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

Teaching the Physician About CRPS

By Ed Coghlan Ask a CRPS patient about his or her experience with physicians and you’ll probably hear something like “It took months for me to get a diagnosis.” It’s true. In fact, the average CRPS patients sees four doctors before he or she can get a diagnosis. RSDSA, a national non-profit, has partnered with the … Read more

Take a Survey on Your Treatment of Chronic Pain

By Ed Coghlan Since we started the National Pain Report, one topic that we have tried to consistently explore is the quantity and quality of care that chronic pain patients received. As many of our writers and commentators have written over the years, this is a health care system story—and it’s a system that often … Read more

STUDY: Thoughts about Sleep May Cause Insomnia and Worsen Pain

People with chronic pain who believe they won’t be able to sleep are more likely to suffer from insomnia, thus causing worse pain, says a study from the University of Warwick published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Esther Afolalu and colleagues from the Sleep and Pain Lab in the Department of Psychology created a scale to … Read more

STUDY: Patients Who Receive Prescription Opioids Are More Satisfied with Their Care

By Staff. Patients with musculoskeletal conditions who receive prescription opioids are more satisfied with their care than comparable patients who do not receive opioids. “In the current payment paradigm, reimbursement is partially based on patient satisfaction scores. We sought to understand the relationship between prescription opioid use and satisfaction with care among adults who have … Read more

Study Finds Virtual Reality Therapy Helps Decrease Pain in Hospitalized Patients

Wearing virtual reality (VR) goggles and watching calming videos significantly reduces pain for hospitalized patients. In a new study published by JMIR Mental Health, a sister publication of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, researchers examined 100 hospitalized patients who reported pain scores of greater than 3 on the Numeric Pain Rating Scale from zero to 10. … Read more

Study Finds Link Between Chronic Pain and Smoking

Women who smoke daily more than double their odds of having chronic pain, according to a study at the University of Kentucky. Photo by Tiffany Dawn Nicholson Women who smoke heavily are more likely to experience chronic pain, according to a recent study at the University of Kentucky. Over 6,000 Kentucky women were surveyed on … Read more

Stigma: Opioids, addiction, and chronic pain

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two part series on the stigma of chronic pain. This focuses on the chronic pain patient. The second installment features the stigma of being a pain physician. We invite your comments. These are challenging days. Persons who suffer with chronic and intractable pain are facing widespread public … Read more

Should Medical Schools Do More in Teaching Chronic Pain?

Improving training for medical school students about treating pain is needed. Dr. Dan Bennett, Chairman of the National Pain Foundation, believes that doctors understanding the cause of pain should be aggressively taught in school He was responding to a news story that four medical schools in Massachusetts are teaming up to improve training for doctors in pain … Read more