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For the past three years, Kathleen had been taking daily opioids prescribed by her primary care doctor to treat her chronic back pain. Despite the medications, her pain persisted and even worsened. She came to see me in the pain clinic, and it was apparent that her stress and anxiety were serving to amplify her pain — and her need for opioids. The problem is, opioids do not treat the psychological factors that worsen pain.
A lot has happened in the world of pain recently from a public policy standpoint. First, on March 15 the CDC released its much publicized guidelines on prescribing opioids for chronic pain. A few days later, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quietly posted the National Pain Strategy (NPS), outlining the federal government’s strategy for “reducing the burden of chronic pain that affects millions of Americans.” The CDC...
By Nicole Hemmenway While the issue of pain medication and addiction has been a hot topic in the media and government for quite some time, a TV commercial shown during the Super Bowl seemed to add more fuel to the fire.
What Is the Overall Strategy to Treat Chronic Pain? Goal: To provide pain management and to prevent exacerbations and are-ups The current strategy combines the use of medication, exercise, mental health services, and complementary therapies including yoga, Reiki, and re exology. The combination of all of these therapies has been shown to be the most e ective at managing symptoms....
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This is Health Revolution Radio, today's topic: Pain Awareness Month Guest Speakers: Nicole Hemmenway and Dr. John Massey
By Dr. Peter Abaci
By Dr. Peter Abaci
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