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A Benefit of Back Pain Surgery: Better Sex

A Benefit of Back Pain Surgery: Better Sex0

Shoulder and Neck Pain

Shoulder and Neck Pain0

Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain0

Oxycodone vs. Hydrocodone

Oxycodone vs. Hydrocodone0

cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril, Amrix, Fexmid)

cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril, Amrix, Fexmid)0

Sciatica

Sciatica0

Scientists Restore Leg Movement in Paralyzed Monkeys

Scientists Restore Leg Movement in Paralyzed Monkeys0

Pain Quiz: Test Your IQ of Pain

Pain Quiz: Test Your IQ of Pain0

New Spine Stimulation Device Provides Pain Relief

New Spine Stimulation Device Provides Pain Relief0

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Lyrica (pregabalin)

Lyrica (pregabalin)0

home / chronic pain center / chronic pain a-z list / pregabalin, lyrica index / lyrica (pregabalin) drug monograph Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmDDr. Ogbru received his ...

Pinched Nerve

Pinched Nerve0

The perception of pain varies with each individual; terms such as stabbing, prickling, burning, tingling, and other descriptions have been used. A "pinched nerve" is the name given to the uncomfortable sensation, pain, or numbness caused when ...

DEA Puts Quota on Production of Opioid Painkillers

DEA Puts Quota on Production of Opioid Painkillers0

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says it has mandated significant cuts in the production of powerful prescription opioid painkillers. Illegal use of the drugs has helped to fuel the ...

Study: Yoga as Good as Physical Therapy for Back Pain

Study: Yoga as Good as Physical Therapy for Back Pain0

By Pauline Anderson Oct. 4, 2016 -- Yoga is as good as physical therapy in reducing chronic low back pain, the most common pain problem in the United States, new research shows. Its effectiveness was most obvious among those who ...

Narcotic Pain Medications (Opioids, Analgesics)

Narcotic Pain Medications (Opioids, Analgesics)0

home / chronic pain center / chronic pain a-z list / narcotic analgesics-oral index / narcotic pain medications (opioids, analgesics) drug monograph Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome ...

fentanyl patch (Duragesic)

fentanyl patch (Duragesic)0

home / chronic pain center / chronic pain a-z list / fentanyl transdermal system index / fentanyl patch (duragesic) drug monograph Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmDDr. ...

Health Tip: Tingling in Your Fingers?

Health Tip: Tingling in Your Fingers?0

(HealthDay News) -- Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a nerve is compressed in the wrist. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these symptoms: Pain, numbness, tingling and burning that most often affects the ring, middle ...

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy0

What is cryotherapy and how does it work? Cryotherapy is a pain treatment that uses a method of localized freezing temperatures to deaden an irritated nerve. Cryotherapy is also used as a method of treating localized areas of some cancers ...

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation0

Although this therapy isn't for everyone, individuals looking for a relatively inexpensive, well-tolerated treatment option with few side effects may find a TENS unit a good option to explore. ...

Whiplash

Whiplash0

Whiplash injury facts Whiplash is a relatively common injury that is often ignored or mistreated due to lack of understanding of the condition. Whiplash is usually the result of a rear impact while in a stationary position. Early range of motion ...

Spinal Cord Injury: Treatments and Rehabilitation

Spinal Cord Injury: Treatments and Rehabilitation0

The first step in treatment of a suspected spinal cord injury is to verify the patient is breathing and the heart is beating. A spinal cord injury in the upper neck can cause a loss of control of normal breathing. This may require the placement of a ...

Spinal Fusion

Spinal Fusion0

Minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion facts The majority of patients with low back problems improves within six to 12 weeks regardless of treatment and do not need surgery. Minimally invasive lumbar spinal fusion attempts to achieve similar ...

Sickle Cell Disease (Sickle Cell Anemia)

Sickle Cell Disease (Sickle Cell Anemia)0

Sickle Trait and Sickle Cell Disease What is Sickle Trait? Red blood cells are manufactured in the bone marrow. Their unique biconcave shape (think of squeezing a marshmallow between your fingers) increases their storage capacity for ...

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial Pain Syndrome0

There are a variety of treatment options for people with chronic pain. The goal of pain management is to provide symptom relief and improve an individual's level of functioning in daily activities. A number of types of medications have been used in ...

