Category Archives: Pain News

How Do I Advocate for Chronic Pain?- Pain News

By Ed Coghlan People individually and collectively are beginning to advocate to the federal government about the need for the government (and its health care agencies) to expand its focus from a crackdown on opioid use to a broader embrace of addressing the myriad of issues facing the chronic pain community. The National Pain Report…

‘Pain Paradox’ Discovery: Does It Offer Route to New Pain Meds?- Pain News

A substance known as “Substance” activates pain in the central nervous system, and researchers have found that it has the opposite effect in other body parts, which may pave the way to new methods of pain control. In a study by the by the Hebei Medical University in China and the University of Leeds in…

Talking About Pain: The Way You Tell Your Story Can Make or Break Relationships- Pain News

By Jenni Grover Prokopy As a pain ambassador and advocate for pain patients, I’m comfortable talking to new people about my pain story—I’ve got it down to a two-line elevator speech (a “mini pain story”). When someone asks what I do for a living, or what chronic illness I have, I say something like this:…

Buprenorphine Implant May Help Opioid-Dependent People Better Adhere to Treatment- Pain News

By Staff A study published in JAMA by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, investigated subdermal (under the skin) buprenorphine implants and their effect on opioid-dependent patients. They found that after six months patients maintained very low, or no illicit use of opioids relative to daily sublingual (under the tongue)…

One Fireman’s Fight for Himself and the Chronic Pain Patient- Pain News

By Ed Coghlan “I’m scared, man.” That’s how Michael Young, a retired Lansing, Michigan firefighter and paramedic describes his life these days. Young is a 58-year old chronic pain patient who was injured on the job many years ago and like many firefighters he was injured more than once. Like many patients, he had been…

Alternative Therapies for Chronic Pain: Considering Magnesium Lotion – Pain News

By Joanna Mechlinski Like most people suffering from chronic pain, I’m on a never-ending quest. It generally goes unmentioned, yet it’s as relentlessly present as the prescription bottles in my cabinet. I’m always searching for a new natural way of alleviating my pain. I scan the internet, searching the latest articles and clicking my way…

Doctors of Chiropractic Talking Alternatives to Opioid for Pain Management- Pain News

By Ed Coghlan Expect to be hearing quite a bit this fall from the American Chiropractic Association about the dangers of opioid medication. During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) in October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) promises to build on its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the value of a conservative approach to pain…

Endometriosis Getting More Attention- Pain News

By Ed Coghlan The pain of Endometriosis is well known to women who suffer from it. It affects 10 women of reproductive age globally and has prompted the collaboration between two leading non­profit organizations dedicated to the improvement of women’s health; the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists…

Medical Marijuana Approval Slowly Growing in the U.S. – Pain News

By Ed Coghlan We thought it might be worthwhile to review some of the latest from various states around the country regarding the use of medical marijuana. A year into Minnesota’s medical marijuana program, doctors there are getting a new condition for which they can prescribe the treatment: intractable pain. Doctors began evaluating potential medical…

Pain as our greatest teacher: An interview with author Peter Bedard – Pain News

By Donna Gregory Burch Last month, I posted an image on my Facebook page about how chronic illness can be a catalyst for personal growth. I had a reader reply back (and I’m paraphrasing), “What could I possibly learn from living in this much pain every day? How is that making me a better person?”…