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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431539/pain-intervention-for-people-with-dementia-in-nursing-homes-pid-study-protocol-for-a-quasi-experimental-nurse-intervention
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Andrea Koppitz, Georg Bosshard, Geneviève Blanc, Hannele Hediger, Sheila Payne, Thomas Volken
BACKGROUND: It is estimated that 19 to 83% of people with dementia suffer from pain that is inadequately treated in the last months of life. A large number of healthcare workers who care for these people in nursing homes lack appropriate expertise and may therefore not always recognise, assess and treat pain in those with dementia who have complex problems on time, properly and efficiently. The aim of this intervention trial is to identify care needs of people with dementia suffering from pain living in a nursing home...
April 21, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430378/treating-paget-s-disease-why-and-how-much
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Tim Cundy
Paget's disease (PDB) is a benign chronic focal disorder of older people. Affected bones have greatly accelerated bone turnover, a chaotic structure and are highly vascular. People with PDB are commonly asymtomatic but can also suffer chronic bone pain. Affected bones may become enlarged and deformed; and they are also liable to fracture. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
April 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405255/medication-management-of-chronic-pain-a-comparison-of-2-care-delivery-models
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Marlene Slipp, Robert Burnham
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of chronic pain is high and increasing. Medication management is an important component of chronic pain management. There is a shortage of physicians who are available and comfortable providing this service. In Alberta, pharmacists have been granted an advanced scope of practice. Given this empowerment, their availability, training and skill set, pharmacists are well positioned to play an expanded role in the medication management of chronic pain sufferers. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness and cost of a physician-only vs a pharmacist-physician team model of medication management for chronic nonmalignant pain sufferers...
March 2017: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394896/physical-activity-level-at-work-and-risk-of-chronic-low-back-pain-a-follow-up-in-the-nord-tr%C3%A3-ndelag-health-study
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Ingrid Heuch, Ivar Heuch, Knut Hagen, John-Anker Zwart
BACKGROUND: Physical activity in leisure time seems to reduce the risk of low back pain, but it is not known whether occupational activity, as recorded in a representative working population, produces a higher or lower risk. OBJECTIVE: To study associations between physical activity level at work and risk of chronic low back pain. METHODS: Associations were examined in a Norwegian prospective study using data from the HUNT2 and HUNT3 surveys carried out in the whole county of Nord-Trøndelag...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394169/the-effect-of-depression-on-the-decision-to-join-a-clinical-trial
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Yan Leykin, Laura B Dunn, Ricardo F Muñoz
OBJECTIVE: Clinical trials are necessary for evaluation of novel treatments. However, concerns have been raised about the vulnerability of depressed individuals when joining clinical trials, that is, about their abilities to make good decisions about clinical trial participation. The purpose of this study was to determine whether depression compromises decisions to join clinical trials, by comparing the decisions of 3 groups: depressed individuals, individuals suffering from chronic pain, and individuals with comorbid depression and chronic pain...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391486/etiology-pathophysiology-and-biomarkers-of-interstitial-cystitis-painful-bladder-syndrome
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Sourav Sanchit Patnaik, Antonio Simone Laganà, Salvatore Giovanni Vitale, Salvatore Butticè, Marco Noventa, Salvatore Gizzo, Gaetano Valenti, Agnese Maria Chiara Rapisarda, Valentina Lucia La Rosa, Carlo Magno, Onofrio Triolo, Vani Dandolu
PURPOSE: Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) is a chronic pain syndrome and a chronic inflammatory condition prevalent in women that leads to urgency, sleep disruption, nocturia and pain in the pelvic area, to the detriment of the sufferer's quality of life. The aim of this review is to highlight the newest diagnostic strategies and potential therapeutic techniques. METHODS: A comprehensive literature review was performed on MEDLINE, PubMed, and Cochrane databases gathering all literature about "Interstitial cystitis" and "Painful Bladder Syndrome"...
April 8, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389167/-pelvi-perineal-chronic-pain-urgent-demands-of-care-and-decision-making
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V Quistrebert-Davanne, A-H Boudoukha, A Levesque, P Guérin, J Nizard, J-J Labat
OBJECTIVE: Some patients suffering from pelvi-perineal chronic pain express urgent, even vital, demands of care. The objective was to compare the profile and the psychological functioning of the patients, who have shown an imperious demand of care, in that of the patients who do not have an imperious demand of care. MATERIAL AND METHOD: From the medical consultations for chronic pelviperineal pain, we realized a comparative study including 26 patients (experimental group) expressing an urgent demand of care (i...
