Insomnia and Chronic Pain

Study investigates role of psychiatric disorders in sleep-pain relationship The presence of a psychiatric disorder did not appear to influence relationships between pain and sleep, researchers reported here. Sleep and pain were significantly correlated and their association was similar regardless of whether a patient had a psychiatric diagnosis, according to a poster presentation by Samir Sethi, MD, […]

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Gabapentin Plus Opioids for Chronic Pain?

Combining gabapentin (Neurontin) with opioids showed no advantage over opioids alone for chronic pain patients, a small preliminary study presented here showed. Patients who had either treatment plan experienced statistically significant improvement in pain over baseline, but adding gabapentin to opioids was not superior in providing pain relief, reported N. Nick Knezevic, MD, PhD, of Advocate Illinois […]

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Patient-on-Provider Violence in the Pain Clinic

“Some physicians desperate enough to carry handguns for self-protection” DENVER — Pain clinicians were likely to encounter violent patients, including assaults and threats revolving around opioid treatment, a review of literature showed here. In a special session at the 2019 American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) meeting, David Fishbain, MD, of the University of Miami in Florida, and […]

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