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2006 CDC Report Finds Pain Affects Millions of Americans

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This update on trends reflects changes on how chronic pain has been viewed and managed as America’s struggle with opioids continues. It’s often insightful to look back at how our government viewed chronic pain and compare that to how they have responded. This report from the CDC published thirteen years ago in 2006 stands in stark contrast to the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Chronic Pain Management, at a time when anti-opioid zealots had clearly gotten the upper hand. More importantly is how our healthcare system has responded, indicating what appears to be an effort to cherry pick the data which fits an ideological point of view. New concerns are rising for America’s elderly as the use of non-opioid chemical restraints increases for managing behavior which in some cases, is due in part to chronic pain. 

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Posted in Chronic Pain News Medical News

What to know about codeine withdrawal

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Codeine is a prescription medication that can sometimes cause addiction. A person who is dependent on codeine may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug. Learn about the symptoms of codeine withdrawal and their expected duration here, as well as the various treatment options available.

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Posted in Chronic Pain News

Dr. Kline Myth No. 1 – Anyone can become an Addict

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Share the News            LikeDr Kline speaks to the misinformation campaign around opioid addiction, it’s basis in genetics and how blurring the lines between addiction and physical dependence is a major cause behind our nations misplaced approach in addressing overdose deaths. The medical use of opioids can lead to a physical dependence,…

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Posted in Chronic Pain News

Google Healthcare, Personal Healthcare Reduced to an Algorithm

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Google keeps gigabytes of data on every user who uses one of their products in everyday life. Not only what you search for through your browser, but what you buy over the internet, where you eat, what you watch on the TV, the music you listen to, what you read, in fact every little detail that you do in private with your computer or mobile device running Android, Google is silently in the background, keeping tabs and storing this information, which it then uses to commercially target you. Slavery in this context is not about owning your body, but about owning your choices and limiting those choice to ensure the profitability of someone else.

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Impulsive behavior: What happens in the brain?

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What makes us impulsive? Why do we find it so easy to say “yes,” when we know that “no” would be better for us in the long run?

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Posted in How Overdose Data is Collected Pill Data Reports

Average State Population per Opioid Script Written 2012

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Aggregated DEA pill data is reported as a ratio of state population to average monthly scripts at selected dosage amounts.

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Posted in Good Doctor vs Bad Doctor Pain Management Education for Patients

A Dishonest Way to Ease Post-Surgical Pain

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For doctors who advocate this way I suggest we test how strong their beliefs are in these methods. Let’s pound their hands with a hammer and then ask them to get by on Tylenol alone. When they can do that, then I’ll being willing to listen to their sales pitch.

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Posted in Op-Eds

Does Limited Choice Encourage Opiate Addiction or Prevent It?

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Researcher bias can confine results to outcomes which support pre-experimental beliefs and then contributes to misinformation which taints the remainder of the scientific community

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Posted in Good Doctor vs Bad Doctor

When to be Afraid of your Doctor – Part 1

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This post is about educating patients on how to spot a dangerous situation before they get in too deep or too dependent on a prescriber whose intent is to exploit them for reasons other than providing honest and compassionate medical care. It is based on personal experience with Comprehensive Pain Management in Columbus Ohio

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Posted in Op-Eds Pain Management Education for Patients

A Prescription for America’s Anti-opiate Phobia

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A prescription for America, a dose of rationality and facts not designed to make you afraid but to educate you and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

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