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Chronic daily headache

Omar Viswanath, Roxanna Rasekhi, Rekhaben Suthar, Mark R Jones, Jacquelin Peck, Alan D Kaye
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Headaches encompass a broad-based category of a symptom of pain in the region of the head or neck. For those patients who unfortunately do not obtain relief from conservative treatment, interventional techniques have been developed and are continuing to be refined in an attempt to treat this subset of patients with the goal of return of daily activities. This investigation reviews various categories of headaches, their pathophysiology, and types of interventional treatments currently available...
March 19, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Lara Massie, Rushna Ali, Konstantin V Slavin, Jason M Schwalb
BACKGROUND: Stimulation of the occipital and supraorbital nerves is used to treat chronic migraine refractory to medical management. Placement of cranial leads is often challenging due to the rigid Touhy needle included in the kit for its placement. OBJECTIVE: To report the first case of concurrent placement of bilateral supraorbital (SNS) and occipital nerve stimulators (ONS) from a unilateral approach using the On-Q* Tunneler, (Halyard Health, Alpharetta, Georgia) a flexible, blunt tipped plastic tunneler with a tear-away sheath...
March 14, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Miles O Fortner, Paul A Oakley, Deed E Harrison
[Purpose] To present the case of the non-surgical restoration of cervical lordosis in a patient suffering from chronic whiplash syndrome including chronic neck pain and daily headaches resulting from previous whiplash. [Subject and Methods] A 31 year old female presented with a chief complaint of chronic neck pain and headaches for 12 years, correlating temporally with a sustained whiplash. These symptoms were not significantly relieved by previous chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy. The patient had cervical hypolordosis and was treated with Chiropractic BioPhysics® protocol including extension exercises, manual adjustments and cervical extension traction designed to increase the cervical lordosis...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
N Karsan, D Palethorpe, W Rattanawong, J C Marin, R Bhola, P J Goadsby
BACKGROUND: For over 20 years, as a group we have been using flunarizine in primary headache disorders. Flunarizine is widely used in Europe, but not licensed in the UK. In September 2014, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) published supportive guidelines for flunarizine use in migraine, based on randomised controlled evidence that it is as effective as propranolol and topiramate in adults. METHODS: We reviewed a cohort of adult patients (n=200) treated with flunarizine from our practice...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Mark Gaertner, Jiang-Ti Kong, Kristen H Scherrer, Alyssa Foote, Sean Mackey, Kevin A Johnson
INTRODUCTION: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a rare and severe chronic pain condition, often responds poorly to existing treatments. Previous studies demonstrated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) provided short-term pain relief for upper extremity CRPS. METHODS: Building on previous methodologies, we employed a TMS protocol that may lead to significant pain relief for upper and lower extremity CRPS in a nonrandomized open label pilot trial involving 21 participants...
March 4, 2018: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Ke-Hao Huang, Ming-Cheng Tai, Lung-Chi Lee, Tzu-Heng Weng, Yi-Hao Chen, Li-Fan Lin, Jiann-Torng Chen, Da-Wen Lu, Ching-Long Chen
RATIONALE: Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) syndrome is a rare disease and could be associated with autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD). This report was aimed to investigate the utility of F-fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (F-FDG PET/CT) for the diagnosis of VKH syndrome with AITD and to perform a literature review on the association between the 2 diseases. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 55-year-old woman without the history of ocular trauma suffered from chronic headache...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Sunil Taneja, Ajay Duseja, Arka De, Manu Mehta, Raja Ramachandran, Vivek Kumar, Harbir Singh Kohli, Krishan Lal Gupta, Radha Krishan Dhiman, Yogesh Chawla
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is sparse data on the use of Sofosbuvir based directly acting antiviral (DAA) drug regimens in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m2 . We evaluated the safety and efficacy of low-dose Sofosbuvir plus full-dose Daclatasvir in CHC patients with CKD. METHODS: Sixty-five CHC patients with CKD with eGFR less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m2 [54 (83%) patients with ESRD on hemodialysis] were included...
