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Hospital Pharmacy Europe - One in five Europeans suffers from chronic pain

Hospital Pharmacy Europe - One in five Europeans suffers from chronic pain | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it

Chronic pain has reached truly epidemic proportions in Europe. One in five Europeans suffers from pain that has been occurring regularly for three months or longer; one in eleven, suffers from pain daily.


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Why Petting Feels Good

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Social beasts—humans, elephants, chimps, dogs, and cats—seem to enjoy being caressed. Neurobiologists have now taken a step toward pinpointing neural circuitry underlying this pleasant sensation. Using genetically engineered mice, they demonstrated that a specific class of sensory cells in skin reacts to gentle stroking but not to a pinch or a poke. In addition to helping to identify similar cells in people, the findings could "lead to a drug or lotion that might make you feel better," suggests study leader David Anderson, a neurobiologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

 

The skin is full of nerve endings that respond to mechanical stimuli—often registering pain. In social animals, grooming is a key component in building and maintaining good relationships. Thus, it makes sense that specialized nerve cells evolved to relay a pleasant sensation when activated.

 

Anderson and his colleagues didn't set out to explain the pleasure caused by caressing. Instead, they were seeking to understand a type of sensory cell that they discovered in mice in 2007.They were present only in hairy skin, with a very spread out distribution of nerve endings. "We thought these must be very specialized neurons that detect a very specialized type of stimulus," Anderson recalls. But the typical tests in isolated patches of skin to determine what the neurons were sensitive to didn't work. "We had to figure out a way to determine what turns these neurons on in a living intact animal," he says. "That has never been done before."


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Study: Vaporized, Low-Potency Cannabis Reduces Problematic Nerve Pain

Study: Vaporized, Low-Potency Cannabis Reduces Problematic Nerve Pain | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
Amid record levels of overdose rates for prescription pain, a study that finds that marijuana reduces neuropathic pain.
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Acupuncture may ease severe nerve pain associated with cancer treatment

Acupuncture may ease severe nerve pain associated with cancer treatment | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
Acupuncture may help ease the severe nerve pain associated with certain cancer drugs, suggests a small preliminary study published in Acupuncture in Medicine.

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Shaftesbury Clinic's curator insight, May 21, 2013 6:05 AM

Acupuncture has been shown by numerous studies to help with many different types of pain, and more recently research has started to look at different types of pain from different causes and findings continue to be favourable to acupuncture.

Shaftesbury Clinic's curator insight, May 31, 2013 5:03 PM

Acupuncture is popular amongst patients with many types of neurologial (nerve-related) pain, and this further supports its useful application to this type of complaint.

Dianna Porter's curator insight, May 20, 2015 7:55 PM

Acupuncture can help with many symptoms of cancer and subsequent treatment protocols including fatigue, nausea, pain reduction, hot flushes etc.

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Nerve Stimulation Might Ease Fibromyalgia Pain – WebMD

Nerve Stimulation Might Ease Fibromyalgia Pain – WebMD | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
Small early study saw improvement in patients' quality of life (Nerve Stimulation Might Ease Fibromyalgia Pain http://t.co/4ELytzvYpT GetApp http://t.co/qVntFY9vHn)...

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Woman needs help with nerve disorder - STLtoday.com

Woman needs help with nerve disorder STLtoday.com Answer • Erythromelalgia (“erythro” is “red,” ''melo” is “extremity,” and “algia” is “pain”) is a rare disorder of peripheral nerves, which directly causes pain and which also affects the blood...
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Treat back pain with spinal injections - Palm Beach Post

Treat back pain with spinal injections
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Facet injections: Facet joints are pairs of small joints that are situated at each vertebral level of the spine.
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Nerve Pain - A Basic Overview - AlternativZ

Nerve Pain - A Basic Overview - AlternativZ | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
Nerve pain is severe pain that occurs along a nerve. It may be limited to one part of the nerve, or it may extend along the nerve's branches. Nerve pain usually starts with nerve inflammation. It often is not known why a nerve becomes inflamed.
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Busted! Big Pharma epilepsy study rigged to push drug gabapentin - Sigalon's Health/Alternative Soup

Busted! Big Pharma epilepsy study rigged to push drug gabapentin - Sigalon's Health/Alternative Soup | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it

(NaturalNews) If you think being concerned over natural health issues means you automatically dismiss everything that mainstream medicine has to say - think again. Not only are many mainstream researchers coming up with evidence that nutrition and other natural therapies really are effective but now comes a report published in none other than Archives of Internal Medicine, a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), that blows the lid off an unethical Big Pharma practice.

