The'Silver Lining' of the Opioid Crisis: More Pain Research The'Silver Lining' of the Opioid Crisis: More Pain Research

Better pain management is needed to reduce prescribed opioids, said the scientific lead of the CDC arthritis program, who believes pain is a public health issue.Medscape Medical News
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Authors: Kuettel D, Primdahl J, Weber U, Terslev L, Østergaard M, Petersen R, Pedersen AK, Möller S, Hørslev-Petersen K Abstract OBJECTIVE: To examine prospectively self-reported flare characteristics and their longitudinal association with disease activity and patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Consecutive RA patients with DAS28CRP
Source: Journal of Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research
More than half of regular opioid users suffer from arthritis. Here are three tips to talk to your patients about opioid use and alternative pain management...
Source: The Rheumatologist - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: Drug Updates Safety Opioid abuse opioid alternatives Pain Management patient communication physician-patient communication Source Type: research
Conclusions Greater than half of those aged 45 years or older with arthritis were not currently being treated for it, substantial proportions of whom experienced severe symptoms and poor physical function and may benefit from clinical management and guidance, complemented by community-delivered public health interventions (self-management education, physical activity). Further research to understand the reasons for NCT may identify promising intervention points to address missed treatment opportunities and improve quality of life and functioning.
Source: JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
AbstractTo describe the clinical and therapeutic management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs), alone or in combination with conventional synthetic DMARDs (csDMARDs), as well as analysing changes over time in bDMARD use. An observational, retrospective, multicentre study was conducted in the rheumatology departments of 10 public Spanish hospitals. Patients with RA treated with bDMARDs at baseline who had medical records available in the data collection period 2013 –2016 were included. All visits to rheumatology departments recording any type of bDMARD...
Source: Rheumatology International - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
It’s something I’ve heard countless times from patients with fibromyalgia. They’re telling a friend or family member about their condition and the response is, “But you don’t look sick” or “But you look so well.” Sometimes, the reaction is more of an eye roll or some other response that reflects skepticism that the problem is even “real.” Those are issues addressed head-on in a TV ad for Lyrica (pregabalin), a treatment for fibromyalgia. “To most people, I look like most people,” a woman says. “But on the inside I feel chronic, widespread pain.&r...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Arthritis Bones and joints Fatigue Pain Management Source Type: blogs
Authors: Destegul D, Kocaöz F, Sarı AS Abstract Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA) is a rare syndrome characterized by a lack of sensitivity to pain due to congenital sensory and autonomic neuropathies, anhidrosis, an inability to regulate body temperature, growth retardation, mental retardation at different levels of severity, and inadvertent self-harm. It is an autosomal recessive disorder that is result of a mutation in the neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase 1 gene, which encodes neurotrophic tyrosine kinase. CIPA patients are frequently admitted to hospitals with unrecognized traum...
Source: Agri Dergisi - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Agri Source Type: research
Patients with meniscal tear experience similar levels of reduced pain and improved physical function when treated with either arthroscopic partial meniscectomy or physical therapy, according to a recent study. The study also found these improvements were long term—lasting through the five-year follow up...
Source: The Rheumatologist - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: Conditions Osteoarthritis Arthritis & Rheumatology knee knee injury Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) meniscal tear surgery Source Type: research
ConclusionsJoint arthroplasty is a highly valuable therapeutic strategy for hip or knee OA patients who do not respond to pharmacological management. These results represent a step towards the collection of robust, scientifically sound data that will facilitate the completion of health economic analyses in the field of OA.Key Points:• This study reports the long term outcomes of hip and knee replacement surgery in late-stage OA.• We identified pre-, per-, and post-operative determinants which contribute to a greater improvement in pain and function, hence increasing patients’ satisfaction.• These resul...
Source: Clinical Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that is the most common type of arthritis. Usually, it occurs among people of advanced age. But it can begin in middle age or even sooner, especially if there’s been an injury to the joint. While there are treatments available — exercise, braces or canes, loss of excess weight, various pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines — these are no cures, and none of the treatments are predictably effective. In fact, often they don’t work at all, or help only a little. Injected steroids or synthetic lubricants can be tried as well. When all else fails, jo...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Arthritis Bones and joints Complementary and alternative medicine Pain Management Source Type: blogs
The objective of the study was to describe the ENs of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients using the SpENAT and to determine the main sources of information consulted by these patients.Material and methodsMulticenter, observational, cross-sectional study. We included consecutive patients ≥ 18 years with diagnosis of RA (ACR 87/ACR-EULAR 2010). Sociodemographic data, disease characteristics and clinimetric properties were recorded. All patients completed the SpENAT and were asked about the sources employed to obtain information about their disease.Statistical analysisPopulation characteristics were described. ENs...
Source: Reumatologia Clinica - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
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