Data from two Australian studies suggested changes in the weather do not affect patients' lower back or knee arthritis pain. Dr. Robert Shmerling of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said previous studies have yielded inconsistent data and that, despite this evidence, it is impossible to prove that a weather event cannot affect pain.
Study data is lacking on why some patients are resistant to local anesthesia. Researchers are looking at whether the condition may be linked to genetics and are trying to raise awareness of the problem among physicians and patients.
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Research in The Journal of Headache and Pain found using onabotulinumtoxinA as a preventive therapy for chronic migraine allowed some patients to discontinue oral preventives or overusing acute medications. The study found chronic migraines were reduced to episodic migraines for about two-thirds of patients.
Egalet's opioid painkiller Arymo ER, a long-acting variation of morphine, has been approved by the FDA to treat severe pain that requires daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment. The agency also allowed the drug's claim that it deters abuse by those who seek to dissolve and inject it but did not allow the claim that it deters abuse by those who seek to chew or snort it.
Personalized patient-centered care and an examination of prescribing practices must be part of efforts to reduce opioid abuse, CMS officials wrote in a blog post. They wrote that reducing the opioid abuse epidemic will require a coordinated culture change in health care, patient outreach, collaboration with states and payers, new policies and the use of more patient-centered strategies.
The definition of breakthrough pain has been narrowed to pain that occurs despite use of opioid medications that adequately control pain most of the time, but debate remains on whether breakthrough pain needs more treatment or is "in fact just pain," writes Jane Ballantyne of the University of Washington School of Medicine's Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Higher doses of opioids lead to adverse effects with long-term use but not better pain relief, Ballantyne writes, suggesting the concept of breakthrough pain may not have a role in chronic pain.
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