Specifically, the article shows how drug pushing - not science - appears to have been the motivation behind a study that supposedly was testing the drug Neurontin (gabapentin), currently widely used to treat nerve pain. The test was allegedly designed to document how various doses could treat epilepsy. But it turns out the trial was set up to "seed" the results in order to sell the drug, much like a card shark might stack a deck of cards in order to cheat at a game of poker.


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Slideshow: Nerve Pain Symptoms, Causes, & Treatment Options

Slideshow: Nerve Pain Symptoms, Causes, & Treatment Options | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
See nerve pain symptoms, causes, and treatment options. WebMD shows you tips for dealing with the tingling and numbness that may be caused by neuropathy.
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First wireless back pain devices approved in U.S.

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The WiTouch and WiTouch Pro are the first wireless remote-controlled devices to use transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for back pain. No, they have nothing to do with the Wii. Read this blog post by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore on Crave.

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7 Ways To Stop Sciatic Nerve Pain

Great post from Ian called 7 Ways To Stop Sciatic Nerve Pain!


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St John's wort for muscle cramps , nerve pain like sciatica and surgical wound healing after c- section

St John's wort for muscle cramps , nerve pain like sciatica and surgical wound healing after c- section | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
A client of mine that is 34 weeks pregnant and has been having awful sciatica pain just called and asked me what she can do for it  (  Sciatica pain is a tingling or numbness starting from the back...
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Blueprint for an artificial brain: Scientists experiment with memristors that imitate natural nerves

Blueprint for an artificial brain: Scientists experiment with memristors that imitate natural nerves | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it

Scientists have long been dreaming about building a computer that would work like a brain. This is because a brain is far more energy-saving than a computer, it can learn by itself, and it doesn't need any programming. Privatdozent [senior lecturer] Dr. Andy Thomas from Bielefeld University's Faculty of Physics is experimenting with memristors -- electronic microcomponents that imitate natural nerves. Thomas and his colleagues have demonstrated that they could do this a year ago. They constructed a memristor that is capable of learning. Andy Thomas is now using his memristors as key components in a blueprint for an artificial brain.


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Gluten & Your Nervous System - Depression, Brain Abnormalities ...

Gluten & Your Nervous System - Depression, Brain Abnormalities ... | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it

For years scientists have been investigating the detrimental effects of gluten on brain and nerve tissue. A recent study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry is just one more piece of evidence ...


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Oh now this is really cool, I have been attempting gluten free diets recently with a hit miss track record but I am also interested in neurology. This is uniquely connected to my life.

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Psychology of Pain: High-dose opiates could crack chronic pain : Nature News & Comment

Psychology of Pain: High-dose opiates could crack chronic pain : Nature News & Comment | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it

Has a cheap and effective treatment for chronic pain been lying under clinicians' noses for decades? Researchers have found that a very high dose of an opiate drug that uses the same painkilling pathways as morphine can reset the nerve signals associated with continuous pain — at least in rats.


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Hydrogel polymer tunnel built to guide severed nerves

Hydrogel polymer tunnel built to guide severed nerves | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it

Spontaneous nerve regeneration is limited to small lesions within the injured peripheral nerve system and is actively suppressed within central nervous system. When a nerve in the peripheral nervous system is cut slightly, nerve endings can regenerate and reconnect. However, if the distance between the two endings is too far, the growth can go off course and fail to connect.

 

Penn State engineers have now developed a novel hybrid conduit that consisted of a soft material, called a hydrogel, as an external wall along with an internal wall made of an electrically-active conducting polymer to serve as a tunnel that guides the regrowth and reconnection of the severed nerve endings. “Autografts are currently the gold standard for bridging nerve gaps,” says Abidian. “This is an operation that takes the nerve from another portion of the body—for instance—from from a tendon, and then it is grafted onto the injured nerve.”

 

However, the operation can be painful and there are often mismatches in size between the severed nerve endings and the new grafted portion of the nerve.

