Pain

Pain

Pain is your body telling you that you have hurt it. This is a good thing, important when you are injured. It can also help diagnose problems with your body. Sometimes pain continues long after it's necessary. Amputees report phantom pain in the legs or arms they no longer have. There are different kinds of pain, and describing the type is useful in diagnosis: recurring, constant, steady, knife-like, radiating, sharp, dull. Medicines that dull pain are analgesics. Those that kill all feeling are anesthetics.

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    ARealAge answered
    A pain management specialist is a doctor who has completed training in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of different types of pain, including acute pain, chronic pain, pain due to injury or surgery, pain related to cancer or other diseases and pain without any obvious cause.

    Pain management specialists can treat your pain directly by prescribing medication and possibly performing pain-relieving procedures. They may also coordinate your rehabilitative care. In some cases, pain management specialists may oversee and direct an interactive, multidisciplinary team of experts who are skilled and trained to help people suffering from pain. These medical experts may include psychologists, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, nutritionists and social workers. A person's loved ones, including family friends, may also be brought onto the interdisciplinary pain management "team" to help the person manage pain while living as normal a life as possible every day.
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    A Dr Fred C. Redfern, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answered on behalf of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
    What Causes Hip Pain?
    A common cause of hip pain is wear and tear with age, says Fred Redfern, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he says that some sports injuries can cause hip pain as well.
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    A Dr Yevgeniy Khavkin, MD, Neurosurgery, answered on behalf of Southern Hills Hospital
    What Is Radiculopathy?
    Radiculopathy is a shooting pain in the arms or legs, says Yevgeniy Khavkin, MD, a neurosurgeon at Southern Hills Hospital. In this video, he shows how a bulging disc in the spine causes radiculopathy.
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    A Dr Suzanne Levine, DPM, Podiatric Medicine, answered
    Dr. Suzanne Levine - How can a weekly exfoliating foot facial help prevent foot pain?
    A weekly exfoliating foot facial can help prevent foot pain by reducing swelling, muscle spasms and soreness, and by moisturizing the skin and nails. Watch as podiatrist Suzanne Levine, DPM, explains the benefits and shares her exfoliant recipe. 
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    A Dr Suzanne Levine, DPM, Podiatric Medicine, answered
    Dr. Suzanne Levine - What are the main causes of foot pain?
    The main causes of foot pain include gravity, weight gain, the aging process, genetics and even gender. In this video, podiatrist Suzanne Levine, DPM, explains the factors that cause foot pain, and why women tend to experience it more than men. 
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    A Dr David Hanscom, MD, Spine Surgery, answered
    Recent research has shown that the brain can create pain that is identical to the pain of a physical injury. Research has also shown that an emotional insult is processed in exactly the same way in the brain as a physical insult. We now know that stressful life events and our emotional reactions to them may cause pain that can be severe. Treating this type of pain with pain medications, injections or surgery is usually not effective, thus leaving the patient extremely frustrated and depressed.

    Neurological research demonstrates that the brain has the capacity of neuroplasticity (the ability to create new nerve pathways in response to life events). For example, when you learn to play the piano or swing a golf club, your brain cells are developing new pathways that are connected to your body. These pathways consist of thousands of nerve cells. The more a pathway is activated or practiced, the stronger it becomes.

    What most doctors do not fully understand is that pain can be caused by this type of learned pathway. Even when there’s no tissue damage in the body, such as a tumor, a fracture, or an infection, a learned pathway can cause real, physical pain.
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    A Dr Jeffrey A. Brown, MD, Neurosurgery, answered
    When 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.
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    A Dr Jeffrey A. Brown, MD, Neurosurgery, answered
    Dental work or nasal surgery can spark or “kindle” a unique kind of pain that comes from the nerve to your face and not from your teeth or jaw. This “neuropathic” pain typically has electrical quality to it and does not respond to anti-inflammatory medicines or traditional pain medicines. The cause is thought to be a kind of “short circuit” of the nerve caused by an artery or vein pulsating against the nerve near the brainstem, the problem is not in your face, jaw or teeth. The pain may be alleviated by a medicine that is also used to treat seizures. It works by slowing electrical conduction in the nerve. To be sure of the cause, you may want to see a neurologist or neurosurgeon who has experience in treating facial nerve pain.
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    A Dr Neil Martin, MD, Neurosurgery, answered on behalf of UCLA Health
    The most common type of facial pain is pain related to dental problems, such as an abscess in a tooth or a cavity. That pain is located on one side of the face in the jaw, is worse with eating and is worse with touching or manipulating a specific tooth. It's usually an aching pain, and many of us are familiar with this sort of pain. When you have that kind of pain, then a dental evaluation is obviously the first thing to do.
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    AScripps Health answered
    When muscle and joint pain arises, some parents will give their kids anti-inflammatory medications before practices or games so they don’t miss any playing time. The problem is, these medications only block the chemical process that produces inflammatory pain, so continuing the activity simply puts more stress on the already-injured tissue. By masking important symptoms, kids run the risk of experiencing more extensive injuries and more time away from the action. Ice is preferable to anti-inflammatories as a first-line treatment for pain after injury or activity.