Physical manifestations of multiple sclerosis are one thing. But to feel that sharpness... that edge you once had... slowly slipping away, is quite another. When other symptoms of MS strike, many of us turn to intellectual and creative pursuits to fill the void. We tend to live inside our heads, so to speak. And now cognitive function takes a hit? It is a horrifying prospect. In my recent post, “Cognitive Function Fears: MS or Aging,” I wondered, almost casually, if MS or age was the reason my troubles with word recall and occasional bouts of absentmindedness. Judging by the intense discussion that followed, I stumbled on to a hot button issue among MS patients. Apparently, I'm not the only one who fears this worrisome symptom. My own difficulties are relatively minor and not out of the normal range for someone approaching 50, so I'm not overly concerned at this point. But cognitive function IS on the list of MS-related symptoms and IS of great concern to so many of us. Look...
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...
I am 52, oxygen. asthema, and severe copd. I have started to have very sharp very painful stabbing pain on left side of my head temple area, almost above the ear. it stabs very quickly without warning. for a few seconds to a minute, then goes away for about 10 mintues and then it happens again. It started this morning. what can it be? Vonnie.
What you're describing could be ice pick headaches. You can find more information in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics . That said, nobody can confirm that via the Internet, so you really should see your doctor about these pains.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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