Chronic Pain

Acupuncture found to provide pain relief

Chronic Pain - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 02:04

You do not need to look very far to see a news story about "the opioid epidemic" that has developed, at least in part, because of the effort to treat chronic pain.

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November 18, 2017Health Ministry addresses opioid crisis to avert US-level epidemic

Chronic Pain - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 19:09

As the United States struggles to grapple with its escalating opioid epidemic, Israel's Health Ministry is working to contain an opioid-fueled crisis of its own before it, too, reaches epidemic proportions. Citing a 150% spike in addictions to opioids over the past five years, Paola Rosca, head of the ministry's Department for the Treatment of Substance Abuse, said last week that she is working closer than ever with physicians and patients to curb prescriptions.

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A scientist who finds pharmaceutical promise in the venom of cone snails

Chronic Pain - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 14:47

Nestled inside its bright, patterned shell, the cone snail cuts a familiar figure in tropical waters - you may have even collected its shell on a walk along the beach. But watch your touch - every species of cone snail is venomous, and some, like Conus geographus , can even kill humans.

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Doctors Are Turning To Marijuana To Treat Opioid Addiction

Chronic Pain - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:06

Doctors that were previously reluctant to support the use of medical marijuana, are now advocating for cannabis as a safe and effective way to treat chronic pain without additive opioids. Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph, a renowned surgeon in Chicago, is pushing the state of Illinois and his colleagues in the medical community to expand access to the state's medical marijuana program in an effort to reduce dependence on opioid painkillers.

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Wearable PlayMakar EMS + TENS Unit Offers Pain Relief for Athletes On the Go

Chronic Pain - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:14

The wearable PlayMakar Wireless EMS + TENS Unit , part of the iReliev brand of products from ExcelHealth, is designed offer muscle conditioning, as well as relief from acute and chronic pain symptoms such as arthritis, for users on the go. "The PlayMakar Therapeutic Wearable System is a solution to many seeking prescription strength TENS and EMS without wires," says Mike Williams, CEO of ExcelHealth, in a media release.

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FDA issues warning of death, illness over herbal supplement kratom

Chronic Pain - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:03

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a public health warning about kratom , an herbal supplement used by some to treat chronic pain, help with opioid withdrawals, and is used recreationally. There have been 36 deaths associated with kratom in the US, and the FDA says, hundreds of calls made to poison control centers.

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Patient says she has nowhere to go when pain clinic closes

Chronic Pain - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 19:17

Kayla Hounsell has been a journalist for more than a decade. She covers a wide range of issues and welcomes story ideas at

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Preparing for the Opioid Litigation Epidemic

Chronic Pain - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:31

According to almost every major media outlet, America is now in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis. People across the U.S. are developing dependencies, and even overdosing, on opioids: drugs like OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Morphine and Heroin.

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Dartmouth Pain Clinic closing after losing both doctors

Chronic Pain - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:44

The Dartmouth Pain Clinic is closing, forcing hundreds of people suffering from chronic pain to join the two-year waiting list to see a doctor at the Halifax Pain Clinic, the Nova Scotia Health Authority said Thursday. "The two physicians who work in the Dartmouth Pain Clinic will not be offering services after Dec. 31, 2017," health authority spokesperson Theresa Hawkesworth said.

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Cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain-can CBT help fight the opioid epidemic?

Chronic Pain - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:56

By teaching patients better strategies for coping with chronic pain, cognitive behavioral therapy is a valuable treatment alternative for the millions of Americans taking opioids for noncancer pain, according to an article in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice . "Cognitive behavioral therapy is a useful and empirically based method of treatment for pain disorders that can decrease reliance on the excessive use of opiates," write Drs.

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Cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain -- can CBT help fight the Opioid epidemic?

Chronic Pain - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:56

Nov. 9, 2017 - By teaching patients better strategies for coping with chronic pain, cognitive behavioral therapy is a valuable treatment alternative for the millions of Americans taking opioids for noncancer pain, according to an article in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer .

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain - Can CBT Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic?

Chronic Pain - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:56

November 9, 2017 By teaching patients better strategies for coping with chronic pain, cognitive behavioral therapy is a valuable treatment alternative for the millions of Americans taking opioids for noncancer pain, according to an article in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer .

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Critical Contrast: Lombard Medical

Chronic Pain - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 05:20

Lombard Medical and Nevro Corp. are both medical equipment, supplies & distribution - nec companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk. This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Lombard Medical and Nevro Corp., as provided by

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'I'm not a druggie': Nova Scotian travels to U.S. to fill opioid prescription

Chronic Pain - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:50

Moira Donovan is a journalist with CBC Nova Scotia. She's worked in Lyon, London and now reports from Halifax.

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Biofeedback Equipment Market to increase rapidly by 2027

Chronic Pain - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:09

Biofeedback is a self-regulation technique that trains patients to voluntarily control certain bodily process that is involuntary to improve their mental, physical and spiritual health such as blood pressure, heart rate, skin temperature and muscle tension and is done by using specialized biofeedback equipment, which allows patients to look inside their bodies. More than 15 million people in America are suffering from urinary incontinence and according to the Agency for Health Care and Research has suggested biofeedback equipment for the treatment of urinary incontinence.

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MUSC researchers want to know if brain stimulation can treat chronic pain without medication

Chronic Pain - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 14:12

A diagram of the brain and correlating body parts hangs in the lab where transcranial magnetic stimulation technology is delivered at MUSC. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff The Medical University of South Carolina is using transcranial magnetic stimulation technology to study the effect this treatment has on chronic pain.

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In face of epidemic, chronic pain sufferers seek alternatives to opioids Read Story Josh Sidorowicz

Chronic Pain - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 01:02

The now-retired nurse suffered a serious back injury after a patient fell on top of her, she said, but after an unsuccessful surgery, pain pills became a way of life. She spent nearly three years taking fentanyl - an extremely potent opiate - before being prescribed methadone and oxycodone for the next 10 years.

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Pain expert fears new opioid guidelines could deepen crisis

Chronic Pain - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 22:53

New opioid guidelines for doctors may reduce prescriptions but with an unintended consequence - the risk of more deaths, an expert in treating chronic pain argued at an Ottawa forum Saturday. Dr. Greg Murphy, who founded the Kingston Orthopaedic and Pain Institute, said that the 2017 guidelines for Canadian doctors who treat chronic pain unrelated to cancer have "created fear" of prescribing among physicians.

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VIBERT: Chronic pain vs. opioid crisis: A medical dilemma

Chronic Pain - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 21:50

People suffering from chronic pain are at risk of becoming collateral damage in the battle against opioid addiction and abuse. New national guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers, or fear of the consequences of exceeding the doses recommended in the guidelines, has some doctors denying pain sufferers the medicine they need.

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Humboldt County nurses talk solutions in opioid crisis

Chronic Pain - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 01:21

More than 100 nurses packed into the Hospice of Humboldt to educate each other on prescribing opioids in Humboldt County. During Thursday evening's Nurses Night Out, a quarterly event for nurses to connect and discuss issues in the community, the subject covered what nurses need to know about the local opioid epidemic and what resources are available for those with chronic pain.

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