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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910088/the-efficacy-of-greater-occipital-nerve-blockade-in-chronic-migraine-a-placebo-controlled-study
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H L Gul, A O Ozon, O Karadas, G Koc, L E Inan
OBJECTIVE: GON blockade with local anesthetics is an effective treatment for a group of headaches, such as cervicogenic headache, cluster headache, occipital neuralgia, migraine. Our aim was to evaluate the efficacy of greater occipital nerve (GON) blockade in patients with chronic migraine (CM) by using a control group. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included 44 CM patients and randomly divide the patients into two groups, as group A (bupivacaine) and group B (placebo) to our study...
December 2, 2016: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901275/peripheral-nerve-blocks-for-the-treatment-of-headache-in-older-adults-a-retrospective-study
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Jacob R Hascalovici, Matthew S Robbins
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to provide demographical and clinical descriptions of patients age 65 years old and older who were treated with peripheral nerve blocks (PNBs) at our institution and evaluate the safety and efficacy of this treatment. BACKGROUND: Headache disorders are common, disabling chronic neurological diseases that often persist with advancing age. Geriatric headache management poses unique therapeutic challenges because of considerations of comorbidity, drug interactions, and adverse effects...
November 30, 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866180/positive-effects-of-uyakujunkisan-therapy-kampo-medicine-for-postherpetic-neuralgia-with-concomitant-pregabalin-two-case-reports-with-a-literature-review
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Toshiaki Kogure, Naoyuki Harada, Kanoko Yamamoto, Takeshi Tatsumi
Context • The hallmark of herpes zoster (HZ) is a painful, blistering rash, but neuropathic pain can persist beyond the clearing of the rash and is diagnosed as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), a chronic pain syndrome. However, the pain in PHN is often refractory to treatment. Objective • The study investigated the ability of Uyakujunkisan (UJS), or Kampo medicine, a traditional herbal medicine, to treat PHN successfully. Design • The study was observational, with discussion of 2 cases. Setting • The study took place in the Department of Japanese Oriental Medicine at Gunma Central and General Hospital (Maebashi, Gunma, Japan)...
November 2016: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807409/structural-magnetic-resonance-imaging-can-identify-trigeminal-system-abnormalities-in-classical-trigeminal-neuralgia
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REVIEW
Danielle D DeSouza, Mojgan Hodaie, Karen D Davis
Classical trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a chronic pain disorder that has been described as one of the most severe pains one can suffer. The most prevalent theory of TN etiology is that the trigeminal nerve is compressed at the root entry zone (REZ) by blood vessels. However, there is significant evidence showing a lack of neurovascular compression (NVC) for many cases of classical TN. Furthermore, a considerable number of patients who are asymptomatic have MR evidence of NVC. Since there is no validated animal model that reproduces the clinical features of TN, our understanding of TN pathology mainly comes from biopsy studies that have limitations...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789649/persistent-idiopathic-facial-pain-a-prospective-systematic-study-of-clinical-characteristics-and-neuroanatomical-findings-at-3-0-tesla-mri
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Stine Maarbjerg, Frauke Wolfram, Tone Bruvik Heinskou, Per Rochat, Aydin Gozalov, Jannick Brennum, Jes Olesen, Lars Bendtsen
INTRODUCTION: Persistent idiopathic facial pain (PIFP) is a poorly understood chronic orofacial pain disorder and a differential diagnosis to trigeminal neuralgia. To address the lack of systematic studies in PIFP we here report clinical characteristics and neuroimaging findings in PIFP. METHODS: Data collection was prospective and standardized in consecutive PIFP patients. All patients underwent 3.0 MRI. RESULTS: In a cohort of 53 PIFP patients, the average age of onset was 44...
