Stephanie Labonville

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Pain Management: How to Set Attainable Goals

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Oct 19, 2017 10:50:55 AM

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. 

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Topics: Clinical

The Nightmare of Sleeping with Chronic Pain

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Sep 19, 2017 11:22:07 AM

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.

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Topics: Clinical

5 Myths About Chronic Pain Treatment

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Aug 31, 2017 11:02:39 AM

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.

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Topics: Clinical

Voluntary Removal of Opioid Opana ER from the Market

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Aug 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: Clinical

How do I Know If I'm at Risk for Opioid Abuse or Misuse?

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Jul 6, 2017 10:12:06 AM

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. 

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

How to Manage Pain After Surgery

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Jun 22, 2017 9:55:45 AM

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.

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Topics: Pain Management

Is Pain All in My Head?

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on May 30, 2017 2:29:30 PM

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.

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Topics: Pain Management

Topical Compound Medications: An Alternative to Oral Medications

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on May 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

Generic vs. Brand: What's the Difference?

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Apr 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: Clinical

New Treatment Guideline Recommendations for Low Back Pain

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Apr 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The American College of Physicians recently released new clinical practice guidelines that recommend non-drug therapies as the first place to start when treating low back pain.  Whether the low back pain is acute (lasting less than 4 weeks), subacute (4-12 weeks), or chronic (lasting more than 12 weeks), clinicians and patients should not initially select medications alone to improve low back pain and function.

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Topics: Pain Management

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