The Diagnosis of Pain: The Medical History

It is not hard for a doctor to diagnose pain. Every medical student is taught defining characteristics that are entered into the patient's chart, substantiating the baseline pain: historic and physical data, patient self-assessment, numeric values, and physical exam findings.

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Non-Opioid Pain Management by Dr Forest Tennant

WITHDRAWAL OF OPIOIDS AND PAIN MANAGEMENT WITHOUT OPIOIDS By Dr Forest Tennant   We are pleased to share information from Dr. Forest Tennant, grandfather of PracticalPainManagement.com, teacher of intractable pain and arachnoiditis management. Read more about Dr. Tennant here. Arachnoiditis is a complication of epidural steroid injections (ESI) wherein the normal layer of arachnoid tissue is chronically... Continue Reading →

Strong Patient Advocate: Richard “Red” Lawhern, PhD

Richard "Red" Lawhern's exemplary article on behalf of patients with chronic pain is selected as he Strong Patient Advocate article of the week! Red is featured on the Roy Green show today at  by Richard A. Lawhern, Ph.D. “Catch 22” is a phrase that most of us recognize. It refers to a satirical novel by Joseph... Continue Reading →

7 Ways that Chronic Pain Changes the Brain

7 Ways that Chronic Pain Changes the Brain: An automated meta-analysis of 420 imaging studies - pain's effect on the brain. neurosynth.org uses functional connectivity and coactivation mapping from thousands of MRI images (each comprised of many cuts of images) are automated to show a final result of pain's effect on the brain. Created and... Continue Reading →

From Dr. Forrest Tennant: Hyperalgesia: No Reason to Stop or Reduce Opioids

We all feel pain when pricked by a thorn. Patients with "hyperalgesia" have pain to things that do not usually hurt others. As one can imagine, this can be a very stressful way to live, to say the least. This is a recent article by Dr. Forrest Tennant, MD, a double-American Board Certified doctor in pain... Continue Reading →

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