The researchers used agarose, a hydrogel that is permeable and more likely to be accepted by the body. However, because the hydrogel expands in water and fluids, the expansion would collapse the tunnel and reduce the ability of the nerve endings to regenerate and connect, Abidian says.

 

So they created a second design by adding a conducting polymer, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)—PEDOT—to the design to form a wall that can mechanically support and reinforce the hydrogel. PEDOT is a stable material that can conduct electricity to help electrical signals pass through the nerve.

To make sure nutrients and oxygen would reach the regenerating nerve endings, the team created a spiral PEDOT design that maintained the structural integrity of the wall, but allowed some nutrients and air to reach the nerve.

 

The researchers tested the three designs—plain hydrogel, hydrogel with fully coated PEDOT wall, and hydrogel with a partially coated PEDOT wall—by implanting the device in 10 mm nerve gaps in rats and measuring the muscle mass and strength of muscle contractions at the end of the nerves. These measurements can indicate whether the separated nerve has reconnected.


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Experts study diabetic nerve pain - Yorkshire Post

Experts study diabetic nerve pain - Yorkshire Post | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
Experts study diabetic nerve pain
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A PIONEERING study hoping to find the exact cause of diabetic nerve damage is being launched by researchers in Yorkshire.
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great site, check this out, visit this link, click here, www.northroyaltonchiropractor.com/neuropathy,  here, visit this site, best neuropathy treatment, neuropathy North Royalton | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it

Neuropathy affects every part of your life — walking, sitting, and even sleeping. Maybe you’ve had multiple tests, only to find out no one has any idea what you have. Maybe you’ve even been put on a drug with heavy side effects. More than 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy, a problem caused by damage to the nerves that supply your arms and legs. This painful condition interferes with your body’s ability to transmit messages to your muscles, skin, joints, or internal organs. If ignored or mistreated, neuropathy can lead to irreversible health conditions. If You Suffer From A Single One Of These Torturous Symptoms – Numbness, Tingling, Or Sharp Nerve Pain ...Why not get help by those trained to correct the major cause of peripheral neuropathy?


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Pudendal Neuralgia: Treatment Before and After The Mesh Debacle - Justice News Flash

Pudendal Neuralgia: Treatment Before and After The Mesh Debacle
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Some patients with post mesh pain also have pain due to severe spasm of the plevic floor muscles.
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15 Herbs and Spices with Special Healing Powers (And You Can Grow You Can Grow in Your Own Indoor Garden) |

15 Herbs and Spices with Special Healing Powers (And You Can Grow You Can Grow in Your Own Indoor Garden) | | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it

It has long been know that many herbs and spices have medicinal benefits for treating certain ailments. Unfortunately, there are too many herbs and spices to give a full list of all their properties and health benefits. Here are 15 of the more common ones that you can grow yourself in your own indoor herb garden (or easily find in your local supermarket.)

Basil –Basil is a natural tranquillizer and tonic to calm the nervous system. May aid digestion and ease stomach cramps. Basil tea helps relieve nausea.Bay - is used to stimulate and aid digestion. It’s also been used to treat physical problems like high blood sugar, migraine headaches, bacterial and fungal infections, and gastric ulcers.Chili peppers – Chili peppers provide three times more vitamin C than oranges. Chilies also contain a component called capsaicin, which produces its heat. Capsaicin can also relive nerve pain and often used in cream form to ease the pain of shingles. The consumption of chilies has long been prescribed as a way to warm the body, improve circulation and stimulate the metabolism.Chives – Consuming chives can stimulate the appetite and aid digestion.Coriander – Fresh coriander leaves are a tonic for the stomach and heart when eaten. The seeds and leaves are also used for treating urinary tract infections.Dill – Dill has proven to be effective in the relief of gripes and flatulence. Dill seed is used for its anti-spasmodic, diuretic and stomachic properties.Fennel – used to aid digestion, prevent excessive wind, insomnia, and nausea and vomiting.Garlic – Garlic has been used as a medicine for centuries. It has been known to be effective in the treatment of a variety of maladies, including heart disease, atherosclerosis, and high cholesterol, high blood pressure, fighting the common cold, and regulating blood sugar levels.Mint – Mint leaves aid in digestion and hot mint tea can help at the start of a cold.Nutmeg – Nutmeg contains myristicin, a substance that causes drowsiness. Warm milk and grated nutmeg at bedtime will promote sleep. When taken in moderation, nutmeg may alleviate nausea, vomiting, flatulence and diarrhea. But taken in large quantities, nutmeg may become toxic.Parsley – Fresh parsley leaves make a good breath freshener when chewed after eating.Saffron – As one of the most expensive spices in the world, saffron has been used in traditional and modern medicine systems to treat a variety of ailments. It is said to relieve menstrual pain, depression, chronic diarrhea and neuralgic pain. Some believe that saffron has anti-carcinogenic (cancer suppressing) properties.Sage – Sage aids in digestion, especially of rich or heavy foods. Sage tea can also be used for indigestion, anxiety, excessive sweating and as a gargle to ease a sore throat.Thyme – When used as a tea thyme is an effective digestive tonic and a cure for hangovers. Diluted thyme oil can be used as a massage for headaches; use of the essential oil in a burner creates an antiseptic room freshener. Thyme can also relieve insomnia, poor circulation and muscular pain.Rosemary – The herb rosemary has been found valuable in headaches, especially those resulting from a cold. It has also been known to act as a stimulant to both the nervous and circulatory systems, and may help to soothe the digestive system, relieving indigestion and flatulence. Rosemary also makes a good antiseptic gargle.


