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

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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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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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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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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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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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Are "Class 2" prescription TENS units any better than OTC TENS units?

I have been prescribed a TENS unit for pain. TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. The medical equipment company is planning on selling me a Compass Health (aka Roscoe Medical)...
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Size of somatosensory overlap/intermediate zone for pain/light touch

For somatosensory innervation, there is a substantial overlap within the spinal cord and dermatomes, so that the (maximal) innervation zones of adjacent spinal roots form overlapping/intermediate ...
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I know this question is kind of stupid, but can a person with CIPA(a disease that causes them not to feel pain) feel the burn of hot-sauce/mace?

So I was thinking whether or not a person that has a disease where they can not feel pain ,like CIPA, basicly be immune to capsaicin i.e. hot peppers, hot sauce, and pepper spray/mace. So what is the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Listening music relieves joint pain

I have heard someone saying to me that to reduce the painful of articles, listening to music can heal the pain. Is it right or wrong?
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Does jumping on heels help?

Does jumping on heels actually help to calm down pain when got hit in balls? Is there any reason for that or its just psychic illusion?
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Suboccipital Muscle Strain Migraine Solutions

I frequently lay on my stomach in bed to watch my TV. Because of this, my head is usually held "backwards". Lately this has been causing pounding, migraine-like tension headaches stemming from serious ...
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What causes tendon microinjuries to become painful in the case of a tendinosis?

From http://www.tendonpain.org/injury.shtml: Tendinosis/tendinopathy is a chronic degenerative tendon injury that is usually brought on by repetitive motion. The repetitive motion is often ...
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Does pain lower resistance to addiction?

For a little background, I'm known by everyone in my circle of family/friends for being the most healthy. I eat far less than most people do and it's usually fresh vegetables and things like chicken ...
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Optimal office chair for levator scapulae problems

I am suffering from chronical neck pain caused by tension in the right levator scapulae. It does not matter how I sit on my chair, it hurts after a few minutes. I tried chairs with a head rest and ...
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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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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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