Chronic Pain

Some People Still Need Opioids

On July 26, Todd Graham, 56, a well-respected rehabilitation specialist in Mishawaka, Indiana, lost his life. Earlier that day, a woman complaining …

Pain

The Sweet Reason Why Lena Dunham Inspires Her Boyfriend Jack Antonoff

As her battle with endometriosis wages on, Lena Dunham's boyfriend sees nothing but strength and inspiration in her seemingly endless struggle with …

Lena Dunham

Quiz: Heartburn Myths and Facts

Health

Guide to Chronic Pain

Fact is there is no guide for chronic pain. There is what works for you and you alone. But we know a few things that help us in general.<p><b>Distraction</b> …

Pain

Editor's Memo: A Plea for Proper Opioid Tapering

Editor's Memo July/August 2017<p>Page <b>1</b> of <b>2</b><p>It wasn’t long after the opioid guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)1 were …

Pain

Businesses To Help Md. Patients Get Medical Marijuana If Doctor Says No

<b>BALTIMORE (WJZ) —</b> With the first medical marijuana dispensaries expected to open this fall in Maryland, patients are registering now to gain access …

Cannabis

Is Marijuana the Answer to the Opioid Epidemic?

Can marijuana save the day?<p>Not yet.<p>Advertisement<p>Advertisement<p>But Americans in pain are already turning to the marijuana plant.<p>The hope: One day …

Pain

Why Smoking Pot Might Not Ease Your Pain

A new review of 27 trials found that evidence is lacking<p>As we reported in the past, exactly how marijuana affects your health is certainly controversial. Now, here’s one more thing to add to the mix: Using cannabis for chronic pain is likely ineffective, a new review published in the <i>Annals of</i> …

Pain

This woman's rare condition means she's constantly sexually aroused

A young woman has spoken out about what it's like to suffer from a very rare condition that meanss she's constantly sexually aroused, which brings a …

Pain

Should access to opioid painkillers be restricted?

States are creating laws to limit how many painkillers doctors can prescribe out in hopes of slowing the growing opioid epidemic. It's unclear if …

Pain

New evidence of a 'pain personality' found

Australian researchers say they have identified new evidence of a "pain personality" following a review of 120 years of research.<p>The review published …

Pain

I Was Finally Diagnosed With Chronic Migraine—After Years of Being Told My Headaches Came From Stress

<i>This writer is part of Health.com's contributor network. Learn more about the contributor network and how to join.</i><p>My alarm sounds at 6:30 am, and I …

Pain

The Loneliness of Having an Illness Science Doesn’t Understand

If someone told you she had something called chronic fatigue syndrome, you might not take her very seriously. Who among us <i>isn’t</i> tired all the time? …

Mind

How much is living a pain-free life worth? Economists say up to $145 per day.

New research by economists in the United States and Iceland has put a price tag on what it’s worth to Americans to live without chronic pain.<p>The researchers, using a massive government survey of Americans over age 50, estimated in a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic …

Pain

CRPS / RSD - Ketamine and Chronic Pain Syndromes

What conditions does ketamine treat?<p>Ketamine infusions may help some patients with Reflex sympathetic dystrophy now called Complex regional pain …

Pain

Nearly 1 in 6 Working Americans Are in Pain Nearly Every Day

A significant percentage of the workforce in the United States is living with chronic pain, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease …

Pain

Two moms inspire daughters to organize multiple sclerosis fundraiser

Denise Fargino was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago, about the time her daughter Melissa started a job as a bartender at SkyBar.<p>"We …

Buffalo

Things to Do When You’re Mostly Housebound

Painting by Albert Edelfelt, 1879Source: Public DomainDue to chronic pain and illness, I’ve had over sixteen years to adjust to being mostly …

Barnes & Noble

5 Signs You Shouldn't Try to Push Through a Workout

Working out can be uncomfortable. It's a fact. You might even gauge your workout by the level of discomfort. Sore muscles a day or two after exercise are often considered signs of a job well done. After all, reaching for another rep and pushing through another mile is what helps build strength and …

Exercise

How to cope with chronic pain by not thinking about it

Five years ago, I still lived a double life.<p>I was 35, looking out over the Gulf of Thailand and a few weathered beach tenders. Inside, where dark suits filled the conference room, I could feel the eyes of my fellow diplomats.<p>No doubt they were wondering why I was sitting on my briefcase. I joked to …

Pain

How we can reduce dependency on opioid painkillers in rural and regional Australia

Between 2008 and 2011, the rate of people treated for dependency on morphine in rural and regional Australia was roughly double that of their major …

Pain

First Long-Term Study on Medical Marijuana's Impact on Opioid Use for Pain

Einstein and Montefiore Awarded $3.8 Million NIH Grant<p><b>August 8, 2017—BRONX, NY—</b>The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded researchers at …

Pain

​This Exercise Helped Me Finally Manage My Chronic Pain

In 1989, Tracey Louise Marinelli was a young mom, working a punishing full-time job: the overnight shift for a British airline company. Exhaustion, she figured, was part of the package. However, the intense fatigue she was feeling on a daily basis didn’t dissipate when she transferred to an office …

Fibromyalgia

Dog aids Leighton Buzzard woman with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Shelley Fitzsimmons has an assistance dog who helps her with everyday tasks such as getting products off shop shelves, bringing all sorts of other items to her owner at home, and he even empties the washing machine.<p>Ms Fitzsimmons uses a wheelchair as a result of having a condition called …

Pain

Overdosed America

I remember sitting thinking to myself, “how did I get here”?Source: smartstock/iStock PhotoAt that moment in time, a patient was voicing displeasure …

Pain

The pain disorder that can overcome kids, especially high-achieving teenage girls

Angie Friesen didn't think much of it when her sixth-grade daughter, Annelise, told her she'd hit her elbow on a desk at school.<p>It wasn't until about …

Pain

The opioid epidemic, explained

The opioid epidemic could kill as many as 650,000 people in the next decade. Here’s how it got so bad.<p>If nothing is done, we can expect a lot of people to die: A forecast by STAT concluded that as many as 650,000 people will die over the next 10 years from opioid overdoses — more than the entire …

Addiction

Music - The Conqueror of Chronic Pain

In the brain, dopamine acts as a neurotransmitter and is released from nerve cells to send signals to other nerves – think of it as a neural messenger. Dopamine (DA, which is contracted from 3,4-dihydroxyphenethylamine) is an organic chemical of the catecholamine and phenethylamine families that …

Pain

From No-Hope to Relief From Long-Term Pain

For a decade, David Roberts lived with chronic pain and no options for relief. Then he enrolled in Mayo Clinic’s three-week pain management …

Pain

Gutted: toilet theatre comes to the Edinburgh festival fringe

Liz Richardson’s show about living with bowel disease ulcerative colitis aims to challenge people’s embarrassment of ‘a woman talking about poo’<p>Toilet humour is never hard to come by at the Edinburgh fringe – but what about toilet theatre?<p>One show at this year’s festival is taking a very literal …

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