This Week in Chronic Pain Management News

Chronic Pain Sufferers May Not Need High Doses of Opioid Painkillers

A new study from Kaiser Permanente concluded that people with chronic pain may not need high doses of opioid painkillers. As reported by Channel 13 Albany, patients were less likely to complain when opioids were reduced by their regular doctor. Click here for full story.


Survey Finding Chronic Pain Community Energized and Angry

A survey has been designed to capture data from the chronic pain community to be shared at the FDA’s public meeting for patient-focused drug development on chronic pain. The National Pain Report states that the results so far are amazing, and show the community is pissed. Click here for full story.


Abatacept May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis

A new study outlined by Rheumatology Advisor states that patients with rheumatoid arthritis abatacept are associated with a 20% reduced risk for cardiovascular disease compared with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors. Click here for full story.


New Treatments on Horizon for Chronic Pain

A new drug application has been submitted to the FDA for what is being described by Pain News Network as an “opioid of the future.” This new drug is said to be less addictive, and research has uncovered a new way to treat neuropathic pain long term with a single injection. Click here for full story.


Avoid This Daily Habit to Prevent Symptoms in Your Knee, Hip and Hands

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis and can affect the knee, hip and hands. Express outlines some things you can change in your day to day life to reduce the risk, delay onset or prevent arthritis altogether. Click here for full story.


Customized Resistance Exercise a Factor For Success With Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia and resistance exercise have often been considered an impossible combination, but results from research carried out at Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden might tell a different story. Science Daily reports that female patients achieved considerable health improvements from proper support and individually adjusted exercises. Click here for full story.


Do Arthritis Treatments Provide Mental Health Benefits?

Many people using drugs to treat their rheumatoid arthritis may see a positive impact on their mental health by improving pain and stiffness. A study outlined by Science Daily shows that relying on rheumatoid arthritis therapies alone may not meaningfully improve patients’ mental health. Click here for full story.


Week of June 4, 2018


FDA OKs Consensi for Osteoarthritis Pain and Hypertension

Earlier this week the FDA approved the combination of amlodipine besylate and the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib for those with osteoarthritis pain and hypertension. As detailed by Medscape, celecoxib doesn’t reduce blood pressure alone but appears to act synergistically with the antihypertensive calcium channel blocker amlodipine besylate. Click here for full story.


Which Doctor Can Help Me With Migraines

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the most common form of pain reported is headaches. U.S. News & World Report detailed the different types of doctors and treatments you should be considering for migraine relief. Click here for full story.


Celecoxib is no likelier to cause heart attack than Aleve or Advil, FDA panel says

Creakyjoints highlighted a recent vote by the FDA, it was determined that celecoxib, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug previously thought to increase the risk of heart attacks, is no more likely to do so than naproxen and ibuprofen. Click here for full story.


FDA Approves First Drug Designed to Prevent Migraines

Last month, The New York Times reported on a new drug that could usher in a new era in treatment for people who suffer from migraines. Last month the FDA approved the first medicine designed to prevent migraines. Click here for full story.


Week of May 28, 2018


Lancet Study Reveals the Best Way to Fight Back Pain

As reported by ABC Eyewitness News, new research from The Lancet Journal looked over 20,000 cases of back pain, and found that basic treatments such as acupuncture, massage, myofascia release and chiropractic were more effective treatments than bed rest alone. Click here for full story.


5 Health Tech Companies Addressing Chronic Pain That Offer Alternatives to Surgery and Opioids

In this article, MedCity News outlines five tech companies in the health field that are addressing chronic pain in alternatives to surgery and opioids. Outlined are tools to help with chronic knee pain, blocking pain signals, and more. Click here for full story.


UQ Researchers Want Your Views on Chronic Pain Management

Researchers from the University of Queensland are working on a project designed to help improve the way pain management treatments are approached. The hope of this project is to better understand attitudes towards chronic pain by having adults with chronic pain complete a short online questionnaire. Click here for full story.


A New Form of CBT May Manage Chronic Pain

Researchers belonging to King’s College London got together to investigate cognitive behavioral therapy in patients suffering from chronic pain. In the article outlined by Reports Healthcare, researchers studied acceptance and commitment therapy, a form of CBT. Click here for full story.


How Do You Describe Your Chronic Pain?

