Archive for the ‘Chronic Pain’ Category

  • Pain Clinics See Criticism for Encouraging Patient Drug Addictions

    In many states, patients come in to a pain clinic seeking medical help and walk out with a prescription for a painkiller – even if they are already addicted to a painkiller or similar drug. Some say patients are actually treating pain clinics as places to feed their prescription drug addictions.

    Doctors who give prescription medications to people who already have drug addictions could face more scrutiny and restrictions as groups like the American Society of Addiction Medicine strive toward tighter regulations. Read More…

  • Accidental Addiction: From Pain Relief to Drug Dependency

    When someone gets surgery or has a serious accident, pain is the main thing people want to stop.  It is a natural human need to avoid physical pain, and if we can relieve pain we are happy to do it.  In fact, not controlling pain can slow recovery. Pain control is a critical part of medical treatment.  Why do some people, long after pain medication should be needed, continue to take opiates and drugs like Vicodin?

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  • Anti-Addiction Drug Naltrexone May Relieve Chronic Pain

    Naltrexone, a prescription drug commonly used in treating alcoholism and drug addiction, has been found to be effective in relieving pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. The journal Pain Medicine reported that researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine conducted a small study that showed a low dose of naltrexone reduced symptoms of pain and fatigue by an average of 30 percent. Patients who were given a placebo improved only 2 percent.

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  • Chronic Pain and Drug Addiction

    Everyone has taken an aspirin at some time or another in his or her life. It is one of the most basic of medicines and works well in relieving the pain from a headache. While taking an occasional aspirin for pain relief is okay, people need to be wary of the tendency to become dependent on the pain-killing drugs to the point where the medication is a greater health risk than the symptom it is being taken for.

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The Pain of Addiction

Vicodin addiction often starts innocently enough. Most people start taking Vicodin or other pain medications after surgery or an injury. But then they can’t stop. They need more to get the same pain relief. They start doctor shopping to get more pills. And the cycle continues until it takes over their lives.