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Q Magnets for TMJ Pain

The following article was published by the Q Magnet Newsletter covering Q Magnets for TMJ Pain. You can read in full with all embedded links below.  We have also reproduced the article below for your convenience

Q Magnets for TMJ Pain


Q MAGNETS – 9 OCT 2023

Hello Everyone,

October is Face Pain Awareness Month. Many friends, partners, and family of people with facial pain describe themselves as feeling helpless due to facial pain conditions. It is important to understand that it may not be possible to take the pain away, but there are ways you can help- your loved one and yourself- to cope with facial pain.

Because facial pain makes it difficult for patients to absorb all the medical advice, it is helpful to educate yourself about your loved one’s condition and its treatments. Being informed will also help you join your loved one in advocating for his or her care. Viewing webinars, reading articles, and participating in other educational opportunities are all ways to become a better supporter of your loved one.

If you are a caregiver, one of the most challenging aspects is managing the stress and frustration. Chronic pain, as well as the medications prescribed for it, can cause changes in mood and cognitive abilities. This may be difficult for caregivers, and can make calm communication between you and person with facial pain challenging. After a bout of frustration, it is natural to then be left feeling guilty. The best you can do as a caregiver is to help when and how you can, and to be understanding (towards both your loved one and yourself) when you cannot.

To learn more about facial pain, we recommend the following two support organizations. The Facial Pain AssociationFacial Pain Association and the TNA Australia provide support and encouragement to sufferers of Trigeminal Neuralgia and related facial pain conditions.

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a debilitating condition and tragically many sufferers are not diagnosed for years. If you have symptoms and have not been diagnosed, you should consult your GP as soon as possible. The diagnosis should be confirmed by a neurologist. If you have been diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia by a medical specialist, then you will understand that the symptoms and side-effects of the treatment can be extreme.

Can Q Magnets help?

Q magnets offer a simple, natural pain relief therapy and can certainly be tried for facial pain.

The response to treatment is not consistent, but this is not uncommon with most treatments for chronic pain. On occasions Q magnets reduce pain over time, sometimes minutes, other times in hours or days. While at times it was only necessary to wear the devices for a few days and the pain did not return. If the Q magnets work, it would be ideal to wear them at night while sleeping and not during the day.

It appears that the field gradient of the Q magnet applied peripherally at the TMJ and centrally over C1 modulates the perception of pain. Best results are achieved when the devices are removed after 2-5 days, allowing the nervous system time to adapt to the pain free sensation and if the pain returns apply again immediately until the symptoms have abated.

Read our page on TMJ Pain treatment using Q Magnets to learn more.

Q Magnets are effective for treating a wide range of painful conditions.

Q magnets are effective in the treatment of acute pain and can also aid relief from chronic pain, and postoperative pain. They are used for common aches and pains of daily living such as headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, shoulder pain, upper back and lower back pain, elbow and wrist pain, hip, knee and ankle pain.

The Q magnets are most effective when placed over an area of strong pain where there are abnormally functioning pain fibers. Since all pain is interpreted in the spine, they can also be placed over the spinal segments of the nerves that innervate that area.

Pain receptors at the end of C-nerve fibers are affected by the chemical irritation from the inflammatory response. Q magnets block the ion gates and allow the chemical irritation to be flushed away naturally by the surrounding lymphatic system, thus aiding the healing process.

Dermatomes are areas of skin supplied with afferent (carry messages to the brain) nerve fibers by a single nerve root. Dermatome mapping helps to understand why pain may travel beyond the injury site to other areas of the body. Understanding dermatomes helps to locate the correct Q magnet placements over the spinal segments.

Q Magnets are an effective adjunctive therapy for the treatment of pain and are quick and simple to apply for experienced medical acupuncturists. Scientific research provides empirical evidence that Quadrapolar static magnets with their steep field gradient had an effect on nerve tissue that was not shared with common bipolar magnets.

Thousands use Q Magnets in their daily life. We find that people living with poorly managed chronic pain, or who are coping with treatment side effects, want to avoid surgery or want to reduce their reliance on pharmaceutical medicine greatly benefit with magnetic field therapy. Those suffering from acute pain may also experience near-instant pain relief that will enable them to avoid the potential pitfalls of pharmaceuticals.

If you’re a health professional or practitioner, you could certainly try our unique and patented technology to support recovery and rehabilitation of your patients.

For our regular customers, we have a friends and family discount of 20% for completing our feedback process after 30 days of use.

