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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727713/local-brain-activity-differences-between-herpes-zoster-and-postherpetic-neuralgia-patients-a-resting-state-functional-mri-study
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Song Cao, Ying Li, Wenwen Deng, Bangyong Qin, Yi Zhang, Peng Xie, Jie Yuan, Buwei Yu, Tian Yu
BACKGROUND: Herpes zoster (HZ) can develop into postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), both of which are painful diseases. PHN patients suffer chronic pain and emotional disorders. Previous studies showed that the PHN brain displayed abnormal activity and structural change, but the difference in brain activity between HZ and PHN is still not known. OBJECTIVES: To identify regional brain activity changes in HZ and PHN brains with resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) technique, and to observe the differences between HZ and PHN patients...
July 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727710/management-of-symptomatic-tarlov-cysts-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Wei Jiang, Zhenming Hu, Jie Hao
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic Tarlov cysts are a common cause of chronic pain. Many methods have been reported to treat this disease, with variable results. Most previous reports concerning the treatment methods of symptomatic Tarlov cysts were either sporadic case reports or series of limited cases. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to further optimize the management for patients with symptomatic Tarlov cysts (TCs) by analyzing the results of 82 patients who were treated with different strategies...
July 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727701/randomized-placebo-controlled-placebo-trial-to-determine-the-placebo-effect-size
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Ludger Gerdesmeyer, Tim Klueter, Volker W Rahlfs, Munjed Al Muderis, Amol Saxena, Hans Gollwitzer, Norbert Harrasser, Martin Stukenberg, Alexander Prehn-Kristensen
BACKGROUND: It is the gold standard to use a placebo treatment as the control group in prospective randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Although placebo-controlled trials can reveal an effect of an active treatment, the pure effect of a placebo treatment alone has never been presented or evaluated. No evidence-based, placebo-therapeutic options are currently available, and no placebo-controlled trials have been performed to elucidate the pure placebo effect. OBJECTIVES: To analyze the pure placebo effect on clinical, chronic pain through a blinded RCT...
July 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721535/tricyclic-and-tetracyclic-antidepressants-for-the-prevention-of-frequent-episodic-or-chronic-tension-type-headache-in-adults-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jeffrey L Jackson, Josephine M Mancuso, Sarah Nickoloff, Rebecca Bernstein, Cynthia Kay
BACKGROUND: Tension-type headaches are a common source of pain and suffering. Our purpose was to assess the efficacy of tricyclic (TCA) and tetracyclic antidepressants in the prophylactic treatment of tension-type headache. METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE, EMBASE, the ISI Web of Science, and clinical trial registries through 11 March 2017 for randomized controlled studies of TCA or tetracyclic antidepressants in the prevention of tension-type headache in adults...
July 18, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719553/the-effect-of-a-lay-led-group-based-self-management-program-for-patients-with-chronic-pain-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-the-danish-version-of-the-chronic-pain-self-management-programme
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Mimi Mehlsen, Lea Hegaard, Eva Ørnbøl, Jens Søndergaard Jensen, Per Fink, Lisbeth Frostholm
The Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Programme (CPSMP) consists of six 2½-hour weekly workshops focusing on how to manage pain in daily life. The workshops are facilitated by two workshop leaders of whom at least one must suffer from a long-term pain condition. The program is highly structured and manualized. Only few controlled trials testing the effect of CPSMP exist.Enrolled in the study were 424 adults from 19 Danish municipalities, (72% women; age: 25-93 years) with pain of any etiology and great variation in pain history (0-50 yrs)...
June 22, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719390/total-pancreatectomy-with-islet-autotransplantation-recent-updates-and-outcomes
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Yoshitaro Shindo, Mazhar A Kanak
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) is a reliable therapy to retain endocrine function, to alleviate pain and improve quality of life in adult and pediatric patients suffering from refractory chronic pancreatitis and recurrent acute pancreatitis. Recently, an expansion of indications to include benign and malignant pancreatic disease has been suggested. Improved methods for evaluating the functional quality of islets and predicting transplant outcome have been discussed...
July 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718336/coexistence-of-takayasu-s-arteritis-and-ankylosing-spondylitis-may-not-be-accidental-is-there-a-need-for-a-new-subgroup-in-the-spondyloarthritis-family
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Pawel Mielnik, Anja Myhre Hjelle, Jan Leidulv Nordeide
Aortitis of ascending aorta is a recognized complication of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). There are a few published cases of diffuse aortitis and aorta collaterals inflammation that fulfill Takayasu's arteritis (TA) criteria coexisting with AS. We have reviewed published cases from literature and present three new cases of such coexistence. We identified three patients who fulfilled definite AS New York criteria in our Takayasu's vasculitis cohort of eight patients. One of this patients had been diagnosed with Crohn's disease before AS and TA diagnosis...