Pain Management

Pain Management0

Pain...Oh, What a Pain! Medical Author: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR Pain is an unpleasant sensation in animals that is caused by actual or perceived injury to body tissues and produces physical and emotional ...

Epidural Steroid Injection

Epidural Steroid Injection0

Depending on the severity of symptoms, treatments for a herniated disc include physical therapy, muscle-relaxant medications, pain medications, anti-inflammation medications, local injection of cortisone (epidural injections), and surgical operations. ...

FDA: Opioids Plus Sedatives Pose Fatal OD Risk

FDA: Opioids Plus Sedatives Pose Fatal OD Risk0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing prescription opioid painkillers with a class of drugs that includes popular sedatives such as Valium and Xanax can cause a fatal overdose, U.S. health officials warned Wednesday. The U.S. Food ...

Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy0

Radiculopathy Symptoms Symptoms of Radiculopathy includes pinched or compressed nerve A "pinched nerve" is the name given to the uncomfortable sensation, pain, or numbness caused when increased pressure leads to irritation or damage to a ...

Study Finds Links Between Chronic Pain, Depression in Couples

Study Finds Links Between Chronic Pain, Depression in Couples0

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If your significant other is depressed, you are at increased risk for chronic pain, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 100,000 people in the U.K. They found that chronic ...

Don't Shrug Off Shoulder Safety When Playing Summer Sports

Don't Shrug Off Shoulder Safety When Playing Summer Sports0

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans enjoy summer sports, but nobody enjoys heading to the emergency room when their favorite form of exercise leads to serious shoulder pain. However, doctors who specialize in joint ...

Fatigue

Fatigue0

Fatigue is mainly a symptom and not a disease in itself. The key is for the doctor, with the patient's help, to discover the underlying cause of fatigue. The patient's input is important because accurate answers to the doctor's questions may lead the ...

Sickle Cell Trait Not Linked to Early Death in Study

Sickle Cell Trait Not Linked to Early Death in Study0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research challenges the long-held belief that people with sickle cell trait, who are born with only a single copy of the sickle cell gene variant, are at risk of premature death. People with the ...

Generic Biologic Drugs Seem as Effective as Originals

Generic Biologic Drugs Seem as Effective as Originals0

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Generic biologic drugs are similarly effective to brand-name counterparts in treating rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis, a new study says. Biologics are medications made from ...

Health Tip: If You Have Pain in Your Shins

Health Tip: If You Have Pain in Your Shins0

(HealthDay News) -- Pain in the shins, commonly called shin splints, often is caused by trying to exercise too much, too soon. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says warning signs of shin splints include: Pain along the edge of ...

Fentanyl-Laced 'Norco' Is Lethal, Report Warns

Fentanyl-Laced 'Norco' Is Lethal, Report Warns0

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A street drug sold illegally as the prescription painkiller Norco is much stronger and more dangerous than the real medication, researchers warn. "Street Norco is almost indistinguishable from ...

oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet, Roxicet, Tylox, Oxycet)

oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet, Roxicet, Tylox, Oxycet)0

home / chronic pain center / chronic pain a-z list / oxycodone and acetaminophen index / oxycodone and acetaminophen (percocet, roxicet, tylox, oxycet) drug monograph Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, ...

Is Surgery Always Needed for Meniscal Tears of the Knee?

Is Surgery Always Needed for Meniscal Tears of the Knee?0

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A meniscal tear is a common and disabling knee injury affecting many Americans at some point in their lives. Now, new research suggests that in many cases, exercise may work just as well as surgery ...

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia0

Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Signs "Tender points" are localized areas of the body that are tender to light touch. The tender points of fibromyalgia are commonly located around the elbows, shoulders, knees, hips, back of the head, and the sides ...

Gut Bacteria May Hold Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Gut Bacteria May Hold Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome0

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic fatigue syndrome -- a condition that continues to baffle doctors -- may be influenced by a person's intestinal bacteria -- sometimes called gut microbiome, new research finds. "Patients with ...

Common Surgeries Raise Risk for Opioid Dependence: Study

Common Surgeries Raise Risk for Opioid Dependence: Study0

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- After knee surgery and other common operations, patients have an elevated risk of growing dependent on opioid painkillers, a new study finds. These prescription painkillers include hydrocodone (Vycodin, ...

