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With Blood Draws, Bedside Manners Matter

With Blood Draws, Bedside Manners Matter

Latest Chronic Pain News MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — How much pain you feel when blood samples are taken could depend on how nice the person wielding the needle is, new research suggests. Patients were 390% more likely to say their pain was well-controlled when the person taking their blood was courteous, according […]

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Savella (milnacipran)

Savella (milnacipran)

What is Savella (milnacipran)? How does it work (mechanism of action)? Milnacipran is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) used for treating pain associated with fibromyalgia. It is similar to duloxetine (Cymbalta), venlafaxine (Effexor), and desvenlafaxine (Pristiq). Milnacipran affects neurotransmitters, the chemicals that nerves within the brain make and release in order to […]

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Spinal Cord Injury: Treatments and Rehabilitation

Spinal Cord Injury: Treatments and Rehabilitation

How Is Research Helping Spinal Cord Injury Patients? Can an injured spinal cord be rebuilt? This is the question that drives basic research in the field of spinal cord injury. As investigators try to understand the underlying biological mechanisms that either inhibit or promote new growth in the spinal cord, they are making surprising discoveries, […]

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Swedish massage vs. deep tissue massage: What’s the difference?

Swedish massage vs. deep tissue massage: What’s the difference?

Swedish massage and deep tissue massage are two popular forms of massage. Swedish massage uses long strokes and light-to-firm pressure to provide gentle relaxation. Deep tissue massage is a more forceful technique that releases tension deep in the muscles and connective tissues. As Swedish massage is the basis for many deep tissue techniques, the two […]

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codeine (for Pain)

codeine (for Pain)

What is codeine? How does it work (mechanism of action)? Codeine is a narcotic pain-reliever and cough suppressant similar to morphine and hydrocodone. Moreover, a small amount of codeine is converted to morphine in the body. The precise mechanism of action of codeine is not known; however, like morphine, codeine binds to receptors in the […]

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A guide to the spinal cord: Anatomy and injuries

A guide to the spinal cord: Anatomy and injuries

The spinal cord is a long bundle of nerves and cells that extends from the lower portion of the brain to the lower back. It carries signals between the brain and the rest of the body. This article covers the key anatomy of the spinal cord and its functions. It also provides some information about […]

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Kratom May Cause Liver Damage: Study

Kratom May Cause Liver Damage: Study

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Chronic Pain News FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The popular herbal supplement kratom may cause liver damage, researchers warn. Kratom is widely available in smoke shops and online. It’s a botanical product made from Mitragyna speciosa, a tropical evergreen tree found in Southeast Asia. At low doses, it’s […]

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Common Muscle Relaxant Could Pose Mental Dangers for Seniors

Common Muscle Relaxant Could Pose Mental Dangers for Seniors

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Chronic Pain News SATURDAY, Nov. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A commonly prescribed muscle relaxant known as baclofen can leave older kidney patients so disoriented that they land in the hospital, a new study warns. “It can present with acute stroke-like symptoms, even though it’s not a stroke,” said senior […]

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10 exercises for a pinched nerve in the neck

10 exercises for a pinched nerve in the neck

A pinched nerve is a nerve that has become irritated or compressed. The nerve is not necessarily pinched, but people use this term to refer to a range of symptoms. A pinched nerve can occur at various sites in the body, including the neck. When it affects the neck, doctors call it cervical radiculopathy. A […]

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What can cause back pain and nausea?

What can cause back pain and nausea?

Some common causes of back pain and nausea include: Stomach virus or food poisoning Share on PinterestA person with back pain and nausea may be experiencing a stomach virus or food poisoning. Gastroenteritis causes pain and inflammation in the stomach as the result of an infection. Several different types of infection can cause gastroenteritis, including […]