October 27, 2016: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764706/management-of-postoperative-pain-after-lumbar-surgery-pregabalin-for-one-day-and-14-days-a-randomized-triple-blinded-placebo-controlled-study
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Mohammad Zarei, Arvin Najafi, Pejman Mansouri, Sadaf Sadeghi-Yazdankhah, Houshang Saberi, Mehran Moradi, Mahmoud Farzan
OBJECTIVES: Despite the progress in understanding acute pain physiology during recent decade, eighty percent of patients still suffer from post-operative discomfort. Pregabalin is an anticonvulsant agent that is approved for painful neuropathies in diabetic patients and post herpetic neuralgia. The main objective of the present study was to compare the improvement in post-operative pain management and patient lifestyle in 3 groups, as first group received placebo, second who received Pregabalin for one day and the last group those who received it for 14 days...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746559/a-comparative-study-of-continuous-versus-pulsed-radiofrequency-discectomy-for-management-of-low-backache-prospective-randomized-double-blind-study
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Bhagya Ranjan Jena, Anil Paswan, Yashpal Singh, Sandeep Loha, Anil Prasad Singh, Virendra Rastogi
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency (RF) is a minimally invasive target-selective technique that has been used with success for many years in the treatment of different pathologies, such as low back pain, trigeminal neuralgia, and others. AIM: The aim of this study is to compare different mode of RF - continuous RF (CRF) versus pulsed RF (PRF) along with steroid in the management of low back pain of discogenic origin. SETTING AND DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, double-blind trial...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27731894/patterns-of-use-of-peripheral-nerve-blocks-and-trigger-point-injections-for-pediatric-headache-results-of-a-survey-of-the-american-headache-society-pediatric-and-adolescent-section
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Christina L Szperka, Amy A Gelfand, Andrew D Hershey
OBJECTIVE: To describe current patterns of use of nerve blocks and trigger point injections for treatment of pediatric headache. BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve blocks are often used to treat headaches in adults and children, but the available studies and practice data from adult headache specialists have shown wide variability in diagnostic indications, sites injected, and medication(s) used. The purpose of this study was to describe current practice patterns in the use of nerve blocks and trigger point injections for pediatric headache disorders...
November 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27727431/fentanyl-for-neuropathic-pain-in-adults
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REVIEW
Sheena Derry, Cathy Stannard, Peter Cole, Philip J Wiffen, Roger Knaggs, Dominic Aldington, R Andrew Moore
BACKGROUND: Opioid drugs, including fentanyl, are commonly used to treat neuropathic pain, and are considered effective by some professionals. Most reviews have examined all opioids together. This review sought evidence specifically for fentanyl, at any dose, and by any route of administration. Other opioids are considered in separate reviews. OBJECTIVES: To assess the analgesic efficacy of fentanyl for chronic neuropathic pain in adults, and the adverse events associated with its use in clinical trials...
October 11, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27727115/the-impact-of-chronic-orofacial-pain-on-daily-life-the-vulnerable-patient-and-disruptive-pain
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Yaron Haviv, Avraham Zini, Yoni Etzioni, Valeri Klitinich, Alex Dobriyan, Yair Sharav, Rafael Benoliel, Galit Almoznino
OBJECTIVE: To identify patient and pain characteristics associated with negative impacts on daily life among patients with chronic orofacial pain (COFP). STUDY DESIGN: Medical records of 200 COFP patients were analyzed. RESULTS: Diagnostic categories included temporomandibular disorders (85; 42.7%), headaches (47; 23.6%), neuropathic pain (37; 18.5%), trigeminal neuralgia (16; 8.0%), and painful posttraumatic trigeminal neuropathy (PTTN) (14; 7...
August 27, 2016: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697147/the-pharmacological-therapy-of-chronic-neuropathic-pain
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Andreas Binder, Ralf Baron
BACKGROUND: Chronic neuropathic pain, including painful peripheral polyneuropathy and post-herpetic neuralgia, affects 6.9-10% of the general population. METHODS: In this article, we present current treatment recommendations on the basis of a selective review of the literature. RESULTS: Neuropathic pain does not respond consistently to classic non-opioid analgesic drugs and is better treated with co-analgesic, antidepressant, and anticonvulsant drugs and topical agents...
September 16, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695232/nummular-headache-clinico-epidemiological-features-in-south-indian-population
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K Rammohan, Shyma M Mundayadan, Robert Mathew
CONTEXT: Nummular headache (NH) is a primary disorder characterized by head pain exclusively felt in a small-rounded area typically 2-6 cm in diameter. AIMS: The aim of this review is to study the clinical and epidemiological features of NH in a patient population of South India and to compare this with that of described in the international literature. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A prospective, observational study conducted in a tertiary care center...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27668326/a-review-of-the-literature-and-discussion-establishing-a-consensus-for-the-definition-of-post-mastectomy-pain-syndrome-to-provide-a-standardized-clinical-and-research-approach
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Murial Brackstone
Chronic pain presents a management challenge for physicians and patients alike, and post-mastectomy pain is no exception. In this issue, Waltho and Rockwell present a review of post-mastectomy pain syndrome (PMPS) and propose a standard definition that should allow future studies to be comparable. The proposed definition of "post-breast surgery pain syndrome" includes pain after any type of breast surgery that is of at least moderate intensity and comprises neuropathic qualities, that is present in the ipsilateral breast/chest/arm, that lasts longer than 6 months and is present at least half the time...
