Pain

DEA reverses plan to ban potential opioid alternative kratom

DEA reverses plan to ban potential opioid alternative kratom

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After public opposition, the DEA has withdrawn its plan to classify the kratom plant as a schedule 1 substance.

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.

Controversy over CDC guidelines on prescribing opioids for chronic pain

Controversy over CDC guidelines on prescribing opioids for chronic pain

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Guidelines created in response to the opioid epidemic in the United States have caused controversy in the medical community.

Platelet-rich plasma SIJ injection cuts low back pain

Platelet-rich plasma SIJ injection cuts low back pain

The researchers found that patients who received the injection had significantly lower intensity of pain at six weeks and at three months compared with patients who didn't.

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).

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.

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.

Medicare patients rarely prescribed buprenorphine-naloxone

Medicare patients rarely prescribed buprenorphine-naloxone

Addiction medicine specialists prescribed the most prescriptions for buprenorphine-naloxone.

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.

Parental management of child's postoperative pain

Parental management of child's postoperative pain

Despite being well-informed, many parents struggled to manage their child's postoperative pain.

Long-acting opioid therapy linked to increased mortality risk

Long-acting opioid therapy linked to increased mortality risk

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Patients with chronic, noncancer pain who were treated with long-acting opioid therapy had a 1.6 times greater risk of death.

New opioid use common post-hospital discharge among Medicare beneficiaries

New opioid use common post-hospital discharge among Medicare beneficiaries

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After an acute hospitalization, many Medicare beneficiaries submit pharmacy claims for opioid prescriptions.

Smartphone app helps circumvent unnecessary testing for chest pain in ED patients

Smartphone app helps circumvent unnecessary testing for chest pain in ED patients

The HEART pathway app provides doctors in the ED with a digital application an already proven method of assessment.

Naloxone coprescription reduces opioid-related ER visits

Naloxone coprescription reduces opioid-related ER visits

Patients on opioids for chronic pain who were coprescribed naloxone had 47% fewer opioid-related ER visits.

Many patients lack knowledge about NSAIDs and their risks

Many patients lack knowledge about NSAIDs and their risks

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Despite the widespread use of NSAIDs to treat pain, many patients lack knowledge about these medications and their risks.

IV lidocaine plus amitriptyline has no impact in fibromyalgia

IV lidocaine plus amitriptyline has no impact in fibromyalgia

No difference was recorded between patients treated with lidocaine plus amitriptyline versus patients treated with acetaminophen and tramadol.

Chronic migraines may be linked to vitamin deficiencies

Chronic migraines may be linked to vitamin deficiencies

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Researchers examined a possible link between vitamin D, riboflavin, coenzyme Q10, and chronic migraines.

Acceptance and commitment therapy effectively treats chronic pain

Acceptance and commitment therapy effectively treats chronic pain

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Acceptance and commitment therapy can have positive outcomes in adults with chronic pain.

FDA approves buprenorphine implant for opioid dependence

FDA approves buprenorphine implant for opioid dependence

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Probuphine is the first buprenorphine implant approved for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence.

Pain complexities in rheumatoid arthritis

Pain complexities in rheumatoid arthritis

Nearly 12% of patients in remission from RA still experience clinically significant pain.

Migraine medications not linked to stroke risk

Migraine medications not linked to stroke risk

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For patients with basilar or hemiplegic migraines, two common migraine medications do not increase the risk of stroke and cardiovascular events.

Effective strategies to prescribe opioids, provide pain relief in hospital settings urgently needed

Effective strategies to prescribe opioids, provide pain relief in hospital settings urgently needed

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Clinicians in hospital settings need strategies in place to safely provide opioid pain relief to hospitalized patients.

Hospitalizations due to opioid abuse, dependence increasing significantly

Hospitalizations due to opioid abuse, dependence increasing significantly

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Since 2002, the number of hospitalizations due to opioid abuse and dependence has increased by 72%.

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