At Pain Relief Ireland we are committed to put aside our routine clinical work to deal with a situation which is turning out to be a global emergency that needs to be tackled without compromise. It is our responsibility to look after our patients as well as ourselves in these exceptional circumstances.
The present coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has placed many individuals at risk and we all have a responsibility to protect and minimise the spread.
Since it started in China in December 2019 is has affecting 42 countries. In the last 48 hours the impact in the Munster region has become more evident.
About 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. In 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study estimated that low back pain is among the top 10 diseases world.
Herpes Zoster, better known as shingles can result in Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) following reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus. This may produce chronic neuropathic pain similar to the PHN pain without the presence of a rash. PHN associated herpes zoster pain may be perceived as constant or intermittent burning, aching, or throbbing that occurs with or without stimulus; a majority of patients with PHN (~70%) develop allodynia (i.e. pain over the affected area when there is light touch).
Nobody likes the short, colder days of the winter season. If you are suffering from chronic pain it can be even more of a problem.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is form of depression that occurs during a particular time of the year, typically the winter. There appears to be a relationship with a pattern of increased chronic pain symptoms and SAD leading researchers to suggest that there may be a biological reason the two are related.