This Week in Chronic Pain Management News

New type of nerve stimulation relieves chronic back pain
Medical News Today: “A new type of nerve stimulation therapy could provide long-term relief for chronic back pain that has not responded to other treatments, including spinal cord stimulation. It could also help certain people who need a non-drug form of pain therapy…” Click here for full story.

CU Denver launches study seeking improved, concurrent treatment for chronic pain, opioid addiction
The Denver Channel: “An assistant psychology professor at the University of Colorado Denver has launched a study to help improve treatment for people experiencing chronic pain and opioid addiction.” Click here for full story.

Adopting a Gluten-free Diet Seems to Have Helped My Pain
Fibromyalgia News Today: “With no improvement in my IBS [irritable bowel syndrome] and no help from conventional medicine, I eventually turned to acupuncture. At the suggestion of my gluten-free acupuncturist, I finally removed gluten from my diet.” Click here for full story.

Researchers Have Found 3 Genes Linked to Chronic Back Pain
AJMC: “A new study identified 3 novel genetic variants associated with chronic back pain, which is a leading cause of disability worldwide.” Click here for full story.

Why do women suffer more migraines than men?
Washington Post: “Migraine can afflict men, women and children. But it is not an equal opportunity disorder. Of those who suffer chronic crippling migraine attacks, the vast majority are women. They are as many as 85 percent, according to the Migraine Research Foundation.” Click here for full story.

Top 10 Foods to Battle Arthritis
Newsmax: “…experts say that eating the right, anti-inflammatory diet can help protect your joints and alleviate some of the symptoms of [arthritis]. These same anti-inflammatory foods can also stave off other dreaded diseases as well, because we know that inflammation plays a major role in almost every major disease.” Click here for full story.


Week of October 10, 2018

The FDA Has Approved 3 Migraine Drugs… What You Should Know About Them
Healthline: “For decades, migraine relief was limited to conventional painkillers or treatments originally intended for other diseases. A new type of drug may radically change how we treat this intensely painful condition. This year, three versions of that medication from three different companies have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).” Click here for full story.

Video: IBD Research Shows ‘Very Favorable’ Outcomes for Patients
Healio: “In this exclusive video perspective from the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting, Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG, gastroenterologist at the NYU School of Medicine, gives a preview of some of the key inflammatory bowel disease research to keep an eye on during the meeting.” Click here for full story.

Second-Hand Smoke Exposure May Cause Arthritis
ABC6: Study: “A new study has revealed another danger of being exposed to second-hand smoke. Researchers in France have discovered that women are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis if they breathe cigarette fumes as a child.” Click here for full story.

Brain Scans Suggest Pain of Fibromyalgia Isn’t Imaginary
HealthDay: “People with fibromyalgia have widespread inflammation in their brains, new research reveals. ‘Finding an objective neurochemical change in the brains of people who are used to being told that their problems are imaginary is pretty important,’ explained senior study author Marco Loggia. He is associate director of the Center for Integrative Pain Neuroimaging at Harvard Medical School.” Click here for full story.

Breastfeeding Can Limit Crohn’s Progression in Children
Healio: “Children with Crohn’s disease who are breastfed are less likely to experience progression to stricturing or penetrating disease, while other environmental factors, like smoking, are linked to adverse events among this population, according to research published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.” Click here for full story.

Lena Dunham Opens Up About Suffering From Chronic Pain Condition Fibromyalgia
Independent: “Lena Dunham has revealed that she suffers from fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. The Girls creator detailed what it’s like to suffer from the condition in an Instagram post, in which she explained that chronic pain can sometimes be associated with trauma.” Click here for full story.

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