Please see FAQs and reach out to us if you have any questions, we’ll be happy to assist you!

Best Regards,

Team Q Magnets‚ĄĘ

‚ÄúThis is such a wonderful alternative to anti-inflammatories and other pain reducing drugs!!‚ÄĚ

 

 

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The Importance of Sleep for People With Chronic Pain: Current Insights and Evidence

During the webinar presented by Dr Karen McCloy, the issue of how sleep deprivation can severely affect people living with chronic pain was discussed, and she emphasised the importance of sleep, not only for people with chronic pain, but many other medical conditions.
The following Research Paper explores the current thinking around the impact of sleep deprivation
 2022 Jul; 6(7): e10658.
Published online 2022 Jun 17. doi: 10.1002/jbm4.10658
PMCID: PMC9289983
PMID: 35866153
Katie Whalecorresponding author¬†1 ,¬†2¬†and¬†Rachael Gooberman‚ÄźHill¬†1 ,¬†2

ABSTRACT

We are currently in the midst of a sleep crisis. Our current work and lifestyle environments are normalizing poor sleep with substantial negative impact on our health. Research on sleep has linked sleep deprivation to poorer mental health, obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and a myriad of other health conditions. Sleep deprivation is an even greater issues for people with musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain. Between 67% and 88% of individuals with chronic pain experience sleep disruption and insomnia, and at least 50% of people with insomnia report chronic pain. The link between sleep and pain is well documented. Experimental, cohort, and longitudinal studies have all demonstrated that restricted sleep is linked to greater pain. Poor sleep therefore not only affects general health but has a direct impact on inflammation, pain response, and experience. Improving sleep in people living with musculoskeletal conditions and with chronic pain has the potential to deliver great benefit to many. This article describes the evidence base that can underpin such work, including research about the link between pain and sleep as well as theories and approaches to intervention that may help.

© 2022 The Authors. JBMR Plus published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

Keywords:¬†PRACTICE/POLICY‚ÄźRELATED ISSUES, DISEASES AND DISORDERS OF/RELATED TO BONE, EPIDEMIOLOGY, ORTHOPAEDICS

Introduction

Good quality sleep is essential to health and wellbeing across the whole life course. Sleep deprivation is associated with mental health difficulties,( ) obesity,( , ) cancer,( , ) type 2 diabetes,( ) heart disease,( ) and many other health conditions. Conversely, good quality sleep supports physical recovery, memory consolidation, learning, and positive mood.( ) Poor sleep is common among people living with painful musculoskeletal conditions and can have a serious negative impact on their lives and pain management. Addressing sleep and providing ways to support and improve sleep can provide benefit to many. We suggest that there is a clear need to develop, evaluate, and implement care for sleep among people living with musculoskeletal pain. This article describes the evidence base that can underpin such work, including research about the link between pain and sleep as well as theories and approaches to intervention that may help.

Prevalence of Sleep Issues and Chronic Pain

Sleep deprivation and interrupted sleep are substantial issues for people who experience chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 3‚ÄČmonths). A recent systematic review on the prevalence of sleep disturbance for those with non‚Äźcancer pain indicates that between 72% and 75% of this population experience sleep disturbance,(¬†)¬†with other research putting the figure at 88%.(¬†,¬†)¬†Musculoskeletal conditions are frequently associated with sleep issues with prevalence of up to 65% in rheumatoid arthritis, 70% in osteoarthritis, and 95% in fibromyalgia.(¬†)¬†Individuals who experience both chronic pain and sleep problems are likely to have greater pain severity, longer duration of pain, greater disability, and be less physically active than those without sleep disturbance.(¬†)¬†In addition, people who have both pain and sleep difficulties are more likely to experience depression, catastrophizing, anxiety, and suicide ideation.(¬†)

