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Tough pain puts people at the end of the rope and at the end of the line. Doctors and patients alike grab at the knot at the end of the rope in a desperate attempt to hold onto some semblance of control over the toughest pain. When a person reaches the end of the line of treatment options, the biggest question is "What next?" What is next for those with intolerable and intractable painful conditions like fibromyalgia, phantom pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and the entire quagmire of painful conditions that involve central sensitization of the nervous system. The answer for tough to treat pain might be a ketamine infusion.
Ketamine is an old drug typically reserved for the operating room to induce anesthesia. This potent blocker of the NMDA and NMDAR receptors is now being looked at as a viable end-of-the-rope option for those with severe pain that has been nonresponsive to all other traditional treatments . As the mechanism for central sensitization has become rev...
Exercise is an important component of any fibromyalgia treatment plan. According to a Brazilian study recently published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology , belly dancing can be a good exercise option for people with fibromyalgia.
Study Design and Result
A total of 80 female fibromyalgia patients between the ages of 18 to 65 took part in the study. Half (40) of the women were randomly assigned to a dance group while the other half remained on a waiting list. Those in the dance group participated in a one-hour class twice a week for 16 weeks.
Participants were evaluated for pain, function, quality of life, depression, anxiety and self image at baseline, 16 weeks and 32 weeks by an assessor who did not know whether or not they had participated in the dance classes.
Patients who took part in the belly dance classes showed significant improvement in pain, sleep pattern, functional capacity and self-image from baseline to 32 weeks. The researc...
Definition Pyloroplasty is a surgical procedure to widen the opening in the lower part of the stomach (pylorus) so that the stomach contents can empty into the small intestine ( duodenum ). The pylorus is a thick, muscular area. When it thickens, food is not able to pass through. See: Pyloric stenosis Alternative Names Pyloromyotomy; Pyloric stenosis repair; Pyloroplasty Description The surgery is done while you are under general anesthesia (asleep and pain-free). The surgeon makes a cut around the belly button or in the upper right part of the belly. If the surgery is done laparoscopically, three smaller cuts are used. The surgery involves cutting through some of the thickened muscle to relieve the narrowing (stenosis). The cut through the muscle is then closed horizontally to keep the pylorus open and allow the stomach to empty. The surgery usually takes 1 - 2 hours. Why the Procedure Is Performed Pyloric stenosis is caused by a thickened pylorus muscle. It is usually found in infants. Pyloroplas...
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