the controvecial live kratom plant also known as mitragyna speciosa.  Photography by Jeffrey A McDonald

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 […]


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 […]

The underside of a marijuana plant's leaves in a grow room.

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. […]

50s woman with tension and fatigue in neck relaxing her muscles

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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