Link Between Sleep and Pain

There is a robust evidence base for the link between sleep and pain. Experimental, cohort, and longitudinal studies have all demonstrated that restricted sleep is linked to greater pain. Experimental studies have examined the short‚Äźterm impact of sleep restriction on pain, commonly using pain threshold tests such as cold pressure. These studies have consistently shown that sleep deprivation in healthy subjects, in particular slow wave sleep restriction (deep restorative sleep), is associated with increased pain stimulus responses.(¬†,¬†)¬†However, these approaches have limited generalizability for people with chronic pain because they do not mirror their experience. People living with chronic pain commonly experience waking several times each night as well as long‚Äźterm reduced sleep quality. Some studies have sought to address this by using ‚Äúforced awakening‚ÄĚ techniques, which forcibly awaken participants multiple times per night. Smith and colleagues(¬†)¬†conducted a study in which otherwise healthy women were awakened at eight intervals during the night over an 8‚Äźhour sleep period. This restricted their total sleep time to 280‚ÄČminutes (just over 4.5‚ÄČhours). Compared with a group who had restricted sleep (same total sleep time but uninterrupted) and a control group who slept for 8‚ÄČhours, forced awakening was associated with greater next‚Äźday spontaneous pain reports and reduced conditioned pain modulation (reduction in the body’s ability to process pain resulting in greater pain experiences).

Prospective longitudinal studies focusing on the effect of sleep on future pain have reported similar findings. Studies in people who experience headaches and migraines have shown that elevated insomnia symptoms increase the risk of exacerbating existing headache, and in developing new headache symptoms at long‚Äźterm follow‚Äźup ranging from 1 to 12‚ÄČyears.(¬†,¬†)¬†Sleep quality has also been examined in relation to postsurgical pain: preoperative sleep quality affects postoperative pain,(¬†,¬†,¬†)¬†including joint arthroplasty.(¬†) This is of particular interest in chronic pain research as joint replacements are predominantly carried out to relieve the symptoms of chronic pain for conditions such as osteoarthritis.

Temporal Relationship Between Sleep and Pain

A subject of recent research has been the temporal relationship between sleep and pain and the day‚Äźto‚Äźday predictive associations. The bi-directionality of the relationship is widely accepted,(¬†,¬†)¬†with poor sleep leading to worse pain and pain negatively impacting sleep; however, the strength and direction of the association is less clear. There is growing body of evidence that suggests a temporal precedence for sleep over pain, such that sleep impairment is a stronger predictor of pain than pain is a predictor of sleep impairment.(¬†,¬†)¬†A study including adolescents with a range of chronic pain conditions found that total sleep time and wake after sleep onset (waking during the night) were associated with next‚Äźday pain reports; however, pain levels did not predict sleep quality or efficiency.(¬†)

Sleep problems have been identified as a risk factor for development of musculoskeletal pain. A Swedish prospective population study identified that problems with initiating sleep, maintaining sleep, early awakening, and nonrestorative sleep predicted the onset on chronic widespread pain over 5 and 18‚ÄČyears in individuals with no pain at baseline, irrespective of mental health status. In addition, sleep problems and fatigue independently predicted chronic widespread pain at 5‚ÄČyears.(¬†)¬†Research has suggested the underlying mechanism for this association is increased systemic inflammation.(¬†)¬†New research examining this relationship has found that this association is mediated by high or low affect (mood/emotional state).(¬†) Low positive affect and sleep disturbance were associated with increased inflammation levels, and high positive affect identified as a protective factor.

Relevance for Research and Treatment of Chronic Pain

Musculoskeletal chronic pain conditions come with different pain profiles, and sleep experience may vary according to condition. Understanding the nature of the relationship between sleep and pain in a variety of conditions may provide key information for design of treatment approaches.

As well as defining pain by reference to condition or diagnosis, considering pain type without reference to associated condition provides key information that may be relevant to sleep. Nociceptive and inflammatory pain is associated with damage to tissue, such as osteoarthritic joint damage.(¬†)¬†Nociceptive pain (pain caused by damage to body tissue) is commonly treated with traditional analgesics and anti‚Äźinflammatory medication.(¬†)¬†Neuropathic pain is associated with changes to the nerves themselves and affects the way pain signals are sent back to the brain.(¬†)¬†Medicines that may provide benefit for people with nociceptive pain may do little to alleviate neuropathic pain symptoms. Of the 20% of the population who live with chronic pain in the UK, approximately 8%‚Äď9% experience chronic neuropathic pain,(¬†)¬†highlighting a large population who may not benefit from conventional pharmacological pain management.

In 2017, a new category of pain experience was introduced by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP): ‚Äúnociplastic‚ÄĚ pain.(¬†)¬†Nociplastic pain is defined as ‚Äúpain arising from the altered function of pain‚Äźrelated sensory pathways in the periphery or central nervous system, causing increased sensitivity.‚ÄĚ(¬†)¬†This type of pain can occur in isolation or alongside chronic pain conditions that are primarily nociceptive or neuropathic. Nociplastic pain in common in fibromyalgia and is thought in part to be due to changes in how pain is processed by the nervous system, such as in central sensitization (increased pain response/pain hypersensitivity to external stimuli).(¬†)

Non-pharmacological treatment approaches focused on pain management are the first line recommendation for nociplastic pain, and these include sleep hygiene (healthy sleep habits). Along with patients who experience neuropathic pain, sleep interventions may offer a positive treatment approach for nociplastic pain.

