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Practice Fusion, a company that provides a free, web-based Electronic Health Record application to physicians, has announced the top 20 most diagnosed conditions in the U.S. in 2010. Among those top 20, four are chronic pain conditions. 1. Hypertension 2. Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol/triglycerides) 3. Diabetes 4. Back pain 5. Anxiety 6. Obesity 7. Allergic rhinitis 8. Reflux esophagitis 9. Respiratory problems 10. Hypothyroidism 11. Visual refractive errors 12. Osteoarthritis 13. Fibromyalgia/myositis, neuritis 14. Malaise and fatigue 15. Pain in joint 16. Acute laryngopharyngitis 17. Acute maxillary sinusitis 18. Major depressive disorder 19. Acute bronchitis 20. Asthma As I looked over the list, two things struck me right away... First – Given that one-fifth of the most frequently diagnosed conditions involve chronic pain, it would seem reasonable that the medical community in general, and medical schools in particular, s...
Did you ever wonder why one person develops chronic pain following an injury, while someone else with a similar injury fully recovers and has no pain? Researchers at Northwestern University wondered so they set out to discover an answer. Their findings were published online July 1 by Nature Neuroscience .
The first longitudinal brain imaging study to track participants with a new back injury found that the chronic pain is all in their heads––quite literally.
No, they're not saying the pain is psychological. What the new Northwestern Medicine study shows for the first time is that the more two sections of the brain––related to emotional and motivational behavior––talk to each other, the more likely that chronic pain will develop. The more they communicate following the initial injury, the greater the chance a patient will develop chronic pain.
Study Design and Results
A total of 40 participants who had an episode of back pa...
Do you sometimes feel like a human barometer? Do you experience increased pain whenever the weather changes? If so, you’re not alone. Most people with fibromyalgia and many people with other chronic pain problems report pain flares that coincide with changes in the weather. Often it doesn’t seem to matter what kind of weather it is as much as the fact that it changes. Would it help you make plans if you knew ahead of time which days were more likely to be good days and which days you might expect a flare? Well, now you may be able to do just that. My friend Teri Robert, Expert on MyMigraineConnection.com , told me about a new feature on The Weather Channel’s Web site – an Aches & Pains Index. This index forecasts the potential of weather-related aches and pains for people with chronic health conditions that make them sensitive to changes in weather conditions. They use a scale from 0 to 10, with 0 representing no risk and 10 representing the highest r...
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