While opioids have a proper role in pain management, much of the recent news related to opioids focuses on their dangerous and addictive nature. Adverse effects of opioids have touched countless lives and with the recent announcement by President Trump declaring the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency, countless people have become aware that opioids are associated with addiction, abuse, diversion, and other risks. While it’s important to know that using opioids alone is dangerous, the combination of opioids with other medications can often be even more dangerous.
Each person has unique needs, wants, and expectations when it comes to managing pain effectively. What improvement means to one person may not be what it means to the next. It is important for the person in pain to work with their health care providers to set their own individual goals. Making sure those goals are attainable is one of the keys to any successful pain management plan. The CDC and the American Chronic Pain Association recommend setting goals to help control your own progress and provide a framework for making decisions regarding your pain treatment plan. Here are some tips on how to set goals for pain and pain management.
Trying to get good sleep when you have chronic pain is often a challenge. A 2015 Sleep in AmericaTM poll found that people with pain are likely to report daily sleep problems. In fact, sleep complaints are reported to be present in 67-88% of chronic pain disorders. Whether pain prevents you from sleeping or interferes with your quality of sleep, chronic pain can be a nightmare for some people.
When it comes to treating chronic pain, pain lasting longer than 3 months or past the time of normal tissue healing, there are a lot of opinions, ideas and misinformation out there. While there is still much to be studied about the treatment of chronic pain, we do have data to help dispel common myths about chronic pain treatment.
Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. recently released news that it will voluntarily remove Opana ER from the market, with planned shipments slated to end September 1, 2017. This news follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) June 2017 request to withdraw Opana ER from the market due to risks related to abuse.
With opioid abuse and misuse so prevalent today, it is important to understand the scale of the issue and be aware that certain factors might put you or someone you know at risk for developing opioid addiction, abuse, harm or misuse.
The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has named 2017 the Global Year Against Pain After Surgery. Anyone who is undergoing surgery wants the process to be as smooth and painless as possible, and the IASP has dedicated this year towards promoting better pain management after surgery, with efforts targeting both healthcare professionals and patients.
Topics: Pain Management
Pain is the result of signals sent to and interpreted by your brain. Pain signals can come from many areas of your body, but you do not know you’re in pain until your brain processes and perceives it. Though the perception of pain is generally initiated once there is an injury (which causes pain signals to be sent to the brain), sometimes even after an injury has healed, the brain still perceives the existence of pain.
Topics: Pain Management
Topical compound medications are typically not the first choice for treatment of pain from a workplace injury, but they can be useful in some situations.
According to the FDA, nearly 8 in 10 prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs. That statistic may lead to the question, what are generic drugs and why are they apparently used more often than brand drugs? To answer that question, it is important to understand a little bit about how drugs are developed and come to market.