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10 Steps from Patient to Person from ACPA

2018-02-21T21:27:05+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Scratching an acceptable quality of life out of the mud that is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is difficult, but not impossible. The American Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Association suggests 10 coping skills that will clear your way. 1) Acceptance Pain is a part of your life that may not be curable. Wishing won’t make it [...]

Risks of Long-term Over-the-Counter Drug Use

2017-06-21T12:28:37+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

“Over the counter” is not a synonym for “no side effects.” Any medicine that can treat a symptom will also be powerful enough to cause harm. If you don’t know what to watch for, you put your health at risk, especially if your care isn’t overseen by a doctor. Kidney and Liver Function Any prolonged or [...]

What is Biofeedback for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

2018-02-08T20:37:32+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Neurofeedback techniques are heaving with contention, myth, and misunderstandings, so it’s no surprise they find themselves in evidence-based medicine blogs so often. The therapy works on the basis of abnormal brain patterns. Patients are hooked up to an EEG and trained to relax or focus. Neurologist Steve Novella calls biofeedback a cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches patients [...]

The Relationship Between Emotional and Physical Pain

2017-06-05T12:23:50+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The space between physiology and emotion grows smaller with each passing study, and the reasons are more obvious than you might think: The physiological and emotional pain centers in the brain overlap. fMRI studies show that pain intensity shrinks when the hippocampus reflects patients’ optimism, and other studies have shown that Complex Regional Pain Syndrome damages [...]

Opioid Deaths Among Veterans Highlight Need for Better Treatments

2018-01-25T11:09:58+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Between 2000 and 2012, opioid painkiller prescriptions rose by an alarming 270%. Fatal overdose rates were twice the previous national average, and veterans were twice as likely to die from opioid overdose. The Wall Street Journal blames the Nineties prescription epidemic. Opioids are also fueling heroin addiction, as users build tolerance to milder painkillers. Half [...]

Opioid Overprescription Among Veterans With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

2018-02-08T20:39:18+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Pain Management|

The Tomah facility earned its nickname, “Candyland”, for its over-prescription of opioid painkillers. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is the most common reason Middle East veterans seek care. It’s often suffered together with post-traumatic stress disorder, with 66% of PTSD vets having a coexisting Complex Regional Pain Syndrome condition. By the same token, 47% of vets in [...]

The Nocebo Effect and Pain Management

2017-05-16T12:12:47+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Pain Management|

There’s an excellent reason some doctors don’t warn their patients about medication side effects. When you expect negative symptoms, you’re more likely to experience them, a phenomenon known as the nocebo effect. When researchers used fMRI to uncover the physiology behind this tendency, they found that no less than 12 regions of the brain were involved. [...]

Can Placebos Relieve Pain?

2017-05-08T12:10:07+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

When doctors run clinical trials on animals, they have to do so in a way that doesn’t trigger the placebo effect. If this odd medical quirk is powerful in four legged creatures, how much more potent is it in humans? Ted Kaptchuk decided to find out. His study of sham acupuncture treatments and genuine asthma [...]

How Evolution Causes Back Pain

2017-04-24T12:07:55+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Back Pain|

Mankind might be at the top of the food chain, but it’s not because we have perfectly adapted bodies. Evolution has done a fair job of providing opposable thumbs and an efficient brain, but perhaps the back could use some improvements. A Body Made of Paperclips Jeremy DeSilva said, “Evolution works with duct tape and paperclips,” [...]