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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625114/the-role-of-testosterone-supplemental-therapy-in-opioid-induced-hypogonadism-a-retrospective-pilot-analysis
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Omer A Raheem, Sunil H Patel, David Sisul, Tim J Furnish, Tung-Chin Hsieh
Chronic opioid therapy for pain management is known to induce several endocrine changes. The authors examined the effect of testosterone supplemental therapy (TST) in patients with chronic, noncancer pain undergoing opioid therapy. It was hypothesized that treatment of opioid-induced hypogonadism (OIH) can reduce opioid requirements in patients suffering from chronic pain and approve their quality of life. Over 18 months period, patients with OIH were identified in a tertiary referral pain center, Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) pain scores and daily morphine equivalent dose (MED) were the primary outcomes measured...
July 2017: American Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614188/placebo-effects-of-a-sham-opioid-solution-a-randomized-controlled-study-in-patients-with-chronic-low-back-pain
#2
Regine Klinger, Ralph Kothe, Julia Schmitz, Sandra Kamping, Herta Flor
This study tested the experimental placebo effect in a group of chronic pain patients. Forty-eight patients suffering from chronic back pain participated in a randomized clinical trial that tested the efficacy of a sham opioid solution (NaCl) compared to an alleged neutral, completely inactive solution (NaCl). We shaped the placebo effect by two interventions: suggestion/instruction and conditioning. The patients were either told that the "solution reduces pain/improves physical capacity" or the "solution is neutral, a placebo"...
June 9, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612149/35-year-experience-with-surgical-treatment-of-hidradenitis-suppurativa
#3
Richard E Burney
BACKGROUND: Hidradenitis suppurativa is a painful and disfiguring chronic inflammatory condition affecting both men and women. Medical treatments, such as antibiotics and immunosuppressive agents, are often ineffective. Over time, patients can suffer from recurrent abscesses, chronic purulent drainage, scarring, and contractures that can only be corrected by surgical excision. There is no agreement, however, on the best way for the surgeon to manage this condition. The purpose of this review is to describe the results of surgical treatment of this condition in a large cohort of patients managed by local excision of hidradenitis, healing by secondary intention and reoperation as needed...
June 13, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611529/non-invasive-stimulation-techniques-to-relieve-abdominal-pelvic-pain-is-more-always-better
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COMMENT
Marie-Philippe Harvey, Alain Watier, Émilie Dufort Rouleau, Guillaume Léonard
Chronic abdominal and pelvic pain is a common condition that has significant impact on quality of life, and causes billions of dollars in direct and indirect costs. Emerging data suggest that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), alone or in combination with transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), could be a promising therapeutic avenue to reduce chronic pain. The encouraging results coming from these studies prompted us to try combining TENS and tDCS in 4 of our patients who suffered from chronic abdominal/pelvic pain and to compare the effect with 5 other patients who received TENS alone...
May 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609151/optimal-wound-care-management-in-hidradenitis-suppurativa
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Abrahem Kazemi, Kelly Carnaggio, Maureen Clark, Cynthia Shephard, Ginette A Okoye
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) presents the problem of a chronic, relapsing, painful, draining wound. There is a myriad of HS wound care management strategies implemented by clinicians and patients that is centered around which dressings to use. Many factors affect which HS wound care dressing is the most appropriate to use such as the type of HS wound, cost, ease of application, patient comfort, absorbency, and odor management among many others. In this work, the authors prepare a set of guidelines for optimal HS wound care dressing use based on a tier system, ideal characteristics of HS dressings, and the type of HS lesion...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607227/an-evaluation-of-combined-narrative-exposure-therapy-and-physiotherapy-for-comorbid-ptsd-and-chronic-pain-in-torture-survivors
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Iselin Dibaj, Joar Øveraas Halvorsen, Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, Håkon Inge Stenmark
INTRODUCTION: Torture is associated with adverse health consequences, with especially high rates of PTSD, depression and chronic pain. Despite increased awareness of the relationship between pain and posttraumaticsymptoms, and the accompanying need for effective treatment strategies, few studies have examined an integrated treatment of comorbid PTSD and pain. METHODS: In this study, using an A-B case series design with three and six month follow-up, six refugee torture survivors with comorbid PTSD, depression and chronic pain received 20 sessions of Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and 10 sessions of physiotherapy...
2017: Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605207/kinesiophobia-and-maladaptive-coping-strategies-prevent-improvements-in-pain-catastrophizing-following-pain-neuroscience-education-in-fibromyalgia-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-an-explorative-study
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Anneleen Malfliet, Jessica Van Oosterwijck, Mira Meeus, Barbara Cagnie, Lieven Danneels, Mieke Dolphens, Ronald Buyl, Jo Nijs
Many patients with chronic fatigue syndrome(CFS) and/or fibromyalgia(FM) have little understanding of their condition, leading to maladaptive pain cognitions and coping strategies. These should be tackled during therapy, for instance by pain neurophysiology education (PNE). Although positive effects of PNE are well-established, it remains unclear why some patients benefit more than others. This paper aims at exploring characteristics of patients responding poor to PNE to further improve its effectiveness. Data from two RCT's were pooled to search for baseline predictors...
