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Review Suggests Safe, Effective Ways to Relieve Pain Without Meds

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – Popular drug-free methods of managing pain from such common conditions as headaches and arthritis appear to be effective, according to a new review. Millions of Americans seek pain relief through such alternatives as acupuncture, tai chi and yoga. But there has been little information to help doctors make recommendations about these approaches. "For many Americans who suffer from chronic pain, medications may not completely relieve pain and can produce unwanted side effects. As a result, many people may turn to nondrug approaches to help manage their pain," study lead author Richard Nahin said in a U.S. government news release. "Our goal for this study was to provide relevant, high-quality information for primary care providers and for patients who suffer from chronic pain," Nahin added. He is lead epidemiologist at the U.S. National Center for Complementary ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Headache, Back Pain, Migraine, Osteoarthritis, Chronic Pain, Neuralgia, Migraine Prevention, Migraine Prophylaxis, Breakthrough Pain, New Daily Persistent Headache

Health Tip: When a Child Complains of Back Pain

Posted 25 May 2016 by

-- Back pain is not typical in children, and can signal something more serious. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says your child should see a doctor if your child complains of back pain along with any of these additional symptoms: Losing weight, or running a fever. Having weakness or numbness. Having difficulty walking. Having pain that travels down both legs. Developing trouble with the bladder or bowels. Having pain that interferes with sleep. Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Back Pain, Neuralgia, Sciatica, Neuropathic Pain, Scoliosis, Pain/Fever

Freezing Technique May Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain for Amputees

Posted 8 Apr 2016 by

FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 – A freezing technique may reduce the debilitating phantom limb pain that many amputees experience, according to a new, small study. Chronic pain that emanates from the site of a severed limb can be reduced in some cases when the remaining nerve and scar tissue is frozen in place, researchers said. The minimally invasive technique, known as cryoablation therapy, may offer hope to the roughly 200,000 Americans who undergo an amputation every year, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics. Many such patients, including military veterans and people with diabetes, experience a crippling form of nervous system disorientation after losing a limb. The study authors said the problem stems from inaccurate signaling among the remaining limb nerve endings and/or overactivity among neighboring nerves. The result is a distinct feeling of limb ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Chronic Pain, Neuralgia, Neuropathic Pain, Meralgia Paresthetica

Painkillers Don't Ease Disability Due to Nerve Damage: Study

Posted 1 Feb 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Taking prescription narcotic painkillers doesn't improve movement or reduce disability in people with pain related to nerve damage, researchers have found. "Even though [narcotic] medications can be a powerful pain killer, it does not necessarily mean improved function will follow. Pain is not the only factor in determining function," study lead author and pain expert Geoff Bostick, an associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Alberta in Canada, said in a university news release. The research included almost 800 patients with pain due to nerve damage, from causes such as diabetes and pinched nerves. Some were prescribed narcotic painkillers – such as morphine, codeine and Tylenol 3 – while others didn't receive the drugs. At 6-month and 12-month follow-ups, those who took the painkillers didn't show greater improvements in movement and ... Read more

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Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo, Study Finds

Posted 19 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Doctors often prescribe steroid pills to ease the discomfort of sciatica – back and leg pain usually caused by a herniated disk in the lower back. But a new study finds steroids are no more effective than a placebo pill for the pain and provide only modest improvement in function. Sciatica affects about one in 10 people in their lifetime, the researchers said. For this study, 269 people with sciatica were randomly assigned to take an oral steroid (prednisone) or a placebo (a dummy medication) for 15 days. The participants were followed for up to a year. "When we compared the prednisone to placebo, there was a modest improvement in function," said study researcher Dr. Harley Goldberg, director of spine care services at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center in California. People reported they could go about their daily activities somewhat better than before. ... Read more

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Smoked Marijuana May Ease Chronic Nerve Pain

Posted 30 Aug 2010 by

MONDAY, Aug. 30 – Smoking cannabis, also known as marijuana, reduced pain in patients with nerve pain stemming from injuries or surgical complications, new research shows. Twenty-one adults with chronic nerve pain were taught to take a single inhalation of 25 milligrams of cannabis through a pipe, three times a day, for five days. The cannabis contained one of three levels of potency of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, as well as a placebo dosage containing no THC. All of the patients rotated through each of the four dosages, with nine days of no smoking in between. Patients smoking the highest potency marijuana (9.4 percent) reported less pain than those smoking samples containing no THC. Patients also reported better sleep and less anxiety, according to the Canadian study. On an 11-point scale, the average daily pain intensity was 6.1 for those smoking ... Read more

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Drug Combo May Offer Best Relief for Nerve Pain

Posted 16 Jul 2010 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 29 – People with nerve pain respond better to a combination treatment using the anticonvulsant gabapentin and antidepressant nortriptyline than to treatment with either drug alone, according to Canadian researchers. The study findings suggest that combination treatment could be used to help people who only partially respond to one drug or the other. Nerve, or neuropathic, pain – which affects 2 to 3 percent of the population – is "initiated or caused by a primary lesion or dysfunction in the nervous system," according to a news release from The Lancet, which is publishing the study online Sept. 29. Conditions that cause neuropathic pain include nerve problems in the spine, diabetes-related nerve damage and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), which is nerve pain caused by the varicella zoster virus that can follow an outbreak of shingles. The study included 56 people with PHN ... Read more

Related support groups: Gabapentin, Neuralgia, Neurontin, Nortriptyline, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Persisting Pain, Shingles, Postherpetic Neuralgia, Pamelor, Gabarone, Aventyl HCl

Scientists Discover Substance That Causes Pain

Posted 28 Apr 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, April 28 – The human body produces a substance similar to capsaicin – which makes chili peppers hot – at sites of pain, and blocking production of this substance can ease pain, a new study shows. The findings may lead to the development of non-addictive painkillers, according to the researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In work with mice, the scientists found that a family of fatty acids called oxidized linoleic acid metabolites (OLAMs) play an important role in the biology of pain. "This is a major breakthrough in understanding the mechanisms of pain and how to more effectively treat it," senior investigator Kenneth Hargreaves, chair of the Department of Endodontics in the Dental School at the UT Health Sciences Center, said in an UT news release. "These data demonstrate, for the first time, that OLAMs constitute a new family of ... Read more

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