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In an article in the PNAS journal, researchers report the power of 3 antibiotics against chronic pain, possibly reducing the need for opioids. The study abstract reports that “demeclocycline, chlortetracycline, and minocycline can be repurposed for treatment of neuropathic pain and potentially for...

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According to the World Health Organization, phantom limb pain is experienced by 50% to 80% of the more than 40 million amputees in the world, the largest group being military veterans. Thanks to a grant of over a million dollars, the Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative at UC San Diego will...

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Neuropathic pain—from an injury or disease of the peripheral and/or somatosensory nervous system—is usually severe and chronic, resistant to treatment, and therefore challenging for clinicians attempting to help patients. Researchers noted the high impact of neuropathic pain: "Many people with...

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Medication and/or psychotherapy does not work for approximately 30% of patients with major depression. How can practitioners help those who are unresponsive? Brain stimulation may help, but for every person with a mental disorder, there may be a different manifestation and potential response to...

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A patient with multiple sclerosis experiences pain, tiredness, and a reduction in function. A co-occurring effect? Depression. An article in Annals of Behavioral Medicine looks at that depression and examines the benefit of earlier treatment. In an 8-week study, 154 adults with MS participated in an...

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An article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings cautions use of antibiotics in children under 2. Data from over 14,500 children born in Minnesota between 2003 and 2011 were studied. At least 1 antibiotic was prescribed in the first 2 years of life in over 10,000 (70%) children. Results showed that “Early...

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Parsonage-Turner Syndrome brings about severe upper arm and shoulder pain followed by progressive weakness. Also known as neuralgic amyotrophy, the condition can lead to paralysis. However, in a study reported in the Journal of Hand Surgery, microsurgical epineurolysis and perineurolysis, which...

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By utilizing an MRI technique called magnetic resonance neurography (MRN), researchers “…have routinely identified one or more hourglass-like constrictions of nerves in patients with Parsonage-Turner Syndrome (PTS) and have detected denervation changes in muscles they supply,” commented Darryl Sneag...

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Neuroscientists are investigating a new target for ultrasound: the brain. By focusing sound waves “on a point deep in the brain” such as the amygdala “without affecting shallower tissue” scientists may be able to treat disease and regulate pain. Although there’s a lot still to be worked out, such as...

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Spirochetal infection symptoms include

  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

Common types of infections

  • The two most common: Lyme disease and syphilis
  • Both are great masqueraders in terms of symptoms
  • They can cause and they can mimic other conditions and throw people off

Lyme...

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