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Pain News Network 09/21/2019 10:35
By Dr. Lynn Webster, PNN Columnist. I was surprised and deeply disappointed to learn this week that people have been denied opioid prescriptions due to their responses on the . As a guest on the , I heard from a caller who told me that her doctor denied her an opioid prescription based on her ORT answers. One particular answer seems to have caused the caller’s problem: she acknowledged her history of experiencing preadolescent sexual abuse.
Pain News Network 09/20/2019 18:37
By Dr. David Hanscom, PNN Columnist. Anxiety and anger are major aspects of the chronic pain experience. In this state, your mind is full of racing thoughts and vivid imagery, and it’s hard to focus on anything but you and your pain. They block your awareness of other’s needs. It becomes a challenge for friends, family, and coworkers – anyone – to connect with you. If you’re touchy and constantly on edge, it’s exhausting for others to be in your presence. Having a good support system is an important part of your recovery from chronic pain because positive relationships have a calming effect. But now you are driving people away. Awareness is a powerful and necessary tool in breaking through this barrier. What you are not aware of can and will.
Pain News Network 09/19/2019 13:53
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. A new study is adding to the growing body of evidence linking maternal use of acetaminophen to hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in children. Acetaminophen – which is more commonly known as paracetamol outside the U.S. – is the world’s most widely used over-the-counter pain reliever. British researchers have been following over 14,000 children born in 1991 and 1992 who are enrolled in the . The children’s health, cognitive skills, temperament and behavior were regularly evaluated as they grew older. Children with mothers who regularly used acetaminophen in mid to late pregnancy were more likely to be hyperactive, less adaptable and to have conduct problems in their pre-school years. The attention and hyper.
Pain News Network 09/18/2019 12:51
By Katie Burge, Guest Columnist. Tell me... exactly when did it become acceptable for physicians to not only harm, but to actually contribute to a patient's demise by denying adequate, necessary medical care? I'm referring to the rising death rate among chronic pain patients, whose doctors have yielded to political pressure and reduced their patients’ doses of pain medication to the point that they are virtually useless or refused to continue prescribing pain medication at all -- regardless of diagnosis or need -- because they fear regulatory action if they continue treating pain with opioids. Am I missing something? Under the Hippocratic Oath, aren't physicians supposed to strive to do no harm? Or should we just start calling it the Hypocri.
Pain News Network 09/17/2019 03:01
By Roger Chriss, PNN Columnist. The new book by investigative journalist Ben Westhoff takes a close look at illicit fentanyl, synthetic drugs and the overdose crisis. Westhoff tracks the history of fentanyl, interviews "Dark Net" drug dealers and infiltrates Chinese chemical manufacturing firms as a prospective buyer.
Pain News Network 09/16/2019 11:10
Lynn Kivell Ashcraft, Guest Columnist. If we are to have any hope of a rational, scientific discussion about the issues involved in both pain management and addiction treatment, we need to end patient shaming and the use of sensational language that has no basis in clinical practice. First on my list is to stop using the term "Holy Trinity" when referring to the use of multiple medication classes to manage pain.
Pain News Network 09/14/2019 15:27
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. A mysterious lung illness linked to marijuana vaping has drawn nationwide attention this week. The there have been 380 cases of the illness and 6 confirmed deaths. Even the White House has gotten involved, with President Trump calling for. “People are dying with vaping,” Trump said. Meanwhile, an even more deadly health crisis continues to spread, drawing relatively little attention: counterfeit oxycodone made with illicit fentanyl. This week, health officials in California’s Santa Clara County announced that 9 fatal overdoses have been linked to the counterfeit pills since January, including the recent deaths of a 15 and 16-year old. Local law enforcement has seized a large number of the blue tablets, which have an
Pain News Network 09/14/2019 11:12
By Dr. Lynn Webster, PNN Columnist. In 2017, published a study that found older people with chronic pain experience faster declines in memory and are more likely to develop dementia. While had shown a link between chronic pain and brain damage, this was one of the first studies to specifically suggest that chronic pain can cause dementia. The authors reported that people aged 60 and over with persistent pain experienced a 9.2% more rapid decline in memory score when compared to people of the same age without chronic pain. This means that people with chronic pain may experience more difficulty in managing their finances, medications and social connections. Dementia is a chronic condition of the brain that involves memory, personality and judg.
Pain News Network 09/13/2019 15:37
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. Nearly 12 million people – about one in four adults in England -- are taking addictive prescription drugs to treat depression, anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain, according to by Public Health England (PHE). The review takes a cautionary view on the use of five drug classes – opioids, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, gabapentinoids, and so-called "z-drugs" such as zolpidem, zopiclone and zaleplon. "The medicines we looked at help to make millions of people every year feel better and recover from their illness.
Pain News Network 09/12/2019 16:33
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing steep cuts in supply of hydrocodone, oxycodone and other opioid painkillers classified as Schedule II controlled substances. In , the DEA proposes to reduce production quotas for hydrocodone by 19 percent and oxycodone by 9 percent in 2020.
