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Personal Best: unearthing the root of pain

Illustration: Henry CH Wong

Have you ever wondered why some people get sick and, despite treatment, never quite recover? Are they too attached to their pain or is there something that is not being addressed?

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 9:58am

App of the Week: My Pain Diary

App of the Week: My Pain Diary

My Pain Diary: Chro

23 Oct 2012 - 10:01am

Traditional Chinese medicine's scraping treatment put to the test

Red marks appear during treatment, but they fade.Photos: Edmond So

There is mounting evidence that gua sha, an ancient form of Chinese medicine whereby the skin is scraped by a blunt instrument, can indeed be effective for pain relief.

9 Oct 2012 - 10:03am

Cover story: coping with chronic pain

Meet the pain busters: Tsui Siu-lun (left) and Chan Chi-wing (right) from the department of anaesthesiology at Queen Mary Hospital with Professor Cheung Chi-wai from HKU's Laboratory and Clinical Research Institute for Pain.Photo: Dickson Lee

When retiree Fong Yick-hung first felt a mild tingling sensation in the right side of his face 20 years ago, he had no idea that it would become a searing ache that would rack him day and night. The pain struck at all hours, and sometimes left the right side of his face immobile.

"I couldn't even speak as the slightest movement induced excruciating pain," he says.

14 Aug 2012 - 1:09pm

Why Asians prefer to tough it out than resort to painkillers

Are Asians gluttons for punishment? Experts who spoke at a Hong Kong Pain Society workshop last month seem to think so. They say a passive attitude towards seeking treatment among Hongkongers and a reluctance to resort to pain relief medication are two reasons why so few are being treated for chronic pain in the city.

14 Aug 2012 - 1:09pm

How to break the pain cycle

Luxembourg's Andy Schleck was a favourite to win this year's Tour de France until a fractured pelvis, suffered during a crash at a race last month, forced him out of the three-week bicycle race.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Talking' brain creates the pain

Pain, it seems, is really all in the mind. A new study by Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine shows for the first time that chronic pain develops when two sections of the brain - related to emotional and motivational behaviour - talk to each other.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Scientifically speaking, spicy foods are for the birds

One person's pain is another's balm in the contradictory world of nature's 'hottest' vegetable.

The painful side was viewed 1.5 million times around the world on YouTube recently, when police broke up a peaceful Occupy Wall Street protest at the University of California.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Breast enlargement op in clinic risky, surgeon tells court

The former chairman of the city's surgery specialty board told an inquest yesterday that he would refuse to perform breast-enhancement surgery like that which led to a woman's death unless it was in a hospital.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am