You are not alone!

By Ed Coghlan. That‘s the message that a new series produced by a Colorado woman who is trying to inspire and educate folks who have had some form of medical trauma. The woman’s name is Mary Beth Eversole who is developing a series of short films that will tell the story of a single individual … Read more

Women with Migraines at Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality

The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) announced that women diagnosed with migraines have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and strokes.  A large study was published in The BMJ this week details the findings.  The following comes from The BMJ press release on the topic. Women diagnosed with migraines have a slightly increased risk of developing cardiovascular … Read more

Who are ‘You People’ Anyway?

By Terri Lewis Ph.D. Editor’s Note: When the National Pain Report helped promote Dr. Lewis’ survey of chronic pain patients submitted to the FDA in advance of Monday’s Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Chronic Pain, we asked her to provide a quick summary of who responded and what they said. A total of … Read more

What Would Pain Management Look Like if Opioid Tolerance Could Be Eliminated?

By Staff There’s a mechanism in the brain that researchers have identified that may well become a target for drugs to prevent tolerance to opioid pain medicine, like morphine, according to a study published in the Nature journal Neuropsychopharmacology. Scientists from Georgia State University and Emory University demonstrated for the first time that morphine tolerance is actually due … Read more

What Fibromyalgia and Pain Have Taught Me

I’ve learned a lot. Taking it to heart? Well…..not so fast. Being in pain on a daily basis has taught me a lot. Not only has it taught me about my body but it’s also taught me about my soul. Rosemary Lee So, what have I learned? I’ve learned that chronic means forever. When I … Read more

U.S. Chronic Pain Practitioners and Scientists Comment on Oregon Forced Taper Proposal

(Editor’s Note—This letter was submitted to the Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) in advance of its August 9 meeting to consider opioid forced taper guidelines. People outside of Oregon are free to comment. To submit your comment of 1000 words or less, email them to herc.info@state.or.us as soon as possible.) July 30, 2018 Dear Members of … Read more

The Collateral Damage of the Opioid Controversy

By Ed Coghlan.25 One of the National Pain Report’s many excellent contributors, Dr. David Nagel and I were chatting by email recently. Dr. Nagel, who wrote an excellent book on chronic pain called Needless Suffering; How Society Fails Those With Chronic Pain, has been speaking on the issue since his book came out. I shared … Read more