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Alternatives Treatments to Long-Term Opioid Use for Chronic Pain

Barry Meier, New York Times reporter and author of the new e-book, “A World of Hurt: Fixing Pain Medicine’s Biggest Mistake,” talks about the alternatives to long-term opioid use for treating pain.What are some of the unknown secrets about the long-term use of opioids? Barry Meier: One would expect that 15 years after powerful opioids began to be regularly used to treat chronic pain that this would be a relatively easy question to answer. Unfortunately, it is not, a fact that reflects both the difficulty in running clinical trials involving these drugs and the reality of what happens when medical practice runs ahead of science.One of the principal characters in A World of Hurt is Dr. Jane Ballantyne, who was among the first pain specialists to raise a red...

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When You’re Abruptly Cut Off Your Opioids

The problem It seems there are two kinds of opioid-using chronic pain patients these days.Those whose doctors have abruptly cut them off from their opioids Those who live in fear of it happening to them.Their doctors are fearful too—of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) arresting them for prescribing “too many” opioids, or losing their licenses for similar reasons.  New “voluntary” prescribing guidelines published by the CDC in March 2016 appear to have exacerbated this problem, as many pain patient advocates had warned it would.Regardless of the arguments for and against the safety and effectiveness of opioids for treatment of chronic pain, abrupt discontinuation of opioids is a cruel and counterproductive practice. After a week or two of administration, the human body adapts to the presence of...

Medical Marijuana Seems Safe for Chronic Pain

Medical Marijuana Seems Safe for Chronic Pain

According to Canadian researchers, it only takes three puffs of marijuana to feel less nerve pain.  A new study shows that cannabis was effective in treating a variety of chronic nerve pains, including those from an injury or surgery and it also helped with sleep. Researcher Mark Ware, MD, was already familiar with the treatment, saying 10-15% of patients at their chronic pain clinic use cannabis to manage their pain. Without proper research, however, those results were just anecdotal.Ware, a professor at Montreal’s McGill University, took a more scientific approach to seeing if it works. The researcher, who specializes in anesthesia and family medicine, conducted a clinical trial comparing placebo to three different cannabis doses. The trial was published in CMAJ, the Canadian Medical Association...

When You Have Pain All Over and You’re Falling Apart

When You Have Pain All Over and You’re Falling Apart

Cindy Perlin, LCSWDo you have pain almost everywhere?  Have you also been diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, kidney disease or have debilitating chronic fatigue?  Have you had multiple joint replacements?If your answer is yes, and you’ve been seeing a conventional primary care provider or a number of different specialists to deal with your many chronic conditions, chances are good that you are on a multitude of medications to manage your symptoms.  It’s also highly probable that none of these physicians has looked for common root causes of these systemic conditions.  It is likely that these medications have side effects and that you are on other medications to treat these side effects. It is also likely that you will never get better if you continue...

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Life After Opioids for the Chronic Pain Patient

Cindy Perlin, LCSWMany of the 100 million chronic pain patients in the United States have been depending on opioids to manage their pain, some for decades. In the last few years, concerns about addiction and deaths from prescription opioids have resulted in changes in guidelines regarding opioid use and a crackdown on physicians who prescribe opioids. Many physicians are refusing to continue prescribing opioids to their patients.  Others are refusing to take on any new patients who have chronic pain. Patients who lose their doctors due to retirement, relocation, DEA prosecution or license revocation often have no place to turn for their medication.There’ve been numerous reports of pain patients committing suicide after their doctor discontinued their opioids and they could no longer tolerate the unremitting...

The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments

The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments

Chronic Pain & Natural Treatments PUBLISHED ON THE HUFFINGTON POSTThe Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free by Cindy Perlin is an empowering and informative book that will motivate readers to take charge of their health. The book provides chronic pain patients, their caregivers, and their health care providers with insights, education, and guidance to help them select the safest and most effective treatments for chronic pain. Most individuals do not realize how little physicians know about chronic pain. It’s up to pain patients to learn as much as they can about effective chronic pain treatments, so they can improve their physical and mental health and quality of life.The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments reveals how the health care...

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Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Disrupted by Botanical Supplement, Can Lead to Development of Disease

Doctors should know what supplements patients take to prevent interactions with medications Botanical supplements are used by people around the world to treat a wide range of physical and mental ailments. Some of these botanical supplements have high levels of antioxidants, which may have some positive health effects for certain conditions. However, a new study from the University of Missouri in partnership with scientists in Africa has uncovered evidence that these supplements and their antioxidants may reduce the effectiveness of prescription medications. The researchers examined the effects of a widely used African botanical supplement, called Sutherlandia, and found that it may disrupt the effectiveness of a common anti-tuberculosis drug. This could lead to the development of active tuberculosis and perhaps drug-resistant forms of the pathogen in...