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Kratom: Miracle or Menace for Chronic Pain Patients?

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When Jason was 18 years old he broke his wrist and knuckles. He was given Vicodin and became addicted. He graduated to methadone and heroin. He had never used anything before but pot and alcohol occasionally. For the next seven years he was in and out of detox. All his plans went downhill. He had […]

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NSAIDs: Unsafe for Chronic Pain

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If you take any of the following nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief you are putting your life at risk: aspirin, celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren-XR, Zipsor, Zorvolex), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), indomethacin (Indocin), naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn), oxaprozin (Daypro), piroxicam (Feldene). This may come as a shock to you. After all, these […]

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Marijuana: You Don’t Have to Smoke It Or Get High To Get Pain Relief

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Mention marijuana to many pain patients and they think of unwashed criminals furtively sharing a joint or potheads staying high all day, having lost their motivation and their minds. “Not for me”, they say, “I’ll stick with my pills.”  But this image that these individuals have does not represent the real world of medical marijuana. […]

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Home Treatment of Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Fibromyalgia and More

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One of the worst emotions pain patients can feel is helplessness. In the face of severe pain, whether from low back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, migraine or tension headaches or other chronic pain conditions, when the medications don’t work, don’t do enough or cause intolerable side effects, patients can feel helpless to ease their suffering. […]

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Low Back Pain Treatment: What Works?

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There has been a recent surge in interest in alternatives to pharmaceutical treatment of pain in general, and low back pain in particular.  This is the result of growing awareness that pharmaceutical treatments have not only caused significant harm, they have also failed to achieve a reduction in the number of people in chronic pain. […]

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What Every Chronic Pain Patient Needs to Know

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When I was 25 years old I hurt my back while running to try to get into better shape. I had been healthy and active up until then and was attending graduate school to earn a social work degree. I stopped running but everything I did made the pain worse until I was at the […]

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What’s In Cannabis?

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Author: Megan Stone Quick, name all the compounds you can think of that are found in marijuana! While most people know about THC, not a lot of people are aware of what else is in cannabis.There are over 400 natural compounds in medical marijuana, 80 of which are exclusively found in cannabis plants. These 80 […]

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The U.S Coddles Medical Mass Murders While Muzzling Those Who Help and Heal

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The opioid epidemic has been spiraling out of control. Over 200,000 Americans have died and millions more battle addiction. The number of deaths continues to rise. It is now widely acknowledged that the epidemic was started by the pharmaceutical companies. Historically, opioids, otherwise known as narcotics, were used cautiously in the medical system. Generally, these […]

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Three Plants That Could Replace Opioids in Pain Treatment

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Opium. Heroin. Morphine. Methadone. Oxycodone. Hydrocodone. What all of these have in common is they’re derived from a plant—the poppy plant. Written references to the use of this plant, native to Southeast Asia, for pain and other ailments date back to 3400 B.C. In more recent times, opium and even heroin were commonly used in […]

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The Forgotten Pain Patient

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September is Pain Awareness Month.  It’s a good thing that there is a month designated for pain awareness because the plight of the pain patient has been pretty much ignored recently.  As alarm has spread over the increase in opioid addiction and overdose, the needs of the pain patient for relief have taken a back […]

 
 
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