This Week in Chronic Pain Management News

New arthritis severity gene identified

A new gene associated with disease severity in models of rheumatoid arthritis has been identified by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and highlighted by Science Daily. The discovery could provide a new pathway for treatment and a way to measure the prognosis of patients diagnosed with the autoimmune condition. Click here for full story.

 

Combination Therapies for Low Back Pain, Sciatica May Not Have Added Benefit

There is a lack of evidence supporting the benefits of combination drug therapy over monotherapy for the management of low back pain and sciatica, according to a systematic review published in the Journal of Pain and highlighted by Clinical Pain Advisor. The investigators conducted a systematic review of 27 randomized studies in which patients with acute or chronic low back or sciatica were treated with a combination of 2 or more different drugs. Primary outcomes were reductions in pain intensity and disability. Click here for full story.

 

ADHD More Common in Women with Fibromyalgia, Study Shows

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seems to be more frequent in women with fibromyalgia than in those without this disorder, and those patients tend to have more occurrences of impulsive behavior, according to an article on Fibromyalgia News Today. A study with those findings, “Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and impulsivity in female patients with fibromyalgia,” was published in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. Click here for full story.

 

Back pain – this ‘pelvic tilt’ exercise could prevent backache from coming back

Back pain is a common condition that usually improves by itself within a few weeks or months, according to the NHS, and highlighted by Express. BACK pain could be prevented by watching your diet, or by making a change to your sleep position. You could also lower your risk of lower back pain symptoms by doing this quick ‘pelvic tilt’ exercise. Click here for full story.

 

Tiny Nerve Stimulator ‘Miracle’ To Help With Crohn’s Disease, Inflammation

The common denominator behind many diseases is inflammation, and while powerful anti-inflammatory drugs help, they often have serious side effects according to CBS New York. Now medical experts say a tiny battery-powered stimulator could do the same thing for people suffering from inflammation-related diseases, reports CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez. Click here for full story.

 

Do Cultural Activities Reduce Risk of Chronic Pain?

Lose weight and get regular exercise are two health tips we’ve all heard before. But has anyone told you that going to a museum or concert could reduce your risk of developing chronic pain? It’s true, according to a novel study outlined by the Pain News Network. Click here for full story.

 

Tenosynovitis on Ultrasound Predicts RA Development

Musculoskeletal ultrasound has become a more widely used tool in rheumatology clinical practice states MedPage Today. A study of early inflammatory arthritis patients shows that ultrasound-defined digit flexor tenosynovitis (TS) was more predictive of subsequent rheumatoid arthritis (RA) than findings of ACPA positivity or ultrasound-defined joint synovitis. Click here for full story.

 

Ne-Yo Credits Veganism For Curing Chronic Pain

Award-winning musician Ne-Yo recently credited his plant-based diet to curing his tendonitis, according to VegNews. Smith was diagnosed with the illness prior to adopting a plant-based diet—sparked by watching the film What the Health last year. Click here for full story.

 

Week of July 23, 2018

 

Synthetic Implant for Great Toe Arthritis Linked With ‘Excellent’ Results After 5.8 Years

Healio shares video from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Annual Meeting where Judith F. Baumhauer, MD, MS, MPH discusses a study that examined the 5.8-year survivorship, pain, functional outcomes and safety parameters of a synthetic implant that was placed in the great toe for arthritis. Click here for full story.

 

High-Intensity Walking Lowers Disease Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Researchers from Duke University determined that high-intensity walking was well tolerated in older patients with rheumatoid arthritis. As reported by Rheumatology Network, it lowered disease activity, improved cardiovascular fitness and immune function, and reduced infection risk. Click here for full story.

 

Stimulator Reduces Pain for Chronic Pain Patients

The HF 10 neurostimulator, an implanted device that sends high-frequency pulses to nerves through wires near the spine could reduce pain for chronic pain patients, according to a report outlined by NBCDFW. Eighty percent of patients in a clinical trial reported losing at least half their pain. Click here for full story.

