Pain

Poor Sleep Associated With Worse PTSD, Chronic Pain in Youth

Poor Sleep Associated With Worse PTSD, Chronic Pain in Youth

For youth, poor sleep worsens the associations between PTSD symptoms and chronic pain.

Fentanyl Use Associated With Amnesia: Case Report

Fentanyl Use Associated With Amnesia: Case Report

Another case of unusual amnestic syndrome that includes bilateral hippocampal lesions on MRI has been described.

Opioid Disposal Improved With Educational Brochure

Opioid Disposal Improved With Educational Brochure

Disposal of unused opioids after surgery is improved with an educational brochure.

Opioid Prescriptions Up With Low Socioeconomic Level

Opioid Prescriptions Up With Low Socioeconomic Level

The authors examined the demographic and geographic variation and the correlation between the local economic environment and measures of individual opioid prescriptions.

Common Causes of Chronic Pain Management Malpractice Claims

Common Causes of Chronic Pain Management Malpractice Claims

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There is a growing emphasis on provider responsibility with the increasing focus of the overprescribing of opioids.

Intranasal, Intramuscular Naloxone Equally As Effective for Opioid Overdose

Intranasal, Intramuscular Naloxone Equally As Effective for Opioid Overdose

Higher-concentration intranasal naloxone has similar efficacy to that of intramuscular naloxone given at the same dose for reversal of opioid overdose.

Managing Chronic Pain Associated With Traumatic Brain Injury

Managing Chronic Pain Associated With Traumatic Brain Injury

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Chronic pain is common after traumatic brain injury.

Baby Boomers at High Risk for Death From Prescription Opioid Overdose

Baby Boomers at High Risk for Death From Prescription Opioid Overdose

There is a significantly increased risk of prescription opioid deaths for those born between 1947 and 1964.

Immediate Access to Opioid Agonists Reduces Associated Health Care Costs

Immediate Access to Opioid Agonists Reduces Associated Health Care Costs

There may be more health benefits at a lower cost with immediate access to opioid agonist treatment for patients with opioid use disorder.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Reduces Pain Associated With Diabetic Polyneuropathy

Spinal Cord Stimulation Reduces Pain Associated With Diabetic Polyneuropathy

Chronic pain symptoms in patients with PDPN are effectively reduced with spinal cord stimulation.

Structural, Functional Brain Changes Seen in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Structural, Functional Brain Changes Seen in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

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Significant structural and functional brain changes in movement and pain regions are demonstrated by patients with CRPS.

Acupuncture Relieves Pain Associated With Trigeminal Neuralgia

Acupuncture Relieves Pain Associated With Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Secondary myofascial pain and mandibular limitations were reduced in the acupuncture and sham acupuncture groups immediately after treatment.

Brief Group-Based Cognitive Intervention Effective for Adolescent Chronic Pain

Brief Group-Based Cognitive Intervention Effective for Adolescent Chronic Pain

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For adolescents with chronic pain, a combination of different therapies such as CBT and breathing exercises may be beneficial.

Ask the Expert: Neuraxial Anesthesia in Neonates

Ask the Expert: Neuraxial Anesthesia in Neonates

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Neuraxial anesthetics and analgesics are associated with fewer systemic adverse effects.

Diagnosing Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain Patients With Simple Exams

Diagnosing Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain Patients With Simple Exams

A probable diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be indicated with 2 simple tests in chronic pain patients.

Multiple Sclerosis Lesion Location Linked to Hyperalgesia, Hypoalgesia

Multiple Sclerosis Lesion Location Linked to Hyperalgesia, Hypoalgesia

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In patients with multiple sclerosis, lesions in the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex may be associated with hypoalgesia, and lesions in the posterior periventricular area, with hyperalgesia.

Gabapentin, Opioid Combo May Increase Risk of Opioid-Related Death

Gabapentin, Opioid Combo May Increase Risk of Opioid-Related Death

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There is a higher risk for opioid-related death in patients taking concomitant prescription opioids and gabapentin.

Medicare Boosted Restrictions on Opioids From 2006-2015

Medicare Boosted Restrictions on Opioids From 2006-2015

Medicare Part D formularies increasingly used quantity limits and prior authorization in order to reduce dosing of prescription opioids.

What's the Optimal Length of Post-Op Opioid  Tx?

What's the Optimal Length of Post-Op Opioid Tx?

After surgical procedures, the optimal length of opioid prescription lies between the observed median prescription length and the early nadir.

Campaign Launched by CDC to Fight Opioid Crisis

Campaign Launched by CDC to Fight Opioid Crisis

The CDC is is launching a campaign to help fight the opioid crisis.

AMA Recommendation on Naloxone Co-Prescribing

AMA Recommendation on Naloxone Co-Prescribing

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It is recommended that physicians educate their patients/their patients' family members regarding the steps to take in case of a potential overdose.

Top 10% of Opioid Users Account for Most Drug Use

Top 10% of Opioid Users Account for Most Drug Use

The most opioid use occurs in the top 10% of privately insured adults without cancer who are using opioids.

FDA Approves Device for Tx of Chronic Pain

FDA Approves Device for Tx of Chronic Pain

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The Intellis platform has been announced as a way to manage certain types of chronic pain.

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.

Surgical Nerve Decompression May Improve Restless Leg Syndrome

Surgical Nerve Decompression May Improve Restless Leg Syndrome

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RLS symptoms can be improved by nerve decompression for peripheral neuropathy.

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.

Ketamine Update: Usage, Benefits, and Current Research

Ketamine Update: Usage, Benefits, and Current Research

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Ketamine was found to alleviate a number of pain-related conditions, and a number of clinical trials investigating its efficacy are ongoing.

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.

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