February 26, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Jennifer Hague, Ruth Casey, Jonathan Bruty, Tom Legerton, Stephen Abbs, Susan Oddy, Andrew S Powlson, Mohamed Majeed, Mark Gurnell, Soo-Mi Park, Helen Simpson
Activating mutations in AVPR2 are associated with nephrogenic syndrome of inappropriate antidiuresis (NSIAD). NSIAD causes hyponatremia, decreased serum osmolality and clinical symptoms, which may present from birth or in infancy and include hypotonia, irritability, vomiting and/or seizures. Symptoms in later life are often less specific and include malaise, dizziness, confusion, tiredness and headache. NSIAD is a rare X-linked condition, which is associated with a variable phenotype in males, of whom some present in infancy but others do not become symptomatic until adulthood, or occasionally, never...
2018: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
Tharsika Kuganesan, Allen R Huang
BACKGROUND: Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is an immune mediated inflammatory disease of medium and large arteries which afflicts older people. The classical presentation features include: headache, visual disturbances, and jaw claudication. Patients diagnosed with GCA have also been observed to be at higher risk for the subsequent development of strokes. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a case of an 84-year old right-handed man who presented to hospital with dysarthria, dysphagia, right-sided facial drop, a history of generalized weakness and multiple falls...
February 21, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
Linda Stein Gold, Jerry Bagel, Mark Lebwohl, J Mark Jackson, Rongdean Chen, Joana Goncalves, Eugenia Levi, Kristina Callis Duffin
<p>BACKGROUND: Many patients with moderate plaque psoriasis are undertreated despite broadening treatment options. In the phase IV UNVEIL study, oral apremilast demonstrated efficacy and safety in systemic-naive patients with chronic moderate plaque psoriasis with lower psoriasis-involved body surface area (BSA; 5%-10%) during the 16-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase. We describe efficacy and safety of apremilast in this population through week 52 in UNVEIL.</p> <p>METHODS: Patients with moderate plaque psoriasis (BSA 5%-10%; static Physician's Global Assessment [sPGA] score of 3 [moderate]) and naive to systemic therapies for psoriasis were randomized (2:1) to receive apremilast 30 mg twice daily or placebo for 16 weeks...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Yoichi Sunagawa, Nobuko Okamura, Yusuke Miyazaki, Kana Shimizu, Mai Genpei, Masafumi Funamoto, Satoshi Shimizu, Yasufumi Katanasaka, Eriko Morimoto, Hajime Yamakage, Maki Komiyama, Noriko Satoh-Asahara, Hiromichi Wada, Mika Suzuki, Koji Hasegawa, Tatsuya Morimoto
Neck and shoulder stiffness is a typical subjective symptom in developed countries. This stiffness is caused by factors such as muscle tension and poor blood flow, leading to reduce work efficiency and diminish quality of life. NKCP®, a natto-derived dietary food supplement whose main component is bacillopeptidase F, has antithrombotic, fibrinolytic, and blood viscosity-lowering effects. Here, we investigated the effect of NKCP® on neck and shoulder stiffness in a double-blind placebo-controlled randomized crossover study...
February 6, 2018: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Winfried Häuser, Stephan Schug, Andrea D Furlan
Introduction: A marked rise in opioid prescriptions for patients with chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) with a parallel increase in opioid abuse/misuse, and resulting deaths was noted in the Unites states in the past decade (opioid epidemic). In response, the US Center of Diseases Control (CDC) developed a guideline for prescribing of opioids for patients with CNCP. Objectives: To assess (1) if there is an opioid epidemic in Australia, Canada, and Germany (2) to compare Australian, Canadian, German, and Center of Diseases Control guidelines recommendations for long-term opioid therapy for CNCP...
May 2017: Pain Reports (Baltimore, Md.)
Petr Husa, Libuše Husová
Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) is one of the leading causes of chronic liver disease worldwide. The new fixed-dose combination of the highly potent second wave first generation NS5A inhibitor elbasvir (50 mg) and the second generation protease inhibitor grazoprevir (100 mg) is contained in the drug Zepatier. This combination is indicated for the treatment of patients chronically infected with HCV genotypes 1 or 4. Between June and August 2017, the treatment was initiated in 22 patients with chronic viral hepatitis C, with 17 patients being treated in the Department of Infectious Diseases University Hospital Brno and five patients in the Center of Cardiovascular and Transplant Surgery in Brno...