June 12, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604073/-fear-and-avoidance-beliefs-in-chronic-pain-the-translation-and-validation-of-the-hungarian-version-of-the-fabq-questionnaire
#8
Eszter Simoncsics, Adrienne Stauder
INTRODUCTION: Chronic low back pain is one of the top reasons for seeking medical advice. In the background of the dysfunction besides the somatic pain dysfunctional thinking, negative emotional states, or interpersonal problems can be identified as well. One of the most important factors making the rehabilitation difficult is the fear and avoidance of physical activity. AIM: The aim of the study was to adapt and validate the Fear Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire (FABQ-H) in Hungarian...
June 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602896/indications-and-outcomes-of-open-inferior-vena-cava-filter-removal
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Kristofer M Charlton-Ouw, Shaikh Afaq, Samuel S Leake, Harleen K Sandhu, Cristina N Sola, Naveed U Saqib, Ali Azizzadeh, Hazim J Safi
INTRODUCTION: Despite recommendations for retrieval of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, most are not removed in a timely manner. Longer IVC filter dwell times are associated with caval wall perforation and tilting that make percutaneous retrieval more difficult. Open IVC filter removal is generally reserved for patients with symptoms referable to the filter, such as chronic back and abdominal pain. We present our management algorithm and review of cases of open IVC filter removal. METHODS: Patients referred for management of implanted IVC filters from May 2010 to May 2016 were included...
June 7, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600377/serious-gaming-during-multidisciplinary-rehabilitation-for-patients-with-complex-chronic-pain-or-fatigue-complaints-study-protocol-for-a-controlled-trial-and-process-evaluation
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Miel A P Vugts, Margot C W Joosen, Agali Mert, Aglaia Zedlitz, Hubertus J M Vrijhoef
INTRODUCTION: Many individuals suffer from chronic pain or functional somatic syndromes and face boundaries for diminishing functional limitations by means of biopsychosocial interventions. Serious gaming could complement multidisciplinary interventions through enjoyment and independent accessibility. A study protocol is presented for studying whether, how, for which patients and under what circumstances, serious gaming improves patient health outcomes during regular multidisciplinary rehabilitation...
June 8, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599883/uterine-sparing-laparoscopic-resection-of-accessory-cavitated-uterine-masses
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Ann Peters, Noah B Rindos, Richard S Guido, Nicole M Donnellan
To demonstrate surgical techniques utilized during uterine-sparing laparoscopic resections of accessory cavitated uterine masses (ACUM) BACKGROUND: ACUM represent a rare uterine entity observed in premenopausal women suffering from dysmenorrhea and recurrent pelvic pain. The diagnosis is made when an isolated extra-cavitated uterine mass is resected from an otherwise normal appearing uterus with unremarkable endometrial lumen and adnexal structures. Pathologic confirmation requires an accessory cavity lined with endometrial epithelium (and corresponding glands and stroma) filled with chocolate-brown fluid...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597350/short-and-long-term-outcomes-of-the-frey-procedure-for-chronic-pancreatitis-a-single-center-experience-and-summary-of-outcomes-in-japan
#12
Kazuhiro Suzumura, Etsuro Hatano, Toshihiro Okada, Yasukane Asano, Naoki Uyama, Ikuo Nakamura, Seikan Hai, Jiro Fujimoto
PURPOSE: To evaluate the short- and long-term outcomes of the Frey procedure for chronic pancreatitis (CP). METHODS: The subjects of this study were 12 patients who underwent the Frey procedure for CP between January, 2000 and December, 2016. We assessed pain relief, weight gain, and exocrine/endocrine insufficiency during follow-up. RESULTS: The study population comprised 11 men and 1 woman (91.7% vs. 8.3%; mean age, 50.3 ± 6.8 years; range 39-61 years)...
June 8, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595440/on-the-way-of-liberation-from-suffering-and-pain-role-of-hypnosis-in-palliative-care
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Enrico Facco, Edoardo Casiglia, Gastone Zanette, Ines Testoni
The huge problems related to chronic, ultimately fatal diseases involve disability, pain, suffering and the perception of one's doom; this calls for reappraising the conventional concepts of health and disease, life and death, encompassing spirituality and the mystery of death beyond any limited perspective. The management of suffering and pain to enhance resilience plays a central role in palliative care (PC) and is the core of the patient-centered approach, focused on the "to care" instead of the "to cure" of the illness-centered medicine...
