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Questions about dealing with, relieving, and causes of pain.

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Pain during scaling procedures under local anaesthetia [duplicate]

Generally, during scaling, pain or sensitivity is felt at times when plaque is extensive. In those cases doctors may give local anaesthesia to subside that pain/sensitivity while the procedure is ...
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Why does metastatic bone cancer present as back pain that is “worse at night”?

One "classic" presentation of metastatic bone cancer is back pain that "tends to be worse at night and may get better with movement" - American Cancer Society. Googling "back pain worse at night from ...
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Wrist pain when bearing weight and bending both sides [closed]

Let me explain it from when it started. 2018 begining I started feeling very light pain in the middle of my right wrist joint when ever I use it to stand up pushing my self using my right hand agents ...
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Knee pain in coldness and science behind it?

I once heard that our knee cartilage is like a sponge with micro holes. It absorbs lubricant fluid , becomes flexible, and make friction smooth. If in cold, because metabolism and capillary blood ...
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Does intense pain cause people to lose consciousness?

In many fictional media sometimes a character goes through a lot of pain and ends up being unconscious because of it. It this true or at least possible? In that case, why that would happen?
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Heat vs Cold packs in injuries and their difference in use?

Why is it that western first aid generally involves cold packs and eastern generally the application of a heat pack or heat in general after an injury or inflammation? Shouldn't there be a physiologic ...
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Why are antidepressants considered the most successful therapy of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is classed as a disorder of pain processing due to abnormalities in how pain signals are processed in the central nervous system. 1 Antidepressants are now the most widely studied and, ...
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Muscle disorder causing exercise intolerance without an increase of creatine kinease levels

Has anyone heard of a disorder that causes exercise intolerance and post-exertional myalgia without any further symptoms (like generalised fatigue or joint pain)? Detailed investigation showed that ...
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Lucidity and pain reduction link [closed]

I am a layman, so this is no doubt an overly broad and probably dumb question, but if someone will humor me and attempt to answer, I would greatly appreciate it. Why is it that studies tend to show a ...
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How do I evaluate a TENS unit, having no experience with them? [closed]

A friend of mine has been recommended to use a TENS unit for pain his nape (back of his neck) - and is going to purchase one. Neither of us has ever used such a device, and I've noticed there are ...
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What’s the role of hypothalamus in headache pathophysiology? [closed]

The hypothalamus forms part of the central autonomic network, regulating body homeostasis and controlling pain. What is its role in headaches?
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How to differentially diagnose continuing sciatic pain given this existing information?

Pains along the sciatic nerve apparently have numerous possible causes (18 of them according to this article). Now, given the following facts, what would be appropriate differential-diagnostic ...
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What are the cause(s) of fibromyalgia?

Looking at The American College of Rheumatology 1990 criteria for the classification of fibromyalgia (Wolfe, et al. 1990), they indicate that this was first indentified in the late 1970s. The ...
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Is the difference between Medial v.s. Lateral Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) documented?

I haven't been able to find any discussion on the difference between medial v.s. lateral PFPS. I have seen a lot of information about strengthening external hip rotators and hip abductors being a ...
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Chikungunya joint pain

Chikungunya can cause joint pain. Is it true that there is no treatment for Chikungunya joint pain? How do patients normally cope with it?
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Are there “good kinds” of pain?

Are there "good kinds" of pain? Pain is usually bad, but are some kinds of pain "good" compared to others? I got this idea from a House episode -- season 2's "Euphoria". Foreman's father visits ...
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Where are less painful self-injection sites for sub-cutaneous injections? [closed]

If a sub-cutaneous injection is to be given, where is the least painful site? Injection into the thigh muscle is suggested for some unknown reason, and the instructions advise simply to avoid muscle ...
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Should we always eat something before taking pain killers?

When buying pain killers in the pharmacy (no doctor prescription), sometimes I'm told to take the pain killers only after eating something, sometimes they say it doesn't matter, and most of the times ...
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Good pain from a healing wound

Why does it feel so good (not dull pain), to encircle or press on a healing wound with a finger at a proximity that is very close to the border of the wound? For example, a healing bruise feels so ...
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Pain relating to Root Canal Treatment

What are the causes of pain during and after root canal therapy?
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Why don't some people get bruises?

I know some people bruise very easily, Example I poked a person on the side very lightly and the next day it looks like someone punched them in the side. For me yesterday I was balancing on a log, I ...
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Location of olecranon

I've read that your olecranon is the tip of your elbow. But what about the point that I've marked with the green X on the below image? If you were getting pain there, would it still be classed as ...
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Sugar stops toothache

My brother currently has two serious toothaches. (Yes, he's scheduled for the dentist.) He noticed, though, that eating bread makes the pain stop. Later, he noticed that sugar works much better. ...
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What is a pain response when the feeling of pain isn't there?

Is there a term and definition for when the body reacts to pain you can't consciously feel? To be more descriptive, it's a reflex to pain, like pulling back from a hot stove and coddling the finger ...
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Why do exercises for lower back pain concentrate on the abdominal musciles?

I've gone to physical therapy twice in my life for lower back pain. Each time the exercises I was given concentrated on improving the strength of the abdominal muscles, never the gluteus group of ...
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Reasons for tooth-base sensitivity?

What are the possible reasons for sensitivity of tooth bases to heat, cold, or sweet? (I am not referring to gum pain, but pain in the actual teeth at the base at/below the gum line.) In my ...
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Why does gas cause pain?

