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I suffer from Chronic migraines I have been seeing a specialist for them he started giving me nerve block shots in the right side of my head right above my right ear. The last injection was in October 2011 by the middle of November I noticed a big indention starting at the hairline of my forehead and extending past the injection sight. Could this indention be from the injections? Will it ever go away? I have noticed that where the needle entered there is a tender spot and if I touch it, rub, or comb my hair I get a tingling sensation on the back of my head. Please help! Pamela.
Sometimes, injections of steroids can cause tissue atrophy or wastage and often this is temporary and returns to normal skin tissue in contour, etc... We can't explain the sensitivity of the skin, though; hope it too gets better.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
Two weeks ago I told you that the FDA approved a generic version of Lyrica ® (pregabalin) made by Lupin Limited, but I wasn't able to find out when it might actually be available on the market. Now I know why I couldn't find that information. Apparently Lupin was awaiting a court decision as to whether or not on Pfizer Inc.'s patents for Lyrica were valid.
That decision came down last Thursday, July 19, 2012. Judge Gregory M. Sleet of the U.S. District Court of Delaware upheld the validity of Pfizer's patents for Lyrica, giving them exclusive rights to the medication until December 30, 2018. In addition, Judge Sleet ordered the FDA to stop approving generic forms of pregabalin until Pfizer's patents expire.
The Story Behind the Decision
In 2009, Pfizer filed a lawsuit charging patent infringement against Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, and U.S. firms Mylan and Watson Pharmaceuticals, who all sought FDA approval ...
Scientists around the world are looking for the best way to treat chronic pain patients. But finding evidence that supports the best practice model isn't always easy. In this article, researchers from the Netherlands ask the question, Are we measuring what we need to measure? Many quality studies with high levels of evidence don't provide guidance for real life situations. Patients may be given one type of treatment for the duration of the study. If the symptoms get worse or they aren't helped, they must still finish out the study. In clinical practice, changes are made right away in treatment based on patient needs, wants, and individual characteristics. Sometimes research results reported depend on how the study was conducted. How the data was collected, measured, and analyzed can make a difference. It's not uncommon for different approaches to yield different results for the same group. How do we know which interpretation is correct? Because of these problems and other research dilemm...
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