Pain Management and Nerve Blocks
Learn more from WebMD about the use of nerve blocks in pain management.
Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain
Alternative treatments like acupuncture, massage, reiki, and herbals may help ease chronic pain.
When you have chronic pain, opioids, like hydrocodone or morphine, sometimes help. But these pain meds can have serious side effects.
What to Know About Supplements for Pain
Many people take supplements to help relieve pain and other symptoms. But talk with your doctor first -- some can cause side effects or interfere with other meds.
Chronic Pain - Surgery
Surgery is not often used to treat chronic pain. The decision to have surgery depends on your condition and the cause of your pain. Surgery is usually considered only after other treatments have failed, or if it is considered medically necessary.
Safe Use of Long-Acting Opiates - Topic Overview
Long-acting opiate pain relievers are medicines used to relieve moderate to severe long-term pain. They are also called extended-release opiates. Opiates relieve pain by changing the way your body feels pain. They don't cure a health problem, but they help you manage the pain.If you take a lot of short-acting medicine, your doctor may give you long-acting opiates. Long-acting opiates help you avoid the ups and downs in pain relief that you may have with short-acting medicine.Opiates are powerful medicines. When taken on schedule and as your doctor prescribes, they work well and are safe. But misuse can cause overdose, dependency, addiction, or death.Examples of long-acting opiatesFentanyl patch (Duragesic)Methadone (Dolophine)Morphine ER (Avinza)Oxycodone controlled-release (OxyContin)Safety tips when using long-acting opiatesTo avoid taking too much (overdose) of these medicines:Take your medicines exactly as prescribed. Do not take extra doses. Even one extra dose can be dangerous.
Chronic Pain - Exams and Tests
Many exams and tests are used to evaluate chronic pain. An initial assessment includes: A detailed medical history. Your health professional will ask you about your general medical history, past illnesses, and overall health. He or she will ask you questi
Chronic Pain - Health Tools
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Chronic Pain: Using Healthy Thinking
Chronic Pain - When To Call a Doctor
Call a doctor about chronic pain if your pain has lasted more than 3 months without a clear reason.
Sickle Cell Disease: Preventing Problems and Staying Healthy - Topic Overview
Home treatment for sickle cell disease includes steps you can take not only to control pain symptoms but also to prevent some of the complications caused by the disease. These complications include painful sickle cell crises. Have a pain management planIf you and your doctor have developed a pain management plan for home treatment of symptoms, be sure to follow your plan. For more information, see Sickle Cell Disease: Pain Management.Prevent severe childhood infectionGive your child with sickle cell disease regular doses of a prescribed antibiotic until age 5.Get your child immunized on schedule. For more information, see the topic Immunizations.Avoid contact with anyone suspected of having fifth disease, which is caused by parvovirus. A serious condition called aplastic anemia can develop.Prevent adult infectionCheck your immunization schedule and keep your immunizations up to date..Prevent vision problemsGet routine eye exams as a child and as an adult. Early detection can help