Tag: chronic pain

Taking Aim at Treatment Resistant Depression

As many as half of individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) have treatment resistant depression (TRD). TRD is characterized by a failure to achieve complete remission of depressive symptoms following at least six to eight weeks of treatment with at least one course of antidepressant medications. The plight of these

Pain Management: What to Do When Pain Just Won’t Go Away

Pain Management: What to Do When Pain Just Won’t Go Away

Chronic pain—a condition that exists when pain lasts three months or more—affects 25-30 percent of Americans. It is more common in older adults, men, and Caucasians. It is not life-threatening, but if not treated it can lead to permanent nerve damage.
Different Than Acute Pain
Acute pain might be caused by surgery,

Non-drug Strategies to Help You Knock Out Pain

An estimated 80 million Americans spend their days and nights coping with chronic pain that has lasted for six months or more. For many, these persistent throbs and aches negatively affect their mood, quality of life, and ability to function from day to day. Prescription drugs are one approach to

Ask the Doctor: Migraines; Neuropathic Pain; Hypertension

Q. I have suffered from migraines most of my adult life. Do migraines increase the risk for cognitive decline?
A. A recent study may put your mind at ease about the long-term cognitive effects of migraines. Researchers tracked 286 migraine sufferers for nine years and compared scans of their brains with

Ask the Doctor: Cryotherapy; Pilates for Seniors

Q: What is cryotherapy, and is it an approved treatment for any medical conditions?

A: In medical terminology, “cryotherapy” is the use of very low temperatures to treat injury and disease. For example, putting an ice pack on a sore back is one form of cryotherapy.

Cryotherapy, also sometimes referred to as

Hip Joints: Is Preservation or Replacement the Best Option?

If you have osteoarthritis (OA) in your hips, you’re probably aware that having your hip joints replaced may be in your future. However, for some patients, joint preservation may be a better option.

“When determining the best treatment option, the factors that are considered are age, sex, and whether or not

Depression After Surgery

Feeling depressed can happen after any type of surgical procedure, and many doctors don’t warn patients of the possibility, according to geriatrician Michelle Eslami, MD, UCLA Medical Center. Postsurgical depression can be the result of chronic pain, reactions to pain medications, anesthesia, facing one’s mortality and the physical and emotional

What Is Mindfulness, and How Does It Make a Difference?

What Is Mindfulness, and How Does It Make a Difference?

It’s a term that’s bandied about frequently these days, but you might wonder, “Exactly what is mindfulness?” At its core, it’s the ability to stay present in moment. That means being able to focus, and to be aware of what’s happening right now.

For example, right now, you’re reading these words.

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