PainCare Blog

Post-Surgical Epidural May Boost Survival

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay ReporterWashington Post Tuesday, August 12, 2008; 12:00 AM TUESDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) — Epidural anesthesia may not only be the best way to control pain after major surgery, it may also improve post-operative survival, Canadian researchers report. The use of epidural anesthetics for major surgery has been somewhat controversial. There doesn’t seem to be much question …

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Baby Boomers Feel The Pain Of Staying Active

by Connie Midey – Aug. 12, 2008 12:00 AMThe Arizona Republic Baby Boomers feel the pain of staying activeThe last thing Manuela Canada, 56, wanted to hear from her doctor was that knee problems would mean the end of tennis. Fortunately, “don’t do it if it hurts” is last on the list of advice sports-medicine physician John Kearney would give …

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FDA Accepts REMOXY New Drug Application and Grants Priority Review

Fox Business, Tuesday, August 12, 2008 SAN MATEO, Calif. and BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug 12, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ —-Pain Therapeutics, Inc. and King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the New Drug Application (NDA) for REMOXY(r) was accepted and granted Priority Review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA typically grants Priority Review to drug candidates that have …

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Health Tip: Beating Backpack Pain

Wear it the right wayU.S. News & World Report, August 13, 2008 (HealthDay News) — Backpacks can cause back pain and injury if they are too heavy or don’t offer enough support. Keep these guidelines in mind when choosing and wearing a backpack, courtesy of the National Safety Council: * Always wear both straps, so that the weight is distributed …

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How To Talk To Your Doctor About Chronic Pain

By Kate RopeCNN.com/healthAugust 13, 2008 Good chronic pain treatment can be hard to find. A chronic pain patient has every right to believe that his or her doctor will listen sympathetically and prescribe the appropriate treatment, but that is not always the reality.People who experience chronic pain should be specific when describing it to their doctors, experts say. People who …

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Airline Travelers Willing to Pay More for a Spine-friendly Seat

SpineUniverse survey found that 88% of travelers have back or neck pain after a typical flight. 2008Aug 14, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — In a survey conducted by SpineUniverse.com during the summer of 2008, 88% of people who had flown in North America in the last year reported that they had back or neck pain–or both–after a typical flight on United, …

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Methadone Rises as a Painkiller With Big Risks

By ERIK ECKHOLM and OLGA PIERCEThe New York Times, August 16, 2008 … Methadone, once used mainly in addiction treatment centers to replace heroin, is today being given out by family doctors, osteopaths and nurse practitioners for throbbing backs, joint injuries and a host of other severe pains. A synthetic form of opium, it is cheap and long lasting, a …

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Favorite Excuse Not to Run: It Hurts My Back

Wed, 08/06/2008 – 1:00pm by FitSugar For some women, running hurts their knees, shins, or chest, but another common complaint is back pain. Your back can either hurt during a run, directly afterward, or even the next day. Back pain can make it hard to sleep, walk, work, or sit at a desk, and it will definitely make you never …

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps Pain Sufferers

Psychological treatments can be combined with conventional methods to reduce pain.Pain is typically the sign of a broken body part. But often it has a life of its own — flaring up when you least expect it, spreading to other areas and even persisting once the offending source is fully healed. In the end, it’s in your head. Which means …

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The You Docs: How to make TV good for you

SeattlePI.comAugust 3, 2008 9:56 a.m. PT “CSI” fans (and NASCAR nuts), take note: Prolonged sagging and slumping on the sofa while you watch your favorite show may be almost as bad for your back muscles as an injury. When muscles aren’t used (they’re not holding you up; the sofa is), they can actually waste away, setting you up for low-back …

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