It has long been assumed that chronic nerve pain is caused by hypersensitivity in the neurons that transmit pain.
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden now show that another kind of neuron that normally allows us to feel pleasant touch sensation, can switch function and instead signal pain after nerve damage.
The results, which are presented in the journal Science, can eventually lead to more effective pain treatments. Continue reading
Ketamine for Pain Management, Treatment of Depression – Linda Peckel – May 30, 2017
Ketamine may alleviate depression, pain, and side effects associated with opioid treatment, and may thus represent an attractive adjunct therapy for pain management, according to a novel population analysis recently published in Scientific Reports.
Nearly half of all patients with depression taking conventional antidepressants discontinue their treatment prematurely.
Researchers have sought alternatives to standard antidepressants, for which therapeutic effects are delayed by 2 to 10 weeks. Continue reading
A new study from King’s College London offers clues as to why chronic pain can persist, even when the injury that caused it has gone.
Although still in its infancy, this research could explain how small and seemingly innocuous injuries leave molecular ‘footprints’ which add up to more lasting damage, and ultimately chronic pain.
While chronic pain can have many different causes, the outcome is often the same: an overly sensitive nervous system which responds much more than it normally would. Continue reading
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Ask for the medical malpractice department.
Refer to chronic pain patient class action and tell your story. Continue reading
Again and again we see lawmakers pass laws (generally in the context of abortion) that
- direct doctors to provide medically incorrect information or
- engage in acts which are medically unsound, or
- to not provide medical information beneficial to the patient.
How is this not engaging in the practice of medicine? Why are they not prosecuted for such behavior?
Here is a video of Dr. Kertesz’ criticism of how the CDC guidelines have been turned into regulations in various health care settings:
Sound medical decision-making and
how propaganda is hurting otherwise stable patients
- The CDC guideline was a serious response to a serious problem
- Emerging practices don’t respect it and people are being hurt
- How did we get here? Continue reading
In every industry, from education to healthcare to travel, the generation of quantitative data is considered important to maintain quality through competition.
Yet statistics rarely show what they see.
If you look at recent airline statistics, you’ll think that a far higher number of planes are arriving on schedule or early than ever before. But this appearance of improvement is deceptive.
Airlines have become experts at appearance management: by listing flight times as 20-30 percent longer than what the actual flight takes, flights that operate on a normal to slightly delayed schedule are still counted as arriving ‘early’ or ‘on time’. A study funded by the Federal Aviation Administration refers to the airline tactic as schedule buffering. Continue reading
Individual differences in pain: understanding the mosaic that makes pain personal: PAIN – – Fillingim, Roger B. – Pain: April 2017
In Brief: The experience of pain is characterized by tremendous interindividual variability, which is driven by multiple biopsychosocial factors.
This review article discusses individual differences in pain, including the roles of demographic, genetic, and psychosocial factors and their interactions
The public can only access the first page of this report as a JPEG picture, but if you enlarge it you can read the text (even though it seems to have been intentionally blurred). Continue reading
Effective Opioids Declared Ineffective – by Zyp Czyk
In all the reporting about pain research, opioids are always declared ineffective for long-term chronic pain relief.
The full truth is that there have been NO long term studies and there is NO evidence proving they are INeffective either, but that isn’t mentioned.
This situation allows doctors and researchers to state only one side of the full truth, that there is no evidence opioids are effective and still feel like they are telling the “truth”.
This half-truth has created a nightmare scenario for pain patients: Continue reading
Chronic fatigue in Ehlers–Danlos syndrome—Hypermobile type – Hakim – 2017 – American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics – Wiley Online Library
It is the authors’ opinion that the criteria used for diagnosing CFS and hEDS are inadequate and contribute to diagnostic confusion.
To meet a diagnosis of CFS, fatigue must be “unexplained by other conditions.”
Therefore, a diagnosis of hEDS must exclude a diagnosis of CFS.
However, hEDS is likely to be substantially under-diagnosed and it is likely that some patients diagnosed with CFS may meet or would previously have met the criteria for diagnosis of hEDS. Continue reading