Image-guided percutaneous cryoablation in treatment of phantom limb pain

Illusion of Human MindPhantom limb pain is a severe side effect of limb amputation with limited options of controlling. This chronic pain emanating from the site of amputated limbs can decrease quality of live even more. Use of percutaneous cryoablation in the area of scar and distal nerves of residual limb was proposed during Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Inhibitors of epidermal growth factor receptor – a new hope for patients with neuropathic pain?

Arm ache. Close up of businessman hand tired from typingNeuropathic pain, which concerns more and more patients, is currently a huge therapeutic challenge. Mechanism of its emergence is not exactly known yet and effectiveness of treatment with the use of standard pharamacotherapy involving analgesics, anticonvulsive drugs and antidepressants is usually not satisfactory. That is why scientists look for alternative treatment methods. One of the aim of new therapies may be epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Read full text »

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is a cause of pain

DScientists from Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto have showed a significant correlation between occurrence of pain and  obstuctive sleep apnea syndrome.

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Psychocardiology – diagnostic problems in cardiology

Psychocardiology is a field of psychosomatic. Psychosomatic is a discipline which investigates the influence of psychological factors and environment on human health and physiology. It is a interdisciplinary branch which connects scientist knowledge from psychiatry and general medicine. One of its subcategory is psychocardiology. It is especially important since cardiovascular diseases are the most common civilization-related diseases and number one cause of death worldwide (WHO 2008).(1) Among the important risk factors of the cardio-vascular diseases are psychosocial aspects. Read full text »

Vitamin D supplementation relieves non-specific musculoskeletal pains

Scientists from Switzerland and United Arab Emirates made a research thus proving that taking cholecalciferol (vitamin D) is an effective analgesic therapy. Read full text »

Resveratrol overcomes endometriosis – women can confirm

Nearly 2 years ago we reported the first study on the association between resveratrol and endometriosis, the disease involving most frequently pelvic pain and infertility (1). The preliminary tests (2) on mice showed that the organic antioxidant poliphenol might have application in therapy of endometriosis. This devious disease seems to escape every treatment option, so the prospect was more than promising. Today we see that resveratrol has come up to our expectations. A group of Brazilian scientists conducted an interesting clinical trial (3) investigating the impact of resveratrol added to conventional oral contraceptives on pain level. In addition the researchers examined the expression of aromatase (enzyme responsible for aromatization of androgens into estrogens) and cyclo-oxygenase-2 in the endometrial tissue. Both tests provide encouraging results. Read full text »

Proteins from snake venom could be a new painkiller

Nowadays, lot of drugs giving pain relief are known. Analgesics are diverse in terms of mechanisms and time of action, chemical and physical properties and many other features that determine their medical use. All of them can be associated with side effects, which frequency of occurrence and severity depend on many factors. Scientists from all around the world have been working to find new painkillers that should have high potency of action and be safe for patients. Read full text »

Acupuncture – alternative form of treatment

Acupuncture is an alternative form of therapy, which consists in puncturing the body in specific locations using fine needles. Its birthplace is China where it was known in the Neolithic (ca. 10-4 millennium BC). The legend which explains the origin of the method says that acupuncture is the result of observation of Chinese warriors. They noted that the wounding of the body with an arrow may paradoxically cause relaxation or even relief of persistent pain which was earlier in this part of the body. Read full text »

Pain treatment – ‘We do not exist without the pain and suffering’

One of the greatest playwrights of the ancient Greece, Euripides wrote: “We do not exist without the pain and suffering “– it is hard to disagree with these words because the pain is a part of everyone’s life. It is often a symptom of the ongoing disease process the protection against external stimuli acting, but it is also a warning against dangers such as the body exhaustion. Read full text »

Pain treatment in musculoskeletal system diseases – Part I

Competence of pain treatment goes beyond pharmacotherapy, combines it with i.a. physiotherapy and kinesitherapy, which may precede and should be used after surgical procedures. The art of combining various fields of medicine in order for fighting pain is useful when correct clinical diagnosis is stated. Read full text »