 

Fibromyalgia Patients’ Cognitive Issues Related to Depression, Research Reveals

Many of the cognitive issues experienced by patients with fibromyalgia can be attributed to depression. That finding comes from a study outlined by Fibromyalgia News Today, which was recently published in the journal PLOS One. Several studies have demonstrated that patients with fibromyalgia have cognitive impairment compared to healthy people used as controls in the studies, particularly in regard to working memory processes, attention, executive processes, and processing speed. Click here for full story.

 

Men Who Get Migraine Headaches May Have Higher Estrogen Levels

A new study published in the journal Neurology suggests that hormone levels in men, particularly the balance of testosterone and estrogen, may contribute to whether some men are more likely to have migraines. Healthline reports that men who get migraine headaches may have higher estrogen levels. Click here for full story.

 

To Fend Off Migraines, Try Keeping a Headache Diary

While the exact causes of migraines remain unknown, doctors can help patients identify their triggers. Keeping a migraine diary can help uncover headache triggers, states U.S News & World Report. Common ones include caffeine; fasting, dieting and dehydration; weather changes; lack of sleep; odors; bright or fluorescent light; and hormonal changes, especially for women. Click here for full story.

 

PROMIS Effective for Physical, Mental Health Assessment in DMARD-Treated Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatology Advisor reports the use of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) may be beneficial for the evaluation of physical and mental health in individuals with active rheumatoid arthritis. Click here for full story.

 

Week of July 9, 2018

 

Probiotics May Be Good for Your Bones

A probiotic supplement could be good for your bones, a new study highlighted by the New York Times, suggests. The study found a reduction in density in the shin bone was nearly half as large in women taking L. reuteri supplements as in those taking the placebo. Click here for full story.

 

Chronic Pain Patients Share Input To FDA Amid Opioid Crisis

As reported by News Channel 5, earlier this month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a public meeting in Silver Springs, Maryland to better understand the impacts of chronic pain, treatment approaches for chronic pain and challenges to accessing treatments. Hundreds of chronic pain patients and representatives traveled from across the country to be a part of the event, which accepted interactive feedback and questions from patients. Click here for full story.

 

Float Therapy Helps Relieve Chronic Pain, Stress

In a world flooding with technology, it can be hard to relax and unwind, but WSMV reports that there is a new form of stress relief that helps with chronic pain. The benefits of float therapy range far and wide from relieving chronic pain to reducing stress. Click here for full story.

 

Australian Study Finds Cannabis Does Little for Pain

A controversial study recently published in The Lancet Public Health followed over 1,500 Australian adults with chronic non-cancer pain for four years. All used prescription opioids and about half tried using cannabis for pain, some occasionally and others daily or near daily. As highlighted by Pain News Network, the study found no evidence that cannabis use improved patient outcomes. Click here for full story.

 

Study Reveals Privacy Issues in Smartphone Headache Apps

Many commercial smartphone apps have been developed to help people track their pain, according to a report by ScienceDaily. A new Headache study found that such apps often share information with third parties, posing privacy risks partly because there are few legal protections against the sale or disclosure of data from medical apps to third parties. Click here for full story.

 

Chronic Migraine, Not Treatment, Tied to Cognitive Impairment

Contrary to previous research, a new study shows that chronic migraine is associated with cognitive impairment, as highlighted by Medscape. The research also shows no link between the anticonvulsant topiramate and cognitive impairment or other psychiatric comorbidities. Click here for full story.

 

Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds Shows Off Ripped ‘ Pain-Free’ Body Following Auto Immune Disease Battle

Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds is finally living a pain-free life and enjoying the results of his lifestyle changes. As mentioned by Billboard, earlier this month, the singer opened up about his health and living with Ankylosing Spondylitis. Click here for full story.

 

Anti-seizure Meds Won’t Ease Low Back Pain

Doctors and pain specialists have been turning to anticonvulsive drugs for the treatment of lower back pain over the last decade. However, WebMD reports that a new series of clinical trials have shown that these drugs don’t really help. Click here for full story.

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