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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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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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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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Recent Pain Studies Show Urgent Need for Alternative Treatments

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A systematic review published in BMJ Open in December found that surgeries performed for chronic pain conditions were no better than placebo.  A December Center for Disease Control (CDC) report found that overdose deaths from opioids continue to escalate rapidly.  Opioid abuse deaths now exceed deaths from motor vehicle crashes.  More than half a million […]

 
 
 
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