Chronic Pain 
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More Pain Equals Higher Risk of Prescription Opioid Addiction
A new study out of Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) is the first to show a direct link between pain level and risk of opioid addiction – and the increased risk is substantial.
Pain management remains to be a challenging area for clinicians, nurses, and medical residents – and it doesn't matter how long they've been in the field.
Survey results suggest nearly one-half of parents whose child had leftover prescription opioids following a surgery or for an illness keep the pain medication in the home.
The Pain Beliefs Questionnaire (PBQ) has proven to be effective as a 32-item survey, but researchers found it is still reliable when cut down to 18 items.
Prescription drug policies are designed to curb overdose deaths, but at the same time they could be hurting patients who really need the medications.
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has proven its safety and efficacy in many trials, but data backing subtypes of the treatment are lacking.
Although patients commonly take opioids to relieve chronic back pain, there is no concrete evidence supporting this strategy.
The impact of social touch, or segmental tactile stimulation, has been explored in that past, but the underlying mechanism is far from fully understood.
About 15% of complex postoperative pain patients end up developing moderate to severe chronic pain, becoming disabled, and using opioids long-term, according to a new study in the journal Pain Management.

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