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Why Does It Hurt Down There? How to Relieve Your Pelvic Pain

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

You Don’t Have to Live With Chronic Pelvic Pain

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

How to Take Care of Your Aching Back as You Age

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

Why Opioids May Not Be Best for Your Chronic Pain

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

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FDA Approves a New Painkiller Designed to Thwart Abusers

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