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Pain relief in headaches

Maria Jenelyn M Alviar, Tom Hale, Monalisa Dungca
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in Issue 12, 2011. Phantom limb pain (PLP) is pain that arises in the missing limb after amputation and can be severe, intractable, and disabling. Various medications have been studied in the treatment of phantom pain. There is currently uncertainty in the optimal pharmacologic management of PLP. OBJECTIVES: This review aimed to summarise the evidence of effectiveness of pharmacologic interventions in treating PLP...
October 14, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Richard B Lipton, Sagar Munjal, Dawn C Buse, Kristina M Fanning, Alix Bennett, Michael L Reed
BACKGROUND: Pain freedom at 2 hours and sustained pain response at 24 hours are important outcomes of acute migraine therapy. Some studies have examined rates and predictors of successful treatment outcomes for single attacks in clinical trials. However, little is known about predictors of typical response to acute treatment over multiple attacks in the population. OBJECTIVES: To identify sociodemographic features, headache characteristics, comorbidities and treatment-related factors that predict acute treatment success or failure at 2 hours and 24 hours post dose in a US population sample of persons with episodic migraine...
October 12, 2016: Headache
Leigh A Rettenmaier, Brian J Park, Marshall T Holland, Youssef J Hamade, Shuchita Garg, Rahul Rastogi, Chandan G Reddy
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) is a more common than previously noted condition (1-2.5 per 50,000) typically caused by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage. Initial treatment involves conservative therapies, but the mainstay of treatment for patients who fail conservative management is the epidural blood patch (EBP). Subdural hematoma (SDH) is a common complication occurring with SIH, but its management remains controversial. In this report, we discuss a 62-year-old female who presented with a 5-week history of orthostatic headaches associated with nausea, emesis, and neck pain...
September 27, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Jos├ęphine Grange, Gilbert Lorre, Guillaume Ducarme
A 30-year-old woman at 28 weeks presented with sudden onset of intense headache, epigastric pain, hot flushes, nausea, vomiting, and stiff neck. Cerebral magnetic resonance imaging showed pathognonomic signs of spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH). Epidural blood patch was performed 2 times during pregnancy for symptoms relief in spite of medical treatments. No other recurrence was noted until the spontaneous delivery. SIH is a rare entity during pregnancy which may be diagnosed using magnetic resonance imaging...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Sheffield Kent, Gregory Mehaffey
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate a possible alternative treatment for postdural puncture headache (PDPH). DESIGN: Postdural puncture headache is a common complication associated with neuraxial anesthesia and unintentional dural puncture. Epidural blood patch (EBP) is the standard therapy for PDPH but has risks including pain, dural puncture, and infection. Transnasal sphenopalatine ganglion block (SPGB) has been successfully used to treat migraine, cluster headache, and trigeminal neuralgia...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Liangliang He, Jianning Yue, Liqiang Yang, Baishan Wu, Guoqing Cao, Yuna Guo, Guanghui Lai, Yuanzhang Tang, Jiaxiang Ni
A degenerative cervical disc is a pain generator for headaches, and headaches can benefit from cervical prolapse surgery. However, as an alternative intervention for open cervical surgery, no study has reported whether headaches can benefit from cervical nucleoplasty.The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of cervical coblation nucleoplasty in the treatment of cervicogenic headaches.In a prospective cohort study performed between December 2013 and August 2015, 20 patients with cervicogenic headaches undergoing cervical nucleoplasty for shoulder-arm pain were recruited into group C, and 20 patients with cervicogenic headaches undergoing lumbar nucleoplasty for low back pain, matched for age and sex, were recruited into group L...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Vivek Loomba, Aman Upadhyay, Hirsh Kaveeshvar
UNLABELLED: Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) has been shown to be an effective modality of treatment for patients with intractable chronic cluster headaches (CHs). While the use of fluoroscopy for RFA of the SPG is common, to our knowledge there are no documented cases of procedures using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) for image guidance. We present a case report of a patient suffering from chronic intractable CH with complete long-lasting relief after RFA of the SPG using CBCT...