If I have gas in my intestines, why does it hurt? The mayo clinic has a lot of words, that describe the how and why you get gas. Anything that causes intestinal gas or is associated with ...
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Does the body adapt to recurring blunt force trauma?

If skin is constantly scraped or rubbed, callouses form and the body better deals with future scrapes and rubs. Is there any process in which we adapt to being hit by blunt objects? When I am hit ...
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How can I make getting an IV easier?

I need an IV started once or twice a month, sometimes more often. This has been going on for a year now. It is getting harder and harder to get them started. 4 weeks ago it took three tries. Yesterday ...
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Why is acid reflux (allegedly) often confused with chest pain?

I get irregular, sharp, short bursts of pain in my chest, on the left side, near my heart. Supposedly, heart and circulatory related pain is neither sharp nor short, so this pain may be muscle or lung-...
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What makes mint feel painful?

By what mechanism does mint create a sensation similar to coldness or pain in one's mouth? Why would this sensation become less and less over time with repeated exposure to mint?
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Violent Shivering in Wounded and Incapacitated Patients

I am researching various behaviours patients exhibit when wounded, for a game project. Apparently, when going into shock, people will sometimes shake violently? I wondered how often this happens if ...
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Wrist pain when bent back [closed]

I get quite a strong pain in my wrist when I bend it back, or play a wrist-intensive sport like squash, but the rest of the time my wrist is OK and my fingers don't feel any different either. The ...
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Can Videogame physiotherapy help with dorsal hand pain?

I am thinking how to alleviate irregular bilateral dorsal hand pain. The origin can be C7/C8 dermatomes or radial/ulnar nerve. Etiology can be excessive sitting on camping chair (some hours daily) ...
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STarT Questionnaire Meaning

When referring to the STarT questionnaire. Why is "STarT" capitalised like that? I can't seem to find a definition of it as an acronym. The STarT questionnaire, also know as the STarT Back ...
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Postherpetic neuralgia: Treat or suffer the pain (if you can suffer)? [closed]

Postherpetic neuralgia can be treated by various analgesics, but I'm not sure that I need them, actually I can suffer that pain quite well. But may be analgesics still do something more then just "...
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What is an unbiased electrical search stimulus?

The following is an excerpt from Wall and Melzack's Textbook of Pain, sixth edition: "When an unbiased electrical search stimulus is used, however, the prevalence of type I and type II A-fiber ...
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What causes myalgia after strength training?

You can get muscle pain 24 hours after strength training. As far as I know, this is caused by some cracks in the muscle. Pain is often caused or initiated by inflammation, by which some enzymes and ...
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How do I know I slipped a disc?

I Have a moderate discomfort in my back and have done for a while. I'm in an office job and am in to physical sports such as MMA which could be related. If I had to describe the symptoms, it feels ...
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What can I do to minimize the chance of tooth pain? [closed]

A tooth in the rear left of my mouth (I think it's my wisdom tooth) has temperature sensitivity; if I eat something very cold and I chew it with that tooth, it begins to hurt. Due to some problems ...
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What topical anesthetics exist for the axillary area?

Oral topical anesthetics work great as first stage numbing before an injection of anesthetics during dentist procedures. Are there similar topical anesthetics that could be used in other areas of the ...
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How does robb(balm) relieve pain?

Most times when I trek for a long time, by the time I get home and rest, my thighs begin to hurt me. Upon experiencing such pain, I apply Robb on it while massaging, after some time I feel some relief....
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What could cause pain in one's shoulder blade and collar bone?

I have an acute irritation and pain in my shoulder blade and collar bone. It's mostly in my left ones but there is also some pain in my right ones. I am in pain when I try to sleep on either shoulder. ...
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Does sitting too much causes hip pain? [closed]

This is my first question here, and I don't know if here is a right place for it. I am a student, and I study software engineering, so I have to sit down for a long time a day, to study, and I study ...
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Metallic taste and excessive salivation before vomiting

Is it normal to salivate profusely and have a strong bloody metalic taste before vomiting? This is coupled with orange yellow liquid vomit that also seems to have clear mucus mixed in. This is after ...
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From a scientific point of view, is it possible to be a vegetarian and keep joints in a healthy state?

I'm a vegetarian (not vegan, due to the fact that I eat dairy products and eggs). But for last two years, I have felt some discomfort and pain in my joints. I haven't been diagnosed yet (I'm going ...
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Why is a tonsillectomy (tonsil-removal) typically more painful the older you are? Are the the pain nerves more advanced?

I had my tonsils removed in my mid twenties, and my doctors told me that it was going to be a lot more painful than if I had done it when I was just a lad. They were certainly correct!! Why is it ...
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Why is the exterior part of my left foot Toe is ALWAYS in pain [closed]

i've always experienced a little pain in this area : but lately it became REALLY painful specially after wearing shoes for few hours, and the slightest hit on it really causes a lot pf pain. notes: ...
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Why does a tense arm worsen flu shot soreness?

Multiple nurses have told me that the key to a pain-free flu shot is to completely relax your arm. How would you explain what's going on at the cellular level when a tense muscle receives a shot and ...
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How to decide which painkiller to take?

This is a dilemma I find myself in every time I'm in need of a painkiller: should I take paracetamol (acetaminophen), ibuprofen or aspirin? I've come across several articles outlining the differences ...