Intervention Approaches

Interventions to improve sleep for people with pain include pharmacological and a range of other approaches. Although pharmacotherapy treatments may offer short‚Äźterm solutions to problems such as sleep latency (taking a long time to fall asleep), they may have unwelcome side effects and are not recommended for long‚Äźterm use.(¬†)¬†Behavioral and psychological interventions have gained traction in recent years as ways to improve sleep without side effects and to provide long‚Äźterm support.

Our recent systematic review of non-pharmacological sleep interventions for chronic pain identified a large range of existing sleep interventions including relaxation, mindfulness, physical therapies, and exercise.(¬†)¬†Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches provided the largest evidence base, and these included CBT for insomnia (CBT‚Äźi), CBT for pain (CBT‚ÄźP), and combined approaches (CBT‚ÄźiP). CBT‚Äźi can be delivered on an individual or group basis and consists of a course of sessions focusing on psychoeducation and sleep hygiene information, sleep restriction, relaxation, stimulus control, and cognitive therapy.

Evidence about the effectiveness of CBT for improving sleep indicates that CBT can provide equal benefit or be superior to pharmacotherapy.(¬†)¬†Systematic reviews of CBT interventions demonstrate significant improvements in sleep quality in the short and medium term for CBT‚Äźi(¬†)¬†and for global measures of sleep.(¬†)¬†Condition specific reviews including patients with lower back pain, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis show similar results with CBT therapies improving short‚Äźterm sleep outcomes.(¬†,¬†,¬†,¬†)

CBT may be particularly suitable for people with chronic pain because such approaches can address pain and sleep in tandem. Some individuals who live with chronic pain may engage in ‚Äúpain catastrophizing.‚ÄĚ Individuals who experience pain catastrophizing experience greater pain related fear (fear of physical movement and activity resulting in pain), this can lead to pain avoidant behaviors and pain hypervigilance.(¬†)¬†Engaging in the fear‚Äźavoidance cycle of pain means it can be very difficult for these individuals to focus on anything other than their pain or break this cycle 66‚Äď67. Pain catastrophizing has an additional negative impact on pain related sleep issues as pain rumination contributes to sleep disturbance.(¬†,¬†)¬†CBT‚ÄźP and CBT‚ÄźiP have been shown to improve pain coping, reduce catastrophizing, and increase pain acceptance.(¬†)

Until recently, behavioral and psychological therapies were usually delivered in person either on a one‚Äźto‚Äźone or group basis. Increasingly, therapies are delivered remotely using video appointments, websites, or digital apps. Websites and apps may deliver automated CBT, and studies that have evaluated such approaches have found them to be an effective and acceptable means of delivery.(¬†,¬†)¬†With growth in the online wellness industry, the range of smartphone apps providing digital access to relaxation and mindfulness methods has increased substantially in recent years. Unlike the evidence base for automated CBT, evidence relating to relaxation and mindfulness is less developed; however, a studies of a commercial relaxation app found that most users reported improved sleep, including falling asleep and staying asleep, and overall sleep quality.(¬†,¬†) However, findings were limited to a sample who were primarily female and who had high levels of education. Socio-economic factors are an important consideration when designing and assessing the impact of digital sleep interventions; although digitally enabled interventions may provide an accessible route for many, those without digital access may be excluded. Availability of devices, digital literacy, internet access in rural and urban areas, and the range of language availability need to be considered.(¬†)

Support for Change: The Role of Behavior Change Theories

Individuals’ beliefs about their health conditions or experiences can have considerable impact on engagement in interventions‚ÄĒsuch as CBT‚ÄĒthat require behavior change. From health psychology, the common sense model of health representation, first proposed by Leventhal, Meyer, and Nerenz, focuses on the relationship between illness‚Äźrepresentation (individual beliefs and expectations about an illness), coping, and health outcomes.(¬†)¬†This model suggests that perceived causes of a condition and the curability or controllability form part of an individual’s illness perception. This perception then impacts how someone responds to treatment recommendation. Although musculoskeletal conditions may be associated with different types of sleep difficulties, it is also likely that perceived causes of a condition, curability, and controllability weigh heavily in beliefs about sleep. Furthermore, in current society, although sleep is increasingly the subject of wellness intervention, poor sleep (particularly short duration of sleep) is frequently normalized or accepted as part of life.(¬†)¬†People who live with painful musculoskeletal conditions may see poor sleep as an inevitable consequence of living with pain(¬†)¬†and as out of their personal control.(¬†)¬†Addressing these deeply held views about sleep and condition may be an important element of methods to improve sleep.

