Unfortunately, there is no cure for central pain syndrome, so those suffering from this disorder should focus on finding ways to manage their pain. While traditional pain medicines usually don't work, sometimes certain medications, including antidepressants and anticonvulsants, may help decrease the pain. Reducing stress also has been shown to lessen pain. Surgical techniques that have been effective include motor cortex stimulation and deep brain stimulation, which both use electrical pulses to relieve pain.
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- Is there a cure for central pain syndrome?
What is the difference between good pain and bad pain?
Rick Olderman, Physical Therapy, answeredPain avoidance is a natural reaction to avoid a stimulus that is hurting you. The operative premise here is that it is hurting you. Quite often I need to educate my clients regarding "good" pain versus "bad" pain. The discomfort of a fatigued muscle feels different than the pain of a muscle strain or impinged joint -- pain that indicates injury. Learning to tell the difference between "good" pain (the temporary discomfort of retraining your body) and "bad" pain (pain that indicates injury) is important to your healing process.
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How are physical and aquatic therapy used to manage pain?
In physical and aquatic therapy, the physiatrist or physical therapist may suggest an exercise program tailored for you that will increase your daily functioning and decrease your pain. Other treatments may include whirlpool therapy, ultrasound and deep-muscle massage.
Does TENS nerve stimulation help treat temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)?
John Van der Werff, DDS, Dentistry, answered
I have found it to be very helpful, especially if used in conjunction with acupuncture points utilizing what is called ETPS tens.
There are multiple ways to treat TMJ because TMJ is a group of conditions related to the jaw joint and a specific diagnosis is necessary before considering what treatment will best.
Treatment options rarely involve surgery or extensive dental care.
Are there alternative treatments for central pain syndrome?
Because trying to find a treatment to relieve the often severe pain is difficult, central pain syndrome sufferers often turn to alternative treatments. Some of the treatments that have proven successful include physical therapy, acupuncture, and electrical stimulation of the nerves. Meditation and relaxation exercises to reduce stress may also be helpful in reducing pain.
Does TENS nerve stimulation help treat knee osteoarthritis?
Multiple randomized controlled trials have examined the effects of TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Overall, the results suggest improvements in knee stiffness and pain, although it is not clear that walking distance or swelling are improved. The available studies have been small without clear descriptions of design or results. Therefore, better research is necessary before a strong recommendation can be made.
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When should I consider surgery for facial pain of trigeminal neuralgia?
Jeffrey A. Brown, MD, Neurosurgery, answeredWhen anti-convulsant (seizure) medications that used to work to treat the facial pain of trigeminal neuralgia begin to cause intolerable side effects you should obtain an MRI scan of the brain to see the trigeminal nerve. Electrical pain on one side of the face can be caused by an artery or vein pulsating against that nerve in a sensitive zone as it enters the brainstem. There are surgical options to treat this “neuropathic” facial pain that can be explained by an expert neurosurgeon experienced in the treatment of facial pain.
How can changing my lifestyle help ease my pain?
Donnica Moore, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answered
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