Here are the medications most often prescribed for chronic pain patients with their contents, uses, cautions, side effects and interactions.
When the cost of a single pill can vary from $1 to $10, it's no longer just the elderly who are faced with the choice of eating or buying medications.
The pump is used to deliver medications constantly directly to the spinal cord. A neurostimulator is implanted under the skin and a flexible metal wire is threaded under the skin to a tiny lead which sends electro-signals to the brain.
Finding the right physician who is the right fit can require many interviews. Don't be afraid to just say no if the doctor you see isn't a good fit.
Support groups are some of the most life- and spirit-saving resources known to people suffering from chronic pain and the Internet has become a virtual fountain of these.
Research on stem cells is advancing knowledge about how an organism develops from a single cell and how healthy cells replace damaged cells in adult organisms.
It is thought that Parkinson's Disease may be the first disease to be amenable to treatment using stem cell transplantation.
As patent medicines such as Laudanum were developed and widely sold in America, concern about the addictive properties first began to surface.
By the time pain medications reach us, the opium in them has been cut so drastically that calling them opiates nearly refers only to their origin.
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