News Category: Pain


Connection Between Depression and Pain Is Weak

It’s long been thought that depression and chronic pain were tightly connected. Both depression and chronic pain are common disorders in the Western world and both play a big role in the lives of patients, health care, and economics for employers. Many studies have found a connection between the two, […]


Pain Expression and Activity Tolerance Affect Chronic Pain

It’s long been suspected that psychological issues can have a significant impact on chronic pain and how people perceive chronic pain. In the early days of human development, it’s thought that pain was a survival mechanism, an internal alarm of sorts. In order to not feel pain, humans would learn […]


Asthma, Migraines, May Be Connected to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a painful disorder that can occur after a seemingly minor trauma or accident. Although it usually begins after an injury, there are some people who do develop CRPS just like that, spontaneously. The pain of complex regional pain syndrome can be debilitating, affecting a […]


Pain From Fibromyalgia Causes Cognitive Disruptions

Fibromyalgia, a disease that is still not completely understood, is the subject of much research. Besides the fatigue associated with fibromyalgia, many people with fibromyalgia experience chronic pain that is difficult to treat. Other hallmark complaints are difficulty sleeping and depression. Now, along with these problems, researchers believe that many […]


Impact of Chronic Pain on Marriage

When one spouse hurts, the other spouse is usually acutely aware of it. Having the understanding and support of a loved one can help us through painful conditions. But what happens when the pain lasts longer than expected? How do partners cope when the problem becomes chronic or even permanent? […]


Are Popular Alternative Pain Therapies Effective?

Many chronic pain patients have been not been helped by traditional medical care. As a result, they have turned to alternative ways to deal with their pain. There isn’t much evidence yet to support complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches. What do we know so far? In this report, researchers […]


Two Methods for Diagnosing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Equally Effective

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), which used to be called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a puzzling illness for both doctors and patients. It’s a syndrome that doctors don’t understand as they don’t yet know what causes it. The syndrome causes intense pain that can be described as aching or […]


Local Pain Is Really Rather Rare

When patients report back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, or other local sites of body pain, it’s rare that they don’t have pain in other parts of the body as well. But most studies focus on an individual (local) area of pain. So the idea that low back pain is […]


Improving the Safety of Pain Pumps After Knee Surgery

Pain pumps are often used after joint surgery to deliver a controlled amount of anesthetic and narcotic. This device provides good pain relief. Patients use less narcotic medication. But previous animal studies have shown that some drugs (lidocaine, bupivacaine) actually cause chondrocytes (cartilage cells) to die. In this study, the […]


Cochrane Review Updates Information on NSAIDs

Health care professionals depend on good sources of information to keep up-to-date on evidence-based medicine. One of the most reliable publications comes from the Cochrane Collaboration. Everyone pays attention when they publish a study. The Cochrane Collaboration is a group of over 11,500 volunteers who systematically review all relevant randomized […]


Who Can Benefit the Most From Opioid-Based Medications?

Research is underway to find out which patients with chronic pain can benefit most from the use of opioids to control pain. The word opioid refers to substances that act like morphine in the body. These are natural or manmade and have effects like the opium poppy. The specific focus […]


Opioid Use Proven for Short-Term Pain Control

The use of narcotic drugs such as opioids has been up and down over the years. Concern about dependence and addiction led to tighter controls on their long-term use. But an increase in support for their use in the late 1990s brought the debate back out into the open. As […]


Who’s At Risk for Narcotic Abuse?

Patients with chronic pain may be helped by strong pain relievers such as narcotics referred to as opioids. An opioid is a chemical substance that acts like morphine in the body. But these medications can be addictive, so there’s some concern about misuse and abuse. In this study, researchers from […]


The Link Between Nighttime Sleep and Daytime Pain

Patients who live with daily, chronic pain often report sleep disturbances. In this study, researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine look at the relationship between nighttime sleep and daytime pain. The study was done by telephone survey asking questions about daily pain, symptoms, and sleep periods. General health and […]


Recognition and Early Prevention of Drug Misuse and Abuse

Many people in chronic pain need medical help to manage their daily lives. Opioid medications are very helpful. But they have the adverse side effect of dependence and addiction. In this article, staff from the Pain Management Center at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston offer a review of […]


Nicotine Improves Pain

Nicotine in cigarettes improves pain but doctors don’t recommend smoking for chronic pain patients. Studies show that patients with neuropathic (nerve-related) pain are more likely to smoke than patients with nociceptive pain. Nociceptors are pain receptors that detect mechanical, thermal, or chemical changes. Another word for this structure is nerve […]


More Emphasis Needed on Preventing Relapse of Chronic Pain

Although the interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation approach to management of chronic pain is effective, some patients relapse following successful treatment, back to their previous level of function. This is often referred to the goal violation effect (GVE). The authors of this article write that despite the relapses, little attention has been […]


Improving Access to Chronic Pain Care Needed

Chronic pain is an increasing problem in the developed world, however, limited medical resources are causing longer than desirable waiting periods for assessment and treatment for the pain. According to recent statistics, chronic pain affects 15 percent to 29 percent of the general population. The authors of this article reviewed […]