April 4, 2017: Progrès en Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386966/understanding-pain-and-coping-in-women-with-interstitial-cystitis-bladder-pain-syndrome-ic-bps
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L Katz, D A Tripp, L K Carr, R Mayer, R M Moldwin, J C Nickel
OBJECTIVES: To examine a self-regulation and coping model for IC/BPS that may help us understand the pain experience of chronic IC/BPS patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The model tested illness perceptions, illness-focused coping, emotional regulation, mental health and disability in stepwise method using factor analysis and structural equation modeling. Step 1 explored the underlying constructs. Step 2 confirmed the measurement models to determine the structure/composition of the main constructs...
April 7, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386242/evaluation-of-a-psychological-intervention-for-patients-with-chronic-pain-in-primary-care
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Francisco J Cano-García, María Del Carmen González-Ortega, Susana Sanduvete-Chaves, Salvador Chacón-Moscoso, Roberto Moreno-Borrego
According to evidence from recent decades, multicomponent programs of psychological intervention in people with chronic pain have reached the highest levels of efficacy. However, there are still many questions left to answer since efficacy has mainly been shown among upper-middle class patients in English-speaking countries and in controlled studies, with expert professionals guiding the intervention and with a limited number of domains of painful experience evaluated. For this study, a program of multicomponent psychological intervention was implemented: (a) based on techniques with empirical evidence, but developed in Spain; (b) at a public primary care center; (c) among patients with limited financial resources and lower education; (d) by a novice psychologist; and (e) evaluating all domains of painful experience using the instruments recommended by the Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials (IMMPACT)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386034/cns-findings-in-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-a-neuropathological-case-report
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Kimberly Ferrero, Mitchell Silver, Alan Cocchetto, Eliezer Masliah, Dianne Langford
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized as a persistent, debilitating complex disorder of unknown etiology, whereby patients suffer from extreme fatigue, which often presents with symptoms that include chronic pain, depression, weakness, mood disturbances, and neuropsychological impairment. In this mini review and case report, we address central nervous system (CNS) involvement of CFS and present neuropathological autopsy findings from a patient who died with a prior diagnosis of CFS. Among the most remarkable pathological features of the case are focal areas of white matter loss, neurite beading, and neuritic pathology of axons in the white matter with axonal spheroids...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384896/significance-of-blood-eosinophil-count-in-patients-with-chronic-rhinosinusitis-with-nasal-polyposis
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Ammu Sreeparvathi, Lathi Kumari Kalyanikuttyamma, Madhumita Kumar, Nandagopan Sreekumar, Narendrakumar Veerasigamani
INTRODUCTION: Chronic Rhino Sinusitis (CRS) is one of the most prevalent chronic illnesses across the globe, affecting persons of all ages. It is an inflammatory process that involves the paranasal sinuses with symptoms lasting longer than 12 weeks. AIM: To establish the significance of blood eosinophil (count) levels in CRS with nasal polyps and to compare blood eosinophil count with eosinophil count in the histopathology specimens of the polyps. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study done to review the medical records of 63 patients who underwent endoscopic sinus surgery for CRS with Nasal polyps...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380672/randomized-clinical-trial-of-deep-brain-stimulation-for-post-stroke-pain
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Scott F Lempka, Donald A Malone, Bo Hu, Kenneth B Baker, Alexandria Wyant, John Ozinga, Ela B Plow, Mayur Pandya, Cynthia S Kubu, Paul J Ford, Andre G Machado
OBJECTIVE: The experience with deep brain stimulation (DBS) for pain is largely based on uncontrolled studies targeting the somatosensory pathways, with mixed results. We hypothesized that targeting limbic neural pathways would modulate the affective sphere of pain and alleviate suffering. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover study of DBS targeting the ventral striatum/anterior limb of the internal capsule (VS/ALIC) in 10 patients with post-stroke pain syndrome...
April 5, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379464/filum-terminale-needle-placement-during-caudal-epidural-steroid-injection
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Ryan R Ramsook, David Spinner, Rajiv R Doshi
Objective. : Caudal epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are commonly used to treat lumbar radicular pain. Touhy needles are placed under live fluoroscopic guidance to ensure epidural administration of medication. This is a case report of direct needle and catheter placements into and through the filum terminale during a caudal approach to the epidural space. Design. : Single case report. Setting. : Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center...
