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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222382/corporeal-illusions-in-chronic-spinal-cord-injuries
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Michele Scandola, Salvatore Maria Aglioti, Renato Avesani, Gianettore Bertagnoni, Anna Marangoni, Valentina Moro
While several studies have investigated corporeal illusions in patients who have suffered from a stroke or undergone an amputation, only anecdotal or single case reports have explored this phenomenon after spinal cord injury. Here we examine various different types of bodily misperceptions in a comparatively large group of 49 people with spinal cord injury in the post-acute and chronic phases after the traumatic lesion onset. An extensive battery of questionnaires concerning a variety of body related feelings was administered and the results were correlated to the main clinical variables...
February 17, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221237/ptsd-orientation-to-pain-and-pain-perception-in-ex-prisoners-of-war-who-underwent-torture
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Noga Tsur, Ruth Defrin, Karni Ginzburg
OBJECTIVE: Studies suggest that torture survivors often suffer long-term chronic pain and increased pain perception. However, it is unclear whether the actual experience of torture, or rather the subsequent posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), explains these pain problems. Furthermore, while catastrophic and fearful orientations to pain have been suggested to play a significant role in the association between trauma and pain, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. This study examined whether chronic pain and pain perception among torture survivors are associated with torture experience or PTSD and whether catastrophic and fearful orientations mediate or moderate these associations...
February 17, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217146/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-and-mindfulness-for-health-related-quality-of-life-comparing-treatments-for-parents-of-children-with-chronic-conditions-a-pilot-feasibility-study
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Malin Anclair, Fredrik Hjärthag, Arto Juhani Hiltunen
BACKGROUND: Research on parents of children with chronic conditions has shown that this parent group frequently suffers from psychological problems such as deteriorating life quality and stress-related disorders. OBJECTIVE: The present feasibility study focuses on Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) and life satisfaction of parents of children with chronic conditions. METHOD: The study was conducted using a repeated measures design and applied either group-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT; n = 10) or a group-based mindfulness programme (MF; n = 9)...
2017: Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health: CP & EMH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215058/effect-of-cervical-versus-thoracic-spinal-manipulation-on-peripheral-neural-features-and-grip-strength-in-subjects-with-chronic-mechanical-neck-pain-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Francisco Bautista-Aguirre, Ángel Oliva-Pascual-Vaca, Alberto M Heredia-Rizo, Juan J Boscá-Gandía, François Ricard, Cleofás Rodriguez-Blanco
BACKGROUND: Cervical and thoracic spinal manipulative therapy has shown positive impact for relief of pain and improve function in non-specific mechanical neck pain. Several attempts have been made to compare their effectiveness although previous studies lacked a control group, assessed acute neck pain or combined thrust and nonthrust techniques. AIM: To compare the immediate effects of cervical and thoracic spinal thrust manipulations on mechanosensitivity of upper limb nerve trunks and grip strength in patients with chronic non-specific mechanical neck pain...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211287/efficacy-analysis-of-a-novel-sternoclavicular-hook-plate-for-treatment-of-unstable-sternoclavicular-joint-dislocation-or-fracture
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Chuanyi Zhang, Lie Lin, Junbo Liang, Bin Wang, Guofu Chen, Haixiao Chen
PURPOSE: Sternoclavicular joint is an amphiarthrodial joint formed by the clavicle and sternal manubrium. This joint becomes chronically unstable in case of a medial clavicle dislocation or fracture, and improper treatment could cause malformation and pain. We aimed to determine the efficacy of a novel sternoclavicular hook plate for treatment of unstable sternoclavicular joint dislocation or fracture. METHODS: Between June 2011 and December 2013, the sternoclavicular hook plate was used to surgically treat 32 adult patients with unstable sternoclavicular joint dislocation or fracture...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207747/chronic-pancreatitis-multicentre-prospective-data-collection-and-analysis-by-the-hungarian-pancreatic-study-group
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Ákos Szücs, Tamás Marjai, Andrea Szentesi, Nelli Farkas, Andrea Párniczky, György Nagy, Balázs Kui, Tamás Takács, László Czakó, Zoltán Szepes, Balázs Csaba Németh, Áron Vincze, Gabriella Pár, Imre Szabó, Patrícia Sarlós, Anita Illés, Szilárd Gódi, Ferenc Izbéki, Judit Gervain, Adrienn Halász, Gyula Farkas, László Leindler, Dezső Kelemen, Róbert Papp, Richárd Szmola, Márta Varga, József Hamvas, János Novák, Barnabás Bod, Miklós Sahin-Tóth, Péter Hegyi
INTRODUCTION: Chronic pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease associated with structural and functional damage to the pancreas, causing pain, maldigestion and weight loss and thus worsening the quality of life. AIMS AND METHODS: Our aim was to find correlations from a multicentre database representing the epidemiological traits, diagnosis and treatment of the disease in Hungary. The Hungarian Pancreatic Study Group collected data prospectively from 2012 to 2014 on patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204792/problematic-use-of-prescription-opioids-and-medicinal-cannabis-among-patients-suffering-from-chronic-pain
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Daniel Feingold, Itay Goor-Aryeh, Silviu Bril, Yael Delayahu, Shaul Lev-Ran
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194518/-chronic-pain-in-general-practice-results-from-pain-specialists
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A Heymanns, H Rudolf, H Schneider-Nutz, K Salem, K Strick, M Zenz
BACKGROUND: There is currently a lack of data on chronic pain in general practice. METHODS: Over a period of 2 years, data from 12,271 patients visiting a pain specialist on an outpatient basis were collected. All patients had documented their pain history (German pain questionnaire) via tablet/computer into a databank. RESULTS: Data from 12,246 patients from 30 pain clinics could be evaluated. The proportion of women was higher (67%). The majority of patients suffered from back pain (52%)...
