Pain Management

Pain management is key for ongoing pain control, particularly if you suffer from chronic pain. Pain brings not only bodily discomfort, but can also cause stress, affect our work, and impact how we interact with family and friends. Long-term pain conditions can alter your life—but there are ways to help mitigate the impact of pain. A doctor can do a pain-assessment and prescribe pain medicine, treatments, and psychotherapy to help with pain relief. Learn more about pain here:

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Pain Management

Chronic Pain & Painkillers: Why You 
Should Consider Alternatives


Posted by Sondra Forsyth

By Dr. Frank King Roughly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain lasting more than six months, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. Throughout the past decade, the use of painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin has soared by 300 percent. For many – 17,000 people per year, or 46 each day – the treatment is worse than the pain. That’s the number of users who die from the medicine, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Pain Management

Blocking the Chili Pepper Receptor

Posted by Sondra Forsyth Sondra Forsyth

Biting into a chili pepper causes a burning spiciness that is irresistible to some, but intolerable to others. Scientists exploring the chili pepper's effect are using their findings to develop a new drug candidate for many kinds of pain that can be caused by inflammation or other problems. They reported their progress on the compound, which is being tested in clinical trials, in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

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Pain Management

Which Alternative Headache Remedies Are Safe?

Posted by Jane Farrell

Depending on the severity of their condition, headache sufferers may take over the counter medications or prescription remedies. Many “alternative” treatments are available as well. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), researchers are continuing to study the effectiveness of these treatments. While some of these widely-touted remedies may not work as advertised, others are effective. Here, from the NCCAM, is a rundown of the current research on alternative remedies for headaches:

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Pain Management

If You've Been Diagnosed with Shingles

Posted by Jane Farrell

Shingles is a disease that affects nerves and causes pain and blisters in adults. It’s caused by the same varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox in children. After you recover from chickenpox, the virus doesn’t leave your body, but continues to live in some nerve cells. For reasons that aren't totally understood, the virus can become active instead of remaining inactive. When it's activated in adults, it produces shingles. Most adults live with the varicella-zoster virus in their body and never get shingles.

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Pain Management

Six Truths About Pain

Posted by Jane Farrell

If you’ve ever wanted to speak up about your pain but didn’t quite dare because you didn’t want to “complain,” or wondered whether it was normal, the experts at the National Institute on Aging have want to shatter some pain myths. Here are a few of the untruths about pain – and what the reality actually is: Most people don't have to live with pain. There are pain treatments that work for most people. If your doctor has not been able to help you, ask to see a pain specialist.

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9 Ways to Tame Your Chronic Pain

Posted by Jane Farrell

When it comes to chronic pain, there’s usually a limit to how much relief medications and procedures can bring. That’s where changes to your daily life can help bridge the gap. Cleveland Clinic pain and wellness specialists Daniel Leizman, MD, and Mladen Golubić, MD, PhD, offer nine “pain wellness” tips to make sure you’re following for maximum pain management. Take deep breaths. The average adult takes eight to 16 breaths per minute. Slowing that down to five or six deep breaths that really fill your lungs will help you relax, which can lessen your discomfort.