Should CBD be part of your pain-management arsenal? We dig into the scientific research.
Getting off opioids can be a crisis itself — so patients and prescribers need strong support.
Chronic pain often has no physical cause. Psychotherapy can reduce the suffering.
A review of 80-plus studies upends the conventional wisdom.
Innovative ways to measure, understand and treat pain are allowing doctors to ease patients’ suffering—without relying on dangerous drugs.
Research suggests a possible alternative to traditional pain medications, which can be ineffective and carry side effects.
A third of Americans have pain “often” or “very often”—here’s why.
Cannabis could play a bigger role in chronic pain management than researchers once thought.
In my ongoing recovery, I've cultivated a strong sense of entitlement to finding pleasure in my body.
A first-of-its-kind study compared opioids to non-opioid drugs in patients with persistent back pain or hip or knee osteoarthritis. Its results are devastating.
Think back to the Gun laws. Remember how some citizens were against taking guns away from the “people”? The reason being, that the “bad guys” will always have access to them and the “good guys” who are in need of protection; get killed in the meantime because their safety net, their weapons to fight against being robbed were taken away from them! Well, my friends, the same thing is happening now, this 2016; to “real pain patients” fighting against being “robbed” of their “safety net, their weapons” to fight against the chronic intractable pain, and nerve pain that “WE” live with day in and day out.
Implanting a new generation of spinal stimulators.
Chronic pain patients need better options, not just fewer opioids.
Based on the type of pain, various medications may provide some relief, but achieving a more lasting approach--in which you are personally empowered to make a difference--would certainly be more rewarding.
Mindfulness represents a type of meditation that places a focus on the here and now —how you perceive your environment moment to moment.
The mind can play tricks on your body. Luckily, VR can play tricks right back.
This trend offloads the responsibility of care from the medical system to the woman. And its efficacy is questionable at best.
The crackdown on pain medication prescribing is intended to help the addiction crisis—but it’s leaving chronic pain patients in untenable situations.
I was skeptical at first. But the more I learned about chronic pain, the more sense it made. Studies have shown, for example, that people can develop a general hypersensitivity to pain after an injury — a condition called central sensitization — that can persist long after the injury has healed.
In some cases, the holistic practice could replace narcotics. Integrating meditation into regular treatment could significantly cut healthcare costs.
Most of the time pain goes away after an injury heals. However, if pain persists more than a month or two, it can become chronic pain. Sometimes pain becomes chronic because the underlying problem does not heal. For instance, arthritis causes long term inflammation and damage to the joints, and it may hurt as long as the inflammation lasts. Unfortunately, chronic pain may also occur despite healing and with no obvious injury to tissues.
The fact is, however, that opioids are used to treat chronic pain not because they are the ideal treatment, but because for some patients, despite their drawbacks, they are the most effective treatment available at the moment.
The problem, as I see it, is this: we are not investing enough in researching and teaching what causes pain and how to treat it.
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Life begins anew when you suffer with chronic pain. As our lives change, we also change. Many of these changes are difficult and frustrating.
Changing the culture of how chronic pain is treated by promoting the theory and practice of chronic pain rehabilitation.
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Clinical investigators have tested chronic pain patients and found that they often have lower-than-normal levels of endorphins in their spinal fluid. Investigations of acupuncture include wiring the needles to stimulate nerve endings electrically (electroacupuncture), which some researchers believe activates endorphin systems
Typically, pain is considered chronic when it persists for six months or more. But for some patients, chronic pain can last for years or even a lifetime. There are many possible causes for long-term pain, including injury, such as involvement in a car accident, or underlying disorders or diseases, like fibromyalgia or arthritis.