Pain News Network 09/12/2019 03:01
By Stephanie King, Guest Columnist. Up until May of 2010, everything was pretty easy going as far as my health was concerned. I was a happily married 22-year old and mother of a sweet one-year old boy. Then one fateful afternoon all of that changed. There was a bad storm that day but we had to pay bills. My family and I ended up hydroplaning off the road and crashing into trees. Luckily, our son was unharmed and my husband, while it was bad, suffered nothing worse than a broken leg. I had the worst of the injuries and needed surgery. I broke my right foot in three places and my back in five. One of those breaks was a compression burst fracture, which means that my vertebrae basically exploded from pressure. Unfortunately, I also developed MR.
Pain News Network 09/11/2019 15:26
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned three companies that sell cannabidiol (CBD) oils, tinctures, edibles and other products to stop making claims that CBD can be used to treat pain and other chronic illnesses. In letters sent to the companies, which the FTC is not identifying, the agency warned that it is illegal to advertise that a product can prevent, treat or cure illnesses without scientific evidence to support such claims. One company’s website claims CBD "works like magic" to relieve "even the most agonizing pain."
Pain News Network 09/10/2019 10:35
By Donna Gregory Burch. As a fibromyalgia warrior and blogger, I read a lot of articles about new research findings. I continue to be amazed by how much time and money are wasted by or studying the same treatments over and over again. After all, how many times do we need to prove meditation can reduce fibromyalgia pain? Didn’t we figure that out years ago? I really thought I’d seen it all until an article entitled, showed up in my inbox last month. As I read it, I literally said out loud: “Are you kidding me?”In case you haven’t read the article, it summarizes in which 61 women with fibromyalgia completed a 12-week flower design course presented by a trained florist. As the end of the course, Tel-Aviv University researchers reported “quite
Pain News Network 09/09/2019 03:01
By Pat Anson, PNN Editor. Dr. Andrew Kolodny has revised his conflict of interest statements for two articles he co-authored in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) to include his work in malpractice lawsuits involving opioid medication. Kolodny, the founder and Executive Director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), is a longtime critic of opioid prescribing.
Pain News Network 09/08/2019 11:55
By Debbie Westerman, Guest Columnist. I have Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, as well 4 herniated discs in my lower back. Because of the “opioid crisis,” I was taken off the only medication that ever helped: fentanyl. I see a reputable doctor and he was very sympathetic. But, as he put it, doctors are no longer just being sued they are being threatened with jail time. In addition to my pain and fear, I felt so sorry for him. We’ve tried everything: nerve blocks, injections and I have two spinal cord stimulators. I was weaned off the fentanyl and only have hydrocodone that I take for breakthrough pain. I’ve done everything I’m supposed to. I have an appointment with my doctor every 28 days, along with random drug tests to make sure I’m only ta.
Pain News Network 09/07/2019 03:01
By Dr. Lynn Webster, PNN Columnist. I receive several emails a week from people who ask for help because their treatment options have been limited or eliminated. They are in terrible pain, and they don’t know what to do. One such person, Sharon Berenfeld, MD, recently shared an experience visiting her doctor. “Dr. Webster, I came across a publication of yours. It struck a nerve with me. My pain is intractable. I have tried everything,” she wrote. “Before the exam room door even closed, [my doctor] announced to me, ‘If you think I’m just here to refill your pills, you can leave now.'. "I left in tears. I was being judged and punished for having a complication from cancer treatment. I completely understand the opioid crisis. But I feel impotent.
Pain News Network 09/06/2019 16:08
By Mia Maysack, PNN Columnist. Never had I ever sent a thank you note to a judicial official. Not until I learned, after a four-year long process, that my disability case has been approved. So I write this teary-eyed, realizing I can now look into getting an oxygen tank for my cluster headaches, as the ability to obtain one through regular insurance was denied multiple times. I can also implement regular massages into my management plan, which might sound luxurious but for me is more a matter of physical functionality. This decision will give me bits and pieces of my life back. The money will be extraordinarily helpful, a lifesaver really. I have chosen to no longer feel anything negative toward the decision to pursue my case. Perhaps I don'
Pain News Network 09/06/2019 03:01
By Roger Chriss, PNN Columnist The drug overdose crisis has led to a rethinking of pain management. Prescription opioids are now seen as risky medications with potentially serious side effects, including addiction and overdose. As a result, there is an increasing push to discontinue or taper patients on long-term opioid therapy. A recent op/ed in the by physicians Roger Chou, Jane Ballantyne and Anna Lembke makes the claim that there is “little benefit” from long-term opioid use and tapering should be required. They even suggest that the use of addiction treatment drugs such as Suboxone should be expanded to include pain patients dependent on opioids. “Evidence indicates that long-term opioid therapy confers little benefit versus nonopioid
Pain News Network 09/05/2019 11:34
By David Eaton, Guest Columnist. Back in 2007, when my back pain became so severe that it was affecting my ability to work, I wrote an email to my boss using the subject line, "Enough is Enough!". My pain level was hindering my ability to concentrate so much that, despite having a college education, I had to ask a friend how to spell the word "place." I could not figure out why "plase" sounded right but looked so wrong. The previous night, I could not even read a lesson to the teenagers at my church, despite the fact that I had taught the exact same lesson twice before -- and I was the one who wrote it! Pain medication and procedures such as epidural nerve blocks and RFA treatments kept my pain under control for most of the past decade, until.

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