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    1. FDA Launches Painkiller Abuse Strategy

      April 19, 2011 -- Ignoring its expert advisory panel's strong "no" vote, the FDA today launched an education program to cut abuse of long-lasting opioid pain drugs. The action calls for companies that make long-lasting or extended-release opioid pain drugs to develop a shared plan to educate patient

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    2. Johnson & Johnson Recalls Even More Tylenol

      March 30, 2011 -- Yet another lot of Tylenol has been recalled by Johnson & Johnson's McNeil division. The latest recall involves one lot -- 34,056 150-count bottles -- of Tylenol 8-Hour Extended Release caplets. The recalled Tylenol 8-Hour Extended release caplets are 150-count bottles with the lot

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    3. Using the Pain Scale: How to Talk About Pain

      One of the hardest things about chronic pain is that only you know how bad the pain feels. There's no blood test that can show much you're suffering. There's often no outward sign, like a bandage or a cast. There's just the pain. "Pain is always personal," says F. Michael Ferrante, MD, director of t

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Visiting the ER for Chronic Pain

      You’re a chronic pain patient who takes several prescription narcotics to control your symptoms. Then one weekend, excruciating pain lands you in the emergency room. There, a doctor grills you about your medications, in part to make sure that you’re a legitimate pain patient, not someone seeking dru

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    7. Parenting With Chronic Pain

      Not long after her daughter was born in 1999, Sherrie Sisk began experiencing debilitating episodes of pain that left her feeling like she’d been run over by a truck. “It was like the worst flu aches and pains you could ever imagine,” she says. A few months later, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia

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    8. Is Your Pain Acute or Chronic?

      Pain is a normal part of life: a skinned knee, a tension headache, a bone fracture. But sometimes pain becomes chronic -- a problem to explore with your doctor. WebMD asked Eduardo Fraifeld, MD, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, to help readers understand acute vs. chronic pain. Ac

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    9. Sex and Chronic Pain

      Maryann Lowry was 42 years old in 1995, when she woke up one morning with severe pelvic pain. She was diagnosed with vulvodynia -- which literally just means severe pain in the vulvar area. Today, 14 years later, she says that she’s “95% recovered” -- but the many years of dealing with chronic pain

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    10. Positive Thinking May Make Drugs Work Better

      Feb. 16, 2011 -- When it comes to taking medicine, you may get what you expect. A new study has found that your expectations can affect how well pain medications work. Being optimistic may boost their effectiveness in blocking pain, while being pessimistic may lower their effectiveness. Unlike earli

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