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Low Back Pain Treatment: What Works?

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There has been a recent surge in interest in alternatives to pharmaceutical treatment of pain in general, and low back pain in particular.  This is the result of growing awareness that pharmaceutical treatments have not only caused significant harm, they have also failed to achieve a reduction in the number of people in chronic pain. […]

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What Every Chronic Pain Patient Needs to Know

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When I was 25 years old I hurt my back while running to try to get into better shape. I had been healthy and active up until then and was attending graduate school to earn a social work degree. I stopped running but everything I did made the pain worse until I was at the […]

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What’s In Cannabis?

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Author: Megan Stone Quick, name all the compounds you can think of that are found in marijuana! While most people know about THC, not a lot of people are aware of what else is in cannabis.There are over 400 natural compounds in medical marijuana, 80 of which are exclusively found in cannabis plants. These 80 […]

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The U.S Coddles Medical Mass Murders While Muzzling Those Who Help and Heal

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The opioid epidemic has been spiraling out of control. Over 200,000 Americans have died and millions more battle addiction. The number of deaths continues to rise. It is now widely acknowledged that the epidemic was started by the pharmaceutical companies. Historically, opioids, otherwise known as narcotics, were used cautiously in the medical system. Generally, these […]

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Three Plants That Could Replace Opioids in Pain Treatment

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Opium. Heroin. Morphine. Methadone. Oxycodone. Hydrocodone. What all of these have in common is they’re derived from a plant—the poppy plant. Written references to the use of this plant, native to Southeast Asia, for pain and other ailments date back to 3400 B.C. In more recent times, opium and even heroin were commonly used in […]

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The Forgotten Pain Patient

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September is Pain Awareness Month.  It’s a good thing that there is a month designated for pain awareness because the plight of the pain patient has been pretty much ignored recently.  As alarm has spread over the increase in opioid addiction and overdose, the needs of the pain patient for relief have taken a back […]

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Drug-Free Pain Relief 24/7

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About 35 years ago I was in terrible shape.  More than three years earlier I had hurt my back running and since that time I had been in terrible pain and my life had ground to a halt.  Doctors were at a loss to explain why I was still in pain.  They gave me drugs […]

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Pain Patients Don’t Help Their Cause by Denying Reality

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Chronic pain patients who rely on opioids for pain relief feel under siege.  Because of concerns about opioid addiction and overdose, federal, state and local governments have been instituting policies that discourage opioid prescribing.  In response, many physicians are indiscriminately reducing the amount of opioids they prescribe.  In some cases, they are quickly and drastically […]

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Free and Affordable Chronic Pain Treatments, Part 1: Meditation

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This is the first in a series of blog posts I will be writing on free and affordable treatments for chronic pain.  Financial limitations often accompany chronic pain, because many who suffer lose the ability to work and/or have significant out of pocket expenses for medical care.  Often, desired treatments, particularly alternative treatments that insurers […]

 
 
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