News Category: Pain

Unraveling the Complexities of Pain

Pain that lasts beyond the expected time after an injury or pain that seems to develop for no apparent reason continues to baffle scientists and pain specialists around the world. This type of pain labeled chronic has been the focus of neuroimaging studies for the last two decades. Neuroimaging has […]

Accurate Diagnosis First Step in Treating Somatoform Disorders

All patients with chronic physical pain are not alike and shouldn’t be treated the same. That’s the basis of this article on somatoform disorders. Somatoform disorders refer to aches and pains that are amplified (blown out of proportion) because of underlying psychologic or emotional distress. Vague complaints of muscle or […]

Doctors May Do Better With Clearer Understanding of Somatisation

Somatisation (also spelled somatization) is the process of a mental or emotional feeling or stress becoming a physical feeling. Researchers often wonder about somatisation and psychosomatic behavior because it’s a puzzling part of the human body and mind. Not only is it puzzling, it’s very common. Many people experience somatisation […]

Should Somatization Be Removed as Diagnosis?

Somatization occurs when you feel something physical as a result of an emotional or stressful feeling, but some doctors feel that the term is being used too much and not appropriately. In fact, many doctors believe that the term does not belong in medical terminology. The term was first used […]

Fear of Re-Injury Makes Injury Last Longer, Delays Return to Work

When people experience a musculoskeletal injury, one that involves muscles or bone, recovery depends on many things ranging from the obvious (treatment) to the not-so-obvious (fear of movement causing pain). While most people who are injured at work are able to return to their position within a reasonable amount of […]

Two Thumbs Up for Computerized Pain Assessment Tool

Pain is a very difficult thing to measure. There’s no lab test that can put it into an absolute number like a white blood cell count. Yet with 50 million chronic pain sufferers in the United States alone, there’s got to be a better way to measure pain than the […]

Good News For Pain Sufferers

Good news for pain sufferers! Health care professionals have an improved tool to use when assessing your pain and helping you to find ways to manage your pain. A very well-known pain researcher from McGill University in Canada, Dr. Ronald Melzack continues to improve his famous McGill Pain Questionnaire. Once […]

Reporting on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome From Start to Finish

Every illness, disease, or medical condition has what we call a natural history. The natural history describes what typically happens for that patient with a particular problem. Natural history may include how quickly the disease advances or progresses. It also includes what signs and symptoms develop at each stage. Prognosis […]

Scientists Find New Link in Solving the Puzzle of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Sometimes after trauma (even minor trauma) to human tissue, a chronic pain condition develops. Once called i>reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), this syndrome is now referred to as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). With CRPS, the pain generated is greater than expected for the degree of tissue trauma that has been […]

Does Dystonia Respond to Baclofen?

Scientists continue to unravel the mystery of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a condition that develops after surgery or some other type of trauma. The patient develops exquisite pain and/or tenderness usually of one extremity (arm or leg). Symptoms of sweating, hair growth, swelling, and changes in skin […]

Craving Could Indicate Potential Opioid Medication Misuse

Managing chronic pain can be quite difficult – to find the right combination of treatment and medications takes a lot of trial and error for many patients. One treatment that is becoming more common is using opioids (controlled drugs, narcotics) to try to lessen the pain. This means more people […]

New Approach to Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Medical treatment for sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain has been less than successful. Doctors have tried injecting the joint with a numbing agent and even fusing the joint in severe cases. A new treatment under investigation may change that. New water-cooled radiofrequency technology has been shown very effective in preliminary studies. […]

Physicians Offered Guidelines in the Use and Monitoring of Opioid Therapy

Understandably, physicians are cautions about giving their patients narcotics (also known as opioids). Worries about misuse, abuse, and addiction are reasonable. In this article, over a dozen highly qualified panel members offer doctors guidelines for the long-term use of opioid therapy. The target patients are those with chronic noncancer pain […]

Experiment With Opioid Pain Killers Failed

Opioid (narcotic) medications for pain relief have been in the center of an ongoing controversy for years now. Yes, they provide pain relief for pain sufferers. But they are potentially addictive. And one of the most severe adverse side effects is death from unintentional overdose. Despite this knowledge, the use […]

Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire Useful Tool in Chronic Pain Assessment

With the ever increasing number of people living with chronic pain, it still appears that those who have chronic pain aren’t always taken seriously by healthcare professionals. This is unfortunate because studies have shown that patients with chronic pain who are understood do much better physically and psychosocially than those […]

Pain and Inflammation May Be Linked

In the last 10 years, experts have identified one factor that might predict who will end up with chronic pain. It’s a concept called catastrophizing. A catastrophizer is a person who feels helpless and tends to think the worst when in pain. They seem unable to cope, and they focus […]

Preparing Healthcare Professionals for Patient Pain Management

Patient-centered pain management is an important part of every health care professional’s working day. Dentists, doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and pharmacists address patient concerns about pain each and every day. In this article, faculty from the University of Toronto (Canada) present the Interfaculty Pain Curriculum (IPC) that they […]

Good Oversight May Assure Safety of Analgesia

Pain is one of the most common reasons why someone goes to the doctor. This is for both acute (sudden) and chronic (long-term) pain. If non-medical treatment doesn’t work, such as rest, ice, exercise, for example, the next step is usually to use medications. Analgesics, medications to relieve pain, are […]