Reassurance, agreeing to avoid opioids, and information gathering were the three most common communication strategies used by physicians and their patients with chronic pain. Those are the findings from a small pilot study conducted to determine how doctors and patients approach the inherent uncertainty of opioid use, given the absence of long-term data about opioids’ efficacy in noncancer or end-of-life pain treatment.
Two thematic findings emerged: (1) pain relief with spinal cord stimulation as a complex and individual experience and (2) challenges in adaptations in everyday life with spinal cord stimulation. Findings indicate that spinal cord stimulation can offer pain relief that can help patients achieve a meaningful life despite chronic pain.
The PALIAR score is a precise and reliable tool for identifying the end-of-life trajectory in patients with advanced medical diseases.
Two symptom clusters were identified in this sample of patients with venous leg ulcers. Further research is needed to verify these symptom clusters and to evaluate their effect on patient outcomes.
The relationship between pain, negative mood, fatigue, and self-efficacy in adults with SCI was explored. Results support a model that proposes that chronic pain lowers mood, which is mediated (lessened) by self-efficacy, whereas pain and mood independently increase chronic fatigue. Results provide direction for treating chronic pain in SCI.
At the present time, intrathecal ziconotide provides a treatment option for patients with severe, unremitting pain who have failed to respond to other intensive analgesic regimens.
Sterns, founder and medical director of the Center for Pain and Supportive Care, is the first doctor in Arizona to implant the device used to help people suffering from chronic pain. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved that use six months ago.
A German professor is developing light therapy to regulate sleep and treat chronic pain
This narrative review sought to explore the wider social context in which individuals with chronic pain may experience disbelief toward their pain. Articles were obtained through a search of eight databases and a hand search of the references of full-text papers. Key results within the articles were noted and integrated to form three main themes: stigma, the experience of isolation, and the experience of emotional distress.
Sick-listed persons experienced the process of being on long-term sickness absent as very negative. The negative experiences are linked to consequences of stopping to work, consequences of social insurance rules and to negative encounters with professionals handling the sickness absence. The positive experiences of being sick-listed were few in the present study.