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Pain News Network 09/25/2020 11:06
By Mikki Ingram, Guest Columnist. When I was a little girl growing up in Oklahoma, I was a tomboy. I played outside constantly no matter the season and was excited to be so close to nature. I did this in spite of frequent sprains, joint dislocations and abnormally bad “growing pains” starting at age three. To me, those things were normal. I never thought to ask anyone about their own experiences, because my parents never made any fuss. Why should I? As I grew up, the growing pains never stopped. I remember multiple times, as I was in the throes of puberty and even after, waking up in the middle of the night, crying and rubbing my joints. I had menstrual cramps so bad that I had to miss school. No Tylenol or ibuprofen combination would touch
Pain News Network 09/24/2020 03:01
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is ordering drug manufacturers to to strongly caution patients and providers about the risk of abuse, addiction, dependence and withdrawal. The agency said current warning labels are inadequate about the risks associated with the anti-anxiety medications, even when they are taken as prescribed. Benzodiazepines are generally used to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures and social phobia, and they were commonly prescribed to chronic pain patients to reduce anxiety and help them sleep. In recent years, many pain patients were taken off the drugs because they are considered risky when taken with opioid medication. “While benzodiazepines are important therapies for many Americans, they
Pain News Network 09/23/2020 16:28
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. Nearly a third of migraine patients have tried medical marijuana or cannabinoids to relieve their pain and other symptoms, according to a large new study that found 82 percent of those who used cannabis found it effective in providing pain relief. The study gathered data from nearly 10,000 migraine sufferers in the U.S. and Canada who use. ,. a migraine tracking app made by , a healthcare technology company based in Singapore. "Cannabis is becoming a prominent treatment option for chronic pain patients, especially for migraineurs," Healint CEO and co-founder Francois Cadiou said in a press release. "With more and more states across the United States legalizing medical marijuana, migraine patients are becoming acquaint.
Pain News Network 09/22/2020 03:01
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. A provocative new study is warning that middle-aged Americans are experiencing more acute and chronic pain than the elderly, a dramatic shift in pain demographics that is putting further strain on the U.S. healthcare system. Researchers at Princeton University and the University of Southern California (USC) analyzed survey responses from more than 2.5 million people and found that physical pain is rising in working class and less-educated Americans under the age of 60.
Pain News Network 09/21/2020 03:01
By CindyLee Calaluca, Guest Columnist. Recently I was terminated by my pain management physician without notice and with no plan for continued care. Why? I complained to the physician that I did not appreciate getting no call back when I repeatedly contacted his practice — over an 8-day period — to report that my chronic pain now had a severe acute component to it. The acute problem is caused by a severe deep vein thrombosis, extending from the groin to the toes in my left leg – the result of a surgical wound from a toe amputation tearing open from severe swelling. Additionally, an old pressure ulcer had abscessed. The acute pain I am experiencing is because of an overlap with my poorly controlled chronic pain, thanks to the CDC guideline fo.
Pain News Network 09/19/2020 11:21
By Dr. Lynn Webster, PNN Columnist. September is . It is also . It may appear coincidental or ironic that we recognize suicide and pain during the same month. However, there is an unfortunate association between the two: pain -- either emotional or physical -- too often leads to suicide. Conversely, awareness and treatment of either type of pain, can often prevent suicide. According to the , 800,000 people worldwide take their own lives each year. The number of suicide attempts is many times greater. Suicide is a serious problem globally and it is often linked to mental health problems. Many military veterans, like civilians, suffer from both physical and emotional pain. This can lead to substance abuse and increased suicide risk. frequently.
Pain News Network 09/18/2020 03:01
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. A brief decline in fatal overdoses in 2018 was just a blip in the trajectory of a 40-year pattern of rising drug deaths in the United States, according to a new study published in the journal. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analyzed over a million overdose deaths in the U.S. between 1979 and 2019 – and developed a startling chart that shows an exponential curve in overdoses that continues to rise virtually unchecked.
Pain News Network 09/17/2020 03:01
By Roger Chriss, PNN Columnist. Recent news that a small pilot study found LSD has a “protracted analgesic effect” at low doses garnered a lot of enthusiasm and hype. Headlines declared that LSD and be a looked at two dozen healthy volunteers given low doses of LSD or a placebo and then subjected them to a “cold pressor test” – immersing a hand in near-freezing water. Researchers found that 20 milligrams of LSD “significantly increased the time that participants were able to tolerate exposure to cold (3°C) water.” Despite this, LSD has a clear problem: Its therapeutic index is very low. The is a measure of the relative safety of a drug, computed by dividing the toxic dose by the dose needed for a therapeutic response. A toxic dose represents.
Pain News Network 09/16/2020 03:01
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. A yellow spice used in food and traditional Chinese medicine – turmeric – is effective in treating osteoarthritis knee pain, according to small placebo-controlled study published in the. Researchers from the University of Tasmania, Australia randomly assigned 70 participants with knee osteoarthritis to receive either 2 capsules per day of turmeric or a placebo.
Pain News Network 09/15/2020 03:01
By Donna Corley, Guest Columnist. As I contemplated how to begin this article on a subject that has troubled me for some time, I continue to hear Paul Harvey’s famous tag line, “And now you know the rest of the story.”I’ve noticed for a while that when we share our stories about life with chronic pain, we often focus on the physical struggles and lack of proper treatment, but leave out the emotional side. We rarely tell anyone how vulnerable and afraid we feel, especially our families and doctors, for fear of them thinking we are faking it or even a little crazy. I’ve hidden that side of myself very well -- as have many of you -- and for good reason. But in doing so, I’ve only told half of my story and only shared half of who I am. It is ve.
