Chronic Pain

Spinal Cord Stimulation May Reduce Opioid Use in Chronic Pain

Spinal Cord Stimulation May Reduce Opioid Use in Chronic Pain

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Patients with successful spinal cord stimulation implants had significantly reduced opioid use 1 year post-implant.

Is Vitamin D the Answer in Chronic Widespread Pain?

Is Vitamin D the Answer in Chronic Widespread Pain?

After treatment, there were marked decreases in visual analog scale (VAS)-pain, VAS-asthenia, severity of waking unrefreshed, tender point count, and Beck Depression Inventory.

DEA Delays Decision to Ban Kratom

DEA Delays Decision to Ban Kratom

Kratom may be used to develop nonaddictive alternatives to opioids.

Alternative Treatments for the Management of Chronic Pain

Alternative Treatments for the Management of Chronic Pain

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Alternative treatments include endomorphins, spinal cord stimulation, and psychotherapy.

Consequences of Limiting Physicians' Prescribing of Buprenorphine

Consequences of Limiting Physicians' Prescribing of Buprenorphine

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Novice prescribers cited insufficient access to substance abuse counseling for patients, as well as insufficient access to more experienced prescribers, as reasons for not treating more patients.

Should Pain Treatments Target the Brain or Body?

Should Pain Treatments Target the Brain or Body?

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Pain treatments often target either the brain or body, but data show that treatments often benefit both.

Acupuncture for Treatment of Chronic Pain Conditions

Acupuncture for Treatment of Chronic Pain Conditions

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A patient with a baseline pain score of 60 on a scale of 0 to 100 would be expected to have a pain score of 45 after a non-acupuncture intervention; 35 after a sham acupuncture intervention; and 30 after true acupuncture.

Sleep Disturbance Common in Chronic Pain

Sleep Disturbance Common in Chronic Pain

Opioid usage may exacerbate the problem.

Sleep Disruption Alters Pain Sensitivity

Sleep Disruption Alters Pain Sensitivity

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Sleep disruption alters positive affective pain modulation.

Sleep Problems in Young Adults May Predict Future Chronic Pain

Sleep Problems in Young Adults May Predict Future Chronic Pain

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The study included 1,750 participants and had a 3-year follow up period.

Opioids Being Prescribed for Longer Than Recommended

Opioids Being Prescribed for Longer Than Recommended

Twenty-five percent of doctors write month-long opioid prescriptions.

FDA Issues Guidance on Generic Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

FDA Issues Guidance on Generic Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

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The new guideline is the latest in an overhaul designed to curb opioid abuse.

Pregabalin Treatment Promotes Sleep Consolidation in Fibromyalgia

Pregabalin Treatment Promotes Sleep Consolidation in Fibromyalgia

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Disordered sleep has been implicated in the impairment of descending inhibitory pain pathways that may contribute to abnormal pain sensitization present in fibromyalgia.

Physicians Sound Off On New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Physicians Sound Off On New CDC Opioid Guidelines

Some concerns include a lack of evidence underlying recommendations.

Non-Opioid Pathway Could Alter the Way We Treat Chronic Pain

Non-Opioid Pathway Could Alter the Way We Treat Chronic Pain

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While mindfulness meditation has previously been associated with pain relief, the mechanistic action behind this has been unclear.

CDC Issues Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

CDC Issues Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

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The new guidelines come in the wake of an opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S.

Botox May Reduce Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury

Botox May Reduce Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury

At 4 and 8 weeks after injection, 55% and 45%, respectively, reported pain relief of 20% or greater.

FDA Launches New Plan to Reduce Opioid Overdose

FDA Launches New Plan to Reduce Opioid Overdose

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There were 18 893 deaths involving prescription opioids in the US in 2014.

Opioids Don't Improve Movement, Disability in Neuropathic Pain

Opioids Don't Improve Movement, Disability in Neuropathic Pain

While opioids can help patients have more comfort, they do nothing for the improvement of their chronic pain.

Chronic Opioid Use May Raise Risk of Depression

Chronic Opioid Use May Raise Risk of Depression

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Long duration of opioid use associated with new onset depression.

Majority Continue to Receive Opioid Prescriptions After Overdose

Majority Continue to Receive Opioid Prescriptions After Overdose

More than 90% of patients with chronic pain continue to receive prescription opioids even after an overdose.

Neuropathic Pain Linked to Cortical Plasticity After Spinal Cord Injury

Neuropathic Pain Linked to Cortical Plasticity After Spinal Cord Injury

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Investigators found that the intensity of neuropathic pain in those with SCI was negatively correlated with motor cortical remapping.

Comorbid Insomnia Contributes to Brain Changes in Fibromyalgia

Comorbid Insomnia Contributes to Brain Changes in Fibromyalgia

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Comorbid disease types appear to elevate dysfunction in the brain.

Implants Could Block Pain Signals From the Brain

Implants Could Block Pain Signals From the Brain

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Researchers have developed small, fully implantable devices that may one day be used to block pain signals before they reach the brain.

Multi-Site Musculoskeletal Pain Linked to Restless Legs Syndrome

Multi-Site Musculoskeletal Pain Linked to Restless Legs Syndrome

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Musculoskeletal pain, especially in the shoulder/arm and leg, is significantly associated with RLS.

Opioid Receptors in the Brain May Multiply to Cope with Chronic Pain

Opioid Receptors in the Brain May Multiply to Cope with Chronic Pain

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The pain thresholds of participants positively correlated with their opioid receptor availability.

Chronic Pain Conditions Account for Significant Health Care Cost Burden

Chronic Pain Conditions Account for Significant Health Care Cost Burden

Outpatient visits are what primarily drive costs.

High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation Curbs Chronic Back, Leg Pain

High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation Curbs Chronic Back, Leg Pain

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An SCS system that delivered 10-kHz high-frequency therapy was nearly twice as effective at relieving pain as traditional low-frequency SCS.

Long-Acting Opioid Shows Promise for Parkinson's Disease Pain

Long-Acting Opioid Shows Promise for Parkinson's Disease Pain

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Although the primary endpoint was not significant, notable improvements in pain were observed at different time points.

Fibromyalgia Patients Likely Prescribed Opioids Despite Guidelines

Fibromyalgia Patients Likely Prescribed Opioids Despite Guidelines

Those taking opioids are less likely to receive guideline-recommended therapy.

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