Chronic Pain

Depression and Obesity Associated With Chronic Hip Pain

Depression and Obesity Associated With Chronic Hip Pain

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Depression and obesity may be associated with chronic hip pain.

MRS May Accurately Identify Painful Disks in Chronic Low Back Pain

MRS May Accurately Identify Painful Disks in Chronic Low Back Pain

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Magnetic resonance spectroscopy may accurately identify painful lumbar disks in patients with chronic low back pain.

Tobacco Users More Likely to Be Co-Prescribed Opioids With Benzodiazepines, Muscle Relaxants

Tobacco Users More Likely to Be Co-Prescribed Opioids With Benzodiazepines, Muscle Relaxants

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Patients with non-cancer back or neck pain who use vs do not use tobacco may be more likely to be concurrently prescribed opioid analgesics with muscle relaxants and/or benzodiazepines.

Does Opioid Tapering in Chronic Pain Result in Controlled Pain at Taper Completion?

Does Opioid Tapering in Chronic Pain Result in Controlled Pain at Taper Completion?

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Opioid tapering may result in an alleviation of chronic pain, but this notion is based on low-level evidence.

Patients With Chronic Pain Found to Continue Opioids Despite Little Clinical Improvement

Patients With Chronic Pain Found to Continue Opioids Despite Little Clinical Improvement

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Patients initially prescribed opioids for chronic noncancer pain were found to continue the treatment over long periods of time, despite poor clinical improvement.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Shows Long-Term Effectiveness for Refractory Neuropathic Pain

Spinal Cord Stimulation Shows Long-Term Effectiveness for Refractory Neuropathic Pain

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Patients with chronic refractory neuropathic pain who had a spinal cord stimulation device implanted were found to still experience pain relief 2 years later.

Compounded Pain Creams Evaluated in Patients With Localized Chronic Pain

Compounded Pain Creams Evaluated in Patients With Localized Chronic Pain

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To investigate the effectiveness of compounded creams in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, study authors performed a double-blind, randomized, parallel study comparing creams compounded with an active ingredient to placebo creams.

ACTTION-APS-AAPM Diagnostic Criteria for Acute Pain in Sickle Cell Disease

ACTTION-APS-AAPM Diagnostic Criteria for Acute Pain in Sickle Cell Disease

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A set of diagnostic criteria for defining the types of acute pain observed in patients with sickle cell disease was formulated by a multi-institutional panel of experts.

Pain Catastrophizing Associated With Quality of Life in Hip Osteoarthritis

Pain Catastrophizing Associated With Quality of Life in Hip Osteoarthritis

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Pre-surgical pain catastrophizing may be independently associated with quality of life in patients with severe hip osteoarthritis.

Bermekimab Improves Pain in Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Bermekimab Improves Pain in Hidradenitis Suppurativa

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This investigational treatment was evaluated in 42 HS patients, of which 24 had previously failed anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy.

Limited Benefits of TNF-α Inhibitors for Chronic Low Back Pain

Limited Benefits of TNF-α Inhibitors for Chronic Low Back Pain

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Anticytokine treatments may be ineffective in alleviating chronic low back pain with or without sciatica.

Meta-Analysis of Opioid Treatment for Chronic Noncancer Pain

Meta-Analysis of Opioid Treatment for Chronic Noncancer Pain

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Opioids may only provide limited benefits for the management of chronic noncancer pain and may be associated with a greater risk for vomiting.

Chronic Neuropathic Pain Updated Classification by IASP for ICD-11

Chronic Neuropathic Pain Updated Classification by IASP for ICD-11

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A panel of chronic pain experts established by the International Association for the Study of Pain updated the classification of chronic neuropathic pain for the International Classification of Diseases, 11th Revision.

Chronic Secondary Headache or Orofacial Pain IASP Classification

Chronic Secondary Headache or Orofacial Pain IASP Classification

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A task force of the International Association for the Study of Pain formulated an updated classification of chronic secondary headache and chronic secondary orofacial pain.

IASP Updates Classification of Chronic Pain

IASP Updates Classification of Chronic Pain

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A task force of the International Association for the Study of Pain proposes a classification of chronic pain as either chronic primary or chronic secondary pain, when chronic pain represents the major complaint and when chronic pain is secondary to a chronic disorder, respectively.