Individuals with chronic pain may experience disturbed sleep for many months or years, which means that engagement with sleep interventions need to be long‚Äźterm. Despite an absence of evaluations of the longer‚Äźterm effectiveness of sleep interventions for people with chronic pain, health psychology offers guidance about how behavior change can be sustained. For instance, theories of motivation‚ÄĒsuch as self‚Äźdetermination theory(¬†,¬†)‚ÄĒposit that intrinsic motivation is key to long‚Äźterm change. Intrinsic motivation is internal personal motivation, which can be developed and supported through support for individuals’ feelings of autonomy, competence, and relatedness. In other words, people are more likely to be motivated to change if they believe that they are in control of the change, feel able to achieve the change, and sense that they are supported by and connected to other people. Beliefs about sleep and pain may undermine feelings of autonomy and self‚Äźefficacy. Reductions in these feelings may impact on motivation that would bolster and facilitate engagement in active treatments or behavioral change. Bringing focus on health beliefs and motivation together highlight the importance of education about sleep and pain alongside or within interventions that promote autonomous motivation and competence.

Conclusions

Promoting good quality sleep is important for people with pain related to musculoskeletal conditions. A range of sleep problems can be addressed through existing interventional approaches that are underpinned by established theories. Identifying which approach to use when and with whom depends on a full understanding of individual health beliefs that relate to sleep as well as identification of barriers to behavior change. Progress in our understanding of the complex relationship between sleep and pain provides a promising basis for interventions that may improve sleep, help with pain, and augment health‚Äźrelated quality of life. Future research to develop and evaluate tailored sleep interventions should identify whether support for sleep should be embedded into self‚Äźmanagement and healthcare provision.

Author Contributions

Katie Whale:¬†Conceptualization; formal analysis; writing ‚Äď original draft; writing ‚Äď review and editing.¬†Rachael Gooberman‚ÄźHill:¬†Conceptualization; writing ‚Äď review and editing.

Peer Review

The peer review history for this article is available at https://publons.com/publon/10.1002/jbm4.10658.

Acknowledgments

This study was supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol. The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the National Institute for Health Research or the Department of Health and Social Care.

Authors’ roles: KW was responsible for the conception of this review, review and analysis of existing literature, manuscript preparation, and approval of the final submitted version. RGH was responsible for the conception of this review, manuscript preparation, and approval of the final submitted version.

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Pain Australia Resources

Pain Australia posts great resources on their website.  The resources include fact sheets that they produce and from other organisations.

These fact sheets are not only useful to our community but can also act as a training tool for family members or work colleague, who often have never heard the words trigeminal neuralgia. Often they have no understanding of the impact that a diagnosis of TN can have on a person either.

We aim to raise our voices when we can, and the best way to do that is by using educational resources which are well written, factual and provide support.

Chronic Pain Management

Pain Australia Fact Sheet 1- The Nature and Science of Pain

Pain Australia Fact Sheet 2 - Prevalence and the Human and Social Cost of Pain

Pain Australia Fact Sheet 3 - Clinical Assessment of Pain

Pain Australia Fact Sheet 4 - Multidisciplinary Pain Management

Pain Australia Fact Sheet 5 - Spinal Cord Stimulation

Pain Australia Fact Sheet 9 - Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain

Pain Australia Fact Sheet 10 - Self Managing Chronic Pain

Pain Australia - Chronic pain ‚Äď a major issue in rural Australia

Beyond Blue - Chronic physical illness, anxiety and depression

Pain Toolkit - Resource Pack

Chronic Pain Management Strategies

Pain and Physical Activity

These resources can also be used as discussion point documents at support group meetings.  Let us open conversations about the challenges our community deal with every day.

 

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Can AI Chatbots be a Tool in Pain Management

The news cycle has recently been dominated by the advances, innovation and also the dangers of AI technology.

