Tips for teething pain

Unable to soothe their baby’s teething, many an exhausted parent will turn to their doctor for help.

IASP revises pain definition for the first time in 41 years

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has revised the definition of pain for the first time since…

Urinary tract infection may be interstitial cystitis

Interstitial cystitis, also known as painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic condition often misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection and…

Medical Chronicle July CPD: Managing chronic pain during the COVID-19 pandemic

The world has been fundamentally changed by the COVID-19 pandemic… yet the more things change the more they stay the…

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CPD POINTS: 3

War on pain

Children in Africa are more likely to face illness and death before the age of five, than in any other…

Talking to patients about codeine

Because codeine can also cause euphoriant effects, which reinforce continued use, it poses a risk of developing tolerance and eventually…

New concepts in an old disease

Gout is characterised by recurrent acute joint inflammation (gouty arthritis) in the extremities, caused by crystals that are deposited in…

Medical cannabis – what’s the evidence?

Clinical evidence of the indications for the use of medical cannabis is currently supported by a limited evidence base, but…

Complexities of pain management

Pain is a defence signal and its proper function is necessary for our survival. The aim of chronic pain management…

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CPD POINTS: 2

Anaesthetic management in the day hospital setting

Day hospitals offer attractive benefits for patients. These hospitals are not only more cost effective than acute hospitals, but according…

Benefits of cannabidiol

The medical community is slowly warming to the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for a wide number of health concerns. Its…

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CPD POINTS: 1

Fibromyalgia is more common than you think

The diagnoses and treatment of fibromyalgia, a chronic painful condition of unknown aetiology, can be challenging, says Dr Erné Richter, a…

Lower back pain: what do the guidelines say?

The latest American College of Physicians guideline recommends the following non-invasive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of lower back…

The most important question in cancer pain

Pain is one of the most feared symptoms in cancer patients. Some studies show that the prevalence of pain ranges…

Adding a ‘green prescription’ to pain management

Pain, a complex and multifaceted experience, is the predominant symptom in the majority of patients with inflammatory arthritis (IA) and…

Migraine with aura

The International Classification of Headache Disorders defines migraine as ‘recurrent attacks, lasting minutes, of unilateral fully-reversible visual, sensory or other…

Cramping caused by more than dehydration

This is a reworking of a presentation by Prof Martin Schwellnus, professor of Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Faculty…

Lower back pain relief

Recent studies show that the most frequently assessed complaint in emergency departments (ED) is non-traumatic musculoskeletal. Low back pain (LBP)…

Tapentadol knocks out pain

The word ‘pain’ is derived from the Latin word ‘Poena’, roughly translated as ‘punishment from God’.

Sprains and strains: An overview

Musculoskeletal injuries are synonymous with symptoms of pain.

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