September 2016: Pain Physician
Sayed E Wahezi, Kyle Silva, Naum Shaparin, Andrew Lederman, Mohammed Emam, Nogah Haramati, Sherry A Downie
BACKGROUND: Headache (HA) is a significant cause of morbidity globally. Despite many available treatment options, HAs that are refractory to conservative management can be challenging to treat. Third occipital nerve (TON) and greater occipital nerve (GON) irritation are potential etiologic agents of primary and cervicogenic HAs that can be targeted using minimally invasive treatment options such as nerve blocks or radiofrequency ablation. However, a substantial number of patients that undergo radiofrequency ablation do not experience pain relief despite a positive diagnostic medial branch block (MBB)...
September 2016: Pain Physician
Jonathan Zipfel, Adrian Kastler, Laurent Tatu, Julien Behr, Rachid Kechidi, Bruno Kastler
BACKGROUND: Two studies recently reported that computed tomography (CT) guided infiltration of the greater occipital nerve at its intermediate site allows a high efficacy rate with long-lasting pain relief following procedure in occipital neuralgia and in various craniofacial pain syndromes. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our study was to evaluate the technical feasibility and safety of ultrasound-guided intermediate site greater occipital nerve infiltration. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study...
September 2016: Pain Physician
Thomas P Pittelkow, Gabriel L Pagani-Estevez, Bradford Landry, Matthew J Pingree, Jason S Eldrige
BACKGROUND: Occipital neuromodulation is a promising treatment modality for refractory headache, but lead migration remains a frequent surgical complication. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to identify surgical techniques that may minimize adverse events, particularly lead migration. We hypothesized that a surgical technique employing 2-point anchoring of stimulator leads designed to provide a tension-relief loop and the use of ultrasound for lead placement would decrease the complication rate...
September 2016: Pain Physician
Alireza Baratloo, Alaleh Rouhipour, Mohammad Mehdi Forouzanfar, Saeed Safari, Marzieh Amiri, Ahmed Negida
CONTEXT: Caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive legal drug in the world. Caffeine's role in controlling pain has received less attention in the past, yet is being increasingly considered. This article briefly reviewed the literature to clarify the role of caffeine as a drug for pain control and attract investigators to this topic. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: The data on Caffeine as an adjuvant therapy or as a main component for pain modulation has been narratively reviewed...
June 2016: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Se-Hyung Kim
Here, the author presents a case of bruxism-induced otalgia in a 29-year-old female patient. The pain was sharp and penetrating in character. It was usually worse in the morning and frequently radiated to the right temporal area. She had received unsuccessful medical treatments for migraine headache. The otoendoscopic examination revealed a normal tympanic membrane. A thorough inspection of her teeth revealed excessive wear on the incisal edges, and the cause of her otalgia was identified as bruxism-related temporomandibular joint disorder...
September 2016: Journal of Audiology & Otology
Antoine Chevalier, Kelly Armstrong, C Norwood-Williams, Raman Gokal
Introduction: This case study offers a detailed comparative analysis of the effects of direct-current electroacupuncture (DC-EA) on the autonomic nervous system (ANS), when DC-EA was applied to the cranial sutures and scars of a patient with a history of ischemic stroke and postconcussion syndrome (PCS) pain. Case: A 56-year-old female suffering from severe tremors and debilitating headaches requested acupuncture after conventional biomedicines failed to relieve her symptoms. Evaluations were performed to check the status of 27 ANS functions...
