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Identifying Fibromyalgia – A common pain problem in females

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes widespread diffuse body pains. It is the most common cause of generalised musculoskeletal pain in women between 20 and 55 years. Many patients also experience fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches and mood disturbances such as depression and anxiety. Although some degree of muscle pain is always present, it […]

Managing low backache and other spinal pains – perspective of a Pain Physician

Low backache and Neck pain are among the commonest debilitating conditions in modern society. Such pains while commonly responsible for absence from work can cause disability, impaired gait, loss of sleep and appetite, anxiety, depression and other sufferings. Most acute episodes of back pain (strains, sprains and muscle spasms) are self-limited with progressive symptomatic improvement […]

Managing tailbone pain or Coccydynia

Coccydynia or coccygodynia is the pain in the region of coccyx or the terminal segment of spine. Coccyx not only serves as the insertion site for various muscles, ligaments etc but is one of the leg of tripod along with the ischial tuberosities that provides weight bearing support to a person during sitting position. Trauma, […]

Is fibromyalgia pain real?

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a widely misunderstood and sometimes misdiagnosed chronic condition, commonly characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, concentration issues, and sleep problems. It is a common medical condition with prevalence ranging from 2% to 12% in the general population. Middle aged women are four to seven times more likely to be affected than […]

Why should Chronic Pain Management be multidisciplinary?

Pain is one of the commonest symptoms in patients attending OPDs. While pain is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”, chronic pain is any pain that has persisted beyond the expected illness or injury, arbitrarily defined as lasting beyond […]