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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456445/concurrent-validation-of-a-pressure-pain-threshold-scale-for-individuals-with-myofascial-pain-syndrome-and-fibromyalgia
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Scott W Cheatham, Morey J Kolber, G Monique Mokha, William J Hanney
Background: Manual pressure palpation is an examination technique used in the classification of myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) and fibromyalgia (FM). Currently, there are no validated systems for classifying results. A valid and reliable pressure pain threshold scale (PPTS) may provide a means for clinicians to grade, document, and report findings. The purpose of this investigation was to validate a PPTS in individuals diagnosed with MPS and FM. Intra-rater reliability, concurrent validity, minimum cut-off value, and patient responses were evaluated...
February 2018: Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456360/clinical-features-and-psychiatric-comorbidity-of-epicrania-fugax
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K Rammohan, M M Shyma, Soumitra Das, C Velayudhan Shaji
Background: Epicrania fugax (EF) is a rare newly described primary headache characterized by paroxysms of unilateral pain radiating across one hemicranium. Aim: We aimed to describe 10 new cases of EF and assess the psychiatric comorbidity. Materials and Methods: Cases of EF were identified from patients attending the neurology outpatient department of a tertiary level referral and teaching hospital by the first author during a period extending from January 1, 2015 to April 31, 2017...
January 2018: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451665/mirror-therapy-a-potential-intervention-for-pain-management
#3
Priscilla G Wittkopf, Mark I Johnson
The consequences of chronic pain and associated disabilities to the patient and to the health care system are well known. Medication is often the first treatment of choice for chronic pain, although side effects and high costs restrict long-term use. Inexpensive, safe and easy to self-administer non-pharmacological therapies, such as mirror therapy, are recommended as adjuncts to pain treatment. The purpose of this review is to describe the principles of use of mirror therapy so it can be incorporated into a health care delivery...
November 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447372/small-fiber-polyneuropathy-is-prevalent-in-patients-experiencing-complex-chronic-pelvic-pain
#4
Annie Chen, Elise De, Charles Argoff
Objective: To demonstrate the prevalence of small fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN) in patients with refractory chronic pelvic pain (CPP). Design: Retrospective study of prospective database. Subjects: Participants were complex CPP patients recruited from subspecity referral clinics defined as those who were refractory to initial treatment and/or exhibited comorbid pain syndromes at initial presentation. Methods: Comprehensive treatment history for CPP was obtained, and participants referred as above; 3-mm punch biopsies were obtained of the lower extremity and sent to diagnostic reference labs to evaluate for SFPN...
February 13, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447138/inflammation-in-the-pathophysiology-of-neuropathic-pain
#5
Claudia Sommer, Mathias Leinders, Nurcan Üçeyler
Peripheral nerve injuries and diseases often lead to pain persisting beyond the resolution of damage, indicating an active disease-promoting process, which may result in chronic pain. This is regarded as a maladaptive mechanism resulting from neuroinflammation that originally serves to promote regeneration and healing. Knowledge on these physiological and pathophysiological processes has accumulated over the last few decades and has started to yield potential therapeutic targets. Key players are macrophages, T-lymphocytes, cytokines, and chemokines...
March 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446032/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-joint-hypermobility-related-disorders-and-pain-expanding-body-mind-connections-to-the-developmental-age
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REVIEW
Carolina Baeza-Velasco, Lorenzo Sinibaldi, Marco Castori
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and generalized joint hypermobility (JH) are two separated conditions, assessed, and managed by different specialists without overlapping interests. Recently, some researchers highlighted an unexpected association between these two clinical entities. This happens in a scenario of increasing awareness on the protean detrimental effects that congenital anomalies of the connective tissue may have on human health and development. To review pertinent literature to identify possible connections between ADHD and GJH, special emphasis was put on musculoskeletal pain and syndromic presentations of GJH, particularly the hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome...
February 14, 2018: Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444277/pathophysiology-and-management-of-abdominal-myofascial-pain-syndrome-amps-a-three-year-prospective-audit-of-a-management-pathway-in-120-patients
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Gopinath Niraj
Background: Chronic abdominal wall pain arising from the myofascial structures is termed abdominal myofascial pain syndrome and is an important cause of refractory abdominal pain that utilizes significant health care costs. The current literature is vague on its management. Design: The author presents a prospective audit of a structured management pathway and discusses the pathophysiology of abdominal myofascial pain syndrome. The objective was to identify an effective and durable treatment for the individual patient and evaluate patient satisfaction with the management pathway...
