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Eye surgery and post-op pain

Contact lenses are already used after laser eye surgery as bandages. Surgeons place silicone hydrogel contact lenses on the eyes, which can release ophthalmic drugs for a few hours. However, that's inadequate for pain relief. Contact lenses with vitamin E added deliver a long-lasting anesthetic. Vitamin E acts as a barrier and extends the release of the anesthetics, providing relief up to a week after surgery. (Locked) More »

Stop elbow pain and stay in the game

What racquet sports player or golfer hasn't gotten sidelined—sometimes for months on end—by elbow pain? Occurring on either the inside or outside of the elbow, the pain can be intense and persistent; recovering from it calls for physical therapy and retraining. Proper playing technique and overall physical conditioning can prevent many injuries from ever happening. Here is what you need to know to stay in the game—or get back to it if you develop elbow troubles. (Locked) More »

Polymyalgia rheumatica

Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a painful condition characterized by muscle pain, and inflammation of the membranes surrounding nearby joints and the sacs that cushion them. This sometimes disabling common condition responds beautifully to proper treatment but is associated with giant cell arteritis (GCA), a disease that is much less common but much more serious. Understanding the symptoms and treatments of both can restore comfort and preserve your vision. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Headache and stroke

I have heard that one symptom of a stroke is "the worst headache you can imagine." I recently had a migraine that was so much more painful than previous ones that I worried it was a stroke. Is there any way to tell a migraine from a "stroke headache"? (Locked) More »

Talking of walking in three easy pieces

Studies examine various aspects of the health benefits of walking: gait speed, use of hiking poles, and type of footwear. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have shown that walking may also serve as something of a prognosticator. Results of their research show that after about age 65, how fast we walk, or gait speed may predict how long we have to live. Results from several studies show that using hiking poles while walking at a fairly brisk pace does seem to increase cardiovascular workload. Some studies show that people have an increased physiological response but don't feel as though any more exertion is involved. One study of people who have pain in their legs while walking because of poor circulation found that they were able to walk farther with less pain if they used hiking poles. Pain from arthritic knees makes walking difficult for many people, and shoes with thick, cushiony soles are commonly believed to help. But some research is challenging that conventional wisdom with results that suggest that thinner, more flexible soles actually put less load on the knees. More »

How to release a frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder (also called adhesive capsulitis) is a common disorder that causes pain, stiffness, and loss of normal range of motion in the shoulder. It is caused by an injury or inflammation, which limits movement and causes the tissue around the joint to thicken and contract. Physical therapy will aim to restore flexibility to the joint capsule, then to strengthen it. More »

Pain, anxiety, and depression

Everyone experiences pain at some point, but in people with depression or anxiety, pain can become particularly intense and hard to treat. People suffering from depression, for example, tend to experience more severe and long-lasting pain than other people. The overlap of anxiety, depression, and pain is particularly evident in chronic and sometimes disabling pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, low back pain, headaches, and nerve pain. For example, about two-thirds of patients with irritable bowel syndrome who are referred for follow-up care have symptoms of psychological distress, most often anxiety. About 65% of patients seeking help for depression also report at least one type of pain symptom. Psychiatric disorders not only contribute to pain intensity but also to increased risk of disability. Researchers once thought the reciprocal relationship between pain, anxiety, and depression resulted mainly from psychological rather than biological factors. Chronic pain is depressing, and likewise major depression may feel physically painful. But as researchers have learned more about how the brain works, and how the nervous system interacts with other parts of the body, they have discovered that pain shares some biological mechanisms with anxiety and depression. More »