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

Should Chronic Pain Patients Be Rooting for the NFL

By Ed Coghlan. We don’t run a sports segment at the National Pain Report, a but a sports story that broke this week might have significance for the chronic pain community. The Washington Post reported this week that he powerful NFL may be willing to work with the NFL Players Association to study the use of marijuana … Read more

RSD/CRPS Doesn’t Own Her

Christa Whightsel For Christa Whightsel, her “introduction” to CRPS started with what seemed to be a minor accident at work. In 2008, the 20 year old former dancer was injured at work. She suffered a bone bruise and a slight break in the skin. It was enough to go to an emergency room, but something … Read more

Regular Codeine Use May Cause More Pain

People who take large and frequent doses of codeine to relieve pain may actually increase their sensitivity to pain, according to Australian researchers. Researchers at the University of Adelaide conducted what is believed to be the first experimental study comparing the pain relieving and pain worsening effects of both codeine and morphine. Codeine has been widely used … Read more

Rare Disease Day Important To Chronic Pain

By Ed Coghlan February 29 is Rare Disease Day. Did you know that different rare diseases that affect 300 million people worldwide? 34 year Paula Torres lives in Chile who has suffered from chronic pain all of her life. Like many pain patients she has a rare disease which was hard to diagnose. Her is how … Read more

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Presidents of the American Academy of Pain Medicine Oppose Oregon Proposals to Force-Taper Pain Patients

By Staff. Editor’s Note: The following email and letter are being published as received from Richard “Red” Lawhern. Not only does National Pain Report support spreading awareness of the Oregon Chronic Pain Task Force’s proposals which would restrict opioid therapy to Oregon Medicaid patients, but also believe it is just as important to raise awareness … Read more