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Psychology of Pain: High-dose opiates could crack chronic pain : Nature News & Comment

Psychology of Pain: High-dose opiates could crack chronic pain : Nature News & Comment | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it

Has a cheap and effective treatment for chronic pain been lying under clinicians' noses for decades? Researchers have found that a very high dose of an opiate drug that uses the same painkilling pathways as morphine can reset the nerve signals associated with continuous pain — at least in rats.


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Hydrogel polymer tunnel built to guide severed nerves

Hydrogel polymer tunnel built to guide severed nerves | Chronic Pain | Scoop.it

Spontaneous nerve regeneration is limited to small lesions within the injured peripheral nerve system and is actively suppressed within central nervous system. When a nerve in the peripheral nervous system is cut slightly, nerve endings can regenerate and reconnect. However, if the distance between the two endings is too far, the growth can go off course and fail to connect.

 

Penn State engineers have now developed a novel hybrid conduit that consisted of a soft material, called a hydrogel, as an external wall along with an internal wall made of an electrically-active conducting polymer to serve as a tunnel that guides the regrowth and reconnection of the severed nerve endings. “Autografts are currently the gold standard for bridging nerve gaps,” says Abidian. “This is an operation that takes the nerve from another portion of the body—for instance—from from a tendon, and then it is grafted onto the injured nerve.”

 

However, the operation can be painful and there are often mismatches in size between the severed nerve endings and the new grafted portion of the nerve.

The researchers used agarose, a hydrogel that is permeable and more likely to be accepted by the body. However, because the hydrogel expands in water and fluids, the expansion would collapse the tunnel and reduce the ability of the nerve endings to regenerate and connect, Abidian says.

 

So they created a second design by adding a conducting polymer, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)—PEDOT—to the design to form a wall that can mechanically support and reinforce the hydrogel. PEDOT is a stable material that can conduct electricity to help electrical signals pass through the nerve.

To make sure nutrients and oxygen would reach the regenerating nerve endings, the team created a spiral PEDOT design that maintained the structural integrity of the wall, but allowed some nutrients and air to reach the nerve.

 

The researchers tested the three designs—plain hydrogel, hydrogel with fully coated PEDOT wall, and hydrogel with a partially coated PEDOT wall—by implanting the device in 10 mm nerve gaps in rats and measuring the muscle mass and strength of muscle contractions at the end of the nerves. These measurements can indicate whether the separated nerve has reconnected.


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All pain isn't created equal - Vail Daily News

All pain isn't created equal
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Nociceptive pain is pain caused by damage to non-nerve tissue - for example when you break a bone.
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What is Gabapentin prescribed for? - by Dr. Manura Nanayakkara - Helium

Gabapentin is a medication prescribed for epilepsy, pain following the shingles infection and the trigeminal neuralgia. One of the main problems w..., Dr. Manura Nanayakkara (What is Gabapentin prescribed for?
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