In this issue of Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Marie Tran and colleagues  investigate whether pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) is a feasible treatment for multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). In an open case study, the authors found that two of the three MCS patients who participated in the study improved in terms of symptoms and functional impairment after an eight week PEMF treatment programme. Additionally, capsaicin-induced secondary punctate hyperalgesia seemed to decrease as an effect of the treatment. Based on these case reports, the authors suggest a randomized, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the effect of PEMF on MCS.1MCS and its relationship to chronic painMCS sufferers get symptoms after being exposed to concentrations of everyday chemicals that by current knowledge should be safe. Someone who constantly gets dizzy and nauseous by a colleague’s cigarette smell might fit the label. So could a person who is forced to quit his or her work as even the slightest odour exposure seems to cause debilitating symptoms. MCS is a medical unexplained symptom. There is no accepted diagnosis, no treatment, and practically no information that can be provided to practitioners or sufferers. Yet, MCS is surprisingly prevalent in society . MCS is often dismissed as
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Apr 1, 2014
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