IASP Updates Diagnosis Criteria for Chronic Primary Pain for ICD-11

IASP Updates Diagnosis Criteria for Chronic Primary Pain for ICD-11

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The International Association for the Study of Pain updated its definitions for the diagnosis of chronic primary pain for the International Classification of Diseases, Eleventh Edition.

CBT Program Effective for Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder

CBT Program Effective for Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder

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Cognitive behavioral therapy was found to be more effective in reducing the use of nonmedical opioids compared with standard methadone drug counseling in patients with chronic pain and opioid use disorder enrolled in methadone maintenance treatment programs.

Dopaminergic-Driven Hyperalgesia Contributes to Parkinson Disease Pain

Dopaminergic-Driven Hyperalgesia Contributes to Parkinson Disease Pain

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Investigators examined whether dopamine may contribute to hyperalgesia and associated clinical pain in patients with Parkinson disease.

A Case for Ministerial Recall of High-Strength Opioids in Canada

A Case for Ministerial Recall of High-Strength Opioids in Canada

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The Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act passed into law in 2014 empowered the minister of health to recall a drug if they "believe that a therapeutic product presents a serious or imminent risk of injury to health."

Physical, Sexual Abuse and Concurrent Opioid/Benzodiazepine Use in Chronic Pain

Physical, Sexual Abuse and Concurrent Opioid/Benzodiazepine Use in Chronic Pain

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Patients with chronic pain and a history of physical and sexual abuse were found to be more likely to concurrently use benzodiazepine and opioids.

Opioids Offer Small Improvement in Pain, Physical Function

Opioids Offer Small Improvement in Pain, Physical Function

Opioid use is associated with small improvements in pain and physical functioning in patients with chronic noncancer pain.

High-Frequency Peripheral Nerve Stimulation May Effectively Treat Chronic Pain

High-Frequency Peripheral Nerve Stimulation May Effectively Treat Chronic Pain

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Peripheral nerve stimulation at 10 KHz was found to be efficacious in reducing chronic pain.

Psychological Comorbidities in Chronic Pelvic Pain

Psychological Comorbidities in Chronic Pelvic Pain

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Those with chronic pelvic pain often have comorbid psychological syndromes, such as depression, anxiety, and catastrophizing.

Symptom Management for Restless Leg Syndrome

Symptom Management for Restless Leg Syndrome

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Restless leg syndrome is one of the most difficult sleep disorders to manage.

Greater Temporal Summation of Pain in HIV With Chronic Pain

Greater Temporal Summation of Pain in HIV With Chronic Pain

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Individuals with HIV and chronic pain may have greater temporal summation of pain compared with healthy individuals or those with HIV but no chronic pain.

Ensuring Safety During Long-Term Opioid Therapy

Ensuring Safety During Long-Term Opioid Therapy

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Healthcare providers at Veterans Affairs centers cite time constraints, logistic constraints, and interpersonal challenges as unique barriers to adherence with practice guidelines when treating patients on long-term opioid therapy.

Persistence of Post-Traumatic CRPS Associated With Initial Pain Sensitization

Persistence of Post-Traumatic CRPS Associated With Initial Pain Sensitization

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The level of pain sensitization in the early post-trauma period in patients with complex regional pain syndrome type 1 after distal radius fractures may be associated with the persistence of symptoms.

Screening for Hyperglycemia Prior to Steroid Injections for Chronic Pain

Screening for Hyperglycemia Prior to Steroid Injections for Chronic Pain

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The majority of patients being considered for corticosteroid injections to treat chronic pain may be at high risk for untreated diabetes mellitus.

Analgesic Modality Used for Trauma, Abdominal Pain in ED May Not Affect Persistent Pain

Analgesic Modality Used for Trauma, Abdominal Pain in ED May Not Affect Persistent Pain

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Analgesic modality used in patients presenting to the emergency department with trauma, including abdominal pain, may not affect the presence of persistent pain at 6 months.

Empowering Exercise Professionals to Support Individuals With Chronic Pain

Empowering Exercise Professionals to Support Individuals With Chronic Pain

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Exercise professionals may act as "key supporters" of individuals with chronic pain.

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