February 13, 2017: Der Schmerz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191589/assessment-of-musculoskeletal-impairment-in-head-and-neck-cancer-patients
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Michael K Ghiam, Kyle Mannion, Mary S Dietrich, Kristen L Stevens, Jill Gilbert, Barbara A Murphy
PURPOSE: This study aims to describe the types of musculoskeletal impairment in head and neck cancer survivors and to evaluate objective and subjective measures of musculoskeletal impairment and identify areas of need in future studies. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional pilot study of 29 head and neck cancer patients who were treated with resection and reconstruction. Subjective measures of musculoskeletal impairment (Neck Disability Index, Shoulder Pain and Disability Index, Vanderbilt Head and Neck Symptom Survey, General Symptom Survey) were collected and compared to objective measures (Cervical Range of Motion Device, Inter-incisal Distance)...
February 13, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182255/fatigue-in-psoriasis-a-controlled-study
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I M Skoie, I Dalen, T Ternowitz, G Jonsson, I Kvivik, K Norheim, R Omdal
BACKGROUND: Fatigue is associated with various chronic inflammatory diseases, but few studies have focused on its occurrence in psoriasis. OBJECTIVES: To describe fatigue prevalence and degree among patients with chronic plaque psoriasis compared with age- and gender-matched healthy subjects, and to examine how fatigue is influenced by essential clinical and demographic factors. METHODS: In 84 patients and 84 healthy subjects, fatigue severity was assessed using three different generic fatigue instruments: the fatigue Visual Analogue Scale (fVAS), the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS), and the Short Form 36 (SF-36) vitality scale...
February 9, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174520/modulation-of-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cell-signaling-by-medicinal-cannabinoids
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Wesley K Utomo, Marjan de Vries, Henri Braat, Marco J Bruno, Kaushal Parikh, Mònica Comalada, Maikel P Peppelenbosch, Harry van Goor, Gwenny M Fuhler
Medical marijuana is increasingly prescribed as an analgesic for a growing number of indications, amongst which terminal cancer and multiple sclerosis. However, the mechanistic aspects and properties of cannabis remain remarkably poorly characterized. In this study we aimed to investigate the immune-cell modulatory properties of medical cannabis. Healthy volunteers were asked to ingest medical cannabis, and kinome profiling was used to generate comprehensive descriptions of the cannabis challenge on inflammatory signal transduction in the peripheral blood of these volunteers...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167861/self-reported-childhood-maltreatment-and-traumatic-events-among-israeli-patients-suffering-from-fibromyalgia-and-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Raneen Hellou, Winfried Häuser, Inbal Brenner, Dan Buskila, Giris Jacob, Ori Elkayam, Valerie Aloush, Jacob N Ablin
Objective. The association between Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) and childhood maltreatment and adversity has frequently been proposed but limited data exists regarding the transcultural nature of this association. Methods. 75 Israeli FMS patients and 23 Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients were compared. Childhood maltreatment was assessed by the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) and potential depressive and anxiety disorders were assessed by the Patient Health Questionnaire-4. FMS severity was assessed by the Widespread Pain Index (WPI), the Symptom Severity Score (SSS), and the FIQ...
2017: Pain Research & Management: the Journal of the Canadian Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167178/chronic-pain-in-a-patient-with-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-hypermobility-type-the-role-of-myofascial-trigger-point-injections
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Saipriya Tewari, Rajashree Madabushi, Anil Agarwal, Sujeet K Gautam, Sandeep Khuba
Chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain is a cardinal symptom in hypermobility type of Ehler Danlos Syndrome (EDS type III). The management of pain in EDS, however, has not been studied in depth. A 30 year old female, known case of EDS, presented to the pain clinic with complaints of severe upper back pain for 6 months. Physical examination of the back revealed two myofascial trigger points over the left rhomboids and the left erector spinae. Local anaesthetic trigger point injections were given at these points, followed by stretching exercises under analgesic cover for the first week...
