How Stress Affects Pain

What is stress? Stress occurs when we perceive an event as negative or fearful, causing the body to produce certain hormones and activate its defense system. The nervous system acts as if the body is prepared to fight, and uses the motor system to escape. The endocrine system produces the fight-or-flight response. The immune system …

Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

Most of us think we know the tell-tale signs of drug abuse. Some of us thankfully only witness the debilitating effects of drug abuse by viewing its portrayal on a television show or movie.  We may think that drug abuse mainly affects the homeless, lost, or crazy.  There are, however, millions of people who live …

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and one of the most disabling diseases in developed countries. Many patients have restricted movements, and some can’t even perform basic activities of daily living. July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. It is a common misconception that only “old” people are afflicted with arthritis. Yet, nearly 300,000 …

Ways to Relieve Pain at Work

Hunching over the computer for hours on end at work can lead to a lot of back pain. As a matter of fact, back pain is the second most common cause of missing work, and pain degrades our functioning at work. Just for fun, pay attention to how you are sitting while you read through …

Opioids in Pain Management

As we all know, opioids are commonly prescribed for pain. The news has portrayed some scary stories, highlighting celebrity opioid overdoses and stories of addiction. Although opioids have definite risks, they can be quite effective for certain patients with chronic non-cancer pain In patients with cancer pain or those experiencing pain at the end of …

Vagus Nerve Stimulation: What You Should Know

Overview Thirty to 40 percent of people with epilepsy don’t fully respond to anti-seizure drugs. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a technique used to treat epilepsy when other treatments haven’t worked. It can also be used as a treatment for hard-to-treat depression that hasn’t responded to typical therapies.

The Pros and Cons of Over the Counter Pain Relief

Over the counter pain relief is a major advantage to living in today’s world. Think about a time before pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or simple ibuprofen (Motrin) were available for headaches, muscle pain, or joint pain. What was life like without them? What did those people do without that relief? Sometimes we take these …

Frequently Asked Questions: How to Choose a Pain Specialist

If you are ready to take the next step from your regular physician to a pain specialist, there are many options that you should consider before going. First, you should ask your doctor who they recommend. If you trust your doctor, they may be able to provide you with information and resources to consider. Next, …

Men’s Health Week: Five Pain Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

The week leading up to Father’s Day is National Men’s Health Week. Take the time to make sure that the men in your life are healthy and keeping up with their health needs. There are many ways that men can improve their health and improving their chronic pain is just one of those steps. Simple …

Opioids and Chronic Pain: What You Should Know

It has been 7 weeks since Prince passed away from an unintentional opioid overdose. Prince suffered from chronic pain after a hip surgery in 2010. While his death was tragic, he brought about the discussion of opioid use and chronic pain back to the table. Opioids are an extremely effective way of treating chronic pain. …