PainCare Blog

Persistent Pain May Speed Signs of Aging, Study Reveals

September 29, 2009Medill Reports ChicagoRenee Park Clarise Hildreth, 88, has pain in the knees, stiffness and wears a pain patch. The resident of the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center in Chicago’s West Side, was diagnosed with a severe arthritic condition affecting her spine. But while she suffers from pain, she still enjoys participating in daily activities, including shopping and going …

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A Relief? Lower Back Pain Unlikely to Mean Cancer

September 30, 2009www.abcnews.comMegan Brooks Your lower back pain may be killing you, but there’s some good news: Such pain is very unlikely to mean serious problems such as broken vertebrae or cancer, according to a study by Australian researchers. Dr. Christopher G. Maher, from The George Institute of International Health in Sydney, and colleagues studied 1172 patients who came to …

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Special K is Tough on Pain

September 28, 2009www.miller-mccune.comJanice Arenofsky Ketamine has captivated physicians and teens ever since 1970 when the FDA approved the drug as a surgical anesthesia, and young adults started getting high on it. First marketed as a veterinary anesthetic, ketamine — which is chemically related to PCP and encourages psychological and physical dependence — quickly caught on with drug abusers. By 1981 …

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Over-the-Counter Overdoses

October 1, 2009emsresponder.comKevin Thomas Collopy, BA, CCEMT-P, NREMT-P, WEMT Over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse is on the rise. Since 2000 there has been a fourfold increase in abuse of cold medicine. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are the third most commonly intentionally overdosed medicine. Acetaminophen overdose is responsible for the greatest number of drug overdose hospital admissions in developed countries. Hundreds of …

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Relieve Hip Pain Without Surgery

September 30, 2009www.baltimoresun.com Hip pain can be a sign of many medical conditions. Some disorders, such as severe arthritis could, in time, require a hip replacement. But others, such as bursitis, can be managed with much less invasive treatment options. Exercise may help in some situations, but not all. Before you pursue treatment for hip pain, or start an exercise …

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Prescriptions Now Biggest Cause of Fatal Drug Overdoses

October 6, 2009USA TODAYLiz Szabo Addiction to prescription painkillers — which kill thousands of Americans a year — has become a largely unrecognized epidemic, experts say. In fact, prescription drugs cause most of the more than 26,000 fatal overdoses each year, says Leonard Paulozzi of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of overdose deaths from opioid painkillers …

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Methadone Deaths Jump Sharply in Recent Years

October 1, 2009www.msnbc.comAndy Miller The potential danger was underscored in a new federal report that said the number of deaths involving methadone jumped nearly sevenfold from 1999 to 2006. The rise in methadone-related fatalities was faster than increases in deaths from other opioid analgesics — drugs usually prescribed to relieve pain such as OxyContin and fentanyl — and from other …

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Painkillers and Addiction: Are You at Risk?

September 24, 2009www.kndo.comEve Glicksman Your back is killing you. Over-the-counter pain relievers aren’t helping. Your doctor wants to prescribe a stronger drug, but you’re not sure. Aren’t painkillers addictive? It’s true that addiction to prescription painkillers is on the rise. Yet, most problems occur when someone takes them for nonmedical reasons. Abuse of pain relievers like Vicodin and OxyContin is …

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Fear of Back Pain, Predicts Back Pain

September 24, 2009www.upi.com Researchers in Denmark suggest the fear of getting back pain from nursing or caring for the elderly is predictive of actually developing back pain. Jette Nygaard Jensen and colleagues at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark, say fear-avoidance beliefs involve avoiding physical activities that are expected to cause pain — although ironically …

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The Long Search for Fibromyalgia Support

September 23, 2009The New York TimesAnne Underwood In March 2009, after four years of suffering, Judy finally found a new doctor who could name her ailment: fibromyalgia. If there is a circle of purgatory that Dante forgot, it might be the one reserved for fibromyalgia sufferers. The problem isn’t just pervasive pain. It’s the challenge of having a condition that …

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