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For Pain Relief, Why Not Try Drug-Free Alternatives

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – Pain sends more people to the doctor than any other ailment. But if you don't want relief from a medicine bottle – or when that relief isn't enough – consider complementary and integrative health approaches for their emotional as well as physical benefits. Though certain types of movement can feel painful, especially if you're in the midst of an osteoarthritis or ...

Acupuncture: A New Look at an Ancient Remedy

Posted 19 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 – Widely practiced in Asia for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. Yet it's still viewed with some skepticism in the Western world. And for the squeamish, just the idea of needles can be a turnoff. But, depending on what ails you, it might bear trying. Acupuncture uses very thin needles inserted lightly into the ...

1 in 12 Americans Lives With Debilitating Chronic Pain

Posted 14 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 – Of the 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, the pain is so bad for 20 million that it keeps them from doing the daily activities of life, researchers say. According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain are more common among women, older adults, the poor, people previously employed, those ...

Could a Placebo Pill Help Ease Your Back Pain?

Posted 12 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – With millions of pain-plagued Americans looking for an alternative to opioids, the solution for some might be no medicine at all. New research suggests that a good many back pain patients might find relief in a "dummy" sugar pill, eliminating their need for strong medication. About half the chronic back pain patients in a new study saw the intensity of their pain drop ...

Mindfulness May Be a Buffer Against Pain

Posted 12 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – Mindfulness meditation may take the edge off of pain, a new study suggests. "Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment," explained lead researcher Fadel Zeidan. He's an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "We now know that some ...

Chronic Pain May Drive Some to Suicide

Posted 10 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 – Suffering debilitating pain every day may be so unbearable that some decide to take their own lives, new research suggests. More than 25 million U.S. adults have some level of daily pain, and 10.5 million have considerable pain every day. In this study, researchers led by Dr. Emiko Petrosky from the U.S. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control analyzed data on ...

Patients on Opioids OK With Lower Doses

Posted 8 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 – Even patients who have taken high doses of opioid painkillers for long periods of time aren't unhappy with their care when their doctor lowers their dose, new research suggests. The study included nearly 2,500 patients with chronic pain who had been on high doses of opioids for at least six straight months. The researchers compared patient satisfaction scores between those ...

Millions Get Wrong Treatment for Back Pain: Study

Posted 21 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 – Low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability, but it's often treated improperly, researchers report. Their review of evidence from around the world suggests low back pain should be managed in primary care and that the first step should be education and urging patients to stay active and working. But inappropriate tests and ...

Opioids Not Best Option for Back Pain, Arthritis, Study Finds

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – Risky opioids are no better at controlling chronic back or arthritis pain than non-opioid drugs, including Tylenol or Motrin, new research finds. With opioid overdose deaths rising in the United States, the findings suggest addictive medications like oxycodone (OxyContin) or morphine don't have to be the first choice against crippling arthritis pain or chronic backache. ...

Opioids Aren't America's Only Painkiller Problem

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – There's a well-known crisis going on with opioid painkiller abuse, but new research reveals a sizeable chunk of Americans are popping far too many over-the-counter pain relievers, too. Among those surveyed who take over-the-counter ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), 15 percent admitted to exceeding daily maximum dosage when taking either ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal ...

Insights Into Pain Relief From the Family That Can't Feel Pain

Posted 14 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 – Six members of a family in Italy live a strangely pain-free life, and scientists want to know why. The Marsili clan "can burn themselves or experience pain-free bone fractures without feeling any pain," explained study lead researcher Dr. James Cox of University College London. The family can't even feel the burn from hot chili peppers. It's not that the Marsilis lack ...

Insights Into Pain Relief From the Family That Can't Feel Pain

Posted 14 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 – Six members of a family in Italy live a strangely pain-free life, and scientists want to know why. The Marsili clan "can burn themselves or experience pain-free bone fractures without feeling any pain," explained study lead researcher Dr. James Cox of University College London. The family can't even feel the burn from hot chili peppers. It's not that the Marsilis lack ...

Chronic Pain Common Among Those Who OD on Opioids

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – More than 60 percent of opioid overdose deaths involve people who suffer from chronic pain, a new analysis reveals. Many of them also struggled with depression or anxiety, the investigators found. The findings stem from a study that examined the medical backgrounds of more than 13,000 men and women who died from an opioid overdose between 2001 and 2007. "The frequent ...

Around the World, Too Little Relief for Pain

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Tens of millions of people worldwide who die in severe physical and mental distress each year could have an easier death if low-cost pain drugs were available in their countries, a new report says. Children account for more than 2.5 million of the almost 26 million people with serious illnesses who receive no palliative care or pain relief, according to the report. The ...

Addictive Opioids Common for People on Dialysis

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Kidney dialysis patients in the United States have high rates of prescriptions for opioid painkillers and many also receive high doses of the potentially addictive drugs, a new study finds. Pain is common in dialysis patients, the study authors explained in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology. But these patients can't take certain drugs because their ...

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