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...
Prune belly syndrome is a group of birth defects that involve three main problems:
Poor development of the abdominal muscles, causing the skin of the belly area to wrinkle like a prune
Urinary tract problems
Eagle-Barrett syndrome; Triad syndrome; Urethral obstruction malformation sequence
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The causes of prune belly syndrome are unknown. The condition affects mostly boys.
While in the womb, the developing baby's abdomen swells with fluid. That fluid disappears after birth, leading to a wrinkled abdomen that looks like a prune. The appearance is more noticeable due to the lack of abdominal muscles.
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