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oxycodone, OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta

oxycodone, OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta0

home / chronic pain center / chronic pain a-z list / oxycodone index / oxycodone, oxycontin, roxicodone, oxecta drug monograph Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmDDr. Ogbru ...

Trigger Point Injection

Trigger Point Injection0

Peripheral nerve pain, or neuropathy, can be debilitating. It can respond well to simple treatments such a trigger point injections with anesthetic medicines and cryoablation (an office based procedure which involves freezing the nerves). Examples of ...

Low-Cost Mosquito Mesh Good Alternative for Hernia Repair in Poor Countries: Study

Low-Cost Mosquito Mesh Good Alternative for Hernia Repair in Poor Countries: Study0

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hernia repair with mosquito netting may be a viable alternative in countries where commercial mesh is too expensive, a new study says. Synthetic mesh is the preferred method for repairing groin ...

Exercise Eases Low Back Pain

Exercise Eases Low Back Pain0

MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may reduce your risk of low back pain, Australian researchers report. They reviewed 23 studies that included nearly 31,000 people and found that exercise, alone or with education, can prevent ...

Opioids: What Patients -- and Doctors -- Think

Opioids: What Patients -- and Doctors -- Think0

Dec. 30, 2015 -- After using prescription pain medicines known as opioids, more than one-third of respondents in a WebMD survey say they keep those medicines for future use. About the same percentage, though, believe it's rare ...

Plumbing the Pits of Despair with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Plumbing the Pits of Despair with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome0

Author: Betty Kovacs, MS, RDMedical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD It took three years and three months, three MRI's, two X-rays, two EMG's, and nine health-care professionals for me to feel better. It was a journey that felt like forever ...

Primary Care Docs the Leading Prescribers of Narcotic Painkillers: Study

Primary Care Docs the Leading Prescribers of Narcotic Painkillers: Study0

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans continue to be plagued by an epidemic of prescription narcotic painkiller abuse, and a new study finds primary care physicians are by far the biggest prescribers of the drugs. Researchers led ...

Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis Syndrome0

Causes of pain in the buttocks range from temporary annoyances, such as bursitis, bruising, piriformis syndrome, muscle strain, and shingles, to more serious diseases with long-term consequences, such as cancer, arthritis of the sacroiliac joints, and ...

Sickle Cell Drug Doesn't Relieve Pain Crises: Study

Sickle Cell Drug Doesn't Relieve Pain Crises: Study0

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-clotting drug prasugrel does little to reduce the risk of pain crises in children with sickle cell disease, a new study shows. The research included 341 patients in 13 countries in Africa, the ...

Electrical Stimulation May Ease Low Back Pain for Some

Electrical Stimulation May Ease Low Back Pain for Some0

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Electrical nerve stimulation may offer some relief for older adults with chronic back pain, a new study suggests. While wearing and activating the "transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation" (TENS) ...

Minority Patients in ER Less Likely to Get Painkillers for Abdominal Pain

Minority Patients in ER Less Likely to Get Painkillers for Abdominal Pain0

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Minority patients are much less likely than white patients to be given pain medications when they seek emergency department treatment for abdominal pain, a new study shows. Minority patients were also ...

Chronic Fatigue Therapies Provide Some With Long-Term Relief

Chronic Fatigue Therapies Provide Some With Long-Term Relief0

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For some people with chronic fatigue syndrome, two types of treatment can provide long-term benefits, new research suggests. Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by extreme, debilitating fatigue ...

Acupuncture May Ease Neck Pain Over Long Term

Acupuncture May Ease Neck Pain Over Long Term0

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Two alternative therapies -- acupuncture and the Alexander technique -- appear equally beneficial for the long-term relief of chronic neck pain, new research reports. Both therapies involve educating ...

Brain Chemistry May Change to Cope With Pain

Brain Chemistry May Change to Cope With Pain0

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Brain chemistry may change to help people tolerate arthritis pain, a small study suggests. Researchers applied heat to the skin of 17 people with arthritis and nine people without the disease, and found ...

Prescription Naproxen as Good as Narcotic Painkillers for Low Back Pain: Study

Prescription Naproxen as Good as Narcotic Painkillers for Low Back Pain: Study0

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Naproxen -- a drug available over-the-counter and by prescription -- appears to provide as much relief for low back pain as a narcotic painkiller or a muscle relaxant, a new study suggests. The study ...

