Did I Miss a Better Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment?

In March, I shared a case of a woman with diabetes-related peripheral neuropathy to highlight issues of pain management in primary care. To recap: Maria, age 68, had been experiencing burning pain sensations in her feet and ankles for the past 3 years. I decided to prescribe duloxetine, and I asked for and received feedback … Read more

Wake medical school gains $4.5 million federal grant to study chronic pain, opioid use disorder | Local News

Addressing the medical needs of patients with chronic pain and an opioid use disorder is the goal of $4 million, five-year federal grant recently awarded to Wake Forest University School of Medicine. The grant comes from the Helping End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) initiative of the National Institutes of Health. According to the federal agency, between … Read more

Primary Care Tips for Common Ortho Problems

Knee and shoulder pain are common complaints for patients in the primary care office. But identifying the source of the pain can be complicated, and an accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause of discomfort is key to appropriate management — whether that involves simple home care options of ice and rest or a recommendation for … Read more

What’s the Most Likely Cause of This Man’s Severe Headaches?

A 35-year-old man comes to clinic for evaluation of new, severe headaches. He reports that these started 3 days ago. His headache is worse when he stands, and resolves when he lies down. Valsalva maneuver makes the headache much worse. The headaches are present in the occipital region. He has also noticed the onset of … Read more

A Man Tore His Lung From Masturbating, Doctors Say

Photo: Getty (Getty Images) A young man’s session of masturbation inadvertently led to him spending almost a week in the hospital. In a recent case report from Switzerland, doctors detail how a 20-year-old ended up with air leaking into his chest after some seemingly innocent self-love. FUnfortunately, the injury wasn’t severe and he recovered just … Read more

Lifting Weights Can Relieve Muscle Pain: Study

While it may seem counterintuitive to lift weights when your muscles are hurting, a new animal study found that resistance or strength training activates androgen receptors that protect against chronic pain. Researchers from the University of Iowa found that performing resistance exercises could even prevent future muscle pain. According to Study Finds, the scientists trained … Read more