Pain Management
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Pain Management

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Introduction: The Universal Disorder

You know it at once. It may be the fiery sensation of a burn moments after your finger touches the stove. Or it's a dull ache above your brow after a day of stress and tension. Or you may recognize it as a sharp pierce in your back after you lift something heavy.

It is pain. In its most benign form, it warns us that something isn't quite right, that we should take medicine or see a doctor. At its worst, however, pain robs us of our productivity, our well-being, and, for many of us suffering from extended illness, our very lives. Pain is a complex perception that differs enormously among individual patients, even those who appear to have identical injuries or illnesses.

In 1931, the French medical missionary Dr. Albert Schweitzer wrote, "Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself." Today, pain has become the universal disorder, a serious and costly public health issue, and a challenge for family, friends, and health care providers who must give support to the individual suffering from the physical as well as the emotional consequences of pain.

 
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Doctors' Group Issues Painkiller Guidelines
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Many U.S. Workers on Disability Use Narcotic Painkillers, Study Finds
U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers
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Skip the Steroids for Shoulder Pain?
Health Tip: Easing Headache Pain
FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller
Acetaminophen May Not Help Against Back Pain, Study Contends
Could 'Phone Care' Ring in New Approach to Pain Relief?
Patient Satisfaction Surveys May Contribute to Opioid Abuse
More Painkillers May Raise Heart Risks for Older Women: Review
Chronic Pain Prevalent in U.S. Soldiers Post-Combat Deployment
CDC: Opioid Prescriptions Vary Widely Among States
Many U.S. Vets Suffer Chronic Pain, Take Narcotic Painkillers: Study
New Drug May Treat Constipation Caused by Strong Painkillers
Use Prescription Painkillers Safely
FDA Approves Generic Version of Painkiller Celebrex
Evidence Lacking for Long-Term Opioid Use in Low Back Pain
Certain Prescription Painkillers Tied to Higher Risk of Irregular Heartbeat: Study
Opioid Prescriptions in the Emergency Room Rising
ERs Dispensing More Narcotic Painkillers: Study
Groups Push FDA to Revoke Approval of Highly Potent Painkiller
Many U.S. Seniors Get Prescription Painkillers From Multiple Doctors
Predictors of Widespread Pain Identified in Older Adults
Many U.S. Women Prescribed Narcotic Pain Meds During Pregnancy
FDA Panel Sees No Heart-Safety Advantage With Naproxen
FDA Advisers Revisit Heart Risks Posed by Painkillers
Health Tip: Deal With Chronic Pain
Your Brain Structure May Influence Pain Tolerance
Health Tip: Don't Take Too Much Acetaminophen
Guidelines Agree on Opioid Risk Mitigation Strategies
Acetaminophen and Alcohol a Bad Mix, Study Suggests
FDA Approves Extended-Release Hydrocodone Painkiller
FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers
 
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