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Stomach Aches: 5 Things Parents Should Know

At some point, every parent hears these three words: “My stomach hurts.” Most of the time, kids’ stomach pain goes away on its own with home remedies such as ginger ale and TLC. But sometimes stomach aches signal something more serious. How can you tell the difference? Lori Mahajan, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist in Cleveland Clinic … Read More

Psyching Out Kids’ Pain

It’s no secret that chronic pain during childhood can take a heavy toll on youngsters and their caregivers. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Gerard Banez, PhD., Director of the Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. Pediatric psychologists can teach children to play a role in their own pain … Read More

What’s New in Pain Treatments

Treatment of pain, particularly headaches and back and cancer pain, has always been a challenge. Recent technological developments in pain management, as well as new variations on ancient methods, can help to eliminate or ease tough pain. Here are a few of these treatments that have shown success in pain management. Headache pain Occipital nerve … Read More

September: Pain Awareness Month

September is Pain Awareness Month, a time to raise public awareness of issues relating to pain and managing it. Find expert advice about pain and painful conditions on Health Hub: Headache pain Attacking MigrainesVideo: Does Weather Trigger Migraine Headaches? Joint pain 6 Myths About Joint Pain and Arthritis Aching Knee? Try Acupuncture for Relief Treatment … Read More

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Headache Q&A: Test Yourself

You probably know someone who suffers from headaches — most of us do. But how well do you understand this common pain condition? Test your knowledge of headaches with our Q&A. Cynthia Bamford, MD, an expert from the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute Center for Pain, provides the answers. Q: What is the most common cause … Read More

Managing Insomnia for Those With Chronic Pain

Contributor: Michelle Drerup, PSyD, Sleep Disorders Center Ah, elusive sleep. Insomnia. Many of us have been there. For people with chronic pain — from arthritis to fibromyalgia to the pain of cancer — sleep issues are especially common. This can include difficulty falling asleep as well as awakening during the middle of the night or … Read More

Help for Chronic Pelvic Pain

Contributor: Joseph Abdelmalak, MD, Department of Pain Management Most patients with chronic pelvic pain (CPP) stand to benefit from seeing their condition for what it really is — a chronic disease, not a symptom. So says Joseph Abdelmalak, MD, a physician in Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management with a special interest in CPP. “Many … Read More

Prescription Painkillers Not For Everyone

Contributor: Teresa Dews, MD, Department of Pain Management If you’re struggling with chronic pain, don’t be too quick to pin your hopes on the prescription painkillers known as opioids. These drugs, which include OxyContin® and Percocet®, have a long list of down sides and should be viewed as a last resort for chronic pain, says … Read More

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Don’t Let Chronic Pain Rule Your Life

Chronic pain can seriously affect your quality of life, interfering with your ability to work, sleep and enjoy family and friends. When chronic pain disrupts your quality of life and does not improve with standard treatments, it is time to seek help. It is important to understand the difference between acute pain and chronic pain. … Read More

A Young Woman’s Journey Back from CRPS

Contributor: Michael Stanton-Hicks, MD, Department of Pain Management Twenty-year-old Jordan Keen has battled complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) for almost half her life. But now her once-disabling condition is so well controlled that she ran the Chicago Marathon last year — in under 6 hours 30 minutes, no less. Jordan offered to share her story … Read More