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Five Clues That Your Pain Meds Might Not Be Helping As Much As You Think

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Many pain patients have taken opioid painkillers for many years, some for many decades. They report that the opioids help reduce their pain and that without them they could not function. Unfortunately, many pain patients are having their worst fears confirmed about going off their meds. Many doctors, fearful of loss of their licenses or […]

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Why Pain Patients are Being Cut Off Their Meds

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In March, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.  The guidelines included recommendations on when to use opioids (rarely), when to discontinue them, dosage levels (including recommended maximum dosage) and suggestions for monitoring.  The guidelines were billed as voluntary.  The CDC says they don’t hold the force […]

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It’s Time to Reconsider Opioid Use for Acute Pain

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Much of the discussion about overuse of opioids recently has been about the dangers of long term use.  Few have questioned the “need” for opioids for acute pain, such as post-surgically or immediately after a serious injury.  The 2016 CDC opioid prescribing guidelines recommend that doctors prescribe opioids for acute pain for three days or […]

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The Undertreatment of Pain

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Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.  Chronic pain costs the United States about $300 billion annually in medical expenditures and approximately $300 billion on lost productivity.  These frequently cited statistics, alarming in their own right, do not even begin to quantify the suffering of those in chronic pain and the negative impact on […]

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Pain Patients Weigh In On Medical Marijuana

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Twenty-five states now have medical marijuana laws.  Provisions of the laws vary widely.  Restrictions are common in terms of the number of medical conditions that are covered by the law, how geographically accessible medical marijuana is in terms of who can sell it and how many dispensaries there are, the qualifications and training of those […]

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Can Diet Heal Chronic Pain?

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One of the essentials for good health is to give your body the raw ingredients it needs to function.  The right raw materials are needed to create new cells to maintain tissues and organs and to create essential bio-chemicals, including hormones, neurotransmitters, digestive enzymes, etc.  The way we do that is primarily through our food.  […]

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Vitamin D Deficiency and Chronic Pain

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Recent research has shown that vitamin D plays an extremely important role in chronic pain and that many people are at high risk for vitamin D deficiency. Levels of the vitamin can be measured with a simple blood test. Levels below 20 ng/mL (50 nmol/L) are generally considered deficient in conventional medicine. Others have defined […]

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Pain Patients Are Being Cheated

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Pain patients are being cheated out of safe, effective, affordable health care and it ought to be a crime.  The situation has caused needless suffering, addiction and death. One hundred million Americans suffer from chronic pain.  They should have access to all the therapies that could help them. For decades now, access to pain treatment […]

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The Insanity of U.S. Pain Policy

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It’s an unmitigated disaster.  One hundred million chronic pain patients.  Millions addicted to opioids, hundreds of thousands dead.  Pain patients abruptly cut off medication they’ve depended on, sometimes for decades, and offered nothing to replace it.  Doctors, fearful of prosecution for overprescribing, dropping pain patients like hot potatoes.  Pain patients unable to find any doctor […]

 
 
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