May 25, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594632/high-prevalence-of-physical-pain-among-treatment-seeking-individuals-with-borderline-personality-disorder
#14
Laura M Heath, Joel Paris, Lise Laporte, Kathryn J Gill
Research has demonstrated that about 30% of chronic pain patients suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD), yet pain is not often discussed in research on the treatment of BPD. Sixty-five patients entering outpatient treatment for BPD were assessed at baseline for the prevalence of DSM-IV lifetime pain disorder, current medical problems, and the experience of current pain as measured by the McGill Pain Questionnaire. DSM-IV lifetime pain disorder diagnosis was present in 65% of patients. Current pain was experienced by 89% of participants, with intensity ranging from mild (19%) to excruciating (2%)...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Personality Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593417/laparoscopic-approach-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-groin-pain-after-inguinal-hernia-repair-laparoscopic-approach-for-inguinodynia
#15
Bruce Ramshaw, Vincent Vetrano, Mayuri Jagadish, Brandie Forman, Eric Heidel, Matthew Mancini
BACKGROUND: Traditional methods of clinical research may not be adequate to improve the value of care for patients with complex medical problems such as chronic pain after inguinal hernia repair. This problem is very complex with many potential factors contributing to the development of this complication. METHODS: We have implemented a clinical quality improvement (CQI) effort in an attempt to better measure and improve outcomes for patients suffering with chronic groin pain (inguinodynia) after inguinal hernia repair...
June 7, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593018/rheumatoid-arthritis-following-ciguatera-poisoning-a-case-report
#16
Ryuichi Ohta, Akira Shimabukuro, Mitsuyo Kinjo
Objective: To report the first case of ciguatera-associated rheumatoid arthritis in Japan. Patient: A 53-year-old man presented to our clinic with morning stiffness and pain in the fingers and wrists. Results: For six months, he had suffered from chronic pain in both hands and shoulders caused by ciguatera poisoning. He was referred to a local general hospital and diagnosed with RA. Conclusion: When synovitis becomes evident in chronic ciguatera poisoning, reevaluation is necessary, including investigation of chronic arthritis, which might be associated with the onset of RA...
May 2017: Journal of Rural Medicine: JRM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590360/laparoscopic-total-extraperitoneal-tep-inguinal-hernia-repair-using-3-dimensional-mesh-without-mesh-fixation
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Tolga Aliyazicioglu, Tunc Yalti, Burcak Kabaoglu
BACKGROUND: Approximately one fifth of patients suffer from inguinal pain after laparoscopic total extraperitoneal (TEP) inguinal hernia repair. There is existing literature suggesting that the staples used to fix the mesh can cause postoperative inguinal pain. In this study, we describe our experience with laparoscopic TEP inguinal hernia surgery using 3-dimensional mesh without mesh fixation, in our institution. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 300 patients who had undergone laparoscopic TEP inguinal hernia repair with 3-dimensional mesh in VKV American Hospital, Istanbul from November 2006 to November 2015 were studied retrospectively...
June 5, 2017: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589311/needs-assessment-of-primary-care-physicians-in-the-management-of-chronic-pain-in-cancer-survivors
#18
Ronald Chow, Kevin Saunders, Howard Burke, Andre Belanger, Edward Chow
INTRODUCTION: Cancer patients live longer with effective anti-cancer therapy and supportive care. About 30% of cancer survivors (non-palliative cancer patients who completed treatment) suffer from chronic pain, which will be managed by their primary care physician (PCP). The aim of this study was to assess practice patterns and treatment barriers in the management of chronic pain in cancer survivors among PCPs. METHODS: A survey using a 16-item questionnaire was sent to PCPs across Canada...
June 7, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585105/physical-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-the-treatment-of-pelvic-floor-disorders
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REVIEW
Alex Arnouk, Elise De, Alexandra Rehfuss, Carin Cappadocia, Samantha Dickson, Fei Lian
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the study was to catalog the most recent available literature regarding the use of conservative measures in treatment of pelvic floor disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: Pelvic floor disorders encompass abnormalities of urination, defecation, sexual function, pelvic organ prolapse, and chronic pain, and can have significant quality of life implications for patients. Current guidelines recommend behavioral modifications and conservative treatments as first-line therapy for pelvic floor disorders...
June 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582459/traumatic-injury-and-perceived-injustice-fault-attributions-matter-in-a-no-fault-compensation-state
#20
Liane J Ioannou, Peter A Cameron, Stephen J Gibson, Belinda J Gabbe, Jennie Ponsford, Paul A Jennings, Carolyn A Arnold, Stella M Gwini, Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis, Melita J Giummarra
BACKGROUND: Traumatic injury can lead to loss, suffering and feelings of injustice. Previous research has shown that perceived injustice is associated with poorer physical and mental wellbeing in persons with chronic pain. This study aimed to identify the relative association between injury, compensation and pain-related characteristics and perceived injustice 12-months after traumatic injury. METHODS: 433 participants were recruited from the Victorian Orthopedic Trauma Outcomes Registry and Victorian State Trauma Registry, and completed questionnaires at 12-14 months after injury as part of an observational cohort study...
2017: PloS One
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