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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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. A

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Knee Replacement Patients Thrive, Study Says

    Feb. 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- Knee replacement patients tend to remain active 20 years after their surgery, despite some age-related declines, according to a new survey of 128 patients. "If you have a good knee replacement and are blessed with good health, you have an excellent chance of walking as m

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  8. 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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  9. Warming Anesthetics Reduces Pain of Injections

    Feb. 10, 2011 -- Warming local anesthetics may reduce the pain experienced during injections, a new study finds. “Warming an injection is a cost-free step that emergency physicians can take to reduce pain from a shot,” study author Anna Taddio, MD, of the University of Toronto, says in a news releas

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  10. Tylenol Products Recalled

    Jan. 18, 2011 -- McNeil Consumer Healthcare, which makes Tylenol pain relief drugs, says it is recalling a number of lots of its Tylenol products as well as some lots of Sinutab, Benadryl, and Sudafed PE because the medications were made at a plant where production was suspended in April 2010. McNei

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