September 2016: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27667488/-clinical-features-and-treatment-of-hashimoto-encephalopathy
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Yoshimitsu Maki, Hiroshi Takashima
Hashimoto encephalopathy (HE) is characterized by heterogeneous neurological symptoms. HE is diagnosed based on three criteria-the presence of antithyroid antibodies, neurological symptoms from the cerebrum and/or cerebellum, and a positive response to immunotherapy. We clinically analyzed 18 patients (3 men, 15 women; age range, 38-81years) diagnosed with HE in our hospital from May 2013 to January 2016. Eleven patients showed sensory abnormalities such as strong pain, deep muscle pain, dysesthesia, paresthesia, or neuralgia...
September 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27664277/pudendal-nerve-and-branch-neuropathy-magnetic-resonance-neurography-evaluation
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Vibhor Wadhwa, Aws S Hamid, Yogesh Kumar, Kelly M Scott, Avneesh Chhabra
Pudendal neuralgia is being increasingly recognized as a cause of chronic pelvic pain, which may be related to nerve injury or entrapment. Due to its complex anatomy and branching patterns, the pudendal nerve abnormalities are challenging to illustrate. High resolution 3 T magnetic resonance neurography is a promising technique for the evaluation of peripheral neuropathies. In this article, the authors discuss the normal pudendal nerve anatomy and its variations, technical considerations of pudendal nerve imaging, and highlight the normal and abnormal appearances of the pudendal nerve and its branches with illustrative case examples...
September 23, 2016: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27663925/acupuncture-as-a-complementary-method-of-traditional-psoriasis-treatment-myth-or-reality
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Darija Mahović, Fanika Mrsić
Dear Editor, the practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine described psoriasis some 2000 years ago (1). Psoriasis vulgaris is a common, chronic inflammatory skin disease whose worldwide prevalence ranges from 0.1-3% (2,3). Understanding the role of the immune system in psoriasis and the interplay between the innate and adaptive immune system has helped to manage this complex disease, which affects patients far beyond the skin changes themselves (2). In addition to the usual and widely accepted methods of treatment of psoriasis, including topical therapies, phototherapy, and conventional and biological systemic therapies, data can be found in the literature that suggest a favorable effect of acupuncture on the course of psoriasis (4,5)...
August 2016: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27642428/chronic-neck-pain-and-anxiety-depression-prevalence-and-associated-risk-factors
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Imane Elbinoune, Bouchra Amine, Siham Shyen, Sanae Gueddari, Redouane Abouqal, Najia Hajjaj-Hassouni
INTRODUCTION: Chronic pain in rheumatology often has a psychic impact, which may aggravate the daily life of patients. Chronic neck pain, as an example, is a frequent reason for consultation. The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of anxiety and depression in patients with neck pain, and identify risk factors associated with their occurrence. METHODS: It was a cross-sectional study that concerned 80 patients with neck pain lasting for more than 3 months, seen in rheumatology consultations...
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27610084/current-status-of-the-new-antiepileptic-drugs-in-chronic-pain
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REVIEW
Harpreet S Sidhu, Akshay Sadhotra
Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are extensively used worldwide to treat a wide range of disorders other than epilepsy, such as neuropathic pain, migraine, and bipolar disorder. Due to this situation more than 20 new third-generation AEDs have been introduced in the market recently. The future design of new AEDs must also have potential to help in the non-epileptic disorders. The wide acceptance of second generation AEDs for the management of various non-epileptic disorders has caused the emergence of generics in the market...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27606282/pudendal-nerve-entrapment-syndrome-due-to-a-ganglion-cyst-a-case-report
#19
Jae Wook Lee, Sung-Moon Lee, Dong Gyu Lee
Pudendal nerve entrapment syndrome is an unusual cause of chronic pelvic pain. We experienced a case of pudendal neuralgia associated with a ganglion cyst. A 60-year-old male patient with a tingling sensation and burning pain in the right buttock and perineal area visited our outpatient rehabilitation center. Pelvis magnetic resonance imaging showed the presence of multiple ganglion cysts around the right ischial spine and sacrospinous ligament, and the pudendal nerve and vessel bundle were located between the ischial spine and ganglion cyst at the entrance of Alcock's canal...
August 2016: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27591461/paravertebral-block-for-management-of-acute-postoperative-pain-and-intercostobrachial-neuralgia-in-major-breast-surgery
#20
Mercedes Fernández Gacio, Ana Maria Agrelo Lousame, Susana Pereira, Clara Castro, Juliana Santos
BACKGROUND: Several locoregional techniques have been described for the management of acute and chronic pain after breast surgery. The optimal technique should be easy to perform, reproducible, with little discomfort to the patient, little complications, allowing good control of acute pain and a decreased incidence of chronic pain, namely intercostobrachial neuralgia for being the most frequent entity. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the paravertebral block with preoperative single needle prick for major breast surgery and assess initially the control of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and acute pain in the first 24h and secondly the incidence of neuropathic pain in the intercostobrachial nerve region six months after surgery...
September 2016: Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
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