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How to Manage Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is defined as pain that constantly lasts, for 12 weeks or more. Whereas acute pain often has a definite cause and can be dealt with instantly, chronic pain is much more difficult to cure because a diagnosis can be hard to pin down. It can mean that sufferers have to live with their pain for many months, perhaps even years, before it can be reduced or eliminated, if this can happen at all. When this is the case, that pain will need managing if the sufferer is to lead any kind of normal life. Here are some ways that you can treat chronic pain to allow the person who is suffering from it the best chance of living if not comfortably then at least...

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Life After Opioids for the Chronic Pain Patient

Cindy Perlin, LCSW Many 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...

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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...

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

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

Cindy Perlin, LCSW Do 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...