Friday, April 07, 2006

ScienceDaily: Occipital Nerve Stimulation Found To Be Safe, Effective Treatment For Chronic Headache

ScienceDaily: Occipital Nerve Stimulation Found To Be Safe, Effective Treatment For Chronic Headache
Nerve stimulation to the occipital area (lower back of the head) shows promise in relieving headaches according to this article. This may be a valid and good treatment for headaches but the study referenced in this article only included 16 young female subjects. I personally think far more definitive data are needed before this becomes a standard treatment for headache relief. Read on for more information on this new headache pain treatment.
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Thursday, April 06, 2006

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North Jersey Media Group providing local news, sports & classifieds for Northern New Jersey!
In looking at non-pharmacological treatments for pain, yoga has been shown to relieve back pain. The author describes a study of back pain sufferers who were assigned to yoga or light exercise. All study participants reported improvement in pain control, but those who performed yoga had a higher rate of improvement. Read on for more information on yoga, exercise, and chronic pain.

Monday, April 03, 2006

HealthNewsDigest.com Chronic Pain Relief

HealthNewsDigest.com
The American Pain Foundation is working to increase awareness of chronic pain and the issues surrounding pain control. They blame undertreatment of chronic pain on poorly educated providers, patient and family fears of addiction, and health insurance coverage. Chronic pain should be addressed and treated. There are now clinics and departments dedicated to pain management. Legitimate pain management programs work with the patient suffering from chronic pain to develop a pain management treatment plan. Seek help if you suffer from chronic pain. I would also advise that if your provider (doctor, NP, PA) doesn't meet your needs for pain control, kick him/her to the curb and find another. Read on for more information on pain control.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Scoop: William Fisher: The Oxycops

Scoop: William Fisher: The Oxycops
Chronic pain often requires high doses of narcotic medications on a regular basis for the patient to have any quality of life. This article discusses how the government has "gone overboard" in its' zeal to stop narcotic abuse, particularly with Oxycontin. Doctors and sometimes patients have been arrested and prosecuted related to narcotic pain medication. Many physicians are not willing to prescribe the quantity of narcotics required for the chronic pain patient, for fear of prescribing pain medications to an addict and/or fear of problems with the DEA. Legitimate pain management clinics are run by practitioners (doctors, physicians' assistants, and nurse practitioners) who are willing to prescribe enough pain medication for the patient to be relieved of pain. A legitimate clinic will include diagnostics for pinpointing the cause of pain and most clinics require patients sign and adhere to a strict contract while under care of the pain management clinic. These patient contracts typically include agreements that the patient will only receive pain medications from the pain management program, will keep all appointments, and will comply with recommended follow-up. These clinics do random urine drug screens on these patients and the patient may be terminated from the pain management program for violating the agreement. A legitimate pain mangement clinic is not a "pill mill". Many offer full service pain control therapies, including physical therapy, massage therapy, local injections of anesthetic and/or steroid, injections directly into the joint or vertabrae, and, for more severe pain control, implanted pumps.
Perhaps the DEA and local law enforcement will find a "happy medium" between protecting the public from narcotic trafficking and allowing patients who suffer from chronic pain to get appropriate pain management treatment.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

MedicalPost.com: PAIN: Once-daily morphine better for chronic low back pain

MedicalPost.com: PAIN: Once-daily morphine better for chronic low back pain
Morphine has been used for years to treat both acute and chronic pain. In recent years, time-release forms of morphine have been developed that are more appropriate in a pain management regimen. This article presents a study that found morphine daily dosing was better treatment for chronic back pain. Read on for more information.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Kerrville Daily Times - Pain Relief

Kerrville Daily Times
Chronic back pain may be managed by singling out the nerves that are causing the pain and using a technique call "radio frequency ablation", destroy these nerve endings. This pain relief procedure is usually a same-day procedure done under light anesthesia. Read on for more information about this pain relief procedure.
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Sunday, March 19, 2006

United Press International - NewsTrack - Experts call for balance in managing pain

United Press International - NewsTrack - Experts call for balance in managing pain
Health care providers must consider the need of the patient as well as the governments need and obligation to combat drug abuse. This article discusses this issue that impacts pain control and pain management for chronic pain sufferers.

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