July 18, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716365/functional-disability-in-patients-with-low-back-pain-the-mediator-role-of-suffering-and-beliefs-about-pain-control-in-patients-receiving-physical-and-chiropractic-treatment
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M Graça Pereira, Edite Roios, Marta Pereira
BACKGROUND: Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. There is evidence that depression, anxiety, and external locus of control are negative predictors of functional disability in low back patients. METHODS: This study focused on the mediator role of suffering and beliefs about pain control in the relationship between psychological morbidity and functional disability in patients receiving physical therapy and chiropractic treatment for chronic low back pain...
July 3, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716108/esoteric-connective-tissue-therapy-for-chronic-low-back-pain-to-reduce-pain-and-improve-functionality-and-general-well-being-compared-with-physiotherapy-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Christoph Schnelle, Steffen Messerschmidt, Eunice J Minford, Kate Greenaway-Twist, Maxine Szramka, Marianna Masiorski, Michelle Sheldrake, Mark Jones
BACKGROUND: Low back pain causes more global disability than any other condition. Once the acute pain becomes chronic, about two-thirds of sufferers will not fully recover after 1-2 years. There is a paucity of effective treatments for non-specific, chronic low back pain. It has been noted that low back pain is associated with changes in the connective tissue in the affected area, and a very low-impact treatment, Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy (ECTT), has been developed to restore flexibility in connective tissue...
July 17, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713565/chronic-postoperative-pain-recent-findings-in-understanding-and-management
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REVIEW
Darin Correll
Chronic postoperative pain is a poorly recognized potential outcome from surgery. It affects millions of patients every year, with pain lasting for months to years, resulting in patient suffering and ensuing economic consequences. The operations with the highest incidence of chronic postoperative pain are amputations, thoracotomies, cardiac surgery, and breast surgery. Other risk factors include preoperative pain, psychological factors, demographics, and the intensity of acute postoperative pain. Attempts to prevent chronic postoperative pain have often led to debatable results...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713528/the-double-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion-an-innovative-one-stage-surgical-technique-for-posterior-kyphosis-correction
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Marcus Jäger, Tjark Tassemeier
Posttraumatic deformities after vertebral fractures are challenging for orthopedic surgeons in the non-operative and operative field. Especially osteoporotic fractures may cause a hyperkyphosis resulting in segmental or global sagittal imbalance and chronic back pain. Different vertebral osteotomies are potent to restore sagittal profile but show a very high perioperative risk including neurological and soft tissue complications. In addition, some of these extensive operations require a two-step procedure including posterior and anterior approaches...
June 23, 2017: Orthopedic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709432/specialist-treatment-of-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-me-a-cohort-study-among-adult-patients-in-england
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Simon M Collin, Esther Crawley
BACKGROUND: NHS specialist chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) services in England treat approximately 8000 adult patients each year. Variation in therapy programmes and treatment outcomes across services has not been described. METHODS: We described treatments provided by 11 CFS/ME specialist services and we measured changes in patient-reported fatigue (Chalder, Checklist Individual Strength), function (SF-36 physical subscale, Work & Social Adjustment Scale), anxiety and depression (Hospital Anxiety & Depression Scale), pain (visual analogue rating), sleep (Epworth, Jenkins), and overall health (Clinical Global Impression) 1 year after the start of treatment, plus questions about impact of CFS/ME on employment, education/training and domestic tasks/unpaid work...
July 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704245/inciting-events-associated-with-lumbar-facet-joint-pain
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Charles A Odonkor, Yian Chen, Peju Adekoya, Bryan J Marascalchi, Hira Chaudhry-Richter, Teresa Tang, Christopher Abruzzese, Berklee K Cohen, Steven P Cohen
BACKGROUND: Low back pain is the leading cause of years lost to disability with approximately 15%-25% of the chronic back pain population suffering from lumbar facet arthropathy. No large-scale study has sought to systematically identify inciting events for lumbar facet arthropathy. The aim of this study is to quantify the proportion of individuals with lumbar facetogenic pain who report a specific precipitating event(s) and to determine if there is a correlation between these events and treatment outcome...
July 10, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702799/greater-occipital-nerve-infiltration-under-mr-guidance-feasibility-study-and-preliminary-results
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Adrian Kastler, Romain Perolat, Bruno Kastler, Caroline Maindet-Dominici, Jan Fritz, Alim Louis Benabid, Stephan Chabardes, Alexandre Krainik
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of greater occipital nerve (GON) intermediate site infiltration with MRI guidance. METHODS: Eleven consecutive patients suffering from chronic refractory cranio-facial pain who underwent 16 GON infiltrations were included in this prospective study. All of the procedures were performed on an outpatient basis in the research facility of our institution, with a 1.5 T scanner. The fatty space between inferior obliquus and semispinalis muscles at C1-C2 level was defined as the target...
