Medications

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Managing chronic pain on a daily basis can be challenging enough, but on top of that many patients with chronic pain are often faced with dealing with other significant chronic diseases at the same time. In fact, I have had countless patients over the years tell me that they developed medical problems like hypertension and diabetes only after their injuries occurred, and many report weight gains of 15-20 pounds after the onset of their pain...
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By Dr. Peter Abaci Believe it or not, sildenafil, known by its brand name, Viagra, might turn out to have a future role in pain management. Where this seems to have all started was with the observation that diabetics who were also concurrently using sildenafil for erectile dsyfunction seemed to have less in the way of painful diabetic neuropathy, and this perceived association has generated some recent laboratory studies with interesting...
November 7th, 2014 by Pat Anson, Editor at National Pain Report One month after hydrocodone was rescheduled by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, pain patients in some parts of the country say pharmacists are refusing to fill their prescriptions or claiming the medication is out of stock.
I know how emotionally charged the topic of pain medications can be. This is one subject that usually garners strong opinions from pain patients, their doctors, pharmaceutical companies, the insurance world, and now even the military and our government. But certainly those who suffer with chronic pain carry the strongest sentiments about their medications. And I know this is an area that is frequently met with deep dissatisfaction by patients.
By Dr. Peter Abaci
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Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer among women, with the majority of cases involving post-menopausal women. About 1 out 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, and it is estimated that about 230,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year along with 62,000 non-invasive cases. For many, they will develop hormone receptor positive forms of breast cancer which means that estrogen and...
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LAS VEGAS—Opioids have diverse and important functions, with opioid use and taper affecting many domains of experience and behavior. In fact, long-term opioid use patterns suggest that opioids treat not only physical pain, but social pain.
By Dr. Peter Abaci
Epidural steroid injections have become one of the most commonly used pain treatments in modern medicine. In the US, we perform an estimated 10-11 million of these procedures each year, with about 20% of those coming in the more elderly Medicare population. In fact, I would say that this very procedure is what helped launched the specialty of pain management, also referred to as pain medicine, some thirty-plus years ago. You see,...
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It might be helpful to divide your pain treatment strategies into two categories- active and passive. Coming up with the right balance between these two types of approaches just might be the tipping point that you need to successfully control your pain and gain that boost in quality of life that you are looking for. 

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