Approximately one in four Americans suffer from chronic pain. If that includes you or someone you love, you know how devastating the effects of that pain can be. Get lifestyle tips and information that can help you cope with debilitating symptoms and emotional ups and downs.<br /><a class="linktocondition" href="/condition/pain-management">Pain Management Guide</a>

Pain Relievers

  • Posted on: 31 December 2013
  • By: jleff

Is it safe to combine pain relievers if one isn't easing my pain?

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Sources: http://nclnet.org/health/100-over-the-counter-medicines/272-answers-to-your-questions-about-otc-painkillers http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/12-things-you-should-know-about-pain-relievers.shtml http://www.rheumatology.org/Practice/Clinical/Patients/Medications/NSAIDs__Nonsteroidal_Anti-inflammatory_Drugs/ http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/02/briefing/3882b2_02_mcneil-nsaid.htm http://www.uptodate.com/contents/nonsteroidal-antiinflammatory-drugs-nsaids-beyond-the-basics
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Fibromyalgia: First Steps After a Diagnosis

  • Posted on: 16 October 2009
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Things you can do to feel more prepared and supported.
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The days and weeks after you’re first diagnosed with fibromyalgia can be a whirlwind of emotions. Here are some things you can do to feel more prepared and supported.
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thoughtful womanThe days and weeks after you’re first diagnosed with fibromyalgia can be a whirlwind of emotions. You may feel anxious about what’s to come, angry that you have a chronic illness, sad that your lifestyle might have to change—or even happy to finally have a diagnosis! Here are some things you can do to feel more prepared and supported.

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Refs: Arthritis Foundation. Fibromyalgia Treatments. Accessed on September 8, 2009. http://www.arthritis.org/disease-center.php?disease_id=10&df=treatments. National Fibromyalgia Association. Treatments. Accessed on September 8, 2009. http://www.fmaware.org/site/PageServer?pagename=fibromyalgia_treated. Mannerkorpi, K. Physical exercise in fibromyalgia and related syndromes. Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology. 2003: 17(4). 629–647. Henriksson KG. Fibromyalgia--from syndrome to disease. Overview of pathogenetic mechanisms. J Rehabil Med. 2003;89-94.
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Why the Opioid Epidemic Affects More Women Than Men

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: jleff
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Women are more likely than men to live with chronic pain, and they experience pain and treatment differently than men, thus they're more likely to suffer opioid addiction.
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Women are more likely than men to live with chronic pain, and they experience pain and treatment differently than men, thus they're more likely to suffer opioid addiction.

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by Heather Boyd, MPP, Director of Public Policy at SWHR

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CDC Says Too Many Antibiotics Still Being Prescribed in U.S.

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
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Despite growing concerns about creating drug-resistant bacteria, overprescribing of antibiotics in U.S. hospitals didn't drop between 2006 and 2012, according to a new federal report.
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Despite growing concerns about creating drug-resistant bacteria, overprescribing of antibiotics in U.S. hospitals didn't drop between 2006 and 2012, according to a new federal report.

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MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News)—Despite growing concerns about creating drug-resistant bacteria, overprescribing of antibiotics in U.S. hospitals didn't drop between 2006 and 2012, according to a new federal report.

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Make It a Habit: 5 Tips for a Pain-Free You

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: jleff
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These 5 simple, healthy habits can help relieve chronic pain. Give yourself 21 days to adopt these healthy lifestyle habits.
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These 5 simple, healthy habits can help relieve chronic pain. Give yourself 21 days to adopt these healthy lifestyle habits.

For people with chronic pain, life can be hard. The unrelenting pain may make you feel uncomfortable, cranky and even hopeless at times. But your pain may be more within your control than you think. Switching bad habits for good ones can help ease the pain and improve—and potentially prolong—your life.

It's never too late to reverse your bad habits or adopt some new, healthy ones. It can be done if you give yourself some time and patience.

Non-addictive Painkiller Shows Promise in Animal Trials

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: jleff
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Preliminary research in monkeys suggests that a new medication might be able to provide pain relief similar to opioid drugs such as OxyContin, but without the same potential for addiction or serious side effects.
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Preliminary research in monkeys suggests that a new medication might be able to provide pain relief similar to opioid drugs such as OxyContin, but without the same potential for addiction or serious side effects.

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TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News)—Preliminary research in monkeys suggests that a new medication might be able to provide pain relief similar to opioid drugs such as OxyContin, but without the same potential for addiction or serious side effects.

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Men Get More Pain Relief From Marijuana Than Women

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
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Smoking marijuana provides greater pain relief to men than to women, a new study indicates.
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Smoking marijuana provides greater pain relief to men than to women, a new study indicates.

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News)—Smoking a joint provides greater pain relief to men than to women, a new study indicates.

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