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The Role of Psychological Factors in Phantom Limb Pain Reviewed

The Role of Psychological Factors in Phantom Limb Pain Reviewed

Up to 85% of amputees experience phantom limb pain: sensations in the missing limb that patients may describe as burning, cramping, tingling, itching, stabbing, throbbing, or a feeling of "pins and needles."

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Optimizing Treatment for Patients With Chronic Sciatica: Gabapentin vs Pregabalin

Optimizing Treatment for Patients With Chronic Sciatica: Gabapentin vs Pregabalin

In this prospective, cohort study, patients (N=18) were randomized to receive gabapentin 400-800mg 3 times daily then pregabalin 150-300mg twice daily or vice versa; each treatment regimen was taken for 8 weeks with a 1-week washout period in between.

Adverse Childhood Experienced Linked to Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome Symptoms

Adverse Childhood Experienced Linked to Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome Symptoms

Adverse childhood experiences such as sexual violence, physical violence, serious illness, and bereavement may be associated with urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome symptoms.

Chronic Pain May Be a Contributing Factor to Suicide

Chronic Pain May Be a Contributing Factor to Suicide

Chronic pain may represent an important contributing factor to suicide.

Reviewing the Efficacy of Invasive Procedures for Chronic Back, Knee Pain

Reviewing the Efficacy of Invasive Procedures for Chronic Back, Knee Pain

Invasive procedures may not provide a substantial benefit over sham procedures for the management of chronic back or knee pain.

Mobile Health-Supported Trials to Assess Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Treatments

Mobile Health-Supported Trials to Assess Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Treatments

Single-patient multicrossover (n-of-1) trials supported by mobile health applications may not improve pain interference compared with usual care for patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Opioid Analgesics Linked With Higher Rates of Unemployment in Chronic Pain

Opioid Analgesics Linked With Higher Rates of Unemployment in Chronic Pain

Patients taking opioid analgesics for chronic noncancer pain may have a risk for unemployment 3-fold higher compared with individuals not taking opioids.

Utility of Repeated Sacroiliac Joint MRI in Chronic Back Pain, Suspected axSpA

Utility of Repeated Sacroiliac Joint MRI in Chronic Back Pain, Suspected axSpA

Findings suggest that repeating MRI of the sacroiliac joints after 3 months or 1 year in patients with chronic back pain and suspected axial spondyloarthritis was not useful.

Overlapping Opioid and Benzodiazepine Prescriptions in Chronic Pain: Rates and Related Outcomes

Overlapping Opioid and Benzodiazepine Prescriptions in Chronic Pain: Rates and Related Outcomes

Concurrent use of benzodiazepines and long-term opioids was found in 25% of patients with chronic pain, and to be associated with elevated risk of falling and visiting the emergency department.

Perceived Injustice, Chronic Low Back Pain Intensity, and Ethnicity

Perceived Injustice, Chronic Low Back Pain Intensity, and Ethnicity

Perceptions of injustice may predict worse outcomes in patients with chronic low back pain.

Any Exposure to Smoking May Increase Risk for Chronic Widespread Pain

Any Exposure to Smoking May Increase Risk for Chronic Widespread Pain

Cigarette smoking at any point during adulthood may be associated with an increased risk for chronic widespread pain.