Lidocaine infusions for refractory chronic migraine: a retrospective analysis

Introduction Patients with refractory chronic migraine have poor quality of life. Intravenous infusions are indicated to rapidly β€˜break the cycle’ of pain. Lidocaine infusions may be effective but evidence is limited. Methods The records of 832 hospital admissions involving continuous multiday lidocaine infusions for migraine were reviewed. All patients met criteria for refractory chronic migraine. …

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Behavioral and inflammatory sex differences revealed by celecoxib nanotherapeutic treatment of peripheral neuroinflammation

Neuropathic pain affects millions of people worldwide, yet the molecular mechanisms of how it develops and persists are poorly understood. Given that males have historically been utilized as the primary sex in preclinical studies, less is known about the female neuroinflammatory response to injury, formation of pain, or response to pain-relieving therapies. Macrophages contribute to …

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Pain sensitivity is associated with general attitudes towards pain: Development and validation of a new instrument for pain research and clinical application

With regard to attitudes towards pain, many questionnaires have been developed. Although undoubtedly useful, they were specifically designed for the use in chronic pain and are less suitable for the assessment in the general population. The purpose of the present paper was to develop a measure for the assessment of general attitudes towards pain applicable …

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Chronic pain precedes disrupted eating behavior in low-back pain patients

Chronic pain is associated with anhedonia and decreased motivation. These behavioral alterations have been linked to alterations in the limbic brain and could explain the increased risk for obesity in pain patients. The mechanism of these behavioral changes and how they set in in relation to the development of chronic pain remain however poorly understood. …

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