This Week in Pain: Week of March 23, 2015

Recap of recent pain-related news: Abstract: Relationship between sympathetic activity and pain intensity in fibromyalgia Source: PubMed.gov; Tweeted by @fibroandpain – 3/25/15 “OBJECTIVES: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a syndrome characterized by chronic musculoskeletal pain, hyperalgesia on specific areas of tenderness (tender points) and by an autonomic nervous system dysfunction consistent with sympathetic overactivity. It is not […]

This Week in Pain: March 19, 2015

Recap of recent pain-related news: Cleveland Clinic: Hands On Approach May Help with Migraine Headaches Source: WJHG.com; tweeted by @aapainmanage on 3/19 “More and more people are trying a ‘hands on’ approach to treat their migraine headaches. Chiropractic care may provide relief. Dr. Andrew Bang, a chiropractor at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, said […]

Congress pressures FDA to finalize opioid guidance

In order to avoid a $20 million cut in funding, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must publish its long-awaited guidance on abuse-deterrent opioids no later than the end of June.  The guidance will come after a years’ long delay, as draft guidance was initially released in January 2013.  It is still unclear how the […]

GAO report shows DEA contributing to shortages of controlled substance medications

In recent years, stories about people having difficulty obtaining their prescription drugs from pharmacies have been a media mainstay.  While the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has repeatedly denied being a part of those problems, a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says otherwise.  The report indicates that the DEA has, in fact, contributed […]

Cleveland Clinic: Hands On Approach May Help with Migraine Headaches

“Chiropractic care may provide relief. Dr. Andrew Bang, a chiropractor at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, said migraine pain typically generates from four areas around the head and neck. ‘It’s the shoulders, the neck, the head itself, and then the TMJ,’ he said.”