March 30, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379056/a-randomized-trial-to-determine-the-duration-of-analgesia-following-a-15-and-a-30-minute-application-of-acupuncture-like-tens-on-patients-with-chronic-low-back-pain
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Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme, Claudia Laroche, Christine Beaulieu, Ann-Julie Bouchard, Sabrina Boucher, Mélanie Michaud-Létourneau
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture-like TENS (AL-TENS) has been shown to produce prolonged pain relief, but no study has yet investigated its duration on a population suffering from chronic low back pain (CLPB). OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to quantify the duration and magnitude of analgesia induced by a 15- or 30-minute application of AL-TENS. METHODOLOGY: We recruited a sample of 11 participants presenting with CLBP and conducted a randomized, crossover study, where participants were given AL-TENS for 15 and 30 minutes on two separate occasions...
April 5, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376749/is-coracohumeral-distance-associated-with-pain-function-and-shoulder-range-of-movement-in-chronic-anterior-shoulder-pain
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S Navarro-Ledesma, F Struyf, M T Labajos-Manzanares, M Fernandez-Sanchez, A Luque-Suarez
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was twofold: (i) to assess the intrarater reliability of coracohumeral distance; (ii) to investigate the level of association between coracohumeral distance measured by ultrasonography, and pain-disability and shoulder range of movement, in patients suffering from chronic anterior shoulder pain. METHODS: An observational, cross sectional study was carried out. A convenience sample comprised of 87 patients with chronic anterior shoulder pain was assessed from 3 primary care centres...
April 4, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376357/-even-my-sister-says-i-m-acting-like-a-crazy-to-get-a-check-race-gender-and-moral-boundary-work-in-women-s-claims-of-disabling-chronic-pain
#16
Jane Pryma
Recent research examines how women claim chronic pain in response to gendered moral discourses. However, extant research does not explore how race shapes the moral boundary-work performed by women suffering from disabling chronic pain. Through the qualitative analysis of twenty-four semi-structured interviews with women fibromyalgia sufferers conducted between October 2014 and August 2016 in the U.S.A., I demonstrate how women with fibromyalgia claim chronic pain by doing moral boundary-work, referencing gendered and racialized moral discourses that structure how claims of chronic pain as disability are and are not read as legitimate by doctors, disability bureaucrats and personal networks...
May 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369946/does-exercise-increase-or-decrease-pain-central-mechanisms-underlying-these-two-phenomena
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Lucas V Lima, Thiago S S Abner, Kathleen A Sluka
Exercise is an integral part of the rehabilitation of patients suffering a variety of chronic musculoskeletal conditions, such as fibromyalgia, chronic low back pain and myofascial pain. Regular physical activity is recommended for treatment of chronic pain and its effectiveness has been established in clinical trials for people with a variety of pain conditions. However, exercise can also increase pain making participation in rehabilitation challenging for the person with pain. Animal models of exercise-induced pain have been developed and point to central mechanisms underlying this phenomena, such as increased activation of NMDA receptors in pain-modulating areas...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367344/sacral-neuromodulation-foray-into-chronic-pelvic-pain-in-end-stage-endometriosis
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Maija Lavonius, Pia Suvitie, Pirita Varpe, Heikki Huhtinen
Excision of all endometriotic lesions is the method of choice in the treatment of severe endometriosis resistant to medical therapy. The infiltrating nature of the disease as well as extensive surgery may, however, cause chronic pain that cannot be relieved by either surgery or hormonal treatment. As a pilot treatment, we tested the effect of sacral neuromodulation (SNM) for four endometriosis patients suffering chronic pelvic pain and pelvic organ dysfunction after radical surgical treatment. Three out of four patients reported improvement in their symptoms during the neuromodulation testing period and a permanent pulse generator was installed...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363323/prescription-opioid-addiction-and-chronic-pain-more-than-a-feeling
#19
Walter Ling
A patient, long before becoming the subject of medical scrutiny is, at first simply a storyteller, a narrator of suffering-a traveler who has visited the kingdom of the ill. "To relieve an illness one must begin, then, by understanding the story." The Emperor of All Maladies; Siddhartha Mukherjee.
April 1, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363315/providing-chronic-pain-management-in-the-fifth-vital-sign-era-historical-and-treatment-perspectives-on-a-modern-day-medical-dilemma
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REVIEW
D Andrew Tompkins, J Greg Hobelmann, Peggy Compton
BACKGROUND: Over 100 million Americans are living with chronic pain, and pain is the most common reason that patients seek medical attention. Despite the prevalence of pain, the practice of pain management and the scientific discipline of pain research are relatively new fields compared to the rest of medicine - contributing to a twenty-first century dilemma for health care providers asked to relieve suffering in the "Fifth Vital Sign" era. METHODS: This manuscript provides a narrative review of the basic mechanisms of chronic pain and history of chronic pain management in the United States - including the various regulatory, health system and provider factors that contributed to the decline of multidisciplinary pain treatment in favor of the predominant opioid treatment strategy seen today...
April 1, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
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