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Woman holding head in pain
Posted: Dec 09, 2013
December always seems to be a challenging pain management month. For one, the transition to more frigid temperatures along with the slew of storms that normally come through this time of year seem to make everyone’s aches and pains hurt more than normal. The “winter... Read More
Pain Relief Revolution
Posted: Nov 18, 2013
By Dr. Peter Abaci I just participated in a captivating round table presentation on pain management at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and it got me thinking. (I know, that sounds dangerous.) Listening to experts as well as community-based doctors from... Read More
How Pain Affects Memory
Posted: Nov 11, 2013
Why We Forget By Dr. Peter Abaci Does pain interfere with brain function? This topic often gets overlooked by doctors who specialize in treating pain. Even going back to when I first started practicing in the late nineties, I can remember patients telling me that they were... Read More
Posted: Nov 04, 2013
By Dr. Peter Abaci Fibromyalgia has long struggled to gain universal recognition in the medical community as a bona fide disease that should be taken just as seriously as other chronic conditions like hypertension or diabetes. While some specialties, like rheumatology and pain... Read More
post-mastectomy pain syndrome
Posted: Oct 16, 2013
By Dr. Peter Abaci Pain after mastectomy surgery for breast cancer can linger and even become a chronic problem. When it does, this is known as post-mastectomy pain syndrome (PMPS). Pain after breast cancer surgery can hinder resuming daily activities, increase body image... Read More
Posted: Oct 10, 2013
Do you ever feel like chronic pain has robbed you of valuable or important things in your life? Has it taken you off course from the fulfilling life that you had envisioned for yourself? My guess is that, to one degree or another, the answer is “yes.” Then perhaps... Read More
Posted: Oct 02, 2013
One of the biggest complaints that I hear from patients who see me with complex chronic pain problems is that they don’t sleep well. In fact, outside of the pain itself, it seems as though insomnia is often their most dreaded problem. Unfortunately, some of the most common... Read More
Posted: Sep 19, 2013
Opioid-based pain killers, also known as narcotics, are often an overlooked cause of low testosterone levels in men. Medications like Vicodin, Norco, and Oxycontin have become some of the most commonly prescribed drugs in America. If you are taking something in this family of... Read More
Posted: Sep 09, 2013
Does your culture or ethnic background affect the way you experience pain? Based on my own experience, I think the best answer to this question is yes and no. Before I explain this dichotomy, consider my perspective as a long-time practicing pain management specialist who has... Read More
Posted: Sep 03, 2013
September is Pain Awareness Month, but I can give you 600 billion reasons why we should really call it Awareness of Bad Treatment Month. According to the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report, chronic pain costs our nation up to $635 billion in medical treatment and... Read More


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