Persistent pain is a devastating condition that affects as many as 90 million Americans. Unlike short-term, acute pain—the kind that happens when you sprain an ankle—persistent pain may last for months, or even years. Whether the source of your suffering is arthritis, back pain, or nerve pain, it is important
Tag: opioid drugs
Opioids Less Effective Than Expected.
While the U.S. is undergoing an opioid epidemic, new findings show that the millions of people who take opioids for back pain may not experience pain relief, and suffer side effects in addition. In a study of 2,030 people with low back pain, almost half took
If you are one of the millions of women with the degenerative joint disease called osteoarthritis (OA), you know how much of a toll it takes. OA of the knee is one of the top five causes of disability among community-living adults; more than 75 percent of OA patients report
Changes in Behavior May Indicate Early Alzheimer’s Disease
Scientists have developed a “checklist” of behavior changes that appear to be early indicators of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Traditionally, declining memory and thinking skills have been associated with the onset of the disease, but new evidence suggests that mild behavioral impairment might also
As the percentage of older individuals in the U.S. population grows dramatically in the coming decades, the problem of how to address the chronic pain that is so common in this age group looms as a significant challenge. Opioid medications represent one possible response in the battle against pain in
Scientists have long tried to understand what causes an individual’s response to injury or disease to evolve from acute pain, which is an immediate response to a hurt, to chronic pain that continues for months or years after apparent recovery. Several recent studies suggest that chronic pain may come to
Opioid addiction—a dependence on drugs that contain narcotic substances derived from opium—is a growing problem in the U.S. But many patients are unaware of the potential harms of opioid drugs, since the path to opioid addiction often begins with a prescription from a doctor.
“Approximately two million people have an opioid
People with painful knee osteoarthritis often take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If these drugs fail to provide adequate relief, opioid drugs may be the next step. The less potent opioid drug tramadol often is tried first. A recent study, published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (February 2016), calls into