February 9, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442057/inguinal-hernia-repair-in-day-surgery-the-role-of-mac-monitored-anesthesia-care-with-remifentanil
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P Palumbo, S Usai, C Amatucci, B Perotti, L Ruggeri, G Illuminati, G Tellan
BACKGROUND: The extension of indications for procedures in a Day Surgery (DS) setting has led to changes in the anesthetic and surgical treatment of Inguinal Hernias (IH). According to the recommendations of the European Hernia Society, the treatment of IH in DS units should be performed under Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: 960 patients underwent IH repairs over a period of 24 months. The patients were randomly divided into two groups: R (remifentanil) and F (fentanyl); the group F was considered as a control group...
November 2017: Il Giornale di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440925/chronic-back-pain-cured-by-low-dose-levodopa-is-it-a-variant-of-restless-legs-syndrome
#9
Zhi-Fen Zeng, Yan-Ran Liang, Ying Chen, Xiu-Na Jing, Su-Dan Peng, En-Xiang Tao
Chronic back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work and visits to the doctor. This report presents 2 interesting cases of chronic back pain that were effectively relieved by low-dose levodopa. These 2 patients showed no sign of anatomical problem of the spine or relative structures, but the discomforts on the back manifested some characteristics resembling those in restless legs syndrome (RLS), and one of them actually developed RLS after many years of back problem. We believe that this type of chronic back pain might be a variant of RLS, which we would like to call "restless back", and it can be effectively treated by dopaminergic drugs...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434541/the-influence-of-early-life-experience-on-visceral-pain
#10
REVIEW
Isabella M Fuentes, Julie A Christianson
Pain is the most reported and troublesome symptom of nearly all functional disorders affecting the genitourinary and gastrointestinal organs. Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS), vulvodynia, and/or chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS; collectively termed chronic pelvic pain syndromes) report pain severe enough to impact quality of life and often suffer from symptoms of or are diagnosed with more than one of these syndromes...
2018: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433810/the-nosology-of-tardive-syndromes
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Karen Frei, Daniel D Truong, Stanley Fahn, Joseph Jankovic, Robert A Hauser
Since the original description of side effects of neuroleptics, different terminologies and definitions for tardive dyskinesia (TD) and tardive syndrome (TS) have been used by different authors, and often these two terms have been used interchangeably. This paper proposes a nosology designed to define and clarify various terms and phenomenologies within the TS spectrum. We propose to use the term tardive dyskinesia to refer to the original description of repetitive and complex oral-buccal-lingual (OBL) movements, as well as to the analogous repetitive movements that can appear in the limbs, trunk, or pelvis...
February 6, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29431275/burst-spinal-cord-stimulation-review-of-preclinical-studies-and-comments-on-clinical-outcomes
#12
REVIEW
Krishnan Chakravarthy, Alexander R Kent, Adil Raza, Fang Xing, Thomas M Kinfe
BACKGROUND: Burst spinal cord stimulation (SCS) technology uses a novel waveform that consists of closely packed high-frequency electrical impulses followed by a quiescent period. Within the growing field of neuromodulation, burst stimulation is unique in that it mimics the natural burst firing of the nervous system, in particular the thalamo-cingulate rhythmicity, resulting in modulation of the affective and attentional components of pain processing (e.g., medial thalamic pathways). STUDY DESIGN: A review of preclinical and clinical studies regarding burst SCS for various chronic pain states...
February 12, 2018: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428927/dancing-for-healthy-aging-functional-and-metabolic-perspectives
#13
Josianne Rodrigues-Krause, Mauricio Krause, Alvaro Reischak-Oliveira
Context • Dancing has been used as a form of exercise to improve functional and metabolic outcomes during aging. The field lacks randomized, clinical trials (RCTs) evaluating metabolic outcomes related to dance interventions, but dancing may be a form of exercise that could induce positive effects on the metabolic health of older adults. However, primary studies seem very heterogonous regarding the trial designs, characteristics of the interventions, the methods for outcomes assessments, statistical powers, and methodological quality...
