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Is it helpful to a dentist to report pain during a procedure?

Most dentists - for most procedures - aim for a painless experience. If there is reason to keep some pain sensation intact, the dentist will inform you, and ask at appropriate intervals if you can ...
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Is there any proof that acupuncture is an effective pain remedy?

tl;dr Current research seems to indicate that the brain is responding to anticipation or visual stimulus of needles being inserted, not that any of the theories supporting acupuncture are correct. ...
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Should we always eat something before taking pain killers?

Ibuprofen and Aspirin are both non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These NSAIDs can be differentiated into selective NSAIDs and non-selective NSAIDs. Non-selective NSAIDs such as ...
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How is pain measured?

Please note that the pain scale is usually used to evaluate the efficacy of treatment. As long as the pain is responding to treatment, there need not be objectivity per se. Was it a '7' on arrival? ...
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Does menthol have therapeutic effect on sore or inflamed muscles and tendons?

There is evidence of analgesic effects of menthol in scientific literature. It has been studied in humans and has shown to be superior to ice in delayed onset muscle soreness; in a placebo-controlled, ...
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What is the test for endometriosis?

The most common ways to diagnose endometriosis are as follows: Palpation/physical exam Imaging test (MRI, Ultrasound) Laparoscopy* Laparoscopy, where the doctor makes a small incision to insert a ...
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Gamekeeper's thumb - long term healing

"Gamekeeper's thumb" - named because of the chronic injury incurred when rabbit keepers broke rabbits' necks between the base of the thumb and index finger - has more recently been referred to as "...
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Difference between TENS and EMS electro stimulation?

As you read, both TENS and EMS employ electrotherapy to treat acute and chronic pain, but the methodology differs. (Note that some of the references are to NMES, which stands for Neuromuscular ...
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Is it helpful to a dentist to report pain during a procedure?

It can absolutely give the dentist information which will help him identity potential problems. I recently had a root canal. It was a two-visit procedure, and on the first day, he drilled out the ...
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What causes sudden stabbing back pain?

The causes of such pains are called back strains, and may be muscular or ligamentous in origin. It may be caused by: Physical exertion Fall Bending repeatedly Lifting heavy objects Emotional Stress ...
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Are there medications that relieve and stop migraines quickly?

As you alluded to in the question, medications used for migraine headaches generally fall into two categories, prophylactic (meds taken daily to prevent migraines) and abortive (meds taken when a ...
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Is it possible to get a cut from being elbowed in the head?

There are a few different types of injury to the skin. You can have a contusion (Bruise), abrasion (scrape), puncture, laceration or incision. The injury that you suffered is a laceration, as opposed ...
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Skin receptors on finger tip

I'll assume you're only asking about mechanoreceptors, else it gets too murky. Humans have four types of mechanoreceptors. Meissner corpuscle, innervated by RA1 (rapidly adapting type 1) nerve ...
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Why does my throat hurt so bad after a bug goes into it?

No one can diagnose your particular problem over the internet, nor should they. However, some general guidelines may be helpful. Swallowing the average gnat should be completely painless, as should ...
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How is pain measured?

The Numerical Rating Scale (NRS - 11) may be the easiest one to relate to. Between ranges can be looked at pretty objectively, but within ranges is more subjective. Rating: Pain Level 0: No Pain ...
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Can ulcer pain be distinguished from gallstone pain?

Even a gastroenterologist may not be able to reliable differentiate between the stomach ulcer and gallstone pain just from history/physical examination. This is typical (but not obligatory): ...
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Do anti-inflammatory painkillers speed up healing?

It has been long known that use of NSAID have an effect for bone healing after fractures (1). Therefore the use of NSAIDs is recommended only for certain period after fracture and long-term use should ...
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Do tampons cause menstrual pain?

I'll assume by "stomach", you mean abdominal pain, probably lower abdominal pain. And yes, tampons can cause lower abdominal pain in the presence of endometriosis (ectopic endometrial tissue). The ...
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Methods for dealing with gas pains?

Yes, there are ways. First, make sure the stomach is not squeezed by a tight belt or similar. One can support gas movement by massaging the belly. Since some gases tend to move upwards, changing ...
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Effects of taking 1800mg of ibuprofen at once

Using any medication, including ibuprofen, in doses higher than recommended, is very unwise. There is a reason that patient information leaflets exist, and that health professionals insist that the ...
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Gastrointestinal effect of EC/DR vs. plain naproxen

Summary: There are studies showing a difference in gastrointestinal problems and studies where no difference was observed. At least some of the effect it has on the stomach is not related to whether ...
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Are PCOS & endometriosis linked? How to know if menstrual pain is atypical to warrant testing?

I think your question contains many personal parts which I can't answer and should be addressed by your gynaecologist. However, I will try to bring some clarifications to some of your raised issues: ...
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Should we always eat something before taking pain killers?

It is the information leaflet, which usually comes with all drugs, that should tell you to take them with or without food. For one/few time use, it can be better to take them on an empty stomach or ...
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What are the cause(s) of fibromyalgia?

I have had a pain management course a couple of years ago - this was my research topic. As you pointed out the reasons are still unknown, also the treatment is basically aimed at treating symptoms an ...
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Why does a capped cracked tooth hurt when sugar hits it?

A tooth has two parts- crown and a root. Now going from outside to inside the crown portion has 3 layers- enamel, dentin and pulp. The root has 3 layers- cementum, dentin and pulp. Reference Now among ...
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Is possible that pain will start epileptic seizure?

There are several parts in your question. Does pain trigger epileptic seizure? To answer this question, it is essential to understand what is an epilepsy. An epilepsy arises when the normal ...
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Difference in pain perception between women and men?

As an addendum (with some contrasts) to the previous answer (To be honest, I had the same feeling that women have definitely a different pain threshold compared to men.) According to WebMD (http://...
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Is this description a tension headache?

Yes, a tension-type headache is more of a pressing, tightening quality, and mild to moderate intensity. There is no throbbing. There is also no nausea. It is usually bilateral, so usually it is on ...
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Why does gas cause pain?

Try this: poke your tongue out of your mouth and, holding your hand in front of your mouth, jab your hand (finger, palm, whatever) a little with your tongue. Push at your hand. I predict your hand ...
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Should we always eat something before taking pain killers?

It is indeed important to differentiate the drug in question and the individual and the intention for using the drug and the way it is taken, temporally. Painkillers – or analgesics – come in a wide ...
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