Early Physical Therapy Not a Cure-All for Low Back Pain: Study

Early Physical Therapy Not a Cure-All for Low Back Pain: Study0

TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Early physical therapy provides only modest benefits for low back pain, and the discomfort usually subsides by itself, a new study has found. The study followed more than 200 people with recent-onset ...

Health Tip: Dealing With Back Pain at Work

Health Tip: Dealing With Back Pain at Work0

(HealthDay News) -- If your back aches at work, you may need to adjust your chair or the way you sit. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises: Sit with your back in a slightly arched position that feels natural. Choose a chair ...

OTC Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers

OTC Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers0

Pain is the most common reason for people to seek medical advice, pain medicine is the most frequently purchased over-the-counter (OTC) medication. Fever is one of the most common reasons that children visit the doctor. Moreover, one in five emergency ...

hydrocodone and ibuprofen, Vicoprofen

hydrocodone and ibuprofen, Vicoprofen0

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Vicoprofen is a combination of an opioid analgesic (hydrocodone bitartrate, a pain reliever related to narcotics) and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (ibuprofen). Both medications are effective for pain management. It ...

Medical Marijuana Seems Safe for Chronic Pain Patients, Study Finds

Medical Marijuana Seems Safe for Chronic Pain Patients, Study Finds0

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana appears mostly safe for treating chronic pain, at least among people with some experience using the drug, a new study suggests. People who used pot to ease their pain didn't have an ...

'Tamper-Proof' Narcotic Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse: Study

'Tamper-Proof' Narcotic Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse: Study0

MONDAY, April 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Narcotic painkillers that have features that make them hard to abuse may be linked to a drop in both the number of prescriptions and overdoses of these drugs, a new study finds. After a ...

Fibromyalgia Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ

Fibromyalgia Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ0

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Physical Therapy Equals Surgery for Certain Lower Back Pain, Study Says

Physical Therapy Equals Surgery for Certain Lower Back Pain, Study Says0

TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Physical therapy may be just as good as surgery for older adults with a type of chronic lower back pain, new research suggests. Standard treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis -- a painful, often ...

Clues to 'Brain Fog' in Chronic Fatigue Patients Found in Spinal Fluid

Clues to 'Brain Fog' in Chronic Fatigue Patients Found in Spinal Fluid0

TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic fatigue syndrome show a distinct pattern of immune system proteins in their spinal fluid -- a finding that could shed light on the "brain fog" that marks the condition, researchers ...

Study Casts Doubt on Acetaminophen for Low Back Pain, Arthritis

Study Casts Doubt on Acetaminophen for Low Back Pain, Arthritis0

TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen -- best known as Tylenol in the United States -- does not appear to help ease lower back pain and offers little relief for the most common form of arthritis, according to a new ...

propoxyphene and acetaminophen, Darvocet A500; Darvocet-N, Wygesic

propoxyphene and acetaminophen, Darvocet A500; Darvocet-N, Wygesic0

All propoxyphene containing products (brand and generic) were withdrawn from the US market in November 2010 because of the risk of serious heart related side effects. DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Propoxyphene is a strong narcotic pain-reliever and ...

Obesity, Smoking, Drinking, Depression: All Linked to Low Back Pain

Obesity, Smoking, Drinking, Depression: All Linked to Low Back Pain0

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from lower back pain who smoke, drink, are depressed or are obese may be able to ease their agony by making some lifestyle changes, a new study suggests. "If you have lower back ...

Early Scans for Back Pain May Do Little to Help Seniors

Early Scans for Back Pain May Do Little to Help Seniors0

TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most current guidelines suggest that when seniors report new back pain to their primary care physician they should quickly be sent for diagnostic imaging, such as CT scans or MRIs. But a new study ...

British Scientists Spot Brain's Pain Center

British Scientists Spot Brain's Pain Center0

MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- British researchers say they've identified the area of the brain linked to pain intensity. The University of Oxford team used a new imaging technique to observe how different levels of pain affected the ...

Does Long-Term Acetaminophen Use Raise Health Risks?

Does Long-Term Acetaminophen Use Raise Health Risks?0

MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen may not be as safe as previously thought, with larger doses and long-term use linked to increased risk of health problems, a new report contends. Best known in the United States under the ...

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