Chronic Pain Articles

Electrical Nerve Stimulation Device Prevents Migraine

Chronic Pain News, Nerve Pain, Spinal Cord Stimulation
Study shows 81% reduction in number of migraine days per month with electrical nerve stimulation In a new study, Cefaly, the first FDA-approved transcutaneous electrical nerve-stimulation device for use before the onset of migraine pain, provided relief for 81% of migraine patients who used it. The study, conducted in Italy, enrolled 24 patients with migraine without aura who were experiencing a low number of attacks per month and who had taken migraine-preventive drugs. The primary outcome measures were the reductions in migraine attacks and in the number of migraine days per month. The investigators also analyzed the percentage of patients with at least a 50% reduction in the rate of monthly migraine attacks and in the number of migraine days. Secondary outcome measures included the reduction of headache severity during…
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Disturbed Sleep: Causes and Treatments

Chronic Pain Conditions, Nerve Pain
In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5, sleep-wake disorders encompass 10 conditions manifested by disturbed sleep, distress, and impairment in daytime functioning.1 Sleep disorders include insomnia, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and breathing-related disorders (obstructive sleep apnea). Excessive daytime sleepiness, or sudden somnolence, is a symptom that can occur with several sleep disorders. Excessive daytime sleepiness may include mild sleepiness, unrecognized episodes of “micro-sleep” or uncontrolled sleep attacks that result in falling asleep while in conversation, reading or watching television, or even while driving. Excessive daytime sleepiness may be caused by not getting enough hours of sleep or enough hours of quality sleep. On average, adults between 26 and 64 years of age need 7 to 9 continuous hours of sleep per day.2 Disturbed Sleep Can Affect Your…
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How to Treat Back Pain without Drugs

Chronic Pain Conditions, Nerve Pain, Peripheral Neuropathy
Back pain is a common health issue today that affects at least eight out of 10 people. It is a prevalent problem among Americans. In fact, statistics from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) reveal that at least 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time. The ACA report also says that: One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, it is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office (next to upper-respiratory infections). As many as 75 to 85 percent of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. In most cases, this pain is mechanical in nature – it…
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10 Questions Neuropathy Patients Should Ask Their Doctor

Chronic Pain Conditions, Nerve Pain, Peripheral Neuropathy
If you’re meeting with your doctor or neurologist for the first time to discuss your neuropathy like symptoms – such as pain, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet – your mind is likely swirling with questions, concerns, what-ifs and more. Taking the time beforehand to write down a list of questions or concerns you wish to discuss can have a significant impact not only on your peace of mind – but also on your chances of receiving the best advice and care possible for your own unique circumstances. Asking the right questions can help both you and your doctor better understand your symptoms as well as foster an environment where you can get the answers you need to make informed decisions regarding your treatment. If you’re not sure…
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Peripheral Neuropathy 10 Things You Need to Know

Nerve Pain, Peripheral Neuropathy, Therapies & Treatments
Life with peripheral neuropathy can be filled with unknowns – especially for those of us whose symptoms or diagnoses are relatively new. Navigating this new life with a painful condition can be (and most often is) overwhelming and frustrating. From bothersome symptoms like lack of muscle control to debilitating ones such as sharp, stabbing pains in the hands or feet, peripheral neuropathy can wreak havoc on your quality of life. Finding out as much information as possible about the condition, its causes and its treatments can go a long way in getting you onto the path to a better – and more pain free – life. Despite affecting nearly 20 million people in the United States, there is still a lot of information that is widely unknown among those suffering…
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Diabetic Neuropathy: Temporarily Reducing Pain

Chronic Pain Conditions, Chronic Pain News, Peripheral Neuropathy
Painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) can be relieved for months with a non-viral gene therapy, according to research published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. Researchers from Northwestern Medicine administered the non-viral gene therapy or a placebo in order to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a plasmid (VM202) containing 2 human hepatocyte growth factor isoforms given by intramuscular injections in patients with PDN. There were 84 patients included in the study who were randomized to either receive injections of 8 or 16 mg VM202 per leg or placebo. Doses were administered on days zero and 14. The researchers asked the participants to evaluate their mean pain scores measured by a 7 day pain diary. The researchers had secondary objectives in this study, such as assessing quality of life…
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Spinal Cord Cells Control Pain

Chronic Pain Conditions, Chronic Pain News, Nerve Pain
Spinal cord cells are responsible for controlling pain and itch, according to research published in the journal Neuron. Researchers from the University of Zurich used genetically modified viruses to interfere with the functions of neurons in mice in order to investigate how neurons contribute to pain and itch processing. The researchers drew on prior findings from 50 years ago, which had demonstrated “Gate Control Theory” of pain – the idea that inhibitory nerve cells in the spinal cord could determine whether a pain impulse from the periphery (from the foot, for example) is relayed to the brain or suppressed. The researchers found that the spinal cord cells, located specifically in the spinal dorsal horn, use the amino acid glycine as an inhibitory messenger. By disabling the neurons, which released glycine,…
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Shingles: The Pain and the Misery

Chronic Pain Conditions, Chronic Pain News
Shingles is currently on the rise especially among those aged 60 and over, it is in essence a "reawakening" of the chickenpox virus. Never fully discharged from the body, this virus lies inactive for years and reactivates when immunity is weakened, traveling through the nerve pathways to your skin and producing shingles. The first symptoms appear usually on either the left or right side of the torso, starting with a burning pain, tingling and then erupting in a red rash in the painful area At first, the rash appears similar to hives but the patches then develop into fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over. Unlike other allergic rashes that cause itching, the patient will feel pain, which might be extreme in the affected dermatome, with sensations that are…
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Plantar Fasciitis: How to Deal with It

Chronic Pain Conditions
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment ranges from simple stretches to shock-wave therapy Connie Glen isn’t sure what she did exactly, but in February she started getting unexplained pain in her left heel — and seven months, several practitioners and about $2,000 later, it’s still not entirely healed, though she’s finally seeing some improvement. Glen has plantar fasciitis, a common foot injury that can make walking even short distances an ouch-inducing exercise and one that has derailed many a planned marathon among running enthusiasts. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia — a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel bone to the toes — becomes inflamed, typically causing stabbing heel pain. This band of tissue supports the arch of the foot; putting too much tension on the fascia through exercise, improper…
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Sciatica: Hitting the right nerves 

Chronic Pain Conditions, Nerve Pain
Sciatica symptoms explain conditions around the sciatic nerve A lot of people have their lives badly affected by sciatica. Like most other conditions, you can deal with sciatica effectively with a well planned and structured exercises program. But before we go into details of specific sciatica exercises, it is first important to explain what sciatica is, as it is often misunderstood. Sciatica is a set of symptoms rather than a diagnosis in itself (meaning it does not explain the cause of the pain). Sciatica is a general term used to explain a set of symptoms around the sciatic nerve. Technically, it refers to pain caused by compression or irritation of one or more nerves exiting the lower spine that make up the sciatic nerve, and there are a number of…
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