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Pain Medications (Narcotics)

Pain Medications (Narcotics)

What are narcotic pain medications (opioids, analgesics)? Narcotic medications are used for treating moderate to severe pain. Narcotic pain medications attach to receptors on nerves in the brain that increase the threshold to pain (i.e., the amount of stimulation it takes to feel pain), and reduce the perception of pain (the perceived importance of the […]

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Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

What are NSAIDs and how do they work? Prostaglandins are a family of chemicals that are produced by the cells of the body and have several important functions. They promote inflammation that is necessary for healing, but also results in pain, and fever; support the blood clotting function of platelets; and protect the lining of […]

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What can cause back pain while breathing?

What can cause back pain while breathing?

If back pain occurs when a person breathes, it can signal an underlying medical condition. In some cases the pain is sharp, and possible causes range from inflammation or infection of the chest to spinal curvature and lung cancer. Back pain while breathing can also indicate a medical emergency, such as a heart attack or […]

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What causes a heavy feeling in the chest?

What causes a heavy feeling in the chest?

Feeling heaviness in the chest can result from various mental and physical health conditions. People often associate a heavy feeling in the chest with heart problems, but this discomfort can be a sign of anxiety or depression. A feeling of heaviness is one way that a person may describe chest pain or discomfort. Other sensations […]

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FDA Fell Short in Preventing Fentanyl Abuse Crisis, Report Claims

FDA Fell Short in Preventing Fentanyl Abuse Crisis, Report Claims

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Chronic Pain News TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Drug makers and federal regulators dropped the ball in tracking the use of a potentially deadly fast-acting form of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, putting thousands of patients at risk of a fatal overdose, a new study claims. Transmucosal Immediate-Release Fentanyl […]

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Most Hip, Knee Replacements Last Decades, Study Finds

Most Hip, Knee Replacements Last Decades, Study Finds

Latest Chronic Pain News TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If you need a new hip or knee, take heart: The vast majority of these joint replacements last decades, new research shows. The conclusion stems from an exhaustive review of several hundred thousand joint replacements in Australia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand. […]

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Is my jaw broken or dislocated?

Is my jaw broken or dislocated?

A broken jaw refers to a fracture of the jawbone or mandible, whereas a dislocated jaw is where the lower part of the jaw moves out of position. Both injuries have a variety of causes, including facial trauma. Stretching the jaw too much, such as when yawning or biting, can also cause dislocation. Both of […]

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Upbeat Attitude May Be a Pain Fighter

Upbeat Attitude May Be a Pain Fighter

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Chronic Pain News FRIDAY, Feb. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Optimism may be key to coping with chronic pain, claims a new study of soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. And you don’t need to be a vet to benefit from a positive attitude, the research suggests. Among nearly […]

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Cablivi Approved for Rare Clotting Disorder

Cablivi Approved for Rare Clotting Disorder

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Cablivi (caplacizumab-yhdp) injection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (aTTP), a rare and deadly disorder that causes blood clotting. Latest Chronic Pain News “Patients with aTTP endure hours of treatment with daily plasma exchange, which requires […]