This Week in Pain: October 29, 2015

This Week in Pain

Recap of recent pain-related news:

Former Pro Football Player Mike Alstott Joins The ‘America Starts Talking’ Campaign To Raise Awareness Of Safe Use Of Prescription Opioids And Accidental Overdose Preparedness

Source: American Academy of Pain Management on 10/28

“The America Starts Talking coalition today announced that former professional football player Mike Alstott is the newest voice in its drive to increase dialogue about safe prescription opioid use and how to respond in an opioid emergency. Moved by his personal experience with prescription opioids as an athlete, his current role as a father and football coach, and the growing epidemic of opioid overdose in this country, Alstott is speaking out publicly for the first time about this issue in the hope it will encourage more people to talk openly with their healthcare providers and loved ones about the safe use of prescription opioids.” Read

The Surprising Link Between Sugar And Chronic Pain

Source: KTAR News on 10/28

“The connection between sugar and diabetes has been well established. But high sugar diets aren’t just hazardous for diabetics. It turns out, the sweet stuff appears to be a bigger health risk than ever imagined. The connection between obesity and sugar is a complicating factor for many health issues. While obesity has its own hazards, the chronic inflammation as a result of obesity can be the cause of many joint related aches and pains.” Read

Narcotic Opioid Use In Adolescence May Raise Risk Of Adult Addiction

Source: Pediatrics; reported by HealthDay on 10/28

“Teens who are given prescription narcotic painkillers may run a higher risk of abusing narcotics after high school, a new study suggests. Researchers said teen painkiller use was associated with a 33 percent increased risk of later abuse. And it was seen mostly among those with little to no history of drug use and those who strongly disapproved of illegal drug use.” Read

Opioid Precaution During Cold and Flu Season: Medication Adjustment May Be Required

Source: Clinical Pain Advisor on 10/27

“As the cold and flu season begins, discussion with patients regarding opioid dose reductions in the event a patient becomes severely ill may be warranted, as it is not known if renal or hepatic functioning will be ultimately affected by the illness. As a safety measure, routine patient care protocols for temporary opioid reductions might be established when severe acute illnesses are reported by patients on chronic opioid treatment.” Read

Common Steroid Does Not Reduce Chronic Pain After Heart Surgery

Source: American Society of Anesthesiologists; reported by Newswise on 10/25

“A common steroid medication does not ease long-term pain at the incision site made during open-heart surgery, according to results of a large multicenter randomized controlled trial being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2015 annual meeting.” Read

How Chronic Pain May Change Your Brain

Source: Time Magazine on 10/23

“New research on people with arthritis suggests that the ability to withstand more pain may be an adaptive response. In a small new study, published Friday in the journal Pain, researchers used brain imaging on 17 people with arthritis and nine people without who served as controls. The researchers were trying to better understand the underlining reasons why there appears to be variability in pain tolerance, which could provide insights for people dealing with chronic pain.” Read

Modular Partial Wrist Implant May Help More People With Painful Wrist Arthritis

Source: Hospital for Special Surgery; reported by Newswise on 10/22

“Studies are underway to determine if a new modular partial wrist replacement will allow for better movement and last longer than traditional implants for people seeking relief from painful wrist arthritis. Although current options such as total wrist replacement and wrist fusion can alleviate pain, patients are often limited in performing certain activities after surgery.” Read