Chronic Pain

Prescribed Opioids Difficulties Scale Effective for Assessing Concerns of Patients With Chronic Pain

Prescribed Opioids Difficulties Scale Effective for Assessing Concerns of Patients With Chronic Pain

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The Prescribed Opioids Difficulties Scale may be effective for identifying patients using opioids for chronic noncancer pain who are worried about their usage.

Hypoesthesia for Touch and Joint Position Linked to Chronic Pain in MS

Hypoesthesia for Touch and Joint Position Linked to Chronic Pain in MS

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Investigators examined whether chronic pain and hypoesthesia are linked in patients with MS.

Symptom Severity, Sensory Sensitivity May Indicate Pain Centralization in Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions

Symptom Severity, Sensory Sensitivity May Indicate Pain Centralization in Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions

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Two composite constructs of symptom patterns in Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions were found to be associated with each other and the centralized pain phenotype.

FDA Takes Steps to Reconcile Needs of Patients With Chronic Pain, Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

FDA Takes Steps to Reconcile Needs of Patients With Chronic Pain, Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

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A panel discussion event held at the US Food and Drug Administration gathered patients with chronic pain and FDA officials, to reconcile concerns around prescriptions of opioid medications with the needs of these patient populations.

Treating Osteoporotic Pain: Expert Interview

Treating Osteoporotic Pain: Expert Interview

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Pain resulting from osteoporotic fractures should be treated with a multimodal approach that includes pharmacological and nonpharmacological strategies.

Functional Restoration for Chronic Pain and Depression in the Elderly: Pharmacotherapy and Beyond

Functional Restoration for Chronic Pain and Depression in the Elderly: Pharmacotherapy and Beyond

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Functional restoration is a multimodal approach to chronic pain and depression, and includes psychoeducation about pain, biofeedback, mindfulness training, physical and occupational therapy, and detoxification of narcotics.

Consensus Guidelines for the Use of Intravenous Ketamine for Chronic Pain

Consensus Guidelines for the Use of Intravenous Ketamine for Chronic Pain

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A panel of experts formulated consensus guidelines for physicians who use intravenous ketamine infusions to treat chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Leads to Higher Opioid Doses and Lower QoL in Sickle Cell Patients

Chronic Pain Leads to Higher Opioid Doses and Lower QoL in Sickle Cell Patients

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In adults with sickle cell disease, higher daily opioid use may be associated with poorer health-related quality of life.

Olinciguat Granted Orphan Drug Status for Sickle Cell Disease

Olinciguat Granted Orphan Drug Status for Sickle Cell Disease

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Olinciguat is a soluble guanylate cyclase stimulator currently in Phase 2 development.

Medical Cannabis Shows Promise in Treating Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Medical Cannabis Shows Promise in Treating Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

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Differing formulations and ratios of the subjects' medical cannabis regimens have been accounted for, though further information about ratios of CBD and TCH are subject to change due to continued ongoing research.

Multiple Sclerosis Pain Common Disruptive Factor in Everyday Activities

Multiple Sclerosis Pain Common Disruptive Factor in Everyday Activities

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Pain in patients with multiple sclerosis may affect their daily functioning regardless of disease severity.

Development of Chronic Pain Highly Dependent on Pain History

Development of Chronic Pain Highly Dependent on Pain History

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The development of and recovery from chronic pain was found to be highly dependent on a patient's previous history of pain.

Education Plus Exercise, Single Corticosteroid Injection Effective in Long Term for Gluteal Tendinopathy

Education Plus Exercise, Single Corticosteroid Injection Effective in Long Term for Gluteal Tendinopathy

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Education combined with exercise as well as a single corticosteroid injection may be more effective than a wait-and-see approach for alleviating gluteal tendinopathy-associated pain.

Opioids in Setting of Hemodialysis Associated With Adverse Events

Opioids in Setting of Hemodialysis Associated With Adverse Events

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Opioids were found to be associated with adverse events in older Medicare beneficiaries on hemodialysis.

