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Free and Affordable Chronic Pain Treatments, Part 1: Meditation

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This is the first in a series of blog posts I will be writing on free and affordable treatments for chronic pain.  Financial limitations often accompany chronic pain, because many who suffer lose the ability to work and/or have significant out of pocket expenses for medical care.  Often, desired treatments, particularly alternative treatments that insurers […]

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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 […]

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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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