Pain News Network 09/14/2020 03:01
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. Over 75% of American adults with multiple sclerosis face financial toxicity or hardship that has forced them to cut spending on food, clothing and housing. Many have gone into debt or filed for bankruptcy, and over a third have delayed or stopped filling prescriptions because they can’t afford them. The findings come from a survey of 243 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients conducted by the . The study is the first of its kind to evaluate how financial hardship is forcing MS patients to forego treatment and make drastic changes in their lifestyles and spending. The has nearly tripled to about $76,000 a year. While insurance pays for most of it, many patients are overwhelmed by deductibles and other out-of-pocket expense.
Pain News Network 09/12/2020 03:04
By Ann Marie Gaudon, PNN Columnist. When someone suffers acute pain from an accident or injury, a . However, when that pain becomes chronic, you don’t often receive flowers, cooked meals and offers of help. Your social connections may suffer, too. That’s not a small issue for pain patients. found that maintaining social activities are just as important for people in pain as many of the physical and psychological consequences of chronic pain. Let’s take a look at a short list of five ways that chronic pain challenges the maintenance of social relationships. 1). Chronic pain physically takes people away from their social networks. Pain flares can be a disincentive to planning and engaging, and can inhibit participation in activities. Fear of ju.
Pain News Network 09/12/2020 03:01
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is calling for major changes in the way sickle cell disease is treated in the United States, including an end to the discrimination and stigma that many sickle cell patients face while navigating the healthcare system. About 100,000 Americans live with sickle cell disease (SCD), a genetic disorder that mainly affects people of African or Hispanic descent.
Pain News Network 09/11/2020 03:01
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. New research is shining a light on an unusual treatment for migraine headaches: green light therapy. In a small study involving 29 migraine patients, University of Arizona Health Sciences researchers found that exposure to green light for one to two hours daily reduced headache pain by 60% and significantly reduced the frequency of migraines. "This is the first clinical study to evaluate green light exposure as a potential preventive therapy for patients with migraine, " said lead author Mohab Ibrahim, MD, an associate professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology at UArizona College of Medicine-Tucson.
Pain News Network 09/10/2020 17:39
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. The Food and Drug Administration is once again playing whack-a-mole with illegal online pharmacies, warning 17 website operators to stop selling unapproved or misbranded opioid medications to U.S. consumers, including some drugs offered for sale without a prescription. In recent years, the FDA has sent to online pharmacies for illegally selling opioids and other controlled substances.
Pain News Network 09/09/2020 13:45
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is sending refunds of nearly $3.9 million to consumers who bought , a wearable nerve stimulation device touted as a drug-free treatment for chronic pain. The refunds are part of a settlement the FTC reached in March with NeuroMetrix – the maker of Quell – over deceptive advertising. alleges that NeuroMetrix and CEO Shai Gozani advertised Quell as an effective treatment for fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, sciatica, shingles and other chronic pain conditions without reliable scientific evidence to back it up. Two clinical studies cited in Quell advertisements had “substantial flaws,” according to the FTC, while a third study was based on a marketing survey conducted by the company to “g.
Pain News Network 09/09/2020 12:13
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. We’ve learned a lot about COVID-19 over the last few months, including what medications help and don’t help coronavirus patients. While much attention has been focused on the antiviral drugs and , other more common medications used to treat pain and inflammation have been found to be useful in treating COVID-19 infections. In the early stages of the pandemic, some health experts warned that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – ibuprofen in particular – could weaken the immune system and make coronavirus symptoms worse. The French government even warned of linked to the use of NSAIDs by COVID-19 patients and recommended acetaminophen (paracetamol) as a safer alternative. “Taking anti-inflammatory drugs (i.
Pain News Network 09/08/2020 12:34
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. We’ve learned some weird things about acetaminophen in recent years. The pain reliever not only helps treat headaches and fevers; it also appears to dull human emotions and have psychological effects. A new study at The Ohio State University suggests that acetaminophen could also make you more likely to go sky diving or bungee jumping off a tall bridge. "Acetaminophen seems to make people feel less negative emotion when they consider risky activities - they just don't feel as scared," says co-author Baldwin Way, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at OSU. Way and his colleagues enrolled 189 college students in the study, giving them either 1,000 mg of acetaminophen (the recommended dose for a headache) or a pl.
Pain News Network 09/07/2020 03:01
By Cynthia Toussaint, PNN Columnist. I’m a survivor. At least that’s what I’m called now that I’ve. But why the new acknowledgement? As a person who’s endured childhood trauma and decades of high-impact pain with 15 comorbidities, including chronic fatigue, I earned the “survivor” label a lifetime ago. My world has been up-ended and negatively impacted in most every way since 1982. It’s just that the aforementioned health crises were never taken as seriously. But because I’ve made it through the most aggressive form of breast cancer, I’m at last an honest-to-goodness, card-carrying survivor. Okay, I guess I’ll take it. In any event, as a person who’s been seriously ill for nearly four decades, I’m accustomed to going from the frying pan into
Pain News Network 09/05/2020 11:55
By Dr. Lynn Webster, PNN Columnist. “Times have changed. Marijuana should not be a crime,” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said last year when she and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the . The current Democratic vice-presidential nominee called the legalization of marijuana an important step "toward racial and economic justice.". “We need to start regulating marijuana and expunge marijuana convictions from the records of millions of Americans so they can get on with their lives," said Harris. "Racially motivated enforcement of marijuana laws has disproportionally impacted communities of color. It’s past time to right this wrong nationwide and work to view marijuana use as an issue of personal choice and public health, not criminal behavior," a.

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