Exposure to Opioids in the ICU May Not Be Associated With Persistent Pain

Exposure to Opioids in the ICU May Not Be Associated With Persistent Pain

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Persistent pain — which is common in survivors of critical illnesses — may not be associated with opioid exposure during intensive care unit stay.

Catastrophizing and Function in Chronic Spinal Pain

Catastrophizing and Function in Chronic Spinal Pain

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Pain catastrophizing may be associated with reduced psychological — and to a lesser extent physical —function in patients with neuropathic pain and spinal pain.

Efficacy of Web-Based Pain Empowerment, Self-Management Platform for Chronic Pain

Efficacy of Web-Based Pain Empowerment, Self-Management Platform for Chronic Pain

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A newly developed Web-based platform designed to empower patients with chronic pain and provide them with self-management tools was found to improve self-efficacy and treatment satisfaction when administered in conjunction with nurse and social worker coaching.

Psychological Interventions May Reduce Pain, Catastrophizing in Elderly

Psychological Interventions May Reduce Pain, Catastrophizing in Elderly

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Cognitive behavioral therapy-based psychological interventions may provide some benefits in older adults with chronic non-cancer pain.

Marijuana Legalization and Opioid Prescribing Rates

Marijuana Legalization and Opioid Prescribing Rates

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Implementing medical or adult-use marijuana laws may reduce the rate of opioid prescribing for Medicaid enrollees.

Interbrain Coupling During Handholding Associated With Analgesia, Empathy

Interbrain Coupling During Handholding Associated With Analgesia, Empathy

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Interbrain coupling of areas implicated in pain processing may be enhanced when romantic partners hold hands while 1 of the 2 is subjected to pain.

The Relationship Between Sleep, Chronic Pain, and Mood Disorders in Children

The Relationship Between Sleep, Chronic Pain, and Mood Disorders in Children

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The presence of sleep disorders in children with chronic pain may result in greater pain levels and pain interference, a relationship that may in part be mediated by anxiety and depressive symptoms.

Prescription Opioid Tapering in Community Outpatients With Chronic Pain

Prescription Opioid Tapering in Community Outpatients With Chronic Pain

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Investigators sought to determine whether a patient-centered prescription opioid tapering program would be effective for reducing opioid doses in patients taking long-term prescription opioids.

Predicting Suicidal Ideation in Veterans With Chronic Pain

Predicting Suicidal Ideation in Veterans With Chronic Pain

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A number of factors including chronic pain co-occurring with posttraumatic stress disorder and pain interference may predict suicidal ideation and violent impulses in US veterans with chronic pain.

Elder Abuse Not Associated With Risk for Chronic Pain

Elder Abuse Not Associated With Risk for Chronic Pain

Researchers assessed the cross-sectional and longitudinal relationships between elder abuse and neglect and chronic pain.

Assessing Outcomes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain

Assessing Outcomes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain

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Neuropsychological performance may not be associated with the improvements in pain interference observed after an 8-week Acceptance and Commitment Therapy program in veterans with chronic pain.

Tackling the Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder Crises Through Public-Private Partnerships

Tackling the Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder Crises Through Public-Private Partnerships

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Partnerships between public and private entities could expedite the development of nonaddictive pain therapies and other strategies to address the dual crises of chronic pain and opioid use disorder.

Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative by NIH Launched to Address Opioid Epidemic

Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative by NIH Launched to Address Opioid Epidemic

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National Institutes of Health Director, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, announced on April 4, 2018 the launch of the Helping to End Addiction Long-Term Initiative.

Pernix Announces Availability of Zohydro ER 20 mg Dosage Strength

Pernix Announces Availability of Zohydro ER 20 mg Dosage Strength

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Zohydro ER is also available in 10mg, 15mg, 30mg, 40mg, and 50mg dosage strengths.

Positive Affect, Resilience, and Pain in MS With Chronic Pain

Positive Affect, Resilience, and Pain in MS With Chronic Pain

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Resilience may mediate the relationships between positive affect and pain interference and depression in patients with multiple sclerosis.

Chronic Pain in Adolescents and Alexithymia

Chronic Pain in Adolescents and Alexithymia

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Adolescent patients with chronic pain may be more likely to suffer from alexithymia.

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