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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 […]

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Low Back Pain Treatment: What Works?

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There has been a recent surge in interest in alternatives to pharmaceutical treatment of pain in general, and low back pain in particular.  This is the result of growing awareness that pharmaceutical treatments have not only caused significant harm, they have also failed to achieve a reduction in the number of people in chronic pain. […]

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Three Plants That Could Replace Opioids in Pain Treatment

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Opium. Heroin. Morphine. Methadone. Oxycodone. Hydrocodone. What all of these have in common is they’re derived from a plant—the poppy plant. Written references to the use of this plant, native to Southeast Asia, for pain and other ailments date back to 3400 B.C. In more recent times, opium and even heroin were commonly used in […]

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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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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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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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What a Trump Presidency Will Mean for Health Care

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There has been much discussion in the media about Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which will result in over 20 million people losing health insurance coverage.  The implications of a Trump presidency for health care go much further than this.  Here is a summary of the probable outcomes. The Affordable Care Act […]

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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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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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