What is Your Headache Telling You? A Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach

By Jennifer Johnston, PhD, DNM, NMD Migraine and severe headaches often cause significant interference with the function and quality of daily life, despite current treatment options. Three-month headache prevalence rates from four major general health surveillance studies range from 16.6% to 22.7% (1).   Moreover, individuals reporting migraine are associated with an increased risk for other […]

Medication Overuse Headache: Just Following Doctors’ Orders?

By Michael Ready, MD Migraine is a hypersensitive, hypervigilant nervous system that is poorly tolerant of change. Most individuals with migraine have infrequent disabling headaches; however, an important subset are those individuals who have disabling headaches more days than not. Their headaches have transformed to chronic migraine, a disabling condition that affects up to 3 […]

Our Vision: No Life Limited by Pain

By Bob Twillman, Executive Director for the American Academy of Pain Management At the end of February, the Academy’s Board of Directors held its mid-year meeting. While the Board conducted the usual business, it also spent a day working with a talented facilitator to develop statements of our core purpose, core values, and vision. Unlike […]

This Week in Pain: July 2, 2015

Recap of recent pain-related news: Promising New NSAID-Derivative May Be Well-Tolerated By Chronic Pain Sufferers Source: American Physiological Society; tweeted by @FibroAndPain on 7/1 “Millions of people in the U.S. use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat pain and inflammation. For osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic pain conditions, NSAIDs such as naproxen (ALEVE) are […]

This Week in Pain: June 25, 2015

Recap of recent pain-related news: Survey Finds Doctors And People With Pain Uncomfortable Discussing Prescription Drug Abuse Source: Reporter Times; tweeted by @FibroAndPain on 6/25 “The reality is that people affected by chronic pain are reluctant to talk about opioid treatment and issues of abuse and misuse with their clinicians, according to a recent survey […]