Pain Opinion Archive

The role of prescription habits in the opioid epidemic

Current surgical and prescribing practices may have a hand in exacerbating the nation's burgeoning opioid epidemic.

Magnesium for patients taking opioids for pain

Patients who are taking opioids can manage their tolerance by taking magnesium 500mg.

Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

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

Collaborating on interventional pain management in primary care

Interventional pain specialists can work together with primary care providers to provide the best care for patients managing chronic pain.

As opioid prescription rates decrease, overdose deaths remain the same: Is this progress?

A national push to decrease opioid prescription rates has not led to a net decrease in overdose deaths. Has progress been made?

Oxycontin for 11-year-olds? I'm okay with it

The FDA approval of a pediatric indication for Oxycontin creates a safer situation for terminally ill children.

Overcoming nocturnal leg cramps

Nocturnal leg cramps are a relatively common complaint, but there is little research on treatments.

Celebrating the kindness of patients

Patients who remain cheerful, despite personal drama, deserved to be recognized for the effort they put in.

Managing pain in pregnant patients

It is irresponsible and unprofessional to assume that once a patient is pregnant, her pain management is the responsibility of the obstetric team.

Tips for reducing needlestick pain in children

Primary-care providers should try to ease pediatric patients' anxiety about needles by preparing them for what to expect.

Abscess packing: is it necessary?

It is becoming apparent that our attempts to help abscesses heal faster may actually serve only to be agonizing and fruitless.

Advice for helping your patients manage pain after surgery

With these tips, a clinician can prepare a patient undergoing surgery control post-operative pain.

Postoperative pain control unsafe at any speed

Health-care providers need to focus on how to help patients undergoing major surgery effectively manage their pain.

How I learned to love dental blocks

Researching and performing different care methods benefits patients and providers.

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners recognized at PainWeek 2014

PainWeek 2014 featured its first ever PA- and NP- centered tracks, which included talks on pain management and medical errors.

A physician assistant conference, the Florida way

The Florida Academy of Physician Assistants' annual meeting provided general assembly members with the opportunity to speak with leadership about prescribing law.

Are you prepared to treat methadone patients?

One of the major challenges for clinicians is the almost complete lack of knowledge about methadone treatment that pervades the medical community.

Listening without judgment an important component of pain management

Although patients' perceptions of pain vary dramatically, pain is usually a sign that something is wrong.

Could a sleep disorder be causing your patient's migraines?

If your patient complains of ongoing headaches, especially upon waking from sleep, consider obstructive sleep apnea as a possible cause.

Managing sleep issues in patients with chronic pain

A night with inadequate sleep may result in increased pain the next day, which may disrupt sleep even further. Learn how to help patients break this detrimental cycle.

Preventing chronic low back pain

Identifying and modifying risk factors through engaging in preventative health activities is the key to achieving good health from head to toe, and is the backbone of primary care.

Clinician bias in pain care: The emperor and his clothing revisited

A recent study shows that clinician bias leads to unequal pain care in children, but clinician avoidance of why this is so is the real problem.

Detecting sleep abnormalities early helps reduce fibromyalgia risk

Patients with sleep abnormalities are three- to five- times more likely to develop chronic pain from fibromyalgia, research shows.

Establishing patient treatment contracts for managing chronic pain

Pain is the one concern that more often than not prompts people to see a health-care provider, so adequately addressing these complaints can significantly influence the relationship you have with your patients.

GI side effects of pain medication

What are the side effects of fentanyl?

Start out simple with independent medical examinations

If you want to break into the medicolegal world, you might want to consider starting by attending independent medical examinations while subcontracting for another legan nurse consultant.

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