Pain Management

Outpatient program may be effective for pain self-management

Outpatient program may be effective for pain self-management

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A program based on cognitive behavioral therapy and physical exercise could improve pain self-management in patients with complex pain.

FDA approves new drug for postmenopausal pain during sex

FDA approves new drug for postmenopausal pain during sex

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Intrarosa provides an additional treatment option for women with dyspareunia caused by vulvar and vaginal atrophy.

Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

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Lidocaine patches may be effective for patients who are in pain but are looking to avoid drugs that could be addictive.

Quality improvement intervention helps pain management for seniors in the ER

Quality improvement intervention helps pain management for seniors in the ER

Researchers conducted an examination in patients over 65 years with moderate-to-severe pain in an academic emergency department.

More than half of US citizens have a chronic health condition

More than half of US citizens have a chronic health condition

Conditions such as chronic disease, mental illness, or substance abuse commonly overlap with each other and with poverty, which contributes to poor health.

Barriers remain in patients' acceptance of naloxone use in primary care

Barriers remain in patients' acceptance of naloxone use in primary care

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Patients would like more thorough conversations with their primary care physician over the use of naloxone.

Comparing treatments for pediatric migraines

Comparing treatments for pediatric migraines

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No significant differences were observed among treatments for pediatric migraines.

Treatment costs lower with pregabalin vs gabapentin for peripheral neuropathic pain

Treatment costs lower with pregabalin vs gabapentin for peripheral neuropathic pain

The average total cost was lower for pregabalin treatment due to lower use of concomitant medications, fewer primary care visits, and fewer sick days.

Pain relief during labor may lower risk of postpartum depression

Pain relief during labor may lower risk of postpartum depression

Women who received epidural pain relief during labor had lower scores on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.

Placebo treatments may help patients with chronic lower back pain

Placebo treatments may help patients with chronic lower back pain

Patients who knew they were taking a placebo pill still experienced less lower back pain.

Complementary health approaches frequently used for musculoskeletal pain disorders

Complementary health approaches frequently used for musculoskeletal pain disorders

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Data from the CDC's National Health Statistics Reports show that more than half of adults in the United States have a musculoskeletal pain disorder.

Nonmedical use of prescription opioids in adolescence leads to substance use disorder symptoms in adulthood

Nonmedical use of prescription opioids in adolescence leads to substance use disorder symptoms in adulthood

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Using medical or nonmedical prescribed opioids in adolescence may lead to alcohol, drug, and mental health disorders in adulthood.

Genetic vascular anomaly

Genetic vascular anomaly

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A young Caucasian woman presented with complaints of years regarding pain in her feet but did not know the cause.

Massage therapy may be beneficial for surgical pain

Massage therapy may be beneficial for surgical pain

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Massage therapy appears to be efficacious for reducing pain and anxiety in patients who are about to undergo or are recovering from surgical procedures.

New treatments relieve pain for patients with cervical disc herniation

New treatments relieve pain for patients with cervical disc herniation

Patients who suffer from cervical disc herniation can find relieve in percutaneous nucleoplasty (PCN) and pulsed radio frequency (PRF).

The FDA approves first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

The FDA approves first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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Data showed an increase in dystrophin production that could predict clinical benefit among patients with DMD.

Neuropathic pain is reduced by pregabalin

Neuropathic pain is reduced by pregabalin

Pregabalin significantly improves pain irrespective of the time since pain onset.

Using neuroimaging in chronic pain management

Using neuroimaging in chronic pain management

Developments in functional, structural, and neurochemical imaging could help predict individuals with acute pain who are likely to progress to chronic pain.

Oxycodone/naloxone may be beneficial for managing pain after total knee replacement

Oxycodone/naloxone may be beneficial for managing pain after total knee replacement

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Oxycodone/naloxone may provide effective analgesia and improve patients' ability to participate in physiotherapy.

Suboxone and methadone—our readers weigh in on the pros and cons

Suboxone and methadone—our readers weigh in on the pros and cons

Research has shown that use of suboxone and methadone, in conjunction with counseling, can be effective addiction treatment.

New guideline for managing kidney stones is released

New guideline for managing kidney stones is released

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Guideline from the American Urological Association has been revised to incorporate the management of patients with staghorn renal stones.

Prescribing practices influence opioid dependency

Prescribing practices influence opioid dependency

Patients provided with at least 2 refills were 2.25 times more likely to develop an opioid dependency.

Sedentary behavior linked to chronic pain in children

Sedentary behavior linked to chronic pain in children

Prepubertal children who regularly engage in sedentary behavior have an increased likelihood of experiencing various pain conditions.

Metamizole may be an acceptable alternative to NSAIDs

Metamizole may be an acceptable alternative to NSAIDs

Metamizole should be considered in patients with contraindications to NSAIDs.

ASCO issues guidelines for chronic pain in patients with a history of adult cancer

ASCO issues guidelines for chronic pain in patients with a history of adult cancer

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Screening for pain at every visit is recommended, and management and treatment options are specified.

Alternative treatment options for chronic pain

Alternative treatment options for chronic pain

Ice is among alternative recommendations for treatment of chronic pain.

Appendicitis an important differential diagnosis in the elderly

Appendicitis an important differential diagnosis in the elderly

Older adults presenting with abdominal pain should be screened for appendicitis.

Chronic visceral pain management

Chronic visceral pain management

Pain management specialists may have an important role to play in the treatment of patients with chronic visceral pain.

State restrictions not associated with reduced opioid misuse among disabled adults

State restrictions not associated with reduced opioid misuse among disabled adults

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The adoption of various state laws did not affect rates of opioid prescription or strength of dose.

Chest pain in ER patients rarely life threatening

Chest pain in ER patients rarely life threatening

Only 5.5% of ER patients are diagnosed with 1 of 6 life threatening conditions.

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