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The effects of long-term opioid use

Besides the obvious physical and psychological aspects of dependency and addiction, is there any research documenting the effect of using long-term opioids (to treat chronic pain) on the body?—Michelle Simpsom, MSN, APRN-BC, Leonard, Mich. An excellent review of opioid research reveals that patients may experience hyperalgesia, a heightened sensitivity to painful stimuli, endocrine dysfunction, and…

Electrical stimulation for easing pain?

Does neuromodulator electrical stimulation work for peripheral pain relief? What is the mechanism of action?—Jorge Guzman Ortiz, MD, Jayuya, P.R. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy has been commonly employed in the treatment of peripheral pain, but its mechanism of action is unknown and its efficacy is questionable. One proposed mechanism of action is that…

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