January 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165759/recalling-support-provision-decreases-distress-and-anger-in-response-to-partner-suffering
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Joan K Monin, Annie Xu, Hannah-Rose Mitchell, Frank Buurman, Catherine Riffin
OBJECTIVES: Thinking about a loved one's suffering can be emotionally stressful and have negative effects on a person's psychological and physical health over time. This study examined the hypotheses that when thinking about a partner's suffering (1) recalling past support provision to the suffering partner can decrease distress and anger and increase compassion, and (2) attachment orientation moderates these effects. METHOD: Seventy-seven older adult spouses of individuals with chronic pain were video-recorded while they disclosed: (1) an instance of partner suffering and (2) an instance of partner suffering plus their support provision...
February 6, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165415/evidence-based-psychological-interventions-for-the-management-of-pediatric-chronic-pain-new-directions-in-research-and-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Rachael Coakley, Tessa Wihak
Over the past 20 years our knowledge about evidence-based psychological interventions for pediatric chronic pain has dramatically increased. Overall, the evidence in support of psychological interventions for pediatric chronic pain is strong, demonstrating positive psychological and behavioral effects for a variety of children with a range of pain conditions. However, wide scale access to effective psychologically-based pain management treatments remains a challenge for many children who suffer with pain. Increasing access to care and reducing persistent biomedical biases that inhibit attainment of psychological services are a central focus of current pain treatment interventions...
February 4, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161280/allergy-genuflection-it-s-surmount-with-special-focus-on-ear-nose-and-throat
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REVIEW
D Gupta, L Deshmukh, R Gupta, S S Sandhu
The system that protects body from infectious agents is immune system. On occasions, the system seldom reacts with some foreign particles and causes allergy. Allergies of the ear, nose and throat (ENT) often have serious consequences, including impairment and emotional strain that lowers the quality of life of patients. This is further responsible for the common cold, cough, tonsillitis, dermal infection, chest pain and asthma-like conditions which disturb one's day to day life. The present review enlightens some common ENT allergies which one can suffer more frequently in one's lifetime, and ignorance leads to making the condition chronic...
February 1, 2017: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160751/pain-perception-in-patients-with-chronic-disorders-of-consciousness-what-can-limbic-system-tell-us
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Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Antonino Naro, Alfredo Manuli, Antonino Leo, Rosaria De Luca, Viviana Lo Buono, Margherita Russo, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti
OBJECTIVE: Although it is believed that patients with Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome (UWS) do not feel pain, recent neuroimaging and neurophysiologic studies have demonstrated some residual traces of nociceptive processing. METHODS: To confirm this growing evidence, we evaluated 21 patients suffering from chronic disorders of consciousness (DOC) (both UWS, n=11, and Minimally Conscious State - MCS -, n=10), using an Event-Related Potential (ERP) Low-Resolution Brain Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA) approach, based on nociceptive repeated laser stimulation (RLS)...
December 29, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160414/neuropathic-pain-assessment-with-the-paindetect-questionnaire-cross-cultural-adaptation-and-psychometric-evaluation-to-hindi
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Kapil Gudala, Babita Ghai, Dipika Bansal
OBJECTIVE: The contribution of neuropathic pain (NeP) in chronic pain conditions is increasingly emphasized with the development of multiple questionnaire-based measurement scales. The painDETECT questionnaire (PDQ) is a frequently used self-reported outcome measure to assess NeP in patients with chronic pain conditions in research and regular clinical practice. The aim of the study was to translate and cross-culturally adapt the PDQ into Hindi (Hi-PDQ) for use in India and to investigate its psychometric properties...
February 3, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160364/peripheral-nerve-stimulation-of-brachial-plexus-nerve-roots-and-supra-scapular-nerve-for-chronic-refractory-neuropathic-pain-of-the-upper-limb
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Bénédicte Bouche, Marie Manfiotto, Philippe Rigoard, Jean Lemarie, Véronique Dix-Neuf, Michel Lanteri-Minet, Denys Fontaine
OBJECTIVES: We report the outcome of a consecutive series of 26 patients suffering from chronic medically-refractory neuropathic pain of the upper limb (including 16 patients with complex regional pain syndrome), topographically limited, treated by brachial plexus (BP) nerve roots or supra-scapular nerve (SSN) peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The technique consisted in ultrasound-guided percutaneous implantation of a cylindrical lead (Pisces-Quad, Medtronic) close to the SSN or the cervical nerve roots within the BP, depending on the pain topography...
February 3, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159317/novel-treatment-protocol-for-ameliorating-refractory-chronic-pain-in-patients-with-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease
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Niek F Casteleijn, Maatje D A van Gastel, Peter J Blankestijn, Joost P H Drenth, Rosa L de Jager, Anna M Leliveld, Ruud Stellema, Andreas P Wolff, Gerbrand J Groen, Ron T Gansevoort
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) patients can suffer from chronic pain that can be refractory to conventional treatment, resulting in a wish for nephrectomy. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of a multidisciplinary treatment protocol with sequential nerve blocks on pain relief in ADPKD patients with refractory chronic pain. As a first step a diagnostic, temporary celiac plexus block with local anesthetics was performed. If substantial pain relief was obtained, the assumption was that pain was relayed via the celiac plexus and major splanchnic nerves...
January 31, 2017: Kidney International
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