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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867513/ultrasound-guided-alcohol-neurolysis-of-lateral-femoral-cutaneous-nerve-for-intractable-meralgia-paresthetica-a-case-series
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Arif Ahmed, Divesh Arora, Amit Kumar Kochhar
Meralgia paresthetica is a rare sensory entrapment neuropathy which leads to burning, tingling and numbness in the antero-lateral aspect of thigh. Mostly it runs a benign course, and responds to conservative measures. We present a case series of six patients with intractable meralgia paresthetica with severe pain over antero-lateral thigh along the distribution of lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh which was further confirmed by nerve conduction study. These patients did not respond to the oral anti-neuropathic medications...
November 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867512/a-service-improvement-project-to-review-prescribing-information-provided-by-general-practitioners-for-new-referrals-to-a-uk-national-health-service-hospital-pain-clinic-potential-implications-of-cyp2d6-enzyme-inhibition
#2
Helen Radford, Pauline Fitzgerald, Stephen Martin, Mark I Johnson
INTRODUCTION: Chronic pain is often managed using co-prescription of analgesics and adjuvants, with concomitant medication prescribed for comorbidities. Patients may have suboptimal response to some analgesics or be at risk of drug interactions or adverse drug reactions (ADRs) due to polypharmacy affecting CYP2D6 enzyme activity. The aim of the service improvement project was to determine the proportion of patients referred to a specialist pain service in the UK National Health Service (NHS) by general practitioners (GPs) who may be at risk of suboptimal analgesic response or ADRs due to CYP2D6 inhibition through polypharmacy...
November 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867511/is-tapentadol-different-from-classical-opioids-a-review-of-the-evidence
#3
Richard M Langford, Roger Knaggs, Paul Farquhar-Smith, Anthony H Dickenson
Tapentadol is a single molecule able to deliver analgesia by two distinct mechanisms, a feature which differentiates it from many other analgesics. Pre-clinical data demonstrate two mechanisms of action: mu-opioid receptor agonist activity and noradrenaline re-uptake inhibition. From these, one may predict that tapentadol would be applicable across a broad spectrum of pain from nociceptive to neuropathic. The evidence in animal models suggests that norepinephrine re-uptake inhibition (NRI) is a key mechanism and may even predominate over opioid actions in chronic (and especially neuropathic) pain states, reinforcing that tapentadol is different to classical opioids and may, therefore, be an a priori choice for the treatment of neuropathic and mixed pain...
November 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867510/effect-of-adding-intrathecal-morphine-to-a-multimodal-analgesic-regimen-for-postoperative-pain-management-after-laparoscopic-bariatric-surgery-a-prospective-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Fatma Adel El Sherif, Ahmed Hassan Othman, Ahmad Mohammad Abd El-Rahman, Osama Taha
BACKGROUND: Pain control after bariatric surgery is a major challenge. Our objective was to study the efficacy and safety of intrathecal (IT) morphine 0.3 mg added to bupivacaine 0.5% for postoperative pain after laparoscopic bariatric surgery. METHODS: After local ethics committee approval, 100 morbidly obese patients scheduled for laparoscopic bariatric surgery were enrolled in this study. Patients were randomly assigned into two groups: Group I received IT 0...
November 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867509/comparison-of-fentanyl-iontophoretic-transdermal-system-and-routine-care-with-morphine-intravenous-patient-controlled-analgesia-in-the-management-of-early-postoperative-mobilisation-results-from-a-randomised-study
#5
Richard M Langford, Kuang-Yi Chang, Li Ding, Jeffrey Abraham
INTRODUCTION: Fentanyl iontophoretic transdermal system (ITS) (IONSYS(®), The Medicines Company, Parsippany, NJ, USA) and morphine intravenous (IV) patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) have demonstrated equivalent pain control in several published studies. The primary objective of the current study was to compare fentanyl ITS with morphine IV PCA with regard to the patient's ability to mobilise with acute postoperative pain. METHODS: In this multicentre, open-label, randomised, active-controlled, prospective phase IV study, postoperative patients initially received IV morphine and were titrated to pain score ⩽ 4out of 10 on a Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) and then received fentanyl ITS (up to 240 µg (6 doses)/hour; up to a maximum of 3...
