What Is Pain?

For the first time in 40 years, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has revised the definition of pain, which the group hopes will lead to new ways of assessing and managing pain.

 

Borderline personality disorder common in chronic pain patients

– A significant proportion of patients who suffer from chronic pain also have features of borderline personality disorder (BPD), new research shows.

Results of a systematic literature review showed 23% of patients with chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) had some features of BPD, including difficulty maintaining relationships, as well as affect and mood instability.

Just a little mindfulness can ease pain and negativity

Just a brief introduction to mindfulness helps people deal with physical pain and negative emotions, according to a new study.

The effect of mindfulness was so pronounced, they found, that even when participants experienced high heat on their forearm, their brain responded as if it were a normal temperature.

5 Mental Tricks and 5 Mantras for Chronic Pain

There are many different ailments that can result in pain, such as infections, arthritis, and joint and nerve problems, among many others. Living with chronic pain that causes suffering year-round can feel like a living nightmare. Things can feel almost hopeless, but your suffering can be mitigated and managed using a steady combination of medications, as prescribed and advised by your doctor, as well as positive thinking and self-affirmation. To this end, we’ve gathered 10 mental tricks you can perform to keep your pain at bay, as well as 5 mantras you can recite to keep your strength and spirits up!

 

Novel Over-the-Counter Device May Offer Long-Lasting Pain Relief

A novel, noninvasive, over-the-counter electromagnetic neuromodulation device (ActiPatch, BioElectronics Corp.) appears to deliver long-lasting relief in chronic pain patients. However, at least one pain expert has concerns about the study methodology and interpretation of the results.

Pain: Considering Complementary Approaches (eBook)

Pain is the most common reason for seeking medical care. It is also a common reason why people turn to complementary health approaches. This 47-page eBook provides an overview of complementary health approaches for pain, including acupuncture, massage therapy, meditation, spinal manipulation, yoga, and more. You’ll find summaries of what the science says about whether these approaches are useful and safe, as well as tips to help you be an informed consumer.

Don't Be the Don Quixote of Pain Management

-Too many in medicine are tilting at the wrong windmill

Full disclosure right off the bat: I've never been offered nor would I accept anything (besides pens, sticky notes, & the occasional Starbucks or sandwich) from a drug company. I'm not in their pocket and in fact, I'm the "anti-Rx guy" in my community. But there's a time and a place for medicine whether that's Lasix, Lupron, or Lyrica.

Virtual Reality Treatment Shows Promise for Phantom Limb Pain

virtual reality (VR) treatment developed for the treatment of phantom limb pain may reduce pain intensity and phantom sensations in some patients, according to a study published in Pain Medicine.

Green light therapy: A stop sign for pain?

Exposure to green light therapy may significantly reduce pain in patients with chronic pain conditions, including migraine and fibromyalgia, an expert reported at the scientific meeting of the American Pain Society.

Gabapentinoids used Off-label for Pain: Effective or Erroneous?

The heightened focus and widening regulatory restrictions on opioid prescribing may be prompting more widespread use of alternatives to this class of medications. Two drugs that are increasingly being prescribed for pain management are the gabapentinoids gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica). There are many questions, however, about their efficacy for the numerous pain conditions for which they are prescribed, off-label

Escalating Opioid Doses in Chronic Pain

Increases in prescription opioid doses were unrelated to most clinical outcomes among chronic pain patients, according to a 2-year prospective cohort study.

A Clinical Overview of Off-label Use of Gabapentinoid Drugs

The gabapentinoid drugs gabapentin and pregabalin were originally developed as antiseizure drugs but now are prescribed mainly for treatment of pain.