Better Sleep May Mean Less Chronic Pain

Improving sleep quality might help ease pain among those with osteoarthritis, a new study suggests. That’s because disruptions in sleep are associated with changes in how the body processes and feels pain, the researchers said. More than half of all people with osteoarthritis have pain during the night. This may lead to broken sleep and […]

Social Media Support for Pain Management May Help Relieve Physical Pain

A new study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain, found that when patients suffering from chronic pain received supportive text messages every day, their pain was significantly reduced compared to patients who did not. “Just receiving two messages a day that included simple, encouraging phrases was enough to decrease perceived pain levels in chronic […]

Alcohol Consumption Linked to Lower Disability in Chronic Pain Patients

In a study of 2239 individuals with chronic widespread pain, the key feature of fibromyalgia, those who regularly consumed alcohol had lower levels of disability than those who never or rarely drank. Those who drank 21 to 35 units of alcohol per week were 67% less likely than never drinkers to experience disability. (One unit […]

Complications of Chronic Opioid Therapy

By Jeffrey A. Gudin, MD, and Adam Laitman, MD While much of the focus in the lay press and medical literature has been on abuse, addiction, and accidental deaths with opioids—and justifiably so—there are other complications of opioids that should be considered before starting or continuing chronic opioid therapy. When determining whether a patient is […]

This Week in Pain: July 23, 2015

Recap of recent pain-related news: Community-Living Older Adults with Dementia at High Risk of Having Pain Sources: Study in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; reported by UCSF on 7/22 “Older adults with dementia who live at home are at high risk of having pain, according to UC San Francisco researchers, and creative interventions and […]