Top 5 back pain myths

Back pain myths

Welcome to my top 5 back pain myths. What are these you may ask? Around pain and in particular back pain, there are many phrases and explanations used to try to educate the patient. These have been handed down through the generations and can appear to be logical. Fortunately, the science has moved on and […]

Pelvic pain in men

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Many men experience chronic pelvic pain that significantly affects their lives. When we talk of pelvic pain, we often think about women and their suffering, however, this problem is one that besets both sexes and hence we must encourage all who endure such pain to seek help. As with any persisting pain state, pelvic pain impacts […]

Girls, stress and pain

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I have seen a number of teenage girls over the past year who are affected by chronic pain. They are often referred because of recurring headaches or migraines but we discover that there is widespread sensitive at play. How does this happen? Why does it happen? Headaches and migraines can be functional pains. When these […]

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Update | #CRPS October 2014

CRPS Clinics | London & New Malden

Welcome to the latest review of complex regional pain syndrome research. Eur J Pain. 2014 Oct 16 Optokinetic stimulation increases limb pain and forehead hyperalgesia in complex regional pain syndrome. Knudsen LF, Drummond PD. Abstract BACKGROUND: Ambiguous visual stimuli increase limb pain in patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), possibly due to afferent sensory […]

Chelsea FC – ‘long, long’ injury list

Hamstring injuries in football

Part of the role of being a manager is to juggle the team according to injuries. The list of injured players in The Premiership at the moment is significant. Jose Mourhino described his list as ‘long, long’, hence the Chelsea manager is being forced to consider his options for the forthcoming games. With the ever-growing […]

Fibromyalgia in women | #fibromyalgia

London Fibromyalgia Clinics

I see many women suffering with fibromyalgia. I also see many women who have widespread aches and pains, frequently without an injury, but rather a gradual increase in pain across the body. This maybe fibromyalgia, but in essence we are talking about sensitisation that evolves if no action is taken. The commonest profile is this: […]

There is no pain system

Pain is whole person

Many writers in health journals and magazines continue to refer to pain systems, pain pathways, pain signals, pain messages and pain receptors. There is no pain system, there are no pain pathways, there are no pain messages and there are no pain receptors. Pain emerges from the body (or a space that has a representation in […]

When in pain, the World looks different

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We are familiar with the notion that the World is always changing. In fact, change is one of the few certainties in life that we can rely upon. However, change is only possible if there is someone present to experience how things are evolving, and that person is also changing. No two moments are the […]

When is a door not a door? When it’s a jar – a perspective on back pain

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This old joke springs to mind when I think about back pain. We can think simply about a door and create an image of how it appears but in fact a door consists of at least some of the following: a piece of wood (or another material), a handle, some hinges, a lock and a […]

Chronic pain developing at work

Stress and pain at work

Many chronic problems evolve slowly. The aches and pains become increasingly bothersome without any obvious injury as our biology gradually changes. Our bodies are surviving rather than flourishing, and this is because of both physical and mental strain. Recovery time is minimised as the protective systems remain ‘on’, disrupting our ability to think clearly, sleep, laugh, […]