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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does intense pain cause people to lose consciousness?

TL:DR: No, not usually. It this true or at least possible? It is possible, but it is not common. People in an incredible amount of pain most often endure it without passing out. Others pass out at ...
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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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Analgesics are drugs which relieve pain. Are there other drugs which do the opposite -- make you more sensitive to pain?

What you are refering to is called proalgesia, or a proalgesic effect. Many drugs can have this as a side effect. Opioid derivatives, when a tolerance is built-up can noticably cause pain in ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there "good kinds" of pain?

"Good kind of pain" is not a precisely defined medical term, but the concept is certainly a familiar one on several levels. Pain is an incredibly complex phenomenon that indeeds needs dissection for ...
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Chikungunya joint pain

It is true that there is no treatment for the Chikungunya virus and infection. That is not the same as there being no treatment for the pain. The CDC recommends acetaminophen but not aspirin or NSAIDs ...
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Methods for dealing with gas pains?

In addition to the home-remedies suggested by Marzipanherz - the warm bottle is a good one - there are pharmacological therapeutic options out there. Gas-X, Mylicon, others 1 Simethicone (an inert ...
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Healthy way to become numb

These could be symptoms of different medical problems, depression, anxiety, or other issues. In lieu of personal advice or a discussion of treatments, I advise seeing your primary care provider as a ...
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How anti-inflammatory are nsaids?

You're asking if there is a dose response relationship for ibuprofen, and what does it look like. For most people the analgesic effect (surrogate for inflammation) flattens out at 400 mg, but 20% ...
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Why is a tonsillectomy (tonsil-removal) typically more painful the older you are? Are the the pain nerves more advanced?

After removal of tonsils, most adults have significant pain for 10 -14 days, some up to 3 weeks. Because adults & teenagers have larger tonsils and more developed throat muscles, pain and ...
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How does robb(balm) relieve pain?

I found the following list of ingredients for Robb balm on-line (if the product you are using is different please correct me): CAMPHOR 11.0% MENTHOL 5.5% OL EUCALYP 1.0% OLPINIPUMIL 0.5% METHYLSAL 4....
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Why do exercises for lower back pain concentrate on the abdominal musciles?

Your inner core is where majority of the Chronic LBP research supports working. Inner Core Transverse Abdominis Multifidus Diaphragm Pelvic Floor Transverse Abdominis Dysfunction Numerous ...
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Pain relating to Root Canal Treatment

Root canal procedure (RCT) is a common endodontic procedure in dentistry, done when the caries or the infection has reached the pulp. A tooth has two parts- crown and a root. Now going from outside to ...
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Why does metastatic bone cancer present as back pain that is "worse at night"?

Not sure why I didn't think of this earlier, but back pain that is worse at night due to metastatic cancer to the spine is caused by tumor compressing spinal cord when lying on your back. Anything ...
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If antibiotics/paracetamol are relieving a patient's symptoms then can we establish that the root cause of symptoms is some sort of infection?

Please clarify your question, since paracetamol is not an antibiotic. Are you asking if the patient's symptoms are relieved by paracetamol and antibiotics, or do you mean if patient's symptoms are ...
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