Pain Stories In The News
A battle against prescription drugs causes pain
Source: The New York Times
About 1.4 million Americans live in nursing homes. Nursing homes and doctors say chronic pain patients have become unintended casualties in the war on drugs because of a new level of enforcement intended to prevent narcotics from getting into the wrong hands.
New report reveals inefficient management of chronic pain costs Europe billions of Euros each year
September 30, 2010 Source: Pfizer
A new report shows inefficiencies in the treatment of chronic pain result in increasing healthcare costs and prolonged patient suffering. The report calls on the European Union (EU) and Member States to tackle chronic pain and provide access to a minimum standard of care for all people with chronic pain.
Gene linked to common form of migraine discovered
September 26, 2010 Source: University of Montreal
An international study has identified a gene associated with common migraines. In one large family suffering from migraine with aura, researchers found a mutation in the KCNK18 gene, which inhibits the function of a protein called TRESK. TRESK normally plays a key role in nerve cell communication.
HealthWatch: does marijuana really relieve pain?
September 22, 2010. Source: The Montreal Gazette
The use of marijuana medical conditions has generated heated discussion, pitting those who favour legalization against those who warn about the undesired consequences of wider availability. In a recent study, a highly potent THC did reduce neuropathic pain by a modest amount, while the weaker preparations had only marginal effects. In addition, higher levels of THC improved the subjects' ability to fall asleep and led them to report a more restful night.
'Pacemaker For Pain' just one option heralded as drug-free alternative
September 21, 2010 Source: Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
The truth is, for people suffering from chronic pain, there are alternative therapies to prescription medication. Pain physicians continue to find neurostimulation an effective treatment for patients suffering with chronic pain. This is just one option that physicians working with The Pain Truth, a campaign established to combat Florida's increasing prescription drug addiction problem, would like the public to know what is available to them.