'My body is betraying me': Model Martha Hunt opens up about chronic pain

For half her life, Martha Hunt, 30, has lived with chronic pain, she told DailyMail.com. The model has scoliosis, a curvature of the spine that makes long shoots painful - but copes through writing.
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We report a case of double-level lumbar spondylolysis at L4 and L5 that was successfully treated with the double "smiley face" rod method. A healthy 29-year-old man who presented with a 6-year history of chronic low back pain was referred to us for surgical treatment. Plain radiographs and computed tomography of the lumbar spine revealed bilateral pars defects at L4 and L5 without slip or scoliosis. The patient underwent direct repair of the pars defects using the double smiley face rod method at L4 and L5. There were no intraoperative or postoperative complications, and the patient had improved clinically by 1 y...
Source: Journal of Medical Investigation - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Med Invest Source Type: research
(Natural News) Chronic back pain is one of the most common complaints that physicians find difficult to treat. It can be caused by a back injury, muscle strain or a variety of health conditions, such as arthritis, osteoporosis or scoliosis. Because there is no single cure or treatment for chronic back pain, physicians oftentimes recommend...
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Alright, I had an OB pt yesterday that a colleague put an epidural in. She has a long history of spinal issues (repaired tethered cord, repaired scoliosis fused from T4-L4). First attempt his epidural did nothing. Second attempt he thought was successful, but produced profound analgesia and was obviously intrathecal. This is a sound and experienced individual placing the epidural. Now she's got a horrible spinal HA. She's also a chronic pain nightmare. I can't reasonably say that doing a... Blood Patch?
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Several interactive pelvic axes occur during activities of weight-bearing and ambulation. Flexion and extension of the symmetrical innominates occur on the sacral x-axis with weight-bearing. Normal asymmetric innominate rotation occurs on the innominate axis at the pubic symphysis during weight-bearing with normal ambulation. Oblique sacral movement occurs on an oblique sacral axis concurrent with asymmetric innominate movement. Acute and chronic low back pain is commonly caused by a bilateral symmetrical or oblique anterior innominate rotation on the sacrum on an acetabular axis, usually while lifting, bending, lowering, ...
Source: Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation - Category: Geriatrics Tags: Thieves' Market Source Type: research
by Drew Rosielle (@drosielle)A Series of Observations on Opioids By a Palliative Doc Who Prescribes A Lot of Opioids But Also Has Questions.This is the 5th post in a series about opioids, with a focus on how my thinking about opioids has changed over the years. See also:Part 1 – Introduction, General Disclaimers, Hand-Wringing, and a Hand-Crafted Graph.Part 2 – We Were Wrong 20 years Ago, Our Current Response to the Opioid Crisis is Wrong, But We Should Still Be Helping Most of our Long-Term Patients Reduce Their Opioid DosesPart 3 – Opioids Have Ceiling Effects, High-Doses are Rarely Therapeutic, and Ano...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Care Tags: opioid pain rosielle The profession Source Type: blogs
Chronic pain patients in the United States now have a new treatment option. FDA has approved Abbott’s Proclaim XR recharge-free neurostimulation system for people living with chronic pain. The Proclaim XR platform offers a low dose of Abbott's BurstDR stimulation waveform, which was created based on scientific insights from doctors and research to mimic natural patterns found in the brain, the company said. It works by using low doses of mild electrical pulses to change pain signals as they travel from the spinal cord to the brain. Abbott said the delivery of lower doses of spinal cord stimulation helps e...
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Army veteran Eugene Milligan is 75 years old and blind. He uses a wheelchair since losing half his right leg to diabetes and gets dialysis for kidney failure. And he has struggled to get enough to eat. Earlier this year, he ended up in the hospital after burning himself while boiling water for oatmeal. The long stay caused the Memphis vet to fall off a charity’s rolls for home-delivered Meals on Wheels, so he had to rely on others, such as his son, a generous off-duty nurse and a local church to bring him food. “Many times, I’ve felt like I was starving,” he says. “There’s neighbors that...
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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
Opioid therapy is effective in alleviating acute postoperative pain. However, benefits of chronic opioid therapy (COT) is a contentious issue corollary to concerns relating to long-term drug dependence, tolerance and misuse. Patients with adult spinal deformities (ASD) undergoing complex, multilevel fusions often require optimized pain management strategies tailored upon disease progression and the extent of deformity correction. In alignment with a national focus on regulating lenient prescription practices, investigating epidemiological trends and risk factors associated with postoperative consumption in patients with AS...
Source: The Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsIH is an under-recognized cause of seizure following the spinal or cranial surgery, lumbar puncture, or spinal anesthesia. Proposed mechanisms include traction on cortical structures, increased cerebral blood flow, and cortical irritation secondary to subdural hygromas.
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