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Hyperreactive Brain Network May Be Cause of Chronic Pain in Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

Fibromyalgia is one of the overlapping pain conditions with TMD. This article appeared in Fibromyalgia News Today on January 15, 2018. A new study suggests a hyperreactive brain network may be the underlying cause of chronic pain in fibromyalgia.

Dry Eye Linked to Chronic Overlapping Pain in Veteran Population

There may be a correlation between dry eye and chronic pain in the US military veteran population as is evident by a recent study. Ocular pain was most strongly associated with headaches, tension headaches, migraines, temporomandibular joint disorders, pelvic pain, central pain syndrome, and fibromyalgia in the veteran patient population.

Patients in Los Angeles or New York City Needed for Clinical Study - Comparative Study of Women Considering or Currently Receiving Botox© Injections for TMJ Pain

Are you a woman with "TMJ" pain in facial muscles, who has either: a. recently had Botox© injections for your pain or b. not had Botox© for your pain but has thought about such treatment? If either is true for you, you may qualify for an observational research study centrally administered by the NYU College of Dentistry. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this study is to understand potential health risks that may be caused by treating "TMJ pain" with Botox© injections.

Why Head and Face Pain Cause More Suffering

Hate headaches? The distress you feel is not all in your -- well, head. People consistently rate pain of the head, face, eyeballs, ears and teeth as more disruptive, and more emotionally draining, than pain elsewhere in the body.

Migraine and Coronary Artery Disease: A Genetic Connection

There has long been as association between migraine headaches and vascular (blood vessel) dysfunction of some kind, underscored by epidemiological studies and other research. New evidence for a genetic connection now comes from the analysis of several large data sets of each condition based on Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS).

#*!"@!**! ... May Help Your Pain... and Improve Strength!

  • May 31, 2017

Our headline is adopting the comic strip convention of using symbols to denote swear words because we are intrigued by a report that swearing may have some health benefits. Certainly in our personal lives, we all have felt the satisfaction of exclaiming some forbidden expletive when hitting our thumb with a hammer or as a way of relieving the deep frustration we experience after standing in line and when you reach the box office discovering that the show you wanted to see is sold out. But as a way to reduce pain? and increase strength? Well maybe...

Psychology investigators at Britain's Keele University have conducted a series of investigations in which they found that swearing made individuals more tolerant of pain. They went on to test whether swearing also increased individuals' ability to perform intense exercise and also deepened the strength of their handgrips. 

They tested 29 people in an intense anaerobic exercise regimen and found that their power increased after they had used swear words at the outset compared with the same exercise conducted without swearing. Similarly, in a test of handgrip strength of 52 participants, they found that their grips were stronger following a bout of swearing compared with not swearing.

The investigators initially surmised that swearing stimulates the body's sympathetic nervous system-the fight-or-flight mechanism that increases heart rate and affects energy metabolism, among other things. But when they looked for typical sympathetic system changes they found nothing significant. So now it's back to the drawing board to search for answers. But their findings still hold.

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