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Pain News Network 11/14/2019 13:29
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. In 2014, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reclassified the opioid hydrocodone as a Schedule II controlled substance, citing evidence that the painkiller has a high potential for abuse and addiction. The change made it harder to obtain the drug and led to a sharp decline in hydrocodone prescriptions. That same year, the opioid tramadol was classified as a Schedule IV drug – a lesser restrictive category that means it has low potential for abuse and addiction. Prescriptions for tramadol surged. A consumer watchdog says that was a mistake. with the FDA and DEA asking that tramadol be reclassified as a Schedule II drug, on the same risk level as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and fentanyl. The petition claims
Pain News Network 11/13/2019 11:50
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. One of the co-authors of the CDC’s controversial 2016 opioid guideline is leading a new research study about the effectiveness of opioid medication in treating chronic pain, Pain News Network has learned. Dr. Roger Chou is a primary care physician who heads the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), which was to conduct the opioid study by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). echoes many of the conclusions drawn by the CDC – that there is little evidence to support the use of opioids for chronic pain and nonopioid pain relievers such as Tylenol are just as effective as Vicodin. Even when used for short-term acute pain, the draft
Pain News Network 11/12/2019 12:33
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. The president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) – an influential anti-opioid activist group – has worked as a paid consultant for the law firm of Motley Rice, which stands to make billions of dollars in contingency fees from opioid litigation. Dr. Jane Ballantyne disclosed her work with Motley Rice in a revised disclosure statement recently made public by the Annals of Internal Medicine , a prominent medical journal.
Pain News Network 11/11/2019 14:58
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. A team of scientists and engineers has developed a flexible electrode that can be injected into the body to stimulate damaged nerves, relieve chronic pain and treat other conditions. The so-called “injectrode” could revolutionize neuromodulation therapy by eliminating the need for invasive spinal cord stimulators and other surgically implanted medical devices. Researchers used a liquid silicone base -- similar to surgical glue – and mixed it with small metal particles to make it electrically conductive. When injected around a nerve and allowed to cure, the injectrode performs much like a metal wire, but remains flexible. Current neuromodulation treatments rely on rigid implanted devices that can cost hundreds of tho.
Pain News Network 11/10/2019 12:49
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. Everyone knows that an ice pack or a cold compress can help sooth aching joints and muscles. Cold temperatures slow blood circulation, reducing both pain and inflammation. Researchers at Imperial College London took that basic first aid measure a step further by using virtual reality (VR) to immerse people in scenes of an icy Arctic landscape. And just like real ice, the VR video reduced pain perception and sensitivity. Findings from the small study, published in the journal , add to growing evidence that VR technology can not only distract people from their pain, but may also activate the body’s pain-fighting response. “One of the key features of chronic pain is you get increased sensitivity to painful stimuli. Thi.
Pain News Network 11/08/2019 15:54
A large new analysis of drug use by teenagers and young adults in the U.S. has found a surprisingly high level of prescription opioid use. In a survey of over 56,000 youths, researchers found that 21% of teens and 32% of young adults said they had used opioid medication in the previous year. "The percentages were higher than we expected," said first author Joel Hudgins, MD, of Boston Children's Hospital's Division of Emergency Medicine.
Pain News Network 11/07/2019 14:42
By A. Rahman Ford, PNN Columnist. Melatonin is popularly known as the sleep hormone. Less known is its and inflammation. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain. During the day pineal gland is inactive, but at night it begins to produce melatonin and helps us sleep. As a supplement, melatonin is widely promoted for its efficacy as a sleep aid. However, its role in reducing inflammation – a major contributor to chronic pain – may be much more important. Many chronic pain conditions are a result of underlying chronic inflammation. In a recent , melatonin was called a “master regulator” of inflammation. Several studies have shown that melatonin can regulate the activation of the immune system, reducing chronic and acute.
Pain News Network 11/06/2019 16:49
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. Federal health officials are at it once again, developing a new report on opioid pain medication without seeking extensive input from the public or medical community. They’ve done it with no public hearings, feeble attempts at soliciting public comment, and without disclosing the identities of the experts they consulted with. If that reminds you of the in a comically secretive 2015 webinar that – you’re not alone. This time it’s not the CDC, but a little-known research agency in the Department of Health and Human Service called the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Last month, AHRQ released a 287-page draft report on the effectiveness of opioid medication in treating chronic pain. Like the CDC, the
Pain News Network 11/05/2019 10:57
By Mia Maysack, PNN Columnist. The sun is shining and the birds are singing. It’s a beautiful day. I open the door to let my doggy daughter out and the brightness peers through like a lightning strike straight to the hypothalamus. I'm struck by intense searing pain that feels like a hot poker through my eye -- otherwise known as a cluster headache attack. I try not to dwell on the inevitable reality of the hearty serving of migraine that's sure to make its encore appearance soon. The next plan of action is to get my head into an ice bucket, but I first must draw all the blackout curtains in every room. The day is done, at least for now, and I am at the mercy of these ailments. There's no way of knowing how long they'll last so I focus on bre.
Pain News Network 11/04/2019 12:50
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. Drug users who buy prescription pills online or off the street are playing a dangerous game of Russian Roulette, according to a new by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA found that about one of every four counterfeit pills have a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Counterfeit pills laced with illicit fentanyl are appearing across the country and have been linked to thousands of deaths. Many of the overdoses involve blue pills stamped with an “M” and a “30” – distinctive markings for 30mg oxycodone tablets that are known on the street as “Mexican Oxy” or “M30.”Based on a sampling of 106 tablets seized nationwide between January and Marc.