July 12, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702348/predicting-pain-relief-use-of-pre-surgical-trigeminal-nerve-diffusion-metrics-in-trigeminal-neuralgia
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Peter S-P Hung, David Q Chen, Karen D Davis, Jidan Zhong, Mojgan Hodaie
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a chronic neuropathic facial pain disorder that commonly responds to surgery. A proportion of patients, however, do not benefit and suffer ongoing pain. There are currently no imaging tools that permit the prediction of treatment response. To address this paucity, we used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to determine whether pre-surgical trigeminal nerve microstructural diffusivities can prognosticate response to TN treatment. In 31 TN patients and 16 healthy controls, multi-tensor tractography was used to extract DTI-derived metrics-axial (AD), radial (RD), mean diffusivity (MD), and fractional anisotropy (FA)-from the cisternal segment, root entry zone and pontine segment of trigeminal nerves for false discovery rate-corrected Student's t-tests...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699514/monoterpenes-as-perspective-to-chronic-pain-management-a-systematic-review
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Daniele Nascimento Gouveia, Lícia Tairiny Santos Pina, Thallita Kelly Rabelo, Wagner Barbosa da Rocha Santos, Jullyana S S Quintans, Adriana Gibara Guimarães
BACKGROUND: Individuals with chronic diseases have persistent pain as the main symptom, which can often reduce their life quality and functional capacity. The suffering of patients results from the interaction of aversive perception of pain with physical disability, social and family isolation, financial worries and fear of mutilation and death. As an individual and subjective phenomenon that involves many complex aspects, chronic pain should be evaluated and treated in its various components...
July 11, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699328/forecasting-individual-headache-attacks-using-perceived-stress-development-of-a-multivariable-prediction-model-for-persons-with-episodic-migraine
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Timothy T Houle, Dana P Turner, Adrienne N Golding, John A H Porter, Vincent T Martin, Donald B Penzien, Charles H Tegeler
OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate a prediction model that forecasts future migraine attacks for an individual headache sufferer. BACKGROUND: Many headache patients and physicians believe that precipitants of headache can be identified and avoided or managed to reduce the frequency of headache attacks. Of the numerous candidate triggers, perceived stress has received considerable attention for its association with the onset of headache in episodic and chronic headache sufferers...
July 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699090/physical-behavior-profiles-in-chronic-cancer-related-fatigue
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M D J Wolvers, J B J Bussmann, F Z Bruggeman-Everts, S T Boerema, R van de Schoot, M M R Vollenbroek-Hutten
PURPOSE: Increasing physical activity level is a generally effective intervention goal for patients who suffer from chronic cancer-related fatigue (CCRF). However, patients are unlikely to benefit equally from these interventions, as their behavioral starting points might vary substantially. Therefore, we explored patterns of physical behavior of participants who suffer from CCRF. METHODS: Baseline data of a randomized controlled trial were used for a latent profile analysis on nine accelerometer-derived physical behavior measures, describing levels and patterns of physical activity, moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA), and sedentary behavior...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696784/the-role-of-tramadol-in-pain-management-in-latin-america-a-report-by-the-change-pain-latin-america-advisory-panel
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Joäo Batista Santos Garcia, Osvandré Lech, Durval Campos Kraychete, María Antonieta Rico, John Jairo Hernández-Castro, Frantz Colimon, Carlos Guerrero, Manuel Sempértegui Gallegos, Argelia Lara-Solares, José Alberto Flores Cantisani, César Amescua-Garcia, María Del Rocío Guillén Núñez, María Del Rosario Berenguel Cook, Aziza Jreige Iskandar, Patricia Bonilla Sierra
OBJECTIVE: Change Pain Latin America (CPLA) was created to enhance chronic pain understanding and develop pain management improving strategies in this region. During its 7(th) meeting (August 2016), the main objective was to discuss tramadol's role in treating pain in Latin America. Furthermore, potential pain management consequences were considered, if tramadol was to become more stringently controlled. METHODS: Key topics discussed were: main indications for prescribing tramadol, its pharmacological characteristics, safety and tolerability, effects of restrictions on its availability and use, and consequent impact on the pain care quality...
July 11, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695805/clinical-analysis-of-77-patients-with-allergic-bronchopulmonary-aspergillosis-in-peking-union-medical-college-hospital
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Mingqiang Zhang, Jinming Gao
Objective To summarize the clinical features of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis(ABPA)to facilitate its early diagnosis and treatment. Methods We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 77 patients who had been admitted to Peking Union Medical College Hospital from January 1996 to July 2015 with ABPA. Results The average age of these 77 patients(38 men and 39 women)was(41.8±18.3)years. The co-morbidities included bronchial asthma(n=74,96%)and pulmonary cystic fibrosis(n=3,4%). The main symptoms and signs of ABPA were chronic cough(100%),sputum production(97%),wheeze(86%),sputum plugs(25%),blood-stained sputum(18%),hemoptysis(9%),chest pain(9%),fever(47%),weight loss(30%),and night sweat(12%)...
June 20, 2017: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
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