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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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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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Marijuana vs Opiods for Pain

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Carol’s teenage daughter Julia is a dancer who suffered a serious injury that required extensive surgery.  Julia was sent home after surgery with opioids for pain.  Despite the opioids, Julia was screaming in pain.  Carol repeatedly called her doctor’s office and each time was told to increase the dosage of the opioids.  At first Carol […]

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The DEA Harms Pain Patients

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Three recent actions by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will cause grave harm to pain patients.  Rather than protecting the public, they will increase suffering as well as increase the rates of addiction and overdose death. The DEA has a long history of raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is legal.  In […]

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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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