August 1, 2016: Medical Acupuncture
Richard L Nahin, Robin Boineau, Partap S Khalsa, Barbara J Stussman, Wendy J Weber
Although most pain is acute and resolves within a few days or weeks, millions of Americans have persistent or recurring pain that may become chronic and debilitating. Medications may provide only partial relief from this chronic pain and can be associated with unwanted effects. As a result, many individuals turn to complementary health approaches as part of their pain management strategy. This article examines the clinical trial evidence for the efficacy and safety of several specific approaches-acupuncture, manipulation, massage therapy, relaxation techniques including meditation, selected natural product supplements (chondroitin, glucosamine, methylsulfonylmethane, S-adenosylmethionine), tai chi, and yoga-as used to manage chronic pain and related disability associated with back pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neck pain, and severe headaches or migraines...
September 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Sarah L E Colgan, Kate Faasse, Jennifer A Pereira, Andrew Grey, Keith J Petrie
OBJECTIVE: Generic medicines provide a safe and economical medical treatment and are used routinely throughout the world. However, a significant proportion of individuals view generic medicines as less safe, less effective and of lower quality compared with their equivalent branded medicines. This study aimed to investigate the effect of an educational intervention on improving perceptions and perceived efficacy of generic medicines. METHOD: Seventy participants who experienced frequent tension headaches were randomized to receive an educational video about generic medicines or a control video...
November 2016: Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
Jonathan K Kleen, Morris Levin
Peripheral nerve blocks are an increasingly viable treatment option for selected groups of headache patients, particularly those with intractable headache or facial pain. Greater occipital nerve block, the most widely used local anesthetic procedure in headache conditions, is particularly effective, safe, and easy to perform in the office. Adverse effects are few and infrequent. These procedures can result in rapid relief of pain and allodynia, and effects last for several weeks or months. Use of nerve block procedures and potentially onabotulinum toxin therapy should be expanded for patients with intractable headache disorders who may benefit, although more studies are needed for efficacy and clinical safety...
August 2016: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America
Ashish Dhir
INTRODUCTION: Refractory/intractable migraine headaches are associated with chronic pain that does not respond to standard care of treatment. Propofol(2,6-diisopropylphenol) in sub-anesthetic doses has been reported to be beneficial in such patients. The present article describes the complete drug profile of propofol in the management of these super-refractory migraine headaches. AREAS COVERED: The article covers different preclinical and clinical studies available in the literature...
September 2016: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Byung-Chul Son, Sang-Woo Ha, Si-Hoon Lee, Jin-Gyu Choi
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) caused by spontaneous spinal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks produces orthostatic headaches. Although upper arm pain or paresthesia is reportedly associated with SIH from spontaneous spinal CSF leak in the presence of orthostatic headache, low thoracic radicular pain due to spontaneous spinal CSF leak unassociated with postural headache is extremely rare. We report a 67-year-old female who presented with chronic, positional radicular right T11 pain. Computed tomography myelography showed a spontaneous lumbar spinal CSF leak at L2-3 and repeated lumbar epidural blood patches significantly alleviated chronic, positional, and lower thoracic radiculopathic pain...
2016: Pain Research & Management: the Journal of the Canadian Pain Society
W J Perry
In brief: Exertional headache is an acute headache of short duration brought on by some forms of activity. It is usually considered benign. Neurological and radiological studies on a limited number of college students with this complaint failed to reveal any abnormalities. Reducing the stressful activity seems to be beneficial, and a simple prostaglandin inhibitor is currently recommended for relief of pain. Physicians should consider the possibility of preexisting abnormalities in patients whose symptoms persist...
October 1985: Physician and Sportsmedicine
J L Booth, P H Pan, J A Thomas, L C Harris, R D'Angelo
BACKGROUND: The optimal volume of blood required to treat post-dural puncture headache remains in question. In our institution a target volume of 30mL is used for an epidural blood patch unless the patient experiences pain during injection. METHODS: The institutional database was retrospectively reviewed for epidural blood patch and delivery statistics over a 15-year period to determine if the volume of blood administered during the procedure directly correlated with the number of epidural blood patches administered...
June 3, 2016: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
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