Pain Management

Can Virtual Reality Tech Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic?

Can Virtual Reality Tech Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic?

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Assessments showed a 66% reduction in pain during the session and a 33% reduction in pain at the end of the session.

Opioids as Migraine Treatment Grossly Overused

Opioids as Migraine Treatment Grossly Overused

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There are nearly as many migraine patients receiving opioids as there are patients receiving level A abortive medications.

Complimentary Medicine for Migraine: Is it Being Utilized?

Complimentary Medicine for Migraine: Is it Being Utilized?

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In the US, the use of complementary and alternative medicine specifically for treating migraine and headaches is relatively low.

Gabapentinoid Prescribing Trends: Are We Using Too Much?

Gabapentinoid Prescribing Trends: Are We Using Too Much?

As a response to the opioid epidemic, clinicians may be overprescribing gabapentinoids.

Excessive Opioid Prescribing Still Rampant in US

Excessive Opioid Prescribing Still Rampant in US

Even though there are concerns about opioid addiction and misuse, there are still more than 1/3 of Americans using them.

Opioid Dose Reduction May Improve Quality of Life in Chronic Pain

Opioid Dose Reduction May Improve Quality of Life in Chronic Pain

Quality of life and improved pain and function may be achieved by reducing opioid doses.

Update: Diagnosing Neuropathic Pain in Stroke, MS, Spinal Cord Injury

Update: Diagnosing Neuropathic Pain in Stroke, MS, Spinal Cord Injury

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The update focused on diagnosis of neuropathic pain in patients with spinal cord injury, stroke, or multiple sclerosis.

The Role of Hospitalists in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

The Role of Hospitalists in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Hospitalists must use opioids judiciously, including adhering to specific dose limits and setting expectations for pain control, medication stop dates, and refills.

Long-Term Opioid Therapy Tied to Worse Outcomes in Polyneuropathy

Long-Term Opioid Therapy Tied to Worse Outcomes in Polyneuropathy

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Most prescriptions for long-term opioid therapy were written by internal or family medicine physicians.

Acceptance Therapy May Reduce Opioid Dependence in Patients

Acceptance Therapy May Reduce Opioid Dependence in Patients

Patients with chronic pain may have a lower risk of becoming addicted to opioids if they are taught coping skills.

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Effective for Postherpetic Neuralgia

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Effective for Postherpetic Neuralgia

PNS can be beneficial for chronic intractable pain secondary to postherpetic neuralgia.

Evaluating Orexin Antagonist for Diabetic Neuropathy Tx

Evaluating Orexin Antagonist for Diabetic Neuropathy Tx

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Researchers are looking into improving sleep in order to alleviate chronic pain.

Curbing the Opioid Epidemic: A National Academies of Science Report

Curbing the Opioid Epidemic: A National Academies of Science Report

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The NASEM report, which was commissioned by the FDA, gives an update on current research in the pain field.

Gabapentin Effective for Postherpetic Neuralgia, Neuropathy

Gabapentin Effective for Postherpetic Neuralgia, Neuropathy

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Patients suffering from postherpetic nearalgia found relief taking gabapentin.

FDA Moves to Remove Opioid From the Market

FDA Moves to Remove Opioid From the Market

An FDA panel previously voted that the drug's benefits no longer outweigh its risks.

Pregabalin Use in Pregnancy: What's the Risk?

Pregabalin Use in Pregnancy: What's the Risk?

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Previous research has suggested a link between early use of pregabalin in pregnancy and congenital malformations.

Combo Fibromyalgia Treatment Improves Adherence

Combo Fibromyalgia Treatment Improves Adherence

While adherence was improved, health care costs were increased.

Fibromyalgia Pain Reduced With Cold Compress on Trapezius Muscles

Fibromyalgia Pain Reduced With Cold Compress on Trapezius Muscles

A 10-minute application resulted in significant reductions in pain scores.

Peripheral Neuropathic Pain Treated With Capsaicin 8% Patch

Peripheral Neuropathic Pain Treated With Capsaicin 8% Patch

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The patch used in the study is approved in the United States for postherpetic neuralgia and in Europe for PNP arising from any etiology.

Fibromyalgia May Benefit From Online Pain Management Course

Fibromyalgia May Benefit From Online Pain Management Course

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Even minor improvements in fibromyalgia symptoms, depression, anxiety, and pain can have a significant impact on the quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia.

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.

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