It raised the question “Can AI Chatbots be a tool in Pain Management?”.

A few years ago it would be thought futuristic to be talking about this possibility.  However with the huge digital advances made during the pandemic, medical practitioners, researchers and data evaluation processes are using AI in many different ways.

With the advent of the internet, social media and the pandemic which forced people to be isolated and readily engaged with concepts like Dr Google, is there a danger that people living with chronic pain may exclusively turn to the internet to find answers?

Many in our community are likely to be more educated about all aspects of trigeminal neuralgia than their GP’s and Dentists.¬† They are constantly looking for new treatments or innovation in the pain management space, and that searching is generally done online.¬† Gone are the days of heading to the library to find answers.¬† People now have more information and even disinformation available at a click of a button, than could ever have been imagined a few years ago.

So that poses the question “how do we protect ourselves from disinformation”.

As an experiment we asked the free CHATGPT to write an article “Pain Management for Trigeminal Neuralgia”.¬† The following article was produced by the ChatBot.

Living with trigeminal neuralgia can be overwhelming, and individuals may require support at any time of the day. Chat AI GPT addresses this need by offering round-the-clock accessibility and support. Users can engage with the chatbot whenever they need assistance, ensuring that they have a reliable resource to turn to for guidance and information.
Collaboration with Healthcare While Chat AI GPT provides valuable insights and recommendations, it is important to note that it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. The chatbot encourages users to consult with healthcare professionals, such as neurologists or pain management specialists, for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan. Chat AI GPT can serve as a complementary tool, facilitating informed discussions between individuals and their healthcare providers.
Conclusion:Trigeminal neuralgia poses significant challenges for individuals seeking effective pain management strategies. The emergence of AI-powered chatbots, such as Chat AI GPT, offers a promising avenue for support and assistance. With its advanced technology, extensive knowledge base, and personalized approach, the chatbot aims to empower individuals with trigeminal neuralgia to explore various pain management options and improve their overall well-being. However, it is crucial to remember that the chatbot should be used in conjunction with professional medical advice to ensure comprehensive care.

The article infers that AI ChatBots can work individually with people to help them create an individual approach for their medical needs.  Imagine how many of our regional community could have instance access to individualised care.

The below research document addresses these options by reviewing current research

Using artificial intelligence to improve pain assessment and pain management: a scoping review

The technology is very new and is being applied to many sectors of society.  We believe it will have an important role in pain management, but caution our community to educate themselves about the validity of information found on the internet.

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Camille Scarf – Relaxation Exercise

Relaxation Exercise for Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) Occipital Neuralgia and Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

One of our Gold Coast Support Group members Camille Scarf, has created this wonderful daily exercise to help you relax your face and release tensions.  She has found this approach has helped reduce her pain.

The outlook is stunning and the bird song and appearance of her fur baby near the end adds a smile.

Here is a link to a video of the exercise that I practiced to stop my TN and ON symptoms. I recorded it this morning. It could be better but it’s just a matter of devoting the time to do the tech details (which I don’t really enjoy) Anyway, I really hope that it helps some of the TN sufferers. It’s been alarming and humbling to hear their experiences at the meetings.
All the best
Camille Scarf

 

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6.5 Trigeminal Neuralgia and Cannabis

Medical cannabisFACIAL PAIN: A 21st CENTURY GUIDE For People with Trigeminal Neuralgia Neuropathic Pain 6.5 Trigeminal Neuralgia and Cannabis By Andrew Medvedovsky, MD (USA) Editors‚Äô note: This author refers to neuropathic facial pain as ‚Äúfacial pain disorder.‚ÄĚ In this chapter, I share my experience as a pain management specialist. While I primarily focus on the benefits […]
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ACI Pain Management Network

We are constantly searching to websites that provide chronic pain management support.  The following information is from the ACI (agency for clinical innovation) Pain Management network which is an initiative of NSW Government Health Department .

The website provides advice and support for people living with chronic pain

Welcome to the ACI Pain Management Network

This website is designed to help you gain a better understanding of your pain. The site contains information to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in the self management of your pain in partnership with your healthcare providers.

https://aci.health.nsw.gov.au/chronic-pain

 

Self help

Resources and support

These organisations provide specialist information and support services for people who are looking for effective and safe ways to manage long-term pain:

 

 

 

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Dr Joseph Ierano – Atlas Orthogonist

Dr Joseph Ierano reached out to our association in response to our regular monthly ENEWS publication.  He provided a research paper covering case studies of trigeminal neuralgia patients using Atlas Orthogonal Treatment.

