Unexpected mechanism behind chronic nerve pain

Unexpected mechanism behind chronic nerve pain | News | News | Karolinska Institutet

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

Ketamine for Pain Management, Treatment of DepressionLinda 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

Cells carry ‘memory’ of injury

Cells carry ‘memory’ of injury, which could reveal why chronic pain persists | EurekAlert! Science News – May-2016

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

Call lawyers Morgan & Morgan and tell your story

» call MORGAN & MORGAN ..tell your story… refer to chronic pain patient class action PHARMACIST STEVE June 19, 2017 by Steve Ariens

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Ask for the medical malpractice department.
Refer to chronic pain patient class action and tell your story. 
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Legislative Interference in Medical Practice

Lawmakers and practicing medicine without a license – Law Stack Exchange

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?

It turns out that lawmakers have special rights, known as legislative immunity (link to Wikipedia article with explanation), which allows them to enact laws.   Continue reading

Will Pill Control “Fix” Our Problem?

Here is a video of Dr. Kertesz’ criticism of how the CDC guidelines have been turned into regulations in various health care settings:

Will Pill Control “Fix” Our Problem?: The Allure of Simple Solutions

Sound medical decision-making and
how propaganda is hurting otherwise stable patients

Three points:

  1. The CDC guideline was a serious response to a serious problem
  2. Emerging practices don’t respect it and people are being hurt
  3. How did we get here? Continue reading

How statistics are twisted to obscure public understanding

How statistics are twisted to obscure public understanding | Aeon Ideas – 11 July, 2016 – Jonathan R Goodman

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 make pain personal

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

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 EDS Hypermobile type

Chronic fatigue in Ehlers–Danlos syndrome—Hypermobile typeHakim – 2017 – American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics – Wiley Online Library

CONTROVERSIES

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