As an effective analgesic with good tolerability, tapentadol may be appropriate for patients suffering from severe chronic pain associated with low back pain (LBP) or osteoarthritis (OA). Continue reading →
Chronic pain patients and the groups that represent them say the escalating government response to opioid addiction ignores their need for the painkillers and doctors who will prescribe them, leaving some out of work, bedridden and even suicidal.
Tough state laws on prescribing that took effect Sunday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dosage guidelines and state and federal charges against doctors who prescribe opioids are an overreaction to addiction, according to several dozen people with unremitting pain who contacted USA TODAY. Continue reading →
“Opioids fill the news with a steady stream of stories of lives lost from overdose and abuse. Whatwe rarely hear is the other side—opioids are also the most powerful pain medication we have.” — Kate Nicholson, civil rights attorney and chronic pain survivor
as policymakers at all levels of government continue to debate efforts to address opioid misuse, the basic needs of people who use opioids appropriately and rely on them to function have fallen by the wayside.
I’m thrilled to see this mentioned. This whole article is refreshingly (and amazingly) factual, reminding its readers that we who suffer unremitting pain have a legitimate need for prescription opioids. Continue reading →
This is an encouraging note from our government official, igniting my hope that the plight of pain patients is finally being confronted.
Our nation faces a tremendous challenge in fighting an epidemic of opioid misuse. Many Americans have developed their addiction following treatment for a painful condition, and many are overdosing on prescription painkillers or illegal opioids like heroin and illicit fentanyl. In fact, it is estimated that between 60 and 75 percent of Americans who use heroin started with misusing prescription opioids…
…but not prescribed to them! That’s the critical difference being ignored. Continue reading →
This longitudinal and prospective study seems to be of high quality and shows what we’ve known all along: among pain patients, in general, there is only a small chance of developing problems with opioid abuse.
Objective: To examine the risk of developing aberrant behaviors that might lead to a substance use disorder (addiction) when prescribing opioids for the relief of chronic noncancer pain in primary care settings.
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have once again identified a link between physical inactivity and an increased risk of mortality among cancer patients, emphasizing the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle and the importance of regular exercise as therapy for cancer patients both during and after treatment.
From what I’ve been reading, this “exercise” they refer to is actually more like “activity”, as long as it’s not done sitting. That means everyday activities, like shopping, carrying, and putting away groceries, or handling small children, or walking the dog qualify as “exercise”.
Any activity that isn’t done sitting is a big improvement over sitting, even like cooking or folding laundry. Continue reading →