Pain News Network 11/03/2019 11:11
By Barby Ingle, PNN Columnist. November is Nerve Pain Awareness Month. Or as I like to call it,. There are many conditions that involve nerve pain that most don’t realize. Neuropathy is a collection of disorders that occur when nerves of the peripheral nervous system are injured or damaged. The peripheral nerves are the ones outside of the brain and spinal cord, in our arms, legs, hands and throughout the body. There are 3 types of peripheral nerves:. Autonomic nerves regulate biological activities that people do not control consciously such as breathing, digesting food and heartbeat. Motor nerves control movements of all muscles under conscious control such as walking, grasping things, talking. Sensory nerves transmit information about sensor.
Pain News Network 11/01/2019 11:17
By Roger Chriss, PNN Columnist. Germany doesn’t have an opioid crisis. As , 10 times as many Americans as Germans die from drug overdoses, mostly opiates. Rates of addiction in the U.S. have also risen dramatically, while in Germany addiction rates are flat. The story of Germany challenges much of the narrative in the American opioid crisis. If addiction moves in lockstep with opioid prescribing, then Germany should have high addiction rates. If prescription opioids lead to heroin use, then Germany should be seeing rising rates of heroin use. And if overdoses are an inevitable consequence of addiction, then Germany should have high overdose rates. But this is not what is happening. According to a recent , opioid prescriptions in Germany have.
Pain News Network 10/31/2019 19:58
More Evidence Stem Cells Can Treat Autoimmune Disease. By A. Rahman Ford, PNN Columnist. New research at Northwestern University and the Mayo Clinic confirms that we can heal ourselves with our own stem cells. A small study published in the journal found that treating a person with stem cells derived from their own blood or bone marrow can reverse a rare autoimmune disease called. Also known as Devic Disease, NMO is a chronic neurological disorder that causes inflammation in the optic nerve and spinal cord. Common symptoms are eye pain, which can rapidly lead to blindness, or pain in the spine, legs or arms that can lead to paralysis. Bladder and bowel control may also be affected. Neuromyelitis optica is often misdiagnosed as multiple scleros.
Pain News Network 10/31/2019 12:30
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. Young adult women with a history of being physically or emotionally abused as children report higher levels of pain than women not abused in childhood, according to a new study. The link between child abuse and chronic pain in adulthood is a controversial one, but there are a number of studies that have found an association between the two.
Pain News Network 10/30/2019 11:07
By Ann Marie Gaudon, PNN Columnist. I recently came across which describe two patients with a lengthy history of chronic pain severe enough to warrant opiate therapy. Both patients experienced sudden memory loss and forgot about their pain – literally. Central sensitization is a process known to occur in the spinal cord and brain where if short-term acute pain is allowed to persist, then changes occur within the central nervous system which can lead to chronic or intractable chronic pain. That’s what happened to me. I have a diagnosis of a visceral pain syndrome, as opposed to a progressive pain condition. I experienced one vicious organ assault and after more than 30 years of it being healed, I remain in pain. Other patients who have experi.
Pain News Network 10/29/2019 15:00
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. The former CEO and founder of the U.S. Pain Foundation has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for embezzling $1.5 million from the Connecticut based charity and failing to report it on his tax returns. U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden sentenced Paul Gileno to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release.
Pain News Network 10/29/2019 14:00
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. The 2016 CDC opioid guideline was never intended to reduce the use of opioids for post-surgical pain. In fact, that long-term use of prescription opioids after surgery is rare. Nevertheless, a number of states and hospitals have policies designed to reduce the use of opioids after surgery -- many of them modeled after the CDC guideline. Vermont was one of the first, that encourages doctors to use non-opioid pain relievers as first-line treatments for post-operative plan. If they do prescribe opioids, patients are initially limited to no more than 10 pills. The regulations also require doctors to discuss with patients the risk of opioid addiction and overdose. This state-mandated policy has led to significant reducti.
Pain News Network 10/28/2019 11:22
By A. Rahman Ford, PNN Columnist. A new, eye-opening documentary is challenging conventional wisdom about chronic pain treatment. Rather than treat pain as a purely biomedical issue, suggests a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to treatment that addresses the physical, social, psychological and spiritual dimensions of who we are as human beings. According to the film’s , the motivation to make the documentary was to show people “a different path to regain their quality of life” without the use of prescription opioids and surgery. The film features clinics and wellness centers that use new diagnostic tools, innovative research and advanced products and therapies. The film was produced by and was written and directed by Laurent Goldstein a.
Pain News Network 10/27/2019 11:56
By David Eaton, Guest Columnist. Due to a decrease in my opioid pain medication (to fall within the CDC guideline), my pain level increased to the point that I was unable to sleep. Of course, lack of sleep affects your overall health and so I began a downward spiral and needed something to break that cycle. My son, who has been suffering acute pain from scoliosis in his neck, was having similar insomnia issues. He tried CBD oil and recommended that I do the same. I knew little about CBD, so I talked to the very knowledgeable and helpful manager of a local CBD store. His recommendation was that I begin by researching CBD myself and then talk about it with the doctor at my pain clinic -- advice that impressed me as being very responsible. Afte.

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