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One potential solution to reducing chronic pain: Get moving.

A new Norwegian study finds that physically active folks have greater pain tolerance compared to sedentary types. Those with higher levels of activity also had higher pain tolerance, according to the report published online May 24 in

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 25, 2023
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  • A unique genetic brew has benefitted a Scottish woman who lives virtually pain-free, heals more rapidly and experiences reduced anxiety and fear, researchers from University College London report.

    Pain geneticists have been studying the woman, Jo Cameron, for a decade. She came to their attention when her doctor noticed that she experienced no pain after major surgeries on her hip and han...

    For the first time ever, researchers have recorded specific brain activity associated with real-world chronic pain, using electrode implants to figure out which regions become active when people are in agony.

    The results provide further evidence that chronic pain is essentially different from short-term pain, by showing that such pain is processed in a separate region of the brain, said l...

    It's important to ask questions when your doctor or dentist writes you a new prescription.

    This is especially true for opioid pain medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone or morphine.

    While these drugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for acute and chronic pain, they can have serious side effects, including addiction and even death.

    Misuse of opioids ...

    When Ann Alexander underwent chemotherapy to treat breast cancer a decade ago, she was warned about potential hair loss, nausea and vomiting.

    The 73-year-old wasn't, however, told about the potential side effects of radiation therapy, namely acute radiation dermatitis. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and they include itchy skin, swelling, blistering and open sores.

    “It was...

    Medical marijuana can safely reduce cancer pain, and is apparently so effective that patients wind up taking lower amounts of opioids and other pain meds, a new study reports.

    Weed produced clinically significant reductions in cancer patients' worst pain, average pain and overall pain severity, said senior researcher ...

    People with cerebral palsy are more likely to be prescribed opioids to manage pain, making them vulnerable to the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States, according to a new study.

    While pain is common among patients with cerebral palsy, opioids may not be as helpful for them because their pain is complex, researchers say.

    Yet,

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 25, 2023
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  • Sciatica can send searing, unrelenting pain down your legs, and surgery is often recommended if other less invasive measures fail to bring relief.

    Unfortunately, a new study review suggests that such operations likely only provide temporary results, with pain typically returning within a year.

    Sciatica is “characterized by pain going down the back of the leg, most often due to pre...

    Most people have heard of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. But for some, psoriatic arthritis is the new kid on the block. Here's what you need to know about psoriatic arthritis, including symptoms, types and treatments.

    What is psoriatic arthritis?

    Psoriatic arthritis (...

    Most people think of joint pain when they think of arthritis but, depending on the type of arthritis, other symptoms can crop up.

    Here's how to spot some of the most common signs of different types of arthritis.

    Arthritis can cause painful symptoms that make daily activities challenging, according to the Nat...

    Arthritis is a common disease that causes pain and inflammation in different body joints, making it difficult to enjoy everyday tasks and physical activity.

    Fortunately, there are many different medications for arthritis. Depending on what type of arthritis you have and its severity, an arthritis medication may help you manage pain and other symptoms. Here is a breakdown of the most comm...

    It sounds like the stuff of a vampire novel, but for people with a group of rare genetic disorders, exposure to sunlight can cause excruciating pain.

    Now, an experimental medication is showing promise for helping them better tolerate the light of day.

    In an early clinical trial, researchers tested the drug for patients with either of two related conditions: erythropoietic protoporp...

    Over the past few years the escalating opioid crisis has touched off a complex debate about how best to reign in suicide risk among patients who are prescribed the addictive painkillers.

    The question: Could rapidly cutting back on legal opioid prescriptions help, or might patients' desperation over lack of access inadvertently drive up suicide risk?

    Now

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  • April 11, 2023
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  • New mothers who gave birth early in the pandemic filled far more opioid prescriptions than American women did previously, raising concerns about the potential for narcotic misuse.

    About 38% of more than 460,000 women who gave birth from July 2018 through December 2020 were prescribed opioids for postpartum pain management, according to the University of Georgia study.

    But there was ...

    People suffering from sciatica gain lasting relief from a procedure that uses a fine needle to heat nerve roots near the spine, a new clinical trial shows.

    The minimally invasive procedure, called pulsed radiofrequency (RF), provided superior pain reduction and disability improvement out to one year for patients with sciatica, according to findings published March 28 in the journal

    Sometimes new moms receive opioid prescriptions for pain, particularly after a cesarean delivery. They needn't worry, researchers say.

    Their newborns are at no greater risk of harm than those whose moms don't get those prescriptions, according to a large new study in Canada.

