Coping with Chronic Pain? 4 Tips for Relief

(DGIwire) – Those experiencing chronic pain have an array of sources of information at their disposal. One such resource is WebMD’s Chronic Pain Assessment tool. Although its specific recommendations depend on the exact nature and duration of the pain being felt, the tool provides several general tips to get started on the road to improved […]

What Limiting Access to Prescription Opioids Means for Vets

(DGIwire)   According to a recent article in Washington Post, federal restrictions on patient access to prescription opioids could have unintended consequences for the people who risk their lives for our safety and freedom. The rule would require veterans to return to their doctor each month to receive a prescription if they want to continue receiving […]

Is a Way ‘In Reach’ to Guide Opioid Users to Recovery?

(DGIwire)   Try as some people might to turn a blind eye to the problem, fatal drug overdoses—especially from opioids and heroin—continue to rise. According to a recent release from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8,257 people died of heroin-related causes in the U.S. in 2013, a significant increase from the previous year. […]

Is a “Stiff Upper Lip” Seriously the Only Option When in Pain?

(DGIwire) — Chronic lower back pain has become a common complaint. Does this mean we should just resign ourselves to a stiff lower dorsum and keep a stiff upper lip? The answer is no, because when back pain becomes constant, it can lead to serious consequences. Since chronic lower back pain is difficult to diagnose and […]

Pain, Pleasure & Opioid Addiction Next Door

(DGIwire) — In many movies involving drug-addicted characters, the dramatic scenes often take place in back alleys with sketchy drug dealers in long coats, or in rundown drug dens. In real life, drug dependence—particularly dependence on opioids—can arise in a middle class or upper class home with a doctor’s prescription. The addict could be one’s next-door […]

Slowing Down the Fastest-Growing Addiction in America

(DGIwire) — When we think of addiction, especially life-threatening addiction, alcohol or stimulants may be the first things that come to mind. We probably all know at least one person, either a family member or friend, who has struggled with the demon of alcohol addiction. Not everyone can think of a friend who has tried […]

A Push to Treat Opioid Addiction as Heroin Trade Surges

(DGIwire) – The flood of heroin coming into and out of New York City has surged to the highest levels in more than two decades, according to The New York Times. A recent article noted the amount of heroin seized in investigations involving the city’s special narcotics prosecutor, Bridget G. Brennan, has already surpassed last […]

Addressing the Growing Epidemic of Opiate Addiction

(DGIwire) — Addiction to painkillers, both prescription and recreational, has reached epidemic proportions. According to a recent article in TIME magazine, the city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against five different pharmaceutical companies, alleging that they deceptively marketed opioid painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin for chronic pain management, even though the companies knew […]

For Those with Chronic Pain, the Goal is Relief

(DGIwire) Regardless of whether or not you are a fan of football, baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer or any other sport—it’s hard not to get captured by the excitement once the Super Bowl, World Series, the Stanley Cup, NBA Finals, World Cup or any of the other tests of athletic superiority grip the masses. Sport aficionados […]

Perfecting Pain Management for Better Living

(DGIwire) – Pain is arguably the most common of all health complaints, with the discomfort usually short-lived. For many, however, pain is not easily reduced or eliminated. Insights on this dilemma were recently provided by Dr. William H. McCarberg, a founding member of the Chronic Pain Management Program at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, and voluntary assistant clinical […]

Treating Opioid Abuse Before It Takes Over a Life

(DGIwire) – Substance abuse often starts as self-medication—an attempt to stop the physical or emotional pain a person is feeling. However, drug dependency is very difficult to treat. Those with dependence are part of a community, and when one person has a drug problem, there often are several more. This is especially true today, with heroin use […]

The Quiet Epidemic of Senior Drug Abuse

(DGIwire) — When we think about drug addiction, seniors are certainly not the first age group that comes to mind. But here’s the reality: one quarter of the prescription drugs sold in the United States are used by the elderly, often for problems such as chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety, according to ModernMedicine.com. According to […]

A BEMA of Light to Effectively Treat Chronic Pain

(DGIwire) — Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months, such as migraines or back or joint pain. For those with chronic pain, life can seem like a never-ending cycle of drug treatments to find relief. Chronic pain might originate from a particular event, such as a car accident or sports-related […]

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