December 2017: Klinická Mikrobiologie a Infekc̆ní Lékar̆ství
Jean Sonchieu, Edouard Nantia Akono, Cheche Tanwi Ngwamitang, Benoït Martin Ngassoum
In Bamenda and peripheral zones, studies have been focused on the effects of pesticides on farmers (pesticide users) while nothing has been done to assess the exposure of sellers to pesticides. This study aimed at evaluating the exposure of pesticide sellers in the same area. Thirty-two questionnaires were administered to 32 pesticide sellers systematically selected, and chi-square was used for statistical analysis. From each shop, a respondent was chosen among the workers according to its daily time spent in the workplace...
January 20, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
H R El-Khayat, E M Kamal, M H El-Sayed, M El-Shabrawi, H Ayoub, A RizK, M Maher, R Y El Sheemy, Y M Fouad, D Attia
BACKGROUND: The combination of ledipasvir plus sofosbuvir was recently approved for treatment of adolescent (12-17 years) HCV genotype 1, 4, 5 & 6 patients. However, few clinical trials have been performed in genotype 1 patients. AIM: To investigate the effectiveness and safety of ledipasvir plus sofosbuvir in chronic HCV adolescent patients with genotype 4 in the real world. METHODS: This prospective multicentre (six centres) open-label study included 144 adolescent chronic HCV patients with genotype 4 (mean age 14 ± 2, 69% males)...
January 19, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Tzu-Hsien Lai, Shuu-Jiun Wang
Medication overuse headache (MOH) is a secondary headache syndrome defined as the deterioration of the headache associated with the overuse of analgesics. The prevalence of MOH is 1-2% in the general population and even up to 50% in special clinics. Overuse of abortive medications is highly associated with chronic daily headaches and also a known risk factor for headache evolution. Possible mechanisms include neural plasticity changes such as sensitization and defective endogenous pain inhibition. Psychological studies have suggested dependence, even addiction, in patients with MOH...
January 16, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Francesca Puledda, Peter J Goadsby, Prab Prabhakar
BACKGROUND: Pediatric headache disorders can be extremely disabling, with marked reduction in the quality of life of children and their carers. Evidenced-based options for the treatment of primary headache disorders with preventive medication is limited and clinical outcomes are often unsatisfactory. Greater occipital nerve injections represent a rapid and well-tolerated therapeutic option, which is widely used in clinical practice in adults, and has previously shown a good outcome in a pediatric population...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Headache and Pain
John H Beigel, Jocelyn Voell, Parag Kumar, Kanakatte Raviprakash, Hua Wu, Jin-An Jiao, Eddie Sullivan, Thomas Luke, Richard T Davey
BACKGROUND: Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a severe respiratory illness with an overall mortality of 35%. There is no licensed or proven treatment. Passive immunotherapy approaches are being developed to prevent and treat several human medical conditions where alternative therapeutic options are absent. We report the safety of a fully human polyclonal IgG antibody (SAB-301) produced from the hyperimmune plasma of transchromosomic cattle immunised with a MERS coronavirus vaccine...
January 9, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
H El-Khayat, Y Fouad, H I Mohamed, H El-Amin, E M Kamal, M Maher, A Risk
BACKGROUND: The Daclatasvir and Sofosbuvir combination therapy (SOF/DCV) has shown efficacy in patients with chronic hepatitis C in clinical trials. AIM: To investigate the efficacy and safety of SOF/DCV for treatment of patients with hepatitis C-related liver cirrhosis genotype 4. METHODS: Multicentre study involving 551 patients with liver cirrhosis genotype 4; 432 naïve patients and 119 treatment-experienced patients. All patients received SOF (400 mg) and DCV (60 mg) daily in addition to weight-based ribavirin (RBV) for 12 weeks and when RBV is contraindicated the treatment duration was extended to 24 weeks...
January 3, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
E O Sanya, O O Desalu, S A Aderibigbe, P M Kolo, A F Mustapha, O A Adeyanju
OBJECTIVE: Headache is a common chronic neurologic disorder with huge economic and psychosocial impact. In comparison with other neurological disorders, there is limited data on primary headache, especially from sub-Saharan Africa. This study was done to fill in the gap and provide recent information on headache among Nigerian undergraduate students. METHODOLOGY: Quota sampling was used to select students from three tertiary educational institutions within Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state...
November 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
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