Sunday, January 23, 2011

Some suggestions for those dealing with winter pain.

The UK Telegraph recently quoted Dr Nick Fraser, consultant in pain management at the BMI Alexandra Hospital in Cheshire as saying, “The low meteorological pressure in winter has a physical impact on our joints, compressing them and making movement more painful. "

In journalist Victoria Lambert's Telegraph article, Breaking the pain barrier 
Dr Fraser offers some practical suggestions of self managing pain.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

New finding - a possible cure for chronic pain?

Diane Jacob highly regarded Canadian Physiotherapist posted on twitter  about this finding that could lead to a possible cure for chronic pain.

The University of Toronto's neuroscientific researcher, Professor Min Zhuo, had the department's finding published in the journal Science. Professor Zhuo is chief editor of Molecular Pain (Molecular Pain considers manuscripts in pain research at the cellular, subcellular and molecular levels providing a forum for molecular pain scientists to communicate their research findings.) 

This study addresses the maintenance of plastic changes related to chronic pain. It is known that injury caused by peripheral inflammation, nerve ligation or amputation causes long-term enhancement of neuronal activity in the fore brain region called anterior cingulate cortex (ACC).

The Toronto research explores the role that a particular protein (kinase M zeta - PKMζ) plays in storing “memories” of pain and therefore enhancing the sensation of pain. Blocking the effect of this protein has the effect of  blocking behavioral sensitization and nerve injury related to chronic pain.

Understanding brain plasticity and the part it plays in pain has been used for a while now in creating effective brain retraining treatments such as mirror therapy for pain. Professor Zhuo's work is a new area of research utilizing this understanding of brain plasticity that has potential for effective new treatments.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

HTCwP's post on Best Information about Brain Retraining Treatments.

How To Cope with Pain blog has a wealth of information for those dealing with chronic pain. At present the doctor has posted a series of links about Brain Retraining Treatments.
Other topics covered in the How To Cope with Pain Blog include Medications for Pain, Pain Management Skills and Family issues. I feel confident recommending this website as it's written by a doctor whose speciality is pain management and whose interests lie in the latest developments in research in this area.

Monday, January 10, 2011

"The Tell Tale Brain" new book by Ramachandran

Eminent neuro-scientist, Vilayanur S. Ramachandran,  is the Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Professor in the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Programme at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.He has recently published this new book, The Tell Tale Brain - Unlocking the Mystery of Human nature.  The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

Friday, January 07, 2011

Update on current trials for CRPS/RSD.

Pain Exposure Physical Therapy (PEPT) Versus CBO in Patients With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type I (CRPS-1)
Condition: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Type I
Interventions: Procedure: PEPT;   Procedure: CBO standard

Study of Proteins Associated With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Conditions: Complex Regional Pain Syndromes;   Healthy
Intervention:
Effect of Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol on the Prevention of Chronic Pain in Patients With Acute CRPS (ETIC-Study)
Conditions: Complex Regional Pain Syndromes;   CRPS
Intervention: Drug: Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol
Use of Compression Glove to Prevent Complications After Distal Radius Fractures: a Randomized Controlled Trial
Conditions: Post-traumatic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome;   Complex Regional Pain Syndrome;   Edema
Intervention: Device: Compression glove
Analysis of Photoplethysmographic Signal in Lumbar Sympathetic Block
Condition: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Intervention: Procedure: lumbar sympathetic block
Neurotropin to Treat Chronic Neuropathic Pain
Conditions: CRPS-II (Causalgia);   CRPS-I Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Intervention: Drug: Neurotropin
Evaluation and Diagnosis of People With Pain and Fatigue Syndromes
Conditions: Fatigue;   Fibromyalgia;   Pain;   Complex Regional Pain Syndrome;   Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Intervention:
Regional Anesthesia Military Battlefield Pain Outcomes Study
Conditions: Anxiety Disorders;   Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II;   Depressive Disorders;   Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder;   Substance Abuse
Intervention: Procedure: Regional Anesthesia
Peer Mentorship: An Intervention To Promote Effective Pain Self-Management In Adolescents
Conditions: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS);   Functional Abdominal Pain;   Fibromyalgia;   Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS);   Myofacial Pain;   Chronic Daily Headaches;   Migraine Headaches;   Chronic Pain
Intervention: Behavioral: Mentorship
Susceptibility to Chronic Post-Traumatic Extremity Pain
Condition: Chronic Pain
Intervention:
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Effects on Pain Perception
Conditions: Pain;   Trigeminal Neuralgia;   Neuropathic Pain
Interventions: Device: laboratory pain assessment;   Procedure: transcranial magnetic stimulation
Effect of an Educational Intervention on Cardiac Patients' Participation Rate in Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs
Condition: Coronary Artery Disease
Intervention: Behavioral: Increasing awareness to importance and availability of CRP
Effects of Vaporized Marijuana on Neuropathic Pain
Conditions: Neuropathic Pain;   Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy;   Peripheral Neuropathy;   Post-herpetic Neuralgia;   Post Stroke Pain;   Spinal Cord Injury;   Multiple Sclerosis
Intervention: Drug: Cannabis
Glutamic Acid in Reducing Nerve Damage Caused by Vincristine in Young Patients Receiving Vincristine for Wilms' Tumor, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Conditions: Kidney Cancer;   Leukemia;   Lymphoma;   Neurotoxicity;   Peripheral Neuropathy;   Sarcoma
Interventions: Dietary Supplement: glutamic acid;   Other: placebo
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