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Addictive Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study

Addictive Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Chronic Pain News THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors continue to prescribe far too many opioid painkillers to patients following surgery, a new study indicates. In fact, one of every three patients prescribed an opioid, such as Oxycontin, didn’t take a single pill during their recuperation, said lead […]

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Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma facts Morton’s neuroma is a swollen, inflamed nerve in the foot. Morton’s neuroma causes a “burning” sharp pain on the bottom of the foot. Treatments for Morton’s neuroma include resting the foot, better-fitting shoes, anti-inflammation medications, ice packs, and operation. What is Morton’s neuroma? A neuroma is growth (benign tumor) that arises in […]

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Overcoming Fear of Back Pain May Spur Recovery

Overcoming Fear of Back Pain May Spur Recovery

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Chronic Pain News MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with chronic back pain often try painkillers and other treatments without success. Now, a new study suggests a program of education and exercise may provide relief. Helping patients think differently about pain and encouraging them to move in ways […]

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Safety Info for Opioids Found Lacking

Safety Info for Opioids Found Lacking

Latest Chronic Pain News MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Information about safe storage and disposal of opioid painkillers on the drugs‘ package inserts is inconsistent, and even missing from some products, researchers report. Incorrect storage or disposal of unused opioid painkillers is common and a major source of illegal opioid medication use, the […]

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Doctors Curbing First-Time Prescriptions for Opioids

Doctors Curbing First-Time Prescriptions for Opioids

Latest Chronic Pain News THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Although the opioid epidemic continues to rage in America, promising new data show that first-time opioid painkiller prescription rates have slowed in recent years. The researchers also discovered that people taking medications called benzodiazepines — used to treat anxiety, panic attacks and mental conditions […]

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Former U.S. House Speaker Boehner Now Backs Marijuana Legalization, Joins Cannabis Company Board

Former U.S. House Speaker Boehner Now Backs Marijuana Legalization, Joins Cannabis Company Board

Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner used to oppose marijuana legalization but has changed his stance and is now involved with a marijuana company. Latest Chronic Pain News The 68-year-old Ohio Republican has joined the advisory board of cannabis company Acreage Holdings, the Associated Press reported. “I decided to get involved because of the struggles […]

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Could Medical Pot Help Curb the Opioid Abuse Crisis?

Could Medical Pot Help Curb the Opioid Abuse Crisis?

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Chronic Pain News MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Medical marijuana could help quell the ongoing opioid epidemic, a pair of new studies contends. Opioid prescriptions tend to decrease in U.S. states that adopt medical marijuana laws or legalize recreational use of pot, two different research teams have concluded. […]

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Older Americans Support Medical Marijuana: Poll

Older Americans Support Medical Marijuana: Poll

Latest Chronic Pain News TUESDAY, April 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While few older Americans have used medical marijuana, many support it under the right conditions, a new survey finds. The national poll of more than 2,000 people aged 50 to 80 found that only 6 percent said they’d used marijuana for medical reasons, while […]

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ER Docs Prescribe More Opioids Than They Realize

ER Docs Prescribe More Opioids Than They Realize

Latest Chronic Pain News FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many emergency room doctors underestimate how often they prescribe potentially addictive opioid painkillers, new research shows. But they pare back those pills when they see their real numbers, according to the University of Colorado study. Of 109 ER doctors at four hospitals, two-thirds underestimated […]

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Health Tip: Repairing Your Hernia

Health Tip: Repairing Your Hernia

(HealthDay News) — A ventral hernia commonly occurs in the abdominal wall where a prior surgical incision was made, leading to weakening of the abdominal wall. Latest Chronic Pain News As the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons describes it, the interior lining of the abdomen then pushes through the weakened area of the […]