Pain Management
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Pain Management

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Introduction: The Universal Disorder

You know it at once. It may be the fiery sensation of a burn moments after your finger touches the stove. Or it's a dull ache above your brow after a day of stress and tension. Or you may recognize it as a sharp pierce in your back after you lift something heavy.

It is pain. In its most benign form, it warns us that something isn't quite right, that we should take medicine or see a doctor. At its worst, however, pain robs us of our productivity, our well-being, and, for many of us suffering from extended illness, our very lives. Pain is a complex perception that differs enormously among individual patients, even those who appear to have identical injuries or illnesses.

In 1931, the French medical missionary Dr. Albert Schweitzer wrote, "Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself." Today, pain has become the universal disorder, a serious and costly public health issue, and a challenge for family, friends, and health care providers who must give support to the individual suffering from the physical as well as the emotional consequences of pain.

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Insomniacs May Be More Sensitive to Pain
New Moms' Codeine Use Down Since Health Warnings
Texting Cuts Patients' Need for Pain Meds During Surgery
ER Doctors Cautious When Prescribing Narcotic Painkillers: Study
'Tamper-Proof' Narcotic Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse: Study
Could Taking Acetaminophen Dull Your Happiness?
Narcotic Painkillers in Pregnancy Common, Harmful to Baby: Study
Mindfulness Program Beneficial for Chronic Pain
Physical Therapy Equals Surgery for Certain Lower Back Pain, Study Says
One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused, Study Shows
Obesity, Smoking, Drinking, Depression: All Linked to Low Back Pain
British Scientists Spot Brain's Pain Center
Does Long-Term Acetaminophen Use Raise Health Risks?
Belief in Acupuncture Key to Effect on Back Pain, Study Suggests
Health Tip: Avoid Overdosing on Pain Medication
Certain Painkillers Ill-Advised After Heart Attack: Study
Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for Depression
Multidisciplinary Approach Successful in Chronic Back Pain
Provider Demographics Affect Pain Treatment Decisions
Many Women of Childbearing Age Take Narcotic Painkillers: CDC
Light Therapy Seems Promising for Nonspecific Back Pain
U.S. Painkiller Abuse 'Epidemic' May Be Declining, Study Says
NIH: Insufficient Evidence for Opioid Use in Chronic Pain
Brain Scans Give New Clues to Chronic Pain
Better Pain Relief After Knee Replacement Surgery?
Painkiller Tramadol Linked to Low Blood Sugar
U.S. Doctors Cutting Back on Painkiller Prescriptions: Study
Fatal ODs From Narcotic Painkillers Have Tripled in U.S.
Stand-Up Advice for Preventing Back Pain
FDA Advisory Panel Votes on Epidural Steroid Shots for Pain
FDA Approves Abuse-Resistant Extended-Release Hydrocodone
Mortality Up for Long-Term Opioid Users With Chronic Pain
Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests
Prescription Painkillers Fueling Overdose Cases in ERs, Study Finds
Health Tip: Coping With Chronic Pain
ASA: Post-Op Pain Management Improves in Past Decade
Doctors' Group Issues Painkiller Guidelines
Common Painkillers Tied to Blood Clot Risk, Study Suggests
CDC: Opioid-Related Deaths Quadrupled in Past Decade
Movantik Approved for Constipation From Opioids
Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Marijuana: Study
Many U.S. Workers on Disability Use Narcotic Painkillers, Study Finds
U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers
Past Pain Patterns Can Help Predict Future Low Back Pain
Skip the Steroids for Shoulder Pain?
Health Tip: Easing Headache Pain
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