Virtual reality experiences can help ease severe pain

(Reuters Health) - Playing virtual reality games or relaxing in a virtual nature setting might help ease chronic pain, particularly when symptoms are severe, a new experiment suggests.
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I don't remember what it feels like to live without pain. At 15, I began feeling aching, stabbing, and burning sensations in my lower back and down my legs. Swallowing a few Aleve didn't help —in fact, nothing did. If I sit or stand for any period of time, or lift something heavy or fall, I pay for it, sometimes for weeks or months. I've slept on the kitchen linoleum, because the carpet felt too soft to stand.For 17 years, I went to doctor after doctor, undergoing scans, physical therapy, and just about every"alternative" treatment that promised relief. Despite some amazing doctors and the expen...
Source: Psychology of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs
ConclusionMindfulness was previously shown to be a promising intervention for chronic pain treatment. Our study demonstrates that higher pre-operative dispositional mindfulness is associated with more favorable post-operative pain outcomes, including lower pain scores, but not lower opioid consumption. This relationship provides an opportunity to target the modifiable personality characteristic of mindfulness, to improve post-operative pain for patients planning gynecologic surgery.
Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
Authors: Deer TR, Malinowski M, Varshney V, Pope J Abstract INTRODUCTION: The choice of the proper intrathecal drug to treat neuropathic pain has been subject to much debate in recent years. Areas Covered: Currently, the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has approved two drugs for chronic intrathecal use for the treatment of pain, however, there has been substantial growth in the development of other intrathecal drugs that can be used for neuropathic pain. We performed a PubMed literature search looking at intrathecal drug research for neuropathic pain between January 2005 to May 2019 and discuss c...
Source: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Expert Rev Clin Pharmacol Source Type: research
ConclusionsOpioid dependence in the over 65-year old population after lung resection is high but was significantly lower among those who received minimally invasive surgery, in addition to other factors.
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
This study explored the role of central sensitization (CS) pain in patients with various rheumatic diseases using the CS inventory (CSI).MethodsA total of 193 patients of mean age 50.72  ± 9.65 years were included; they were divided into four different groups in terms of their rheumatic diseases. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), spondyloarthropathy (SpA), osteoarthritis (OA), and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) were evaluated in tertiary care rheumatology/pain medicine se ttings. Disease duration and activity, the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index, the Disease Activity Score-2...
Source: Clinical Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
Journal of Orthopaedic&Sports Physical Therapy, Ahead of Print.
Source: The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Source Type: research
Journal of Orthopaedic&Sports Physical Therapy, Ahead of Print.
Source: The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsComparison of MC data between studies can be problematic. Various methodological factors impact detection and classification of MC, and the lack of reporting guidelines hinders interpretation and comparison of findings. Thus, it is critical to adopt imaging and reporting standards that codify acceptable methodological criteria.Graphic abstractThese slides can be retrieved under Electronic Supplementary Material.
Source: European Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
Neck and back pain caused by intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is a frequent cause of referral to spine surgeons. This is a multifactorial disease process caused by aging, injury, obesity, and mechanical stress. Recently, an association between IVD degeneration and diabetes has been identified, but the mechanisms underlying this relationship are unclear. Furthermore, the effects of insulin levels on cytokines known to be elevated in diabetics have not previously been delineated. Uncontrolled diabetes results in chronic systemic inflammation with increased circulating levels of IL-6 and IL-18.
Source: The Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
Sagittal malalignment and failed surgery are established etiologies for pain in adult spinal deformity (ASD). However, pain in primary adult scoliosis with good sagittal alignment is poorly understood. Opioids may be administered to control pain in adult scoliosis but are controversial and may negatively impact patient outcome. Evaluation of two independent ASD datasets may reduce bias and help understand the impact of preop opioid therapy on postop outcomes.
Source: The Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
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