November 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867508/a-feasibility-study-to-determine-the-benefits-of-upper-extremity-virtual-rehabilitation-therapy-for-coping-with-chronic-pain-post-cancer-surgery
#6
Gregory House, Grigore Burdea, Namrata Grampurohit, Kevin Polistico, Doru Roll, Frank Damiani, Jasdeep Hundal, Didier Demesmin
BACKGROUND: Persistent pain in shoulder and arm following post-surgical breast cancer treatment can lead to cognitive and physical deficits. Depression is also common in breast cancer survivors. Virtual reality therapy with integrative cognitive and physical rehabilitation has not been clinically trialed for this population. The novel BrightArm Duo technology improved cognition and upper extremity (UE) function for other diagnoses and has great potential to benefit individuals coping with post-surgical breast cancer pain...
November 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867507/creating-a-better-picture-of-chronic-pain-improving-pain-pictogram-designs-through-systematic-evaluation-of-user-responses
#7
Catherine Stones, Peter Knapp, S Jose Closs
This article discusses the challenges of visually representing pain qualities in pictogram design. An existing set of 12 pictograms designed for people with literacy problems was evaluated to understand more about misunderstandings of pictogram interpretation. Two sets of university students from different disciplines were asked to interpret the pictograms, and a novel classification system was developed to categorise answer types, as 'location', 'affective', temporal' or 'literal'. Several design recommendations are made as a result that will help improve the design of pain pictograms as a whole as well as guide designers of related pictogram work...
November 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867506/independent-validation-of-the-pain-management-plan-in-a-multi-disciplinary-pain-team-setting
#8
Joanna Quinlan, Richard Hughes, David Laird
CONTEXT/BACKGROUND: The Pain Management Plan (PP) is a brief cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) self-management programme for people living with persistent pain that can be individually facilitated or provided in a group setting. Evidence of PP efficacy has been reported previously by the pain centres involved in its development. OBJECTIVES: To provide a fully independent evaluation of the PP and compare these with the findings reported by Cole et al. METHODS: The PP programme was delivered by the County Durham Pain Team (Co...
November 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867505/personalised-medicine-and-medicines-optimisation
#9
EDITORIAL
Roger Knaggs
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27583142/explaining-unexplained-pain-to-fibromyalgia-patients-finding-a-narrative-that-is-acceptable-to-patients-and-provides-a-rationale-for-evidence-based-interventions
#10
Michael E Hyland, Claire Hinton, Charlotte Hill, Ben Whalley, Rupert Cm Jones, Anthony F Davies
As the cause of fibromyalgia is controversial, communicating with patients can be challenging, particularly if the patient adopts the narrative 'I am damaged and so I need a more powerful pain killer'. Research shows that providing patients with alternative narratives can be helpful, but it remains unclear what particular narratives are most acceptable to patients and at the same time provide a rationale for evidence based psychological and exercise interventions. This article described the development of a new narrative and the written comments made about the narrative by fibromyalgia patients...
August 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27583141/magnitude-and-variability-of-effect-sizes-for-the-associations-between-chronic-pain-and-cognitive-test-performances-a-meta-analysis
#11
Michél Rathbone, William Parkinson, Yasir Rehman, Shucui Jiang, Mohit Bhandari, Dinesh Kumbhare
OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: A systematic review and meta-analysis were performed to estimate the size and variability of the association between chronic pain (CP) and poorer cognitive test performances as a function of individual tests, pain sub-types, and study sources on 22 studies having (1) a control group, (2) reported means and standard deviations (SDs) and (3) tests studied at least 3 times. RESULTS: CP patients performed significantly poorer with small to moderate effects (d = -...
August 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27583140/a-quality-review-of-smartphone-applications-for-the-management-of-pain
#12
Pamela Portelli, Clare Eldred
Smartphone applications (apps) are recent innovations that have not been studied extensively. The lack of regulatory body assessing the content of existing apps means that their quality is often unknown. This review aims to assess the quality of smartphone apps that claim to provide information and treatment for pain conditions. It assesses the degree to which apps adhere to evidence-based practices in psychological research for pain management and which stand the best chance of being effective for consumers...
August 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27583139/a-qualitative-study-exploring-the-effects-of-attending-a-community-pain-service-choir-on-wellbeing-in-people-who-experience-chronic-pain
#13
Mirella J Hopper, Suzi Curtis, Suzanne Hodge, Rebecca Simm
In line with growing evidence of the health benefits of singing, this study aimed to explore participants' perceptions of the impact of a service-user-led community pain choir on their psychological wellbeing, self-efficacy and relationships with their chronic pain. The choir has links to a multidisciplinary pain management service, which is informed by the ethos of solution-focused (SF) principles, specifically in identifying and drawing upon patients' resources. Seven choir members participated in semi-structured interviews, grounded in lines of enquiry commonly used in SF practice...
