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Five Amazing Chronic Pain Treatments You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Biofeedback Imagine if you could relax your muscles, dilate your blood vessels in your extremities for better circulation and tissue healing, reduce your stress, heart rate and anxiety level and improve your digestion, immunity and ability to fall asleep—all without taking any drugs.  Biofeedback can teach you to do all that. Biofeedback uses sensitive electronic […]

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Why Medical Marijuana Works

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Marijuana contains a class of compounds called cannabinoids.  Cannabinoids are also made by our bodies (called endocannabinoids when they are made by the body) and they work with a network in our body called the endocannabinoid system. (ECS) Cannabinoids bind with receptors that are found on cell surfaces to have their effect.  The receptors which […]

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Can Light Heal Pain?

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The first time I heard about laser therapy, a type of light therapy for pain, a veterinarian recommended it for my cat, who had osteoarthritis in her hip.  My knowledge of lasers at the time was limited to a vague idea that they were used to cut tissue in surgery.  I couldn’t imagine how that […]

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The Feds Say Restrict Opioid Use. Now What?

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The federal government has declared, through its major health policy agencies, that the number of pain patients on opioids and the dosages they are on should be severely restricted.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC), Veteran’s Administration (VA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have all issued new guidelines within the past year […]

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New Guidelines: Use Alternative Therapies First For Low Back Pain

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New low back pain treatment guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) were published on February 13 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Based on a review of the evidence, the ACP concluded that pharmacological interventions for low back pain offered fewer benefits and greater risks than nonpharmacological therapy. The ACP now strongly recommends that […]

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When Everything Hurts and You’re Falling Apart

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Do you have pain almost everywhere?  Have you also been diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, kidney disease or have debilitating chronic fatigue?  Have you had multiple joint replacements? If your answer is yes, and you’ve been seeing a conventional primary care provider or a number of different specialists to deal with your many chronic […]

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Life After Opioids for the Chronic Pain Patient

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Many of the 100 million chronic pain patients in the United States have been depending on opioids to manage their pain, some for decades. In the last few years, concerns about addiction and deaths from prescription opioids have resulted in changes in guidelines regarding opioid use and a crackdown on physicians who prescribe opioids. Many […]

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What To Do If You’re Abruptly Cut Off Your Opoids

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The problem It seems there are two kinds of opioid-using chronic pain patients these days: those whose doctors have abruptly cut them off from their opioids and those who live in fear of it happening to them. Their doctors are fearful too—of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) arresting them for prescribing “too many” opioids, or […]

Smoking vs. Eating Marijuana

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If you’re using marijuana for medical purposes, which is better–inhaling it through smoking or vaporizing (vaping) or eating it?  There are pluses and minuses to both methods of administration, it turns out.  Inhaling it gives quick relief (60-90 seconds) and it’s easier to regulate the dose, but the effects are short-lived.  Eating it takes about […]

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Three Essentials for Recovery From Chronic Pain

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Conventional medical treatment of chronic pain relies on drugs and surgical interventions to treat pain.  These treatments rarely solve the problem.  Pharmaceuticals, at best, temporarily numb the pain. They don’t fix the problem because pain is not due to a pharmaceutical deficiency.  Surgical interventions often are based on a misdiagnosis of the problem and often […]

 
 
 
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