We've known for a long time that if you're going to stop taking opioids, it's usually best to taper off gradually to prevent severe withdrawal symptoms. But now, there's another very good reason not to abruptly stop taking opioid medications – it can actually increase your sensitivity to pain. A recent study conducted by the Department of Neurophysiology at the Center for Brain Research at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria has found that the sudden withdrawal of opioids leads to the long-term activation of pain impulses being sent to the brain. It creates a kind of memory trace in the pain system. They knew that sustained pain can set up a cycle of increased pain sensitivity, but the researchers were surprised to discover that the abrupt withdrawal of opioids does something very similar by increasing the concentration of calcium ions in the nerve cells of the spinal cord. On the positive side, the research team also discovered that i...
I was applying pressure this morning to something an had the sharpest pain shoot from the back to side side of the right side of my head. I stopped for a minute then continued what I was doing and it happened again. All I could think about was an Aneurysm. Could this be and what should I do I am scared? Joanne.
Statistically, it's unlikely to be an aneurysm, but you certainly don't want to find yourself on the wrong end of those statistics. Any unexplained head pain should be investigated. Please see your doctor as soon as possible.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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Hip problems can be intraarticular (inside the joint) or extraarticular (outside the joint). Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose intraarticular conditions. Arthroscopy is done with the patient under anesthesia. The surgeon inserts a long, thin needle into the joint. A tiny TV camera on the end of the sope shows what's inside the joint. Changes in the tissues, damage to the bone, or loose pieces of cartilage or bone can be seen. In this review article, surgeons identify who can benefit most from a hip arthroscopy. First, patients with hip pain that persists despite treatment are considered good candidates. Second, signs and symptoms of an intraarticular problem supports the need for arthroscopy. This can include groin pain or upper thigh pain that goes down the leg. Locking, popping, and/or loss of motion are symptoms of an intraarticular hip problem. The doctor's diagnosis and decision to do arthroscopy are based on a physical exam, X-rays, CT scan, or MRI. X-rays only show the true cau...
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