August 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27583138/editorial
#14
EDITORIAL
Roger Knaggs
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27551421/does-preoperative-psychological-status-of-patients-affect-postoperative-pain-a-prospective-study-from-the-caribbean
#15
Prisca Bradshaw, Seetharaman Hariharan, Deryk Chen
OBJECTIVES: Patients with high anxiety states in the preoperative period often have more intense postoperative pain, despite adequate pain control during the intraoperative period. This study aimed to determine the relationship between the preoperative psychological status and the pain experienced postoperatively in a sample of Caribbean patients. DESIGN AND METHODS: A prospective study was conducted in elective surgical adult patients at a teaching hospital in the Caribbean...
May 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27551420/understanding-factors-that-facilitate-the-inclusion-of-pain-education-in-undergraduate-curricula-perspectives-from-a-uk-survey
#16
Eloise Cj Carr, Emma V Briggs, Michelle Briggs, Nick Allcock, Pauline Black, Derek Jones
BACKGROUND: Studies in Europe, North America and Australasia suggest that one in five adults suffer from pain. There is increasing recognition that pain, particularly chronic pain, represents a global health burden. Many studies, including two national surveys exploring the content of undergraduate curricula for pain education, identify that documented pain education in curricula was limited and fragmentary. METHODS: The study design used a questionnaire which included an open text comment box for respondents to add 'further comments' as part of larger study previously published...
May 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27551419/-simplicity-radiofrequency-neurotomy-of-sacroiliac-joint-a-real-life-1-year-follow-up-uk-data
#17
Vinay S Anjana Reddy, Chhaya Sharma, Kuang-Yi Chang, Vivek Mehta
BACKGROUND: Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain is considered to be the third most common cause of low back pain with the prevalence of 13-25% in all low back pain patients. Its diagnosis and treatment remain a challenge with the poor evidence base for interventional procedures. Patients with SIJ pain experience a low quality of life, worse than some of the chronic health conditions. Simplicity radiofrequency (RF) neurotomy is a novel technique which tackles some of the problems faced by conventional RF neurotomy and may offer better results in managing pain arising from SIJ...
May 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27551418/patient-compliance-with-postoperative-analgesia-after-day-case-surgery-a-multisite-observational-study-of-patients-in-north-east-london
#18
Nisreen Fahmy, Julian Siah, Joanna Umo-Etuk
BACKGROUND: Pain is the commonest reason for delayed discharge and readmission post day surgery with up to 45% of patients reported to suffer moderate-to-severe post-surgical pain 24 hours after discharge. The importance of post-surgical pain management extends beyond the acute phase when one considers that all chronic post-surgical pain was once acute. Although much focus is given to perioperative analgesia, a patient's pain management once discharged can be overlooked, whilst at this time the patient's pain management is within their own hands...
May 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27551417/-pseudofailure-of-spinal-cord-stimulation-for-neuropathic-pain-following-a-new-severe-noxious-stimulus-learning-points-from-a-case-series-of-failed-spinal-cord-stimulation-for-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-and-failed-back-surgery-syndrome
#19
Samiul Muquit, Ahmad Abdelhai Moussa, Surajit Basu
Failure of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) may be due to hardware problems, migration of electrodes and, in the long-term, plasticity in the spinal cord with habituation to the stimulation current. We describe a series of seven patients who experienced acute therapeutic loss of SCS effects following an acute nociceptive event unrelated to primary pathology. There were no hardware problems. We called this 'Pseudofailure', as the effective stimulation returned in all patients following a period off stimulation or reprogramming...
May 2016: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27551416/perceptions-of-phantom-limb-pain-in-lower-limb-amputees-and-its-effect-on-quality-of-life-a-qualitative-study
#20
Esmé G Trevelyan, Warren A Turner, Nicola Robinson
BACKGROUND: Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a prevalent complication post-amputation. Currently, qualitative literature exploring the experience of PLP in amputees is sparse, and little is known about whether the educational needs of amputees are being met. OBJECTIVES: To explore lower limb amputees' descriptive lived experiences of PLP, to understand how PLP affects quality of life and to determine whether amputees feel they are provided with adequate information about PLP...
May 2016: British Journal of Pain
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