    The findings, published March 15 in the BMJ, should reassure parents and their doctors, the researc...

    An approved CBD oil product will, apparently, not be the solution for patients trying to reduce pain after kidney stone treatment, a randomized clinical trial suggests.

    "Urologists and patients alike are interested in finding effective alternatives to pain management after urinary stone treatment," said senior study author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • March 13, 2023
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  • Acetaminophen, a popular over-the-counter medication for millions struggling with pain and fever, can also be found in prescription painkillers that combine acetaminophen and an opioid into one pill.

    The problem? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has long known that high dosages of acetaminophen (Tylenol) can harm the liver. So, in 2011 the FDA set new safety limits on exactly how muc...

    Patients with painful endometriosis can help reclaim their lives by managing flare-ups at home and getting medical care, a specialist in women's health assures.

    Dr. Kristin Riley, chief of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Penn State Health in Hershey, offered information about the condition tha...

    An injection that relieves low back pain by helping damaged spinal discs regenerate appears to have sustained benefits, new clinical trial data show.

    Most patients who received an injection of VIA Disc received back pain relief that lasted at least three years, said lead researcher Dr. D...

    Electrical stimulation from a spinal cord implant can provide long-lasting relief for people with diabetic neuropathy, updated clinical trial results show.

    “Two years after starting with using that stimulator device, they're still having the same quality of improvement as what we first saw,” said lead researcher

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  • March 1, 2023
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  • If you spend hours a day scrolling on your smartphone or tablet, you might get "tech neck."

    “Humans are upright creatures, and our bodies aren't designed to look down for long periods of time, which puts extra pressure on the cervical spine,” said Dr. Kavita Trived...

    After living with disabling low back pain for nearly 30 years, Dennis Bassett, 64, finally has a new lease on life.

    The Hempstead, N.Y., native injured his back in the 1980s when helping a friend. He tried everything to relieve his back pain, from self-medication, acupuncture, and chiropractor work to steroid injections, physical therapy and exercise.

    “My back only got worse,” r...

    Antidepressants are often prescribed to people suffering from chronic pain, but a new evidence review argues that the science behind these prescriptions is shaky at best.

    These drugs helped people in chronic pain in only a quarter of potential uses tested, and even then the effect ranged from low to moderate, according to a combined analysis of 26 prior reviews.

    "We found that, for ...

    People who have autism feel pain at a higher intensity than others, which is the opposite of what many believe to be true, new research suggests.

    The prevailing belief is that those with autism are indifferent to pain, possibly because of a tendency for self-harm. However, "this assumption is not necessarily true," said

    While anyone can experience breast pain, don't panic: It's rarely cancer.

    Penn State Health offers some reassurance about what might cause the pain and when it might be time to have a mammogram.

    “We see a lot of patients who come looking for answers that have widespread, cyclical breast pain,” said

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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  • Could a simple letter prompt doctors to prescribe opioids more safely?

    Yes, claims new research that found reminding doctors to check a prescription database before doling out opioids increased their engagement with the program, having the potential to create more informed prescribing.

    The study enrolled clinicians in Minnesota who prescribed opioids with benzodiazepines or gabapent...

    People who use medical marijuana to treat their chronic pain tend to cut their use of opioids and other painkillers, but the trend may also have a downside, a new survey shows.

    Folks treating chronic pain with cannabis reduced by more than 50%, on average, their use of prescription opioids, other prescription painkillers and even over-the-counter pain medications like aspirin, acetaminoph...

    The Grammy-winning singer Adele told a crowd at her New Year's Eve concert that “really bad sciatica” is causing her to wobble on stage.

    The award-winning singer first talked about her chronic back problems in a 2021 interview with The Face.

    "I slipped my first disk when I was 15 from sneezing," she said. "I was in bed and I sneezed and my fifth one flew out. In Januar...

    Getting around in winter works best if you're taking good care of the feet that take you places.

    Orthopedic specialists at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City say they often see an uptick in avoidable injuries and foot problems during the winter.

    They offered some tips for winterizing your feet.

    First, make sure your winter shoes and boots still fit.

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    As doctors have tried to steer their chronic pain patients away from highly addictive opioids, many have turned to two antiseizure drugs, but a new review finds they are only "modestly effective" at treating pain.

    Gabapentin and pregabalin are being prescribed to manage all types of pain, but clinical trial data shows that the drugs have limited effectiveness, said lead researcher

    Imagine living day-to-day with one hand that feels like it's a baseball mitt, or another that feels like a small clutching claw.