Chiropractic Ierano was established  June 27, 1997, in Camden, New South Wales, Australia. Dr Joseph Ierano returned from the United States and started practicing on 18 March, 1997, after completing his chiropractic studies, and began setting up his office. He is the longest practicing Atlas Orthogonist in Australia.

Dr Ierano career details below

  • 1997 Graduate,¬†Palmer College of Chiropractic, USA, and
  • 1992 Anatomy Bachelor’s Degree, University of New South Wales.
  • 1996 Board Certified in¬†Atlas Orthogonal¬†(Atlanta, USA) technique procedures
  • Australian Upper Cervical educator for AO USA since 1999
  • Trained in¬†Impulse IQ “Neuromechanical” Adjusting Instrument¬†and an occasional Australian instructor
  • formerly Advanced Certified¬†Activator Methods, Arizona USA
  • a 20 year¬†member of the Chiropractors Association of Australia up until 2015, and served as President of the state NSW branch from 2012- 2014.
  • Awarded Chiropractor of the Year in CAANSW in 2002
  • Former, Media Liaison for CAA National and NSW
  • Former, Products Endorsement Chair, CAA National

What is Atlas Orthogonal Procedure

The Atlas Orthogonal procedure is one of the most gentle chiropractic treatments in the world. It employs a unique approach that focuses solely on spinal adjustments and never involves twisting or cracking, which makes it safe for even those with severe fear of being manipulated.

Patients feel little to no discomfort during treatment as they are only feeling light pressure from their spine being adjusted without any other manipulation techniques used by more traditional chiropractors like popping joints back into place or adjusting them using rotational motions often seen in many forms of manual therapy.

Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Management of trigeminal neuralgia: A series of case reports

The following video shows some stretches you can do at home for your Atlas area

We provide general educational content about treatments which may be used for a pain management plan.  Always talk to your medical practitioner and discuss your particular options.

 

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Case Study -Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain Treatment

The following video was created by a New Zealand physiotherapist Steve August, who started suffering with trigeminal neuralgia.  He utilised his knowledge to experiment with a different approach to trigeminal Neuralgia pain treatment.

In this video Steve describes what happened to him, his research and how he undertook an approach using physiotherapy to relieve his pain.

Please ensure you speak with your medical professionals before attempting to follow his advice

Other links to the exercises described by Dr Priya Mistry mentioned can be found here

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Trigeminal Neuralgia – the neck may be a factor

Our members are located all around the country and although we cannot recommend a medical professional, we can highlight practices that specialise in trigeminal neuralgia.  If you opt to book an appointment, at least you will be confident the specialists understand your condition and are looking for information that may have been overlooked, the question posed is trigeminal neuralgia Рthe neck may be a factor.

This article is based on work published by the Headache Pain Management Centre

(07) 3392 4699 info@hpmcentre.com.au

922 Stanley St E, East Brisbane QLD 4169, Australia

So what could really be happening?

A common fact that is overlooked by health professionals is that the signals that comes from your Trigeminal Nerve, when it gets into your brain, go to the same place as the signals from the top of your neck (and a couple of other areas as well that are less relevant to TN).  This nerve centre takes in signals from your jaw, face and teeth as well.  What this means, is that if there is an issue with the top of your neck, then it is entirely possible that your brain can get it totally wrong, and assign the problem to your face.
This causes pain in the face, when there is nothing wrong with the face nerves at all.  It actually happens quite commonly in your body. People living with sciatic nerve pain, have pain in their leg or foot, but the issue is in the lower back. People living with arm pain after a Whiplash injury, actually have an issue with the lower neck.
It is becoming more common to scan the face and cheek area to see if there is an issue with the Trigeminal Nerve itself Рif a blood vessel is wrapped around the nerve, or if there is nerve damage.  This can give good information about the nerves structure, but may not actually be relevant to the symptoms.
In people with Trigeminal Neuralgia, normal information passing through nerve centre is interpreted by your brain as abnormal, causing symptoms.  At times only a small amount of information can be responsible for really severe symptoms, such as the symptoms you get with Trigeminal Neuralgia.

We have created a special document especially for patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia, because it is just so terrible. You can access the E-book   Ebook Trigeminal Neuralgia and the Neck

Presentation from Headache Pain Management Centre which may assist with pain management.

Some other things to consider when your pain seems to be greater.