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Drug-Free Pain Relief 24/7

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About 35 years ago I was in terrible shape.  More than three years earlier I had hurt my back running and since that time I had been in terrible pain and my life had ground to a halt.  Doctors were at a loss to explain why I was still in pain.  They gave me drugs […]

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Pain Patients Don’t Help Their Cause by Denying Reality

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Chronic pain patients who rely on opioids for pain relief feel under siege.  Because of concerns about opioid addiction and overdose, federal, state and local governments have been instituting policies that discourage opioid prescribing.  In response, many physicians are indiscriminately reducing the amount of opioids they prescribe.  In some cases, they are quickly and drastically […]

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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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Can Light Heal Pain?

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The first time I heard about laser therapy, a type of light therapy for pain, a veterinarian recommended it for my cat, who had osteoarthritis in her hip.  My knowledge of lasers at the time was limited to a vague idea that they were used to cut tissue in surgery.  I couldn’t imagine how that […]

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New Guidelines: Use Alternative Therapies First For Low Back Pain

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New low back pain treatment guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) were published on February 13 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Based on a review of the evidence, the ACP concluded that pharmacological interventions for low back pain offered fewer benefits and greater risks than nonpharmacological therapy. The ACP now strongly recommends that […]

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When Everything Hurts and You’re Falling Apart

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Do you have pain almost everywhere?  Have you also been diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, kidney disease or have debilitating chronic fatigue?  Have you had multiple joint replacements? If your answer is yes, and you’ve been seeing a conventional primary care provider or a number of different specialists to deal with your many chronic […]

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Life After Opioids for the Chronic Pain Patient

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Many of the 100 million chronic pain patients in the United States have been depending on opioids to manage their pain, some for decades. In the last few years, concerns about addiction and deaths from prescription opioids have resulted in changes in guidelines regarding opioid use and a crackdown on physicians who prescribe opioids. Many […]

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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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