Polyneuropathy and long-term opioid use examined by study

Posted by - May 23, 2017

This post was originally published on this sitePolyneuropathy is a common painful condition, especially among older patients, which can result in functional impairment. In a new article published by JAMA Neurology, Christopher J. Klein, M.D., and his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., examined the association of long-term opioid therapy with functional status, adverse

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Opioid use before knee replacement surgery results in worse pain outcomes for patients

Posted by - May 18, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteThere is growing concern regarding opiod use prior to a total knee replacement (TKR), and recent research has suggested that preoperative opioid use may lead to worse pain outcomes following surgery. A team of investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital evaluated pain relief associated with TKR in patients

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Pain linked to non-medical prescription opioid use in young adults

Posted by - May 17, 2017

This post was originally published on this sitePhysical pain — often “self-medicated” without help from healthcare professionals — is an important contributor to non-medical prescription opioid (NMPO) use by young adults, suggests a study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).  Young men with severe

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