Questions tagged [pain]

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

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How is pain measured?

Patients are often asked to rate their level of pain. Usually, I have found that these questions come without instructions as to what constitutes the maximum on this scale (maximum pain you can ...
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Current Theories on Ice vs. Heat for injuries

So I will preface this by saying I've heard a couple of things that I will list out for legibility: "Ice should be used for Acute injuries and Heat for Chronic injuries" "Ice restricts blood flow ...
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Is it helpful to a dentist to report pain during a procedure?

Suppose that a dentist is doing a standard dental procedure, e.g. drilling out decay, on me, and I start feeling pain as he does it. Assuming that I can handle the pain silently, so I don't need to ...
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Difference between TENS and EMS electro stimulation?

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) are described by product manufacturers (and wikipedia!) as two separate things. However, I have been unable ...
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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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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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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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Methods for dealing with gas pains?

The Internet is full of advice on how to prevent flatulence (e.g. diet changes), but no serious tips on how to get rid of gas once it's set in. Gas trapped in the colon can cause significant pain. ...
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Do anti-inflammatory painkillers speed up healing?

With a recent case of whiplash as a result of being on the receiving end of a car accident, I'm now wondering whether taking ibuprofen 4-7 times a week will help me heal quicker/more completely? ...
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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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Ongoing mid/upper back pain causes and treatments [closed]

I have had back pain, and related body pain, for the 7-8 years. I have seen a number of doctors and specialists, and have not been able to find any remedy or even treatment that relieves my pain. My ...