Posts made in December, 2017


The NIH recommends Ketamine to treat CRPS What is complex regional pain syndrome? Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic (lasting greater than six months) pain condition that most often affects one limb (arm, leg, hand, or foot) usually after an injury.  CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems.  The central nervous system is composed of the brain and spinal...

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A phantom limb is the sensation that an amputated or missing limb (even an organ, like the appendix) is still attached to the body and is moving appropriately with other body parts. Approximately 5 to 10% of individuals with an amputation experience phantom sensations in their amputated limb, and the majority of the sensations are painful. Phantom sensations may also occur after the removal of body parts other than the limbs, e.g....

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Good news for patients suffering from Chronic Migraine or new daily persistent headache.  A retrospective review of 77 patients who underwent administration of intravenous, subanesthetic ketamine was conducted by investigators at Thomas Jefferson University. Their results were just published in Headache–the Journal of Head and Face Pain. The researchers found that the mean headache pain rating using a 0-10 pain scale was an average of...

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Neuropathic pain is notoriously difficult to treat. Patients are often treated as regular chronic pain patients and many resort to opioids to manage extreme levels of pain. Neuropathic pain can originate from infection, metabolic diseases, chemotherapy, trauma and many other causes. It is often associated with alterations in pain response such as allodynia and shooting pain. Mechanisms for these neuropathic pain conditions are poorly...

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