Questions tagged [pain]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gamekeeper's thumb - long term healing

I hurt the base of my right thumb about a year ago. The immediate area swelled up, so I saw a doctor soon after who diagnosed it as gamekeeper's thumb. I wore a splint for a two weeks and everything ...
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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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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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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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What causes sudden stabbing back pain?

Many of us will have experienced a sudden intense back pain, often caused just by turning sharply or reaching for something rather than anything physically arduous. The pain gradually diminishes over ...
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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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Gallstones pain relief?

What suggestions are there for pain relief caused by stones in the gallbladder, while waiting for surgery date? Placing something cold as an ice bag on the area, reduces the pain, and that helps, ...
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Right wrist pain from using computer mouse [closed]

I'm Shimmy, almost 30ish, Male, 6', 158 lbs. I'm a heavy computer user and sit in front of my homedesk for long intervals (5-18h daily). I use the computer mostly for working with text (software ...
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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 there medications that relieve and stop migraines quickly?

From websites such as this from Mayo Clinic, powerful migraine medications mostly appear to prevent migraines, and NOT to stop an acute episode? However, if a migraine sufferer wants to minimize the ...
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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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Difference in pain perception between women and men?

Recently, I joined my wife for the delivery of our first child. At the end of the delivery, I told the midwife "that looked pretty painful". And she replied to me "it's painful for a woman, so you can ...
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Is possible that pain will start epileptic seizure?

In August of 2015, I have experience with something new, related to neurology and probably also cardiology. I described it in Neurosciences community on G+ (where you can read all text, together with ...
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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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Is it possible to get a cut from being elbowed in the head?

So I was at a basketball game, and sometime mid-way through it, I got elbowed in the head. At the end of the game, I found that I got a small cut that was slightly bleeding and, at that point, the ...
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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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Gastrointestinal effect of EC/DR vs. plain naproxen

Is there any good literature that would strongly suggest (or even prove) that Naproxen EC/DR (enteric coated/delayed release) helps ease gastrointestinal discomfort associated with OTC Naproxen? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How anti-inflammatory are nsaids?

So I currently have some bad tonsillitis and an infection in one of my ears. My doctor at school gave me ibuprofen (for pain and anti-inflammation) and penicillin. I was just wondering if higher doses ...
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How does Ponstan treat headaches?

I was having a headache and it remained this way for 3 to 4 hours. Then I took "Ponstan" . My headache was completely gone immediately. What active ingredient is in Ponstan and how does it work? Also,...
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Is there a negative counterpart to endorphins?

A neuropeptide, I suppose, or some pharmacological activity that facilitates the transmission of pain or stress signals?
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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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How to fight stiff neck after viral meningitis? [closed]

My fiancee had suffered from viral meningitis last year. She was treated in hospital, spent there 10 days and was released to home. Since then she sometimes (once every 3-4 weeks) has episodes of head ...
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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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What are possible treatments for mouth ulcers?

I am suffering from mouth ulcers, and as a result I am not able to eat properly and suffer with a lot of mouth pain.n I am not able to sleep properly due to my busy schedule. I consulted many doctors ...
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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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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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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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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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How to get rid of fungus from toe nail damage?

A toe nail appears to have a fungus attack after damage during a accident and is experiencing pain. After taking some home remedies like applying Turmeric Powder onto it it seems better, but you ...
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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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Is it normal for the vaccination site to hurt?

I just received a vaccination today at around 9:00 in the morning, and it is still hurting really bad now at 8:40 in the evening. Is this normal?
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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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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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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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Is surgery recommended for a first time dislocated shoulder?

Is surgery recommended for a first time dislocated shoulder after the shoulder has been put back in place? How is it best to heal this?