    That's the experience of many stroke survivors who suffer from chronic pain, according to a new study in the journal Brain Sciences.

    Stroke survivors living with chronic pain ...

    As a tripledemic of the flu, COVID and RSV continues to spread across the United States, customers at two major pharmacy chains will now be limited as to how much children's pain relievers and fever-reducing medications they can buy for their sick child.

    Both CVS and Walgreens confirmed the limits Monday, CNN reported, though they've approached it in different ways.

    Walgre...

    Having short, painful headaches for many days or even weeks in a row may signal that you're more likely to have other medical woes, researchers say.

    These "cluster headaches" are extremely painful and can last from 15 minutes to three hours at a time. And people who have them may be more than three times more likely to have other medical conditions, such as heart disease or mental disorde...

    Corticosteroid injections to relieve pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis could actually be setting them back.

    Two new studies have discovered that, despite the temporary relief of symptoms, the injections were associated with continued progression of the disease.

    On the other hand, patients injected with another symptom reliever, hyaluronic acid, saw decreased progression of t...

    Many women experience back pain during pregnancy and a new study review suggests an ancient treatment can help.

    Acupuncture provided significant relief of lower back and pelvic pain, according to an analysis of 10 trials from various parts of the world. The findings were published Nov. 21 in BMJ Open.

    "Acupuncture significantly improved pain, functional status, and quality ...

    Shoveling snow is a strenuous workout that poses risks for people with heart conditions.

    “We have to think of shoveling snow as a pretty significant exertion, like an exercise,” said Dr. Donald Ford, chair of family medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. “So if you're go...

    Stress affects gut health and intensifies pain, which — for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — can make traveling to see family during the holiday season excruciating.

    “People living with IBS often say the holidays are especially stressful, above and beyond the typical holiday stress most people report having," said

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  • November 24, 2022
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  • Over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, Aleve or ibuprofen don't do a thing to slow the progression of knee arthritis, and might even make things worse, a new study suggests.

    Knee arthritis patients who regularly took nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) wound up with worse knee inflammation and weakened cartilage, compared to a "control" group not taking the medications, <...

    THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2022 -- U.S. doctors prescribing opioids for pain relief now have a new -- and more nuanced -- set of guidelines from the federal government.

    Issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, the new recommendations incorporate new science developed since the last set of guidelines were released in 2016, at the height of the country's opioid epid...

    Flash radiotherapy, a new technology that uses targeted proton beams, is safe and effective in relieving pain for terminal cancer patients, a new, small study suggests.

    Flash radiotherapy delivers radiation at dose rates more than 300 times higher than those used in conventional radiation...

    New research out of Canada offers some encouraging news amid concerns about the opioid epidemic.

    Doctors are prescribing a lower dose of the painkillers after older adults have surgery, the study found. They are not, however, writing fewer prescriptions for the potentially addictive drugs.

    "While it's good news that the dos...

    Folks who regularly use weed could be in for a rocky road if they ever require major surgery, a new study reports.

    Frequent marijuana users tend to experience more pain as they recover from surgery, and they require more opioid drugs (like morphine) to deal with that pain, the researchers found.

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    A new ultrasound treatment for kidney stones might provide pain-free relief while the patient is awake, researchers say.

    Kidney stones are often excruciatingly painful. In most cases, patients are told to just ride it out, sometimes for weeks, in the hope the stone will ...

    While working on a senior research project as part of her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, Serah Sannoh decided to analyze peer-reviewed studies on diet and menstrual period pain, partly because of her own struggles with the issue.

    What did she find? Sannoh reported in her new study that her research showed foods high in

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 12, 2022
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  • While politicians and health officials seek solutions to an opioid epidemic that kills tens of thousands every year, doctors who prescribe the pain medications are seeking alternatives for their patients.

    Even being young and athletic doesn't protect against a vascular disorder.

    People experiencing arm pain may have something called thoracic outlet syndrome, a disease that o...

    Bariatric surgery aims to help severely obese patients shed significant weight, and now new research shows that many can also look forward to lasting pain relief and mobility.

    Though many patients regain some weight in the first couple of years after bariatric surgery, pain and m...

    Aching joints are common for people over 50, but it's still important to talk to a doctor about it rather than endlessly self-medicating, experts say.

    Now, a new poll from the University of Michigan breaks down

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  • September 13, 2022
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  • An experimental drug that has been shown to treat rashes in people with lupus may also help with lupus-related joint pain.

    Affecting as many as 1.5 million people in the United States, lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system misfires against its own joints, skin, brain, lungs, kidneys and blood vesse...

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