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Chronic Pain and Emotional Distress Often Treated With Risky Medications

HBNS STORY | November 12, 2013

People with chronic pain and emotional distress are more likely to be given ongoing prescriptions for opioid drugs, which may not help, finds a new review in General Hospital Psychiatry.

What Would the Car Mechanic Say If You Didn't Look Sick?

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | September 30, 2013 | Kelly Young

Imagine you take your car to a mechanic and he says, "Your car looks fine to me. The paint is still shiny. It's not very old." It just wouldn't happen. So why would a doctor say to someone with rheumatoid arthritis, "Your hands don't look too bad"...

What Is Palliative Care?

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

Palliative care provides therapies are designed to make patients more comfortable and ease the symptoms of serious illnesses or conditions. Learn more.

Bearing Witness

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 12, 2013 | John Schumann

I was naive when I decided to enter medicine. My impressions then were that doctors always “did” stuff—for patients, and to patients. We would do stuff to you (examinations, blood tests, scans, surgeries) in order to help you.

The Tightrope of Chronic Illness

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 8, 2013 | Danea Horn

In the most recent newsletter, I talked about wanting to trade bodies with someone...just for one day. This way they could tell you just how freaked you should be about the symptoms you’re experiencing.

Why Everyone Deserves Palliative Care

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | July 16, 2013 | Richard Besdine

Life is full of surprises, but statisticians tell us that most Americans who make it to age 65 can expect to live to almost 85, and about 1 in 4 will live past 90. Unfortunately, because palliative care is a relatively new specialty, it is often misunderstood by patients, families and even some physicians.

Chronic Pain Sufferers Likely to Have Anxiety

HBNS STORY | May 7, 2013

Patients coping with chronic pain should also be evaluated for anxiety disorders, according to new research published in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Latest Health Behavior News

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 12, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service

This week in health behavior news: Effects of deployment on those left behind | Commuting style linked to weight gain | Drugs for fibromyalgia may do more harm than good | Accidental poisonings leading cause of deaths at home

Drugs to Treat Fibromyalgia Just as Likely to Harm as Help

HBNS STORY | January 31, 2013

Among fibromyalgia patients taking either of two commonly prescribed drugs to reduce pain, 22 percent report substantial improvement while 21 percent had to quit the regimen due to unpleasant side effects, according to a new review in The Cochrane Library.

When Pain Doesn't End

PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE

Chronic pain is one of the most difficult--and common--medical conditions. Estimated to affect 76 million Americans, it accompanies illnesses and injuries ranging from cancer to various forms of arthritis, multiple sclerosis and physical trauma.

Living with Pain

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Promote Your Health

Pain can have a major impact on your day-to-day life. Here’s insight into different types of pain and how they are treated.

Handling Treatment Side Effects

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment

Sometimes treatment can produce troubling side effects. Here’s how to recognize them and what to do if you have them.

What Is Hospice?

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

Hospice care can provide extra support for people near the end-of-life and their families. Here’s what you need to know.

Make Good Treatment Decisions

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Make Good Treatment Decisions

We must understand what our treatment choices are and their risks and benefits.

Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

Document your wishes to reduce the chance of receiving care not consistent with your values.

Participate in Your Treatment

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment

Better health is more likely when we agree on a plan of action with our doctor and follow it.

Promote Your Health

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Promote Your Health

Healthy eating, activity, and safety habits help us live for as long and as well as we can.

Communicate With Your Doctors

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Communicate With Your Doctors

You and your doctor need accurate information from each other. Open communication with your doctor is one of the most important factors in getting and staying healthy.

Evidence Does Not Back-Up Spinal Manipulation for Acute Lower Back Pain

HBNS STORY | September 20, 2012

Manipulating or “adjusting” the spine is a popular way to treat occasional or acute lower back pain and is covered by many health insurance plans, but a recent review by The Cochrane Library finds no evidence to suggest it is more effective than other therapy options.

Topical NSAIDs Provide Relief from Arthritis Pain

HBNS STORY | September 18, 2012

For those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knees or hands, applying topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) —in the form of creams, gels and patches —can bring weeks of pain relief, finds a new review by The Cochrane Library.

Caffeine Gives a Small Boost to Painkillers’ Effectiveness

HBNS STORY | March 15, 2012

Caffeine improves the effectiveness of over-the-counter pain relieving drugs, but only by a small margin, according to a new evidence review in The Cochrane Library.

1st Person: Acute Pain: Sudden Impact

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 30, 2011 | First Person

Dr. Jan Adams has had more than her share of painful experiences. A retired general practitioner and mother of two who practiced 'womb-to-tomb' medicine, she conducted humanitarian work around the world, notably with medical clown Patch Adams (no relation).