February 10, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428829/a-sensitive-and-selective-elisa-methodology-quantifies-a-demyelination-marker-in-experimental-and-clinical-samples
#14
Albert G Remacle, Jennifer Dolkas, Mila Angert, Swathi K Hullugundi, Andrei V Chernov, R Carter W Jones, Veronica I Shubayev, Alex Y Strongin
Sciatic nerve chronic constriction injury (CCI) in rodents produces nerve demyelination via proteolysis of myelin basic protein (MBP), the major component of myelin sheath. Proteolysis releases the cryptic MBP epitope, a demyelination marker, which is hidden in the native MBP fold. It has never been established if the proteolytic release of this cryptic MBP autoantigen stimulates the post-injury increase in the respective circulating autoantibodies. To measure these autoantibodies, we developed the ELISA that employed the cryptic 84-104 MBP sequence (MBP84-104) as bait...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428291/a-systematic-review-of-precipitating-physical-and-psychological-traumatic-events-in-the-development-of-fibromyalgia
#15
Yarden Yavne, Daniela Amital, Abdulla Watad, Shmuel Tiosano, Howard Amital
The role of physical and psychological trauma precipitating fibromyalgia is often encountered by physicians, yet a proper systematical review of this association is lacking. Literature searches identified 51 studies which examined the association of fibromyalgia with a preceding traumatic event of physical or emotional nature. The overall quality of evidence of studies included, as assessed by the GRADE criteria, was low, however the majority of studies described a significant association between prior physically traumatic events and the onset of chronic widespread pain or fibromyalgia...
January 10, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29426270/evening-primrose-oil-and-labour-is-it-effective-a-randomised-clinical-trial
#16
Mahnaz Kalati, Maryam Kashanian, Fereshteh Jahdi, Mohsen Naseri, Hamid Haghani, Narges Sheikhansari
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effects of evening primrose oil (EvPO) on the duration of pregnancy and labour. The study was performed as a triple blind placebo controlled randomised clinical trial on nulliparous low-risk women with a certain gestational age of 40 weeks of pregnancy and a Bishop score of less than 4. In the case group (EvPO group), EvPO capsules were administered, 1000 mg, twice daily, for 7 days, and in the control group, placebo was administered similarly. The women of the two groups were followed up to delivery...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29423878/ginger-rhizome-enhances-the-anti-inflammatory-and-anti-nociceptive-effects-of-paracetamol-in-an-experimental-mouse-model-of-fibromyalgia
#17
Sergio Montserrat-de la Paz, Maria Dolores Garcia-Gimenez, Ana Maria Quilez, Rocio De la Puerta, Angeles Fernandez-Arche
BACKGROUND: The dried rhizome of ginger has been widely used for more than 2500 years in folk medicine for the treatment of various diseases that involve inflammation or are caused by oxidative stress. AIMS: This study was designed to compare the anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory effect of dried powdered ginger rhizome (GR) and paracetamol (APAP) on an experimental mouse model of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) induced by intermittent cold stress (ICS). METHODS: Forty-eight female C57BL/6 J mice were used for the experiments...
February 8, 2018: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422482/management-of-hypothenar-hammer-syndrome-a-case-report
#18
Brenen P Swofford, Devon P Swofford
BACKGROUND Hypothenar hammer syndrome is a relatively rare disease process caused by repetitive stress or injury to the hypothenar eminence leading to chronic injury to the ulnar artery. This chronic stress (usually as a result of occupational or sport activities) may result in arterial constriction or thickening, which may lead to thrombosis or aneurysm formation. A review of current literature revealed that reports related to management of hypothenar hammer syndrome are limited. CASE REPORT A 33-year-old male without significant past medical history presented with left hand/digit pain, skin discoloration, and coolness of the hand/digits after a mechanical accident experienced 12 hours prior to presentation...
February 9, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421808/pathophysiology-of-functional-gastrointestinal-disorders-a-holistic-overview
#19
Gerald Holtmann, Ayesha Shah, Mark Morrison
Background and Summary: Traditionally, functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID), including functional dyspepsia or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), are defined by more or less specific symptoms and the absence of structural or biochemical abnormalities that cause these symptoms. This concept is now considered to be outdated; if appropriate tests are applied, structural or biochemical abnormalities that explain or cause the symptoms may be found in many patients. Another feature of FGID are the highly prevalent psychiatric comorbidities, such as depression and anxiety...
February 8, 2018: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29419655/correlates-and-importance-of-neglect-like-symptoms-in-complex-regional-pain-syndrome
#20
M Wittayer, V Dimova, F Birklein, T Schlereth
Neglect-like symptoms (NLS) are frequently observed in CRPS. The clinical meaning of NLS, however, is largely unknown. Therefore, this study sets out to assess the importance of NLS for patient outcome and to explore their clinical correlates. We assessed NLS in a group of 53 CRPS patients and compared the results to 28 healthy volunteers. In order to define the origin of the NLS reports, we tested the subjective visual midline (SVM), performed a limb-laterality recognition test (LLT), and quantitative sensory testing (QST)...
February 5, 2018: Pain
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