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DeGroote Pain HQ Neuropathic pain educator, evidence-based e-learning on nerve pain, expert ratings of patient resources. www.painhq.org The DeGroote PainHQ is an online community for individuals dealing with neuropathic pain that offers high quality education and information.
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Visit our website to browse our Resources, Knowledge Base, Personal Stories, E-Learning Videos, Webinars and Expert Blogs for a range of information about neuropathic pain conditions and the different treatments available. Alongside your reviews and feedback is the input from our network of experts. We’ve reached out to pain specialists, neurologists, psychiatrists, rehabilitation therapists and other health care providers to help provide a range of perspectives on neuropathic pain. Building on McMaster's strengths in assessing the quality of the research evidence, health education and e-learning, the DeGroote PainHQ is an innovative and sustainable resource for patient-centred care.

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Did you know more than 40% of #CanadianVeterans suffer from chronic pain and struggle to access care that addresses thei...
05/05/2020
Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans

Did you know more than 40% of #CanadianVeterans suffer from chronic pain and struggle to access care that addresses their unique concerns? @chronicpainCOE launches today! Be sure to like them on Facebook and learn more by visiting https://www.veteranschronicpain.ca/

We are a Canadian veteran chronic pain research centre with a commitment to keeping hope alive for Canadian veterans with chronic pain

In vitro cultured nociceptive neurons genetically labeled in red and ready for analysis of their intracellular calcium c...
05/02/2018
Molecule may be key to pain relief in diabetic neuropathy

In vitro cultured nociceptive neurons genetically labeled in red and ready for analysis of their intracellular calcium concentration using Fura-2 in vitro calcium imaging.

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation has identified a key molecule that contributes to painful diabetic neuropathy, an incurable nerve disease that affects about one-quarter of all patients with diabetes.

Non-invasive relief for neuropathy is possible
04/30/2018
Non-invasive relief for neuropathy is possible

Non-invasive relief for neuropathy is possible

BrandInsight Sponsored Article - Neuropathy has many different causes. The most common causes are metabolic conditions, such as diabetes which is very common in Oklahoma. Other causes may be chronic kidney insufficiency or toxicity from alcohol or medications, such as chemotherapy drugs. Some neurop...

via Science Daily
04/29/2018
Unexpected mechanism behind chronic nerve pain

via Science Daily

It has long been assumed that chronic nerve pain is caused by hypersensitivity in the neurons that transmit pain. Researchers now show that another kind of neuron that normally allows us to feel pleasant touch sensation can switch function and instead signal pain after nerve damage. The results can....

"The neuropathic pain in mice was assessed with a simple touch. The mice would normally quickly withdraw their paw when ...
04/25/2018
Light Therapy Used to Treat Neuropathic Pain

"The neuropathic pain in mice was assessed with a simple touch. The mice would normally quickly withdraw their paw when it was gently touched, but after light therapy they exhibited normal reflexive response to touch."

By Pat Anson, Editor For someone with peripheral neuropathy, even the slightest touch can cause burning, stinging or shooting pain, usually in the hands or feet. The pain is caused when the peripheral nervous system is damaged by diabetes, shingles, chemotherapy, or some other medical condition. A

The Chronic Pain Patient – Chronically Misunderstood
04/21/2018
The Chronic Pain Patient – Chronically Misunderstood

The Chronic Pain Patient – Chronically Misunderstood

By Liza Zoellick. It’s 10 o’clock on a Friday night and you have already taken your pain meds, hoping and praying that they kick in, but it’s already been two hours so any hope of a pain free night…

role of microglia in the pathobiology of neuropathic pain development: what do we know? | BJA: British Journal of Anaest...
04/20/2018
role of microglia in the pathobiology of neuropathic pain development: what do we know? | BJA: British Journal of Anaesthesia | Oxford Academic

role of microglia in the pathobiology of neuropathic pain development: what do we know? | BJA: British Journal of Anaesthesia | Oxford Academic

Neuropathic pain, a maladaptive and chronic condition that can develop after a lesion or disease affecting the somatosensory system, is characterized by allodynia, hyperalgesia and spontaneous pain, and comorbidities such as sleep deprivation, depression and anxiety. The activation of microglial cel...

