A simple technique called mirror therapy seems effective in preventing phantom limb pain in patients undergoing amputation of an arm or leg, suggests a study in the February 2010 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). Dr. Steven R. Hanling and colleagues of Naval Medical Center, San Diego, describe the successful use of mirror therapy to prevent phantom pains in soldiers with severe leg injuries requiring amputation. "Although it may sound like 'hocus pocus, ' this is one of many recent reports about the use of mirror therapy in veterans with injured limbs, " comments Dr.
Women should be allowed to eat and drink what they want during labour, say Cochrane Researchers. The researchers carried out a systematic review of studies examining the traditional practice of restricting food and fluid intake during labour and found no evidence for any risk or benefit for women at low risk of complications. Throughout much of the last century, eating and drinking during labour was considered dangerous and many maternity units operated "nil by mouth" policies or restricted what women in labour were allowed to eat and drink, regardless of women's preferences. This was largely due to concerns about possibly fatal damage to the lungs caused by "Mendelson's syndrome", where particles of regurgitated food are inhaled under general anaesthetic during Caesarean sections.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen may be more effective for relieving period pain than paracetamol, according to the update of a Cochrane Review. However, it remains unclear whether any one NSAID is safer or more effective than others. Period pain affects a high proportion of women: up to 72% in a recent Australian survey of 16-49 year olds. It is thought to be caused by an excess or imbalance of certain hormones released by the body during menstrual periods, including one called prostaglandin. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen are commonly used for period pain. The updated review includes data from 73 trials carried out in 18 different countries and involving a total of 5, 156 women.
'All pain occurs in the brain' If you struggle with chronic pain, that bold assertion may rub you the wrong way. Especially if you, like many chronic pain sufferers have been flippantly told by friends, relatives, and perhaps even your own doctor, that the pain you cope with constantly is 'all in your mind.' But if you can, cast your annoyance aside for a moment, and realize that the statement above is backed by new discoveries in neuroscience, and could possibly hold the key to bringing your nightmare with chronic pain to an end. Of course, people experience pain in just about every known location on the human body, and the perception of where it is coming from is very real to the person feeling it.
As access to medical marijuana becomes more widespread, officials are debating its use as a pain-coping treatment and are easing rules for the sick to use the drug, The Wall Street Journal reports. "The U.S. Department of Justice has said it will not generally prosecute ill people under doctors' care whose use of the drug complies with state rules. New Jersey will become the 14th state to allow therapeutic use of marijuana, and the number is likely to grow. Illinois and New York, among others, are considering new laws." But there are not many clinical trials to show solid data on how successful such use of the plant is to helping patients.
An inguinal hernia is the medical name for what happens when there is a weakness or tear in the groin area that allows part of the intestines to protrude through the abdominal wall. While the condition may or may not be painful, it will usually result in a visible lump forming around the groin area. Sometimes, the hernia will only be painful when the person moves into different positions with their body, such as sitting up. Some people will notice this lump come and go for a period of days or weeks before they finally decide to visit their doctor to get it diagnosed. It is only then that they find out for sure that they have an inguinal hernia.