Describing chronic pain is very personal and subjective, thus making it sometimes hard to define. National Pain Report shares new of a pharmaceutical company is working with the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association and other pain advocacy groups on the project. Click here for full story.


New Type of Drug to Prevent Migraines Heads to Market

Most drugs on the market prescribed to those suffering from migraines are used to control the symptoms of migraines. However, NPR reports that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first-of-its-kind drug designed to reduce the number of migraines among people prone to these headaches. Click here for full story.


Arthroscopic Surgery Doesn’t Help With Arthritis Knee Pain

NPR reports that guidelines published in the journal BMJ reviewed 13 studies involving nearly 1,700 patients who used arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knee problems mostly did not have lasting pain relief or improve function. This data has left an international panel of surgeons and patients challenging the effectiveness of arthroscopic surgery. Click here for full story.


Week of May 21, 2018


FDA to Hold Patient-Focused Public Meeting on Chronic Pain

The FDA will be holding a public meeting this July to gain perspective on the effects of chronic pain, treatment approaches for chronic pain and the barriers patients find when accessing treatments. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, the FDA looks to hear from those managing chronic pain with opioids, acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants as well as non-pharmacologic therapies. Click here for full story.


Many Doctors, Even Specialists, Don’t Adhere to Fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria

According to the results from a survey conducted in Canada, and reported by Medscape, both generalist doctors, and even many specialists have rather poor knowledge of the American College of Rheumatology’s fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria from 1990 and 2010. Click here for full story.


Pain Reduces Accuracy of Body Perception in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests

Researchers in France have added to our knowledge of how patients with chronic pain integrate body signals and emotional processing. Outlined in Fibromyalgia News Today, the study found that pain-associated emotions and reactions can reduce the ability of women with fibromyalgia to perceive what is going on inside their bodies. Click here for full story.


Cinnamon May Be a Safe Way to Help Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

A study published this month in the Journal of American College of Nutrition found that eating cinnamon may reduce both inflammation and blood pressure.  If you have rheumatoid arthritis, Everyday Health suggests adding a sprinkle of this spice to food and drinks. Click here for full story.


New Light on Genetic Foundation of Migraines

ScienceDaily examined a study the journal Neuron published that gives new information on why some families are susceptible to migraines, and explores the ways genetics may influence the type of migraine they end up getting. Click here for full story.


Getting Back to ‘Normal’ With Chronic Pain

In this patient story from Boston Children’s Hospital, we meet Lilly, a young girl suffering from chronic pain, and hear about her experiences at the hospital’s Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center. Click here for full story.


Week of May 14, 2018


Efficacy of Web-Based Pain Empowerment, Self-Management Platform for Chronic Pain

PainTracker Self-Manager is a newly developed web-based platform designed to empower patients with chronic pain, as well as provide them with self-management tools. As reported on Clinical Pain Advisor, those using PainTracker Self-Manager have experienced improvements in self-efficacy and treatment satisfaction. Click here for full story.


Aerobic Exercise or Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia — Which is Better?

A new study highlighted by Harvard Health Publishing compared aerobic exercises and tai chi to see which was the “best” type of exercise for those with fibromyalgia. Click here for full story.


Psychological Interventions May Reduce Pain, Catastrophizing in Elderly

JAMA Internal Medicine published a new study related to older adults with chronic non-cancer pain. As mentioned by Clinical Pain Advisor, cognitive behavioral therapy-based psychological interventions, specifically those conducted in groups, may provide some benefits for patients. Click here for full story.


Revolutionary New Blood Test Can Instantly Identify Chronic Pain

A new blood test developed by a team of Australian researchers can objectively identify chronic pain. Reported by New Atlas, the test can identify color changes in immune cells affected by chronic pain. Click here for full story.


Neuroscience Education Plus Cognitive Motor Control Training for Chronic Spinal Pain

New findings published in JAMA Neurology show that neuroscience education combined with cognitive motor control training may result in greater improvements in patients with chronic spinal pain. As outlined in Clinical Pain Advisor, patients saw improvements in pain, central sensitization, and disability compared to standard physiotherapy. Click here for full story.


Sarah Hyland Admits to Weighing Only 87 Pounds as Her Struggles With Chronic Pain Continue

In an article on Insider, Modern Family star Sarah Hyland discusses her struggles with invisible illnesses like kidney dysplasia and chronic pain. Click here for full story.

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