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  1. 100 Million Americans Have Chronic Pain

    June 29, 2011 -- More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at a cost of around $600 billion a year in medical treatments and lost productivity, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). An IOM committee commissioned by Congress concluded that pain is not optimally ma

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Combination Therapy Needed to Fight Chronic Pain

    June 23, 2011 -- The last decade brought advances in our understanding of chronic pain, but this has not translated into better treatments yet, an analysis shows. The analysis was published in The Lancet. It found that treatments for chronic, non-cancer pain such as low back pain, arthritis, headach

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  5. Pain Relief Strategy: Cross Your Arms?

    May 20, 2011 -- Crossing your arms may confuse the brain and help fight pain, according to a new study. The study suggests crossing arms at the wrists mixes up the brain's perception of pain signals sent from the hands to the brain and reduces the intensity of pain. Researchers say the findings may

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  6. Many Unaware of OTC Pain Relievers' Ingredients, Risks

    May 2, 2011 -- Many Americans may be unaware of the active ingredients and potential side effects of popular over-the-counter pain relievers, according to a new study. Tylenol contains acetaminophen, Bayer contains aspirin, Advil and Motrin contain ibuprofen, and Aleve contains naproxen sodium. But

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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