Chronic Pain

Benefits of a Pain and Stress Management Program for the Management of Chronic Pain

Benefits of a Pain and Stress Management Program for the Management of Chronic Pain

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A "Pain and Stress Management" program for the management of chronic pain, was found to be effective in alleviating pain, diminishing stress, promoting self-management of pain, and ameliorating general well-being.

Opioid Bill Gets Bipartisan Support

Opioid Bill Gets Bipartisan Support

In a rare bipartisan move, both the House and Senate have reached a compromise on legislation to address the opioid epidemic.

Is Pregabalin Effective for Chronic, Post-Traumatic Neuropathic Pain?

Is Pregabalin Effective for Chronic, Post-Traumatic Neuropathic Pain?

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Pregabalin does not appear to be effective for controlling pain in patients with chronic post-traumatic peripheral neuropathic pain.

CDC: About One in Five U.S. Adults Have Chronic Pain

CDC: About One in Five U.S. Adults Have Chronic Pain

About 20.4% of US adults have chronic pain and 8.0% have high-impact chronic pain.

Chronic Pain May Be Contributor to Suicide

Chronic Pain May Be Contributor to Suicide

Chronic pain may be an important contributor to suicide, with 8.8 percent of suicide decedents having evidence of chronic pain.

New Rules May Constrain Docs' Ability to Treat Chronic Pain

New Rules May Constrain Docs' Ability to Treat Chronic Pain

New laws and regulations designed to limit the use of prescription narcotics may further constrain doctors' ability to treat patients.

Psychological Therapies May Help Older Adults With Chronic Pain

Psychological Therapies May Help Older Adults With Chronic Pain

For older adults with chronic pain, psychological interventions have small benefits, including reducing pain and catastrophizing beliefs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Headache May Indicate PTSD Severity

Headache May Indicate PTSD Severity

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Posttraumatic stress disorder is associated with a high incidence of chronic pain; what role headache plays in that relationship is not well known.

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.

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.

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