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Chronic Pain And Musculoskeletal Pain
Foiled Fibromyalgia: Many believe that fibromyalgia is a 'dysregulation' of the normal sensory input of the body. If true, this irritability can lead to chronic pain for some. The most successful patients seem to be those who remain active despite their symptoms and address chronic inflammation through proper diet, herbal supplements and medication as appropriate. Address the mind-body connection with meditation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Interested in biofeedback device to help with chronic musculoskeletal pain & severe anxiety. Do I have to get an rx, or can I order something online?
Generally not but...: For biofeedback devices like the emwave from heartmath no prescription is required, though if you want to use it as a medical expense deduction a prescription would help. Some other types of devices that might help, such as the alpha-stim, do require prescriptions. For optimal relief it would be best to do both biofeedback and microcurrent devices. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chronic pain syndrome. How to treat oversensitive nerves that cause pain in musculoskeletal system? Use psychiatric drugs?
Intelligent: Your question is exceptionallly intelligent. You know that chronic pain involves oversensitized nerves. It also tends to involve emotional factors, which then further worsen the pain and its impairments. Those factors can be treated with "psychiatric drugs," -- certain ones -- but it takes an informed clinician to handle the pain, the drug iteractions, etc. This can actually reduce the pain. ...Read more
A lot of mysterious musculoskeletal pains. Suspects to be chronic pain syndrome. Should I see neurologist, psychiatrist, pain management, rheumatolog?
Holistic/Integrative: I advise you see a holistic/integrative MD to determine the underlying causes. I would suspect chronic Lyme disease, which is common in NY but often not properly diagnosed. Even if not Lyme a holistic MD will do a thorough evaluation and refer you to appropriate specialists. See http://www.lymedisease.org/lyme101/lyme_disease/lyme_disease.html and http://www.abihm.org/search-doctors ...Read more
Need to see a doc: There are many causes for a person to have any kind of pain. Therefore one size does not fit all. This is why it is important to see a doctor, preferably one who is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of various pain syndromes of the spine and other conditions. They can also make sure that there the pain is not from a non spine source. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: The graston technique is a type of deep muscle work that tries to address irritibility in muscle tissue. It is basically a type of deep tissue massage and it uses a device to try to clear out irritable areas of muscle. It can be very uncomfortable as a lot of these techniques are. ...Read more
Chronic Pain: It is very difficult to differentiate musculoskeletal, neuropathic or psychogenic pain because they manifest similarly and they affect the same system. The association with certain lesions in the spine, with chronic diseases like diabetes, herpes infection or cancer may indicate the diagnoses, or the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder could be diagnostic as well. Work with your doctor. ...Read more
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