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

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Why does a capped cracked tooth hurt when sugar hits it?

Assume a cracked tooth with a cubic zirconia crown. If something sweet touches this tooth/crown... YEOUCH! Pain shoots through the tooth and into the root. Why? A similar reaction occurs from cold or ...
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What is the relationship (if any) between poor posture during the day and problems with bruxism and/or TMJ, or is this just idle speculation?

The two popular news articles discuss increased rates of Temporomandibular joint dysfunction or "TMJ" symptoms and broken teeth reported in the US as well as the (potentially bi-directional) ...
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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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Are open-ended vasectomies less likely to cause post-vasectomy pain than closed vasectomies?

Are open-ended vasectomies less likely to cause post-vasectomy pain than closed vasectomies? I have found https://www.vasectomy.com/question/is-open-testicular-end-vasectomy-better-11304: This 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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What is the test for endometriosis?

My girlfriend, who is 44 and never had kids, has very severe pain and cramps during her period. Her gynaecologist just gives her pain killers. What tests should she do to figure out if she has ...
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Are dehydration headaches visible on an MRI scan?

This article states following about dehydration headaches: Our brains are 80% water. When you become dehydrated your brain tissue loses water causing your brain to shrink and pull away from the skull....
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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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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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Pain relating to Root Canal Treatment

What are the causes of pain during and after root canal therapy?
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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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Infrared light therapy for menstrual pains? [closed]

My wife often has menstrual pains that knock her down for 1-2 days every month. She uses heat packs to make it bearable. I saw an infrared light on special offer earlier today and considering buying ...
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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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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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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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Is this description a tension headache?

Could this be describing a "tension headache"? A throbbing, aching pain that starts at the back of the head and finishes just below the shoulder line. I thought tension headaches start and ...
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Skin receptors on finger tip

How many receptors do we have on our fingertipps per square centimeters? I found 2500 but do not find the source. Is this correct?
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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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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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Is there any proof that acupuncture is an effective pain remedy?

I have heard of acupuncture being used for pain management. Are there clear scientific proofs that indicate it is more effective than a placebo treatment for pain? If so what types of pain has it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do higher amounts of alcohol (beer) help gastritis?

I was at a party and despite my gastritis symptoms I decided to have a couple of drinks. I drank 1.2l (5.US customary cups). At first (after one or two cups) I felt pain and bloating, but after ...
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How to avoid back pain while sleeping? [closed]

I usually experience back pain while I sleep. I was wondering if there is any way to prevent this. Are there specific sleeping positions that can prevent back pain? Should I use different types of ...
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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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Can ulcer pain be distinguished from gallstone pain?

When referred to a gastroenterologist for intermittent pain in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen (slightly under the rib cage), my friend was told that she probably had an ulcer and the doctor ...
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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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Effects of taking 1800mg of ibuprofen at once

I took one and I waited about 15 to 30 min and then I took two more. Each pill is 600mg. Altogether it is 1800mg in 30 minutes time. Could something happen? If not, could something happen if I took ...
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Why does it hurt to accidentally gulp air while drinking water?

Sometimes when I'm chugging water, I accidentally swallow a big gulp of air. It's extremely painful. As I understand it, water is less compressible than air and people inadvertently swallow air ...
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How to tell the difference between not so serious wrist, finger, arm pain/strain/weakness and carpal tunnel syndrome?

Many people now a days, use the computer a lot. A very lot. I'm guessing it's normal to feel some slight discomfort, small pain regularly in your dominant hand, wrist, and/or underside of forearm if ...
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Why exactly does acid reflux or GERD cause chest pain? [closed]

After 3 years of acid reflux I started to get chronic chest pain from it. Every-time I feel some acid in my esophagus the chest pain comes in very quickly. Why am I not just feeling the burning ...
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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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Does menthol have therapeutic effect on sore or inflamed muscles and tendons?

I use a gel for muscle pain after sport. Its active ingredients are listed as ibuprofen and levomenthol. The amount of menthol is sufficient to feel quite a lot of numbbness/burning for maybe half an ...
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Prevent foot cramp from standing at workspace

I've made myself a standing workspace (because of getting strain injuries from sitting). Everything was going well until I started getting cramps in my feet. I first noticed this while swimming. It ...
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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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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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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?