How do you cope with flare ups?
04/18/2018
My Top 5 Strategies for Dealing with a CRPS/RSD Flare

How do you cope with flare ups?

By Melissa Wardlaw. As a patient who has suffered with systemic CRPS/RSD (full-body) and multiple other chronic illnesses and pain for over 15 years now, one unfortunate factor I can rely on in my …

Ischemic stroke may significantly affect patients' social roles and executive function as well as their physical functio...
04/17/2018
Mild Stroke Alters Far More Than the Physical

Ischemic stroke may significantly affect patients' social roles and executive function as well as their physical function, according to results of a retrospective study in a mild stroke population.

Mild disability still comes with social, cognitive impact, study suggests

Ever heard of Sila Weir Mitchell? He was an American physician and writer known for his discovery of causalgia (complex ...
04/15/2018
The Civil War Doctor Who Proved Phantom Limb Pain Was Real

Ever heard of Sila Weir Mitchell? He was an American physician and writer known for his discovery of causalgia (complex regional pain syndrome) and erythromelalgia.

Silas Weir Mitchell specialized in the ghostly pain that lingered after amputations.

Authors of this article are concerned that recent ads for stem-cell therapy misled and exploited patients who are physic...
04/11/2018
Kristine Chapman and Judy Illes: Stem cells claims are ahead of the science

Authors of this article are concerned that recent ads for stem-cell therapy misled and exploited patients who are physically and emotionally vulnerable from their pain, and put them in harm's way

March was a busy time for advertisements for natural products, miracle cures and untested treatments for different health conditions in The Vancouver Sun. Early in the month, when many of us in neu…

An interview with Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD, managing editor of PainDR.com and adjunct associate professor of pharmacy pract...
04/09/2018
Are Gabapentinoids A New Painkiller Problem? « WebMD Interviews

An interview with Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD, managing editor of PainDR.com and adjunct associate professor of pharmacy practice and pain management at the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

By Kathleen Doheny WebMD Health News In the wake of the opioid epidemic, doctors and patients are turning to other medications to [...]

Neuropathic pain is a multifaceted disease requiring multimodal treatment. With patients’ symptoms ranging from mild dis...
04/08/2018
Neuropathic Pain: A Glimpse Inside the Unabating Affliction

Neuropathic pain is a multifaceted disease requiring multimodal treatment. With patients’ symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to intense unabating pain, health care providers must balance their patients’ emotional and physical needs with effective drug therapy.

Originating from damage within nerve cells themselves, neuropathic pain is often complex, with many treatment challenges.

Radiation-induced neuropathic pain is a rare but devastating complication following cancer treatment.
04/07/2018
[Full text] Radiation-induced neuropathic pain successfully treated with systemic | JPR

Radiation-induced neuropathic pain is a rare but devastating complication following cancer treatment.

Radiation-induced neuropathic pain successfully treated with systemic lidocaine administration A Ram Doo,1 Yu Seob Shin,2 Seonwoo Yoo,1 Jong Kwan Park2 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, 2Department of Urology, Chonbuk National University and Research Institute of Clinical Medicine of....

Research from the University of Pennsylvania
04/06/2018
Being hungry shuts off perception of chronic pain

Research from the University of Pennsylvania

Finding food is a necessary survival skill, but so is avoiding pain. Research using mice showed that being hungry activates a neural pathway that inhibits the perception of and response to chronic pain. The findings offer up new targets for treating pain.

Two years after their release, the CDC’s opioid prescribing guidelines continue to plague pain management practices.
04/04/2018
The Intensifying Conflict Between Opioid Control and Pain Control

Two years after their release, the CDC’s opioid prescribing guidelines continue to plague pain management practices.

CDC opioid prescribing guidelines continue to make it difficult for pain management practices. This report provides an inside look at what chronic pain patients and their practitioners are facing.

via National Pain Report
04/03/2018
Life With Chronic Pain: How to Thrive, Not Just Survive

via National Pain Report

By: Kimberly Hayes If you are living with chronic pain, sometimes it may seem like managing that pain is all you do. Managing chronic pain can feel all-consuming — draining you physically, em…

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