Chronic Pain

Articles Related to Chronic Pain

  • Opioids Shown to Promote Cancer Cell Growth

    Medications developed to help cancer and postoperative patients deal with chronic pain could lead to added complications. Aside from the dependency risk associated with opioids, two studies, along with a commentary featured in an issue of the Anesthesiology, cancer growth could be propelled with the use of opioids. Read More…

  • Nearly 100 Percent of the World’s Vicodin Prescriptions are Used in U.S.

    The numbers are in: the U.S. rate of abuse of prescription painkillers is higher now than ever, with especially drastic jumps in the use of painkillers like Vicodin. Across the globe, no country uses more Vicodin than the United States – leading experts ask that it be reclassified to see more restrictive use. Read More…

  • Actor Chevy Chase Reflects on Painkiller Rehabilitation

    Comedian and actor Chevy Chase, best known for his roles on "Fletch" and the "National Lampoon’s Vacation" series, has recently reflected on his time in Rehab to treat a painkiller addiction during the 1980s.

    Chase’s discussion of his rehabilitation comes after the death of former President Gerald Ford, a friend of Chevy Chase. The actor recently credited Betty Ford, wife of President Ford, for his recovery, stating that if she hadn’t stepped forward with being honest about her own alcohol addiction and starting the clinic, he would not have sought assistance in stopping his own addiction.

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  • Retired Pro Football Players Abuse Painkillers

    Professional football players often sustain serious injury during practice and games, with many injuries resulting in chronic pain and the need for prescription painkillers. The painkillers used are often highly addictive opioids, causing a dependence problem that persists long after the player retires.

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  • Pain Treatment Teams a Great Alternative to Pain Medication

    With up to 15 percent of the US population reporting chronic pain and as many as five percent needed strong painkillers such as Vicodin just to get through the day, it’s no wonder that instances of prescription drug addiction are increasing rapidly. But a new study suggests that rather than simply prescribe addictive pain medication, doctors can better help people with chronic pain if they have a ‘pain team’ approach that includes visits with a psychologist.

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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.