Knowledge Base

Trigeminal neuralgia: When your face is on fire

What’s the worst pain you’ve ever felt? Kidney stones? Childbirth? For the 45,000 people in the United States who live with trigeminal neuralgia (also known as tic douloureaux), the answer is clear: The pain of trigeminal neuralgia trumps everything else. This type of pain is a severe, stabbing pain on one side of the face,… Read more »

Postherpetic neuralgia: Shingles pain that doesn’t stop

Rick is 63 years old. Like many people his age, he suffered through chickenpox as a child and was glad when it was over. Almost fifty years after that episode, he was surprised one day by a painful, blistering rash that wrapped itself in a “belt-like” band from his back to his chest. His doctor… Read more »

Cancer and neuropathic pain: Tingling, numbness, and sensitive nerves

Cancer is a harsh illness no matter where it strikes in the body. When cancer treatments also lead to health issues, the situation may seem overwhelming.   Today, we’re taking a look at the problem of neuropathic pain in people who have cancer. When nerves are injured by tumors, surgery, or by certain types of… Read more »

Acupuncture and acupressure for neuropathic pain: An ancient alternative

Neuropathic pain is a kind of chronic pain that usually results from damage to or malfunction of the nervous system. This makes it different from the usual type of pain that is a direct result of injury. Successful treatment for neuropathic pain can be difficult; often, the approach is with a combination of medications, physical… Read more »

Understanding phantom limb pain

You need to know: Phantom limb pain can happen after the amputation of a body part, such as a foot, arm, or leg. A person with phantom limb pain feels that his or her whole limb still exists (and still hurts) even though it’s no longer there. Up to 80% of people who’ve had a limb amputated have… Read more »

Diabetic neuropathy: Prevention and treatment

You need to know: Up to 70% of people with diabetes may get diabetic neuropathy Diabetic neuropathy may cause tingling, numbness or pain in the feet and/or hands Other parts of your body may have different symptoms If your feet or hands are numb, check them daily for cuts or signs of infection Approximately eight… Read more »

Pain and the brain

Pain is complicated. It is a result of much more than the initial disease or injury that set it off. In the past, people believed that pain signals traveled only one way – from a nerve injury up to the brain. Scientists have now learned that the brain has the ability to act like a… Read more »

‘Off-label’ use of medication

What is a medication label? Before a new medication can be sold on the market, the law requires that the manufacturer prove to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the medication is an effective and safe treatment for a particular medical condition. This is done through months, and sometimes years, of costly scientific research,… Read more »

Caught in the net? Online health information you can trust

On a typical day, millions of people type “back pain” or “migraine” into an Internet search engine. A 2011 Harris Poll found that three quarters (74%) of all adults have gone online at some time to look for health information, and that 60% have done so in the previous week. Are you one of them? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed… Read more »

Thinking of joining a clinical trial?

 What is a clinical trial? A clinical trial is a research study that is designed to answer health questions. This research study is performed on human volunteers who consent to participating. This article explains some basics of clinical trials and discusses some of the pros and cons of participating in a trial. There are many… Read more »