Chronic pain patients report struggles under tighter opioid regulations

By Kate Masters Terri Boettcher, a chronic pain patient, in her Middletown home discusses her struggles with back and other pain and treatment. Staff photo by Bill Green. Originally published on The Frederick News-Post. For almost half a year, Susan Haller has watched her husband — a chronic pain patient — slowly erode. Until the summer …

Dr. Christo LIVE on Clear Cut with Michelle Makori

CLEARCUT | Report: drugmakers paid to promote opioids Dr. Paul Christo was a guest expert LIVE on Clear Cut with Michelle Makori on i24 News. He discusses how drugmakers are paid to promote opioids and answers tough questions about being a chronic pain physician in the age of opioid addiction. See the full interview on …

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Dr. Travis Stork and Pain in the Emergency Department

Imagine having a throbbing headache for 3 days, or severe back pain that immobilizes you, or even a broken bone from tripping and falling on the ice. Where do you go for relief? Most of the time, we go to the emergency room. Our guests are two experienced emergency room physicians who will describe how …

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Steps that FPs can take

In this “3 in 3” video, Dr. Paul Christo describes how to diagnose Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and effectively treat it. The Journal of Family Practice’s “3 in 3” video series delivers 3 take-home points in 3 minutes—or less.

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Futuristic Pain Relief

The excruciating pain of having a burn wound cleaned can make you wish that you could be anywhere else—as far away as possible. An arctic snowscape, perhaps. With immersive virtual reality (VR), that option is transcending the hypothetical. Immersed in a VR world while undergoing painful treatment, people reported a 20-40 percent reduction in pain. …

Four New Year’s Resolutions You Haven’t Made Yet

We are all aware of standard New Year’s resolutions – eat healthier and exercise more to lose weight and improve our lives. Both foods and exercise can have important pain-reducing effects. In addition, let’s consider lesser known strategies for feeling better, and overcoming pain in the New Year. Find someone who inspires you: Many celebrities …

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Dr. Paul Christo’s Chronic Pain Holiday Menu

Eating healthy foods during the holidays can be tough, especially with chronic pain. Many of us reach for pain-inducing foods unintentionally like animal proteins, fried foods, breads, sweets, and canned vegetables. To help, we’ve pulled together a complete meal that will not only meet your needs and feed your hungry guests, but help reduce inflammation …

[FREE DOWNLOAD] Text Neck Stretches

More of us are developing neck pain from smartphones and other handheld devices. More than likely, you are bending your head forward in a slouched position looking at those screens for long periods of time between working on your computer and using your smartphone. In fact, when you bend your head to a 60 degree angle, it’s …

Understanding Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Almost everyone deals with a minor fracture or sprain at some point. A slip on icy pavement, a fall that results in a twisted ankle, or any other trivial accident is a normal part of life. Most of us experience some moderate pain, ice the injury, take some ibuprofen, and expect a full recovery within …

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StimRouter and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation, Part II

Electrical stimulation of single nerves that cause pain, called peripheral nerve stimulation offers a way to control pain without accessing the spinal cord. A new device called StimRouter is minimally invasive, and designed for patients with certain kinds of neuropathic pain in the arms, legs, pelvis, and trunk. Kaye Gagnon will share firsthand how this …