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Jay S. Patel, MD
Specialty: Physical Medicine/rehabilitation
- physical medicine/rehabilitation
- pain medicine
Location and Office HoursOaktree Medical Centre PC
115 Brushy Creek Rd
Easley, SC 29642
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
- BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
- Coventry Health Care
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Medical Mutual of Ohio
- Select Health of South Carolina
- Unison Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Cannon Memorial Hospital
- GHS Patewood Medical Campus
- Greer Memorial Hospital
- Palmetto Health Baptist Easley
How is chronic pain different than short-lived pain?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredChronic pain is different than the sensation you feel when you burn your finger or scrape your knee. In contrast to short-lived forms of pain, chronic pain occurs when your nervous system continues to fire pain signals for months or even years after the initial injury. Chronic pain can become worse over time because nerve fibers, like well-trained muscles, learn to deliver pain signals to the brain more effectively. The intensity of the signal increases as your brain becomes more sensitive to the pain message. Some call this the "wind up phenomenon" of chronic pain.
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How does caffeine affect fibromyalgia?
Celeste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered
There has been a great deal of discussion regarding caffeine in general. For instance, sources of caffeine, coffee and chocolate in particular, have had varying discussions and the end result is “to have or not to have.”
The bottom line for fibromyalgia and the overlapping conditions, such as interstitial cystitis (a painful bladder disorder), irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, etc., is to use an elimination diet process. Start by eliminating various caffeine sources from your diet. Do it one at a time and try it for at least a week. If you start to feel better….BINGO! To determine if one source in particular might be the culprit, add each one back into your diet. If you feel worse, then you know to avoid it.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Is fibromyalgia an autoimmune condition?
Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answered
Although fibromyalgia can be triggered by many problems, including autoimmune conditions, it is more accurately considered a dysfunction of the immune system rather than an autoimmune disease.
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