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Cluster headaches are often said to be the most painful of all headaches. They have been described as "boring," bearing, burning," "like a hot poker in the eye," and as "suicide headaches." Verapamil, a calcium channel blocker frequently used for Migraine and headache prevention – increasingly for cluster headache, was recently studied in high doses for cluster headache prevention. Study Background The use of high dose verapamil has become increasingly common for the prevention of CH, with higher doses than used for heart conditions and hypertension needed. Side effects include atrioventricular block* and bradycardia**, although how frequently they occur in CH patients is not clear. There are no formal guidelines for the use of verapamil for CH. The authors of this study have developed a protocol, keeping in mind the potential for cardiac complications and reviewed the use of the protocol and the changes seen in EKG readings. ...
Complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, can develop after an injury, but the cause isn't yet understood. Researchers do know that inflammation plays a role and previous studies have suggested that the body's reaction in CRPS can be similar to that of a burn. Researchers looking into burn treatment have found that giving high doses of vitamin C to burn patients helped reduced the amount of fluid they needed and reduced the swelling. With this in mind, the authors of this study wanted to see if giving vitamin C to patients with a new broken wrist would decrease their chances of developing CRPS.The study took place at 3 hospitals in the Netherlands and involved 416 women who had a total of 427 wrist fractures. The patients were randomly chosen to receive vitamin C (317 women, 328 fractures) or placebo, a sugar pill, (99 women, 99 fractures). Among the women taking vitamin C, 96 took 200 mg, 114 took 500 mg and 118 took 1500 mg, per day. The patients did not know if they were taking the ...
Severe change in acid level of blood (pH balance), which leads to damage in all of the body organs
Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
Burns to the eyes, which may result in permanent vision lossSevere pain in the throatSevere pain or burning in the nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue
Blood in the stoolBurns and possible holes in the food pipe (esophagus)Severe abdominal painVomiting
Heart and blood
Low blood pressure that develops rapidly
Lungs and airways
Breathing difficulty (from breathing in drain opening agent)Throat swelling (may also cause breathing difficulty)
BurnsHoles (necrosis) in the skin or tissues underneathIrritation
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