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I have often in these virtual pages emphasized the
importance of sleep in reducing the severity of chronic pain . Sleep has been shown in fibromyalgia studies
to be extremely important in reducing the pain fibromyalgia patients experience, and a lack of sleep appears to contribute to
the misery restless legs syndrome (RLS) patients experience.
Insomnia affects 10% to 20% of the United States
population. Among the elderly, the
percentage of those affected is 47%. For
the year 2007, it is estimated the cost of treating insomnia was approximately
$100 billion! We have all seen the
television commercials with the beaver and Abraham Lincoln.
There are several classes of medications for insomnia:
such as Restoril or Valium are effective in putting patients to sleep and
keeping them asleep, and they are relatively inexpensive. However, such drugs can have a hangover
effect, and a significant addiction potential...
Full Question: Are leg aches a normal after-effect of a migraine? My so's legs ache after a long migraine (3 days or more). It hurts so bad that I have to rub Aspercreme on them, give him an Advil and an ice pack. Two neurologists have told me that they have never heard of this. He has been on three different preventive type medications - Neurotin, Torodal and Inderal when the leg cramps happened. Therefore, I don't think it's the medicine causing the leg pain. Even though his legs hurt, he is glad when it happens because he says it means that the migraine episode is ending. To me, that is proof enough that the leg aches are related to the migraines since a 10 year old could come up with that conclusion. He has been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines by one doctor and another says it is post-traumatic, complicated, chronic migraines. We are in the process of finding another doctor to confirm which type of migraine he has. We are also in the process of havin...
Rehab is the answer to preventing problems after knee surgery. Activities and exercise prevent muscle wasting and scar tissue from forming. Rehab helps keep the heart and lungs in shape. The bottom-line in rehab is: restore function in the shortest time possible. This study looks at another way to speed up rehab and meet that goal: lower body positive-pressure exercise. A special device called the lower body positive pressure (LBPP) chamber was used. The LBPP is a waist high box with a treadmill inside. It's been used by NASA for astronaut training. Pressure inside the chamber can be reduced to decrease the effects of gravity. This means less load on the bones and joints while walking on the treadmill. Fifteen knee patients were included. Nine patients had part of the meniscus taken out via arthroscopy. The rest had an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair. Pressure inside the chamber was increased to unload the joints by 40 percent and then by 80 percent. Each patient walked for two m...
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