Fibromyalgia is a medical mystery. We don’t exactly know what causes it. And lab tests can’t diagnose it. But physicians are getting closer to uncovering the truth about it.
When it comes to prescription pain medications, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Here’s how to separate fact from fiction.
Weather actually can cause joint pain. Falling temperature and barometric pressure, combined with rising humidity, may be to blame. While you can’t control the weather, you can take steps to feel better.
Chronic pain sufferers often deal with insomnia. Experts find behavioral therapy to be the single most effective treatment. Learn more about cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.
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Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is as bad as it sounds — severe, spreading chronic pain with redness, fluctuating skin temperature, and sometimes changes in body hair and nail growth. These issues make it hard for most patients to use their affected arm or leg, the body parts that are most often impacted. As if … Read More
If you’re frustrated with chronic pelvic pain that hasn’t responded to treatment, you’re not alone. Many women suffer from chronic pelvic pain, and it is often difficult to diagnose because there are so many potential causes. “Pelvic pain can sometimes be a sign of a gynecological problem, such as cysts on the ovaries, endometriosis, pelvic … Read More
Chronic pelvic pain is not a symptom. It is a disease, stresses Joseph Abdelmalak, MD, a specialist in Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management. “I compare it to hypertension or diabetes,” he says. “It is chronic but treatable.” More than 80 percent of patients with chronic pelvic pain are women, says Dr. Abdelmalak. In fact, … Read More
You may not be aware of it, but your spine starts to age in your 20s and 30s, and that continues throughout the rest of your life. “We all experience degenerative changes, but the good news is that these changes don’t always cause serious problems,” says spine specialist Kush Goyal, MD. There is no actual … Read More
Opioids— drugs like OxyContin® and Percocet® — are powerful painkillers. But opioids aren’t usually best for chronic pain. “Today, pain specialists rarely prescribe opioids for chronic pain unless it’s cancer-related,” says Richard W. Rosenquist, MD, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management. Lessons learned It wasn’t always that way. From late 1980s through early 2000s, … Read More
The FDA approved a new chronic pain drug in July, the latest step in the FDA’s efforts to reduce the widespread abuse of extended-release/long-acting opioid painkillers. The drug, Targiniq ER, is for treating pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment. It aims to treat patients who find other treatment options inadequate. Targiniq ER has properties that are … Read More