Pain

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.

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.

Allodynia Common in Pediatric Migraine

Allodynia Common in Pediatric Migraine

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Symptoms associated with central sensitization are common in children and adolescents with migraine.

Pain Linked to Memory Decline, Dementia Risk

Pain Linked to Memory Decline, Dementia Risk

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Older adults with chronic pain have been found to have poorer memory and executive function than their younger counterparts.

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.

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