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    1. Pain Medication: Are You Addicted?

      Many people taking medication to control chronic pain are afraid they'll become addicted to those drugs. Some people do become addicted, and the results can be devastating. But there are ways to limit your risk. Candy Pitcher of Cary, N.C., knows all about the fear of addiction. One summer day in 20

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    2. When Your Pain Medication Isn't Working

      More than 100 million Americans have chronic pain. If you're one of them, controlling it will likely require searching for treatments beyond medication. That's because pain medication, while helpful, often cannot provide complete relief of pain. It may reduce but not eliminate pain. Carla Ulbrich, 4

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    3. Pain Doctor, Pain Patient

      On the night of March 28, 1986, Howard Heit's car was struck in a head-on collision. He left the scene of the serious crash thinking how lucky he was that he hadn't been hurt. "And then four to six weeks later, I started noticing twitches in the muscles of my neck and upper back. These progressed to

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    4. WebMD 5: What You Need to Know About Pain

      As with other subjective experiences, such as love, fear, or anger, there's no way to objectively measure pain. We asked Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, chief of the Pain Management Division and associate professor of anesthesia at Stanford University School of Medicine, to explain the unpleasant sensation we

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    5. Propofol: Expert Q&A

      Propofol is a strong anesthetic that's used for surgery, some medical exams, and for sedation for people on ventilators -- never as a sleep aid. It's given by IV and should only be administered by a medical professional trained in its use. It takes effect in a matter of seconds. "It is very fast-act

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    6. Prescription Painkiller Addiction: 7 Myths

      Prescription pain medicine addiction grabs headlines when it sends celebrities spinning out of control. It also plagues many people out of the spotlight who grapple with painkiller addiction behind closed doors. But although widespread, addiction to prescription painkillers is also widely misunderst

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    7. Managing Chronic Pain: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach

      Your body is aching and the pain feels unbearable. The last thing you want to hear is, “it’s all in your head.” For people with chronic pain, the discomfort is very real, and they know all too well they feel it in their bodies. “If you are lying in bed and hurting, the pain is your whole world,” say

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    8. Understanding Breakthrough Pain and Flares

      Breakthrough pain (BTP) is a fact of life for many cancer patients. But pain experts are now finding that these sudden, temporary flares of severe pain can affect people with noncancerous conditions as well. “We are much better now at identifying breakthrough pain, partly because the government requ

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    9. Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain

      If you have chronic pain and are looking for alternatives to medication and surgery, you have a lot of options. Alternative pain treatments that doctors once scoffed at are now standard at many pain centers. "That phrase 'alternative pain treatments' doesn't mean much to me," says Seddon R. Savage,

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    10. Top Causes of Chronic Pain

      People with persistent pain often think of themselves as suffering from a specific ailment, whether it’s arthritis, back pain, migraines, or something else. But anyone who has experienced pain for several months or longer also happens to be among the millions of Americans with a condition known as c

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