Pain Management

Preclinical Pain in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis May Be a Marker for Diagnosis, Treatment

Preclinical Pain in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis May Be a Marker for Diagnosis, Treatment

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Reports of pain may indicate a preclinical course of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Neuropathic Pain: Navigating the Challenges of an Elusive Disease

Neuropathic Pain: Navigating the Challenges of an Elusive Disease

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As the population ages, and as both the incidence of diabetes and the survival rates after chemotherapy treatment increase, the number of patients with neuropathic pain is expected to rise.

New Guidelines: Opioids for Chronic Pain in the VA Health System

New Guidelines: Opioids for Chronic Pain in the VA Health System

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The VA and DoD issue a clinical practice guideline regarding opioid therapy for chronic pain in veterans.

Pain Acceptance Helps Improve Migraine Management

Pain Acceptance Helps Improve Migraine Management

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Avoidance can lead to headache disability by reducing pain thresholds and preventing pain habituation.

Migraine Across Female Reproductive Stages

Migraine Across Female Reproductive Stages

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The characteristics of migraine may change throughout a woman's reproductive stages, and may require different treatment strategies.

Pregabalin vs Placebo for Sciatica: Is It Effective?

Pregabalin vs Placebo for Sciatica: Is It Effective?

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No significant between-group differences were observed for change in leg pain intensity and disability.

Neurofeedback Aids in Reducing Nerve Damage from Chemo

Neurofeedback Aids in Reducing Nerve Damage from Chemo

Clinically and statistically significant reductions in peripheral neuropathy were seen following neurofeedback.

Neural Targeting Spinal Cord Stimulation Superior for Axial Low Back Pain

Neural Targeting Spinal Cord Stimulation Superior for Axial Low Back Pain

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Spinal cord stimulation using precision approach via 3D neural targeting shows superior efficacy in treating chronic axial low back pain compared with a trial-and-error method to achieve desired paresthesia.

Self-Controlled Electric Stimulation a Good Alternative to Drug Therapy for Migraine

Self-Controlled Electric Stimulation a Good Alternative to Drug Therapy for Migraine

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Remote electrical stimulation appears to have similar efficacy to standard drug treatments, including triptans.

Acupuncture for Migraine: Is It Effective?

Acupuncture for Migraine: Is It Effective?

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A significant decrease in migraine frequency was observed, but it is not clear how large a role placebo effect plays in treatment response.

Cogniphobia in Migraine: The Fear and Avoidance of Thinking

Cogniphobia in Migraine: The Fear and Avoidance of Thinking

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Future research should focus on whether cogniphobia can be a modifiable factor in the treatment of patients with migraine.

Updated Guidelines for Treatment of Low Back Pain

Updated Guidelines for Treatment of Low Back Pain

The recommendations promote the use of hot compresses and physical therapy as first-line treatment of low back pain.

VIDEO: Opioid Addiction May Be Linked to Genetic Variant

New research suggests that opioid addiction may be linked to a genetic variant, and more personalized treatment may help those with the change.

Clinical Massage, Guided Imagery May Improve Insomnia, Pain

Clinical Massage, Guided Imagery May Improve Insomnia, Pain

Interventions with clinical massage or guided imagery may help ease pain and anxiety in patients in a progressive care unit.

Opioid Abuse May Be Linked to Sudden-Onset Amnesia

Opioid Abuse May Be Linked to Sudden-Onset Amnesia

The abuse of opioids or other substances may cause short-term amnesia.

Treating Pain in Depression May Help Improve Cognition

Treating Pain in Depression May Help Improve Cognition

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Effectively treating pain may help improve cognitive and functional outcomes in patients with depression.

Updated Guidelines on Intrathecal Therapy for Pain

Updated Guidelines on Intrathecal Therapy for Pain

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The new guidelines offer guidance on dosing, including reduced starting and maintenance dosing and safety precautions for diagnosing and treating complications.

FDA Updates Opioid Drug Label Information

FDA Updates Opioid Drug Label Information

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The FDA instituted widespread updates to product labeling for opioid medications in December, 2016.

Migraine Relief After Chiropractic Manipulation Likely a Placebo Effect

Migraine Relief After Chiropractic Manipulation Likely a Placebo Effect

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While likely a placebo effect, spinal manipulation may be an option for patients with migraine refractory to treatment.

Veterans Experience More Pain Than General Population

Veterans Experience More Pain Than General Population

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Rates of severe pain were significantly higher in veterans with back and jaw pain, severe headaches or migraine, and neck pain.

FDA Issues Warning for Children, Pregnant Women With Extended Exposure to Anesthetics

FDA Issues Warning for Children, Pregnant Women With Extended Exposure to Anesthetics

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The US FDA is requiring that label changes be made to reflect the risks involved with extended exposure to anesthetics and sedatives in children and pregnant women.

New Possibilities for Neuropathic Pain Treatment

New Possibilities for Neuropathic Pain Treatment

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Recent findings offer a new avenue for the development of peripheral analgesics with minimal adverse effects.

Practice Guidelines: Restless Legs Syndrome

Practice Guidelines: Restless Legs Syndrome

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The guidelines were developed by a group of RLS experts from the US and Europe who utilized the American Academy of Neurology's 2004 guideline development manual.

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.

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Medication Overuse Headache

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Medication Overuse Headache

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Recovery time varies depending on which class of medication the patient is overusing.

Quality Improvements for Pain Management in the ER

Quality Improvements for Pain Management in the ER

The researchers observed a 47.5% increase in the percentage of participants who had a final pain score of 4 or less out of 10.

New Data Informs Algorithm to Diagnose, Treat Neuropathic Pain

New Data Informs Algorithm to Diagnose, Treat Neuropathic Pain

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The group developed the algorithm through a year-long process of reviewing relevant published data.

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.

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