Prepared Patient: Getting the Right Help for Acute Pain

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 30, 2011 | Health Behavior News Service

Whether caused by injury, surgery or a toothache so bad it slams you awake in the middle of the night, acute pain is difficult. Receiving prompt and helpful treatment can make all the difference in the world. But lack of care or inadequate care means that the acute pain may develop into chronic agony.

1st Person: Pain: a Constant Companion

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 29, 2011 | First Person

Teresa Shaffer has suffered from chronic pain from degenerative joint disease since she underwent six months of bedrest during her third pregnancy.

Prepared Patient: When Pain Doesn't End

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 29, 2011 | Health Behavior News Service

At 24, Teresa Shaffer, began a decades-long journey through chronic pain, eventually receiving a diagnosis of degenerative joint disease. Although she was wheelchair-bound at one point, today, at 47, through water therapy, medication, exercise, counseling and perseverance, Shaffer is able to walk on her own and manage her pain as well as serving as an advocate for other pain patients. Kelly Young has suffered constant pain from her rheumatoid arthritis for the last five years. A mother of five, 46-year-old Young copes with her illness with a mix of medications, grit and advocacy work.

1st Person: Acute Pain: Sudden Impact

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | September 22, 2011 | First Person

Dr. Jan Adams has had more than her share of painful experiences. A retired general practitioner and mother of two who practiced 'womb-to-tomb' medicine, she conducted humanitarian work around the world, notably with medical clown Patch Adams (no relation).

Prepared Patient: Getting the Right Help for Acute Pain

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | September 22, 2011 | Health Behavior News Service

Whether caused by injury, surgery or a toothache so bad it slams you awake in the middle of the night, acute pain is difficult. Receiving prompt and helpful treatment can make all the difference in the world. But lack of care or inadequate care means that the acute pain may develop into chronic agony.

Getting the Right Help for Acute Pain

PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE

Receiving prompt and helpful treatment for acute pain can make all the difference in the world. But lack of care or inadequate care means that the acute pain may develop into chronic agony.

Taking a Closer Look at Chronic Pain

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 11, 2011 | Conversation Continues

This June, an Institute of Medicine report estimated that chronic pain affects 116 million Americans. Here, Tara Parker-Pope, Maia Szalavitz, and Elizabeth Cohen offer their perspectives on the findings. Kelly Young, RAWarrior, adds her personal experience, too.

Caffeine Can Ease a Spinal Tap Headache

HBNS STORY | August 9, 2011

People who suffer headaches after a spinal tap might have a relatively simple way to ease the painful throb: a caffeine tablet.

1st Person: Pain: a Constant Companion

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | July 19, 2011 | First Person

Teresa Shaffer has suffered from chronic pain from degenerative joint disease since she underwent six months of bedrest during her third pregnancy.

Prepared Patient: When Pain Doesn't End

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | July 19, 2011 | Health Behavior News Service

At 24, Teresa Shaffer, began a decades-long journey through chronic pain, eventually receiving a diagnosis of degenerative joint disease. Although she was wheelchair-bound at one point, today, at 47, through water therapy, medication, exercise, counseling and perseverance, Shaffer is able to walk on her own and manage her pain'as well as serving as an advocate for other pain patients. Kelly Young has suffered constant pain from her rheumatoid arthritis for the last five years. A mother of five, 46-year-old Young copes with her illness with a mix of medications, grit and advocacy work.

Overdoses of Popular Painkiller Send Thousands to ER Each Year

HBNS STORY | May 3, 2011

Overdose of the common household drug acetaminophen leads to more than 78,000 emergency department visits a year, and the majority of the overdoses are intentional, according to a new CDC study.

For Back Pain, Spinal Manipulation Holds Its Own

HBNS STORY | February 15, 2011

If you’re suffering from chronic lower back pain, a new review finds that spinal manipulation ? the kind of hands-on regimen that a chiropractor might perform ? is as helpful as other common treatments like painkillers.

Review: Ibuprofen Offers Relief for Many With Migraine Headaches

HBNS STORY | October 5, 2010

Low Back Pain Is No Reason to Stay in Bed

HBNS STORY | June 15, 2010

Out-of-Pocket Costs Put Arthritis Drugs Out of Reach for Some

HBNS STORY | May 20, 2010

Chiropractic Treatment Offers Some Relief for Early Low Back Pain

HBNS STORY | April 13, 2010

Acetaminophen Alone Works Well for Postpartum Pain

HBNS STORY | March 16, 2010

Is Your Back Pain Caused by Herniated Disc? Single Test Can’t Tell

HBNS STORY | February 16, 2010

Latino and White Children Might Receive Different Pain Treatment

HBNS STORY | February 4, 2010

Used as Prescribed, Opioids Relieve Chronic Pain With Little Addiction Risk

HBNS STORY | January 19, 2010