Dr. Moises Lustgarten, Baptist Health South Florida Pain Medicine Physician, believes that patients need a guide to help the doctor know how strong the pain is. According to him, cancer pain affects patientsâ€™ daily life because, depending on the case, sometimes they canâ€™t eat or sleep normally or do their daily activities.
Dr. Moises Lustgarten, Pain Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida, says to diagnose fibromyalgia doctors should always gather a complete history, from the minute the symptoms started until today, and they should do an evaluation. He also explains at the beginning of fibromyalgia they determine 18 points in the body that if they would apply pressure to them and get a certain number of positives, they will say it was fibromyalgia, but now patients have a multitude of other symptoms that have to be accounted.
To try to improve the functionality of the patient, there are some chronic pain treatments, such as pain relievers and other medicines, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, physical therapy, relaxation and meditation therapy and biofeedback. Dr. Moises Lustgarten, Pain Management Physician at Baptist Health South Florida, says it is hard to recommend one versus other because chronic pain depends on different factors that require multidisciplinary approach, so every patient will get benefits from different treatments.
Dr. Moises Lustgarten, Pain Management Physician at Baptist Health South Florida, says there is not a specific number of how many injections a patient can have, it will depend on efficacy, but doctors try to do no more than 3 injections in any six-month period. For them efficacy is when the patient can restart their routine and daily life activities after seeing the results of the injection of steroid in the epidural space.
Dr. Moises Lustgarten, Pain Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida, explains arthritis means inflammation on a joint, and it is common especially as people get older. He also says the most common one is osteoarthritis; it happens when the cartilage that supports the contact between two bones is lost, and then you have both bones rubbing together and that can lead to significant pain and wear on the bony surface of the joint. "Especially in women you are going to see significant number of arthritis of the knee and arthritis of the hips, which are the most common locations."