Pain Management

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Chronic pain sufferers advocate against stigma of prescription pain meds

For chronic pain sufferers, there is a real problem with the abuse of painkillers in the United States. While the number of patients who have a legitimate need for prescription painkillers — 100 million plus — is vastly more than the number of people addicted to painkillers — 11 million — there is a stigma attached to the prescribing, dispensing and utilization of pain medicines.

 

PUTTING A FACE ON PAIN MANAGEMENT

Chronic pain sufferer Dennis Kinch pens book to encourage pain community
Dennis Kinch lives by the motto, "Do what you can, when you can." These seven words have carried him through hardships and triumphs. In 2005-2006, they even spearheaded his crusade to walk the entire Route 66 to raise awareness about chronic pain.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patient Ellen Smith serves as advocate for pain relief
Ellen Smith has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a progressive degenerative connective tissue disorder characterized by joint hypermobility, skin extensibility and tissue fragility. Ellen knew from childhood she was unusually flexible and highly mobile, but thought nothing of it.

Gina Libby strives to improve pain medication legislation
At the age of 42, Gina Libby has lived with chronic pain for more than 20 years. Yet it hasn't stopped her from making an impact; she's on the front lines of pain advocacy, using her experience to influence healthcare policy and teach others. As a young girl, Gina was diagnosed with severe scoliosis, or curvature of the spine,

Former radio personality Radene Marie Cook rues 'fail first' treatment plans
For decades, Radene Marie Cook had two complimentary careers: she was a professional actress, dancer and singer, and she enjoyed a 16-year run as an on-air radio personality. But on March 16, 2000, all that changed. While working, her aircraft was hit by a "microburst."

 

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CDC: Opioid prescribing varies widely by state

Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012 — many more in some states than in others — according to a Vital Signs report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that highlights the danger of overdose.