases and stopping B6 seemed to help in a case. Could this be of help in others?

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Post Dural Headache Treatments

Came across a wonderful list of drugs available for post-dural headaches: https://www.asra.com/content/documents/aug-14.pdf p13-14,23 If you can’t reach it, here is the list and more

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New Treatment for Uncontrollable headaches New RX for Nummular Headache Underlying

Had one case where I treated unrelenting headache with repeated IV Dihydroergotamine and metoclopramide just to find, as patient settled, that headache originated from a painful patch on the scalp called nummular headache. This is often due to a crushed nerve … Continue reading

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Kidney Stone – Renal Colic – Ketoralac and Nifedipine Superior to Ketoralac and Tamsulosin

Spanish journal which I do not get but results seem clear enough – ketoralac 60 mg ?IM and Nifedipine XL 30 mg by mouth give best results.

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New Effective Treatment for Intractable Sore Mouth Mucositis

0.05% Methylene Blue oral rinse therapy was cheap and effective treatment for mucositis from chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Amazing result could be big help.

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Reasons Why Vit D Helps Chronic Pain Coming Clearer – Vit D Genes

A Fokl DNA gene polymorphism in the Vitamin D receptor would reduce its sensitivity to vitamin D. Vitamin D supports many metabolic processes beyond calcium and gene variations are even associated with certain cancers.  In athletes, the FF Fokl genotype … Continue reading

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Dry Eyes More Common In Certain Chronic Pains and Made Worse by Low Vitamin D – Replacement Helps

Prior I wrote about a Dry Eye- Mouth Syndrome (DEMS) that has some joint involvement. DEMS is associated with thyoid antibodies suggesting an autoimmune process (1). Now It was found more commonly in irritable bowel, chronic pelvic pain and irritable … Continue reading

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Shooting Trigeminal Neuralgia – Facial Epicrania Fugax – and a New Treatment

6-8 years ago a brief neuralgic pain in the scalp that radiated to front or back of head was described. I wrote about it here: http://painmuse.org/?p=1516 Now a facially originated version has been defined and sounds very much like trigeminal … Continue reading

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Gabapentin Fails to Help Back Pain With or Without Sciatica

Not all that long ago, Canadian Indian Affairs mandated that native pain sufferers had to try  gabapentin/cymbalta like drugs first before certain opioids. I wrote about how poorly cymbalta worked: http://painmuse.org/?p=2179 Now even gabapentin failed to help back pain with … Continue reading

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Does Etanercept Nerve Irritation Limit Use?

Many years ago I was injecting enbrel paraspinously near the nerve exit of sciatica nerve location. I was using a full 25 mg and found it had minimal effects. I wrote E. Tobinick at times and wondered if it was … Continue reading

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