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Please share an interesting fact about pain management.

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Dr. Thomas Wright answered

Specializes in Phlebology

Opiate: Opiate pain medicines are controversial for long term (> 9 wks) control of chronic non-cancer pain.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Cory Annis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

When: When first injured, think ice not heat. This includes sore backs/necks. Make swelling stop first.

Answered 3/26/2018

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Dr. Martin Raff answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Much: Much pain can be managed without opiate narcotics. See an expert in the field.

Answered 10/30/2013

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Dr. David Rosenfeld answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not a safe as many people think it is. Excess tylenol (acetaminophen) can damage your liver.

Answered 6/16/2014

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Dr. Michael Bolesta answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

An: An important goal is to find ways to live a full life without letting pain control you.

Answered 7/9/2014

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Dr. John Michalski answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Desensitization: Desensitization is a great way to lessen incisional pain.

Answered 3/1/2017

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Dr. Randall Stastny answered

Specializes in Surgery - oral & Maxillofacial

Having: Having a procedure with general and local anesthesia will produce less post-operative pain.

Answered 4/6/2015

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Making: Making the goal to participate in activities that bring you joy. This will decrease your pain.

Answered 3/22/2014

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Dr. Vikram Patel answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Majority: Majority of herniated discs heal by themselves.

Answered 7/15/2014

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Dr. Charles Cattano answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

Every: Every day doctors bet that the risk taken to help a patients will pay off, but for some it will not.

Answered 6/4/2013

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Dr. Thomas Wright answered

Specializes in Phlebology

Opioid: Opioid narcotics are good for acute pain but have never been shown to be effective in chronic pain.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Tod Haller answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

DON'T: Don't do physical therapy on your own. Only with trained professional because form is important!

Answered 6/19/2013

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Dr. David Rosenfeld answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Treatments: Treatments such as acupuncture, yoga, and meditation may correct some pain.

Answered 7/14/2013

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Dr. Zoey Goore answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen is more effective for tonsillectomy pain than tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine. Safer too!

Answered 8/24/2019

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Many: Many fear that head pain means brain tumor. Not so, brain tumors are very rare causes of headaches.

Answered 8/5/2013

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Dr. Barbara Lavi answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Some: It's a myth that: there's nothing you can do if medications fail, but hypnosis can help manage pain.

Answered 8/5/2013

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Narcotics: Narcotics and opioids do not cure pain, and like a bandaide, merely cover it up temporarily.

Answered 7/25/2013

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Chiropractors,: Chiropractor, neurologist, physiatrist, anesthesiologist, internist, orthopedist ...All help.

Answered 5/13/2014

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim answered

Specializes in Pain Management

An: An interventional pain doc will want to perform an injection, because they know it works quickly.

Answered 4/6/2015

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Dr. Mark Gujer md fasa answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

People: People focus on the 0-10 pain scale. Its better to focus on increase daily function and attitude.

Answered 1/11/2014

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Patients: Patients who use pain medicine promptly often require lower doses than those who let the pain build.

Answered 10/16/2014

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Dr. Thomas Wright answered

Specializes in Phlebology

Worldwide: Worldwide marijuana most commonly used illegal drug, painkillers most deadly.

Answered 9/6/2013

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Your: Your pain doctor can tell when you are doing bad. There isn't any reason to over exaggerate. Don't!

Answered 9/2/2013

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Exercise: Exercise or any strenuously exhilarating activity maybe your ticket to less pain, and less medicine.

Answered 9/2/2013

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

US: U.S. Most heavily uses narcotics to treat pain but the satisfaction is lower than in other countries.

Answered 12/12/2013

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Dr. Robert Kent answered

Specializes in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Sex: Sex can release endorphins, a natural way to reduce pain and stress.

Answered 9/10/2013

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Dr. Robert Kent answered

Specializes in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Nerve: Nerve pain, like radiculopathy, is better treated with neuromodulators like Gabapentin then narcotics.

Answered 4/12/2021

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim answered

Specializes in Pain Management

When: When you hit your elbow, you compress your ulnar nerve in the ulnar groove causing electric pain.

Answered 9/16/2013

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Dr. Francisco Alencar jr answered

Specializes in

Chronic: Chronic headaches might be related to myofascial pain and TMJ syndrome.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. Zahid Niazi answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Surgery

When: When possible post surgical pain control starts before patient wakes up from sleep - better efficacy.

Answered 9/13/2013

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Dr. Alan Koenigsberg answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Chronic: Chronic pain is treatable! it takes an experienced physician and time during appointments.

Answered 3/24/2015

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Dr. Marsha Davis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Ignore: Most people try to do it on their own-seek professional help for better success.

Answered 12/1/2013

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Dr. Marsha Davis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Ignore: It's a myth that: all pain management involves use of medications.

Answered 2/26/2016

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Dr. Ted Anderson answered

Specializes in Gynecology

Ignore: Ovarian cysts are usually not a source of pelvic pain. Ovaries make cysts (follicles) for a living!

Answered 11/7/2015

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: Pain management involves a team effort.

Answered 4/6/2015

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: If your pain has lasted more than a week, and not getting better, get it treated.

Answered 4/6/2015

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Dr. Geoffrey Ndeto answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: Acute pain can lead to chronic pain if left untreated which can lead to depression.

Answered 5/5/2014

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Dr. Fernando Garcia answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: We now have the ability to determine which drugs will benefit us and which will cause side effects.

Answered 4/24/2014

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Dr. Fernando Garcia answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: It's a myth that all people of the same size require the same dose of pain medicine.

Answered 7/16/2014

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Ignore: As the duration of the pain increases, the prognosis for effective management worsens.

Answered 4/26/2014

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Dr. Boris Aronzon answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: Every patient is different and has uniq requirements despite presumed similarities.

Answered 5/9/2014

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Dr. William Jenkins answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: One easy way to help with chronic pain is to take omega 3, dietary supplements or prescription.

Answered 5/22/2014

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Dr. Tarek Shahbandar answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: Goal of pain management is to reduce pain while reducing addicting narcotics if possible.

Answered 6/7/2014

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Dr. Qamar Khan answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Ignore: Pain management is best when it includes medication, treatments and you getting involved in as well.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Karen Sibert answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: Pain management is more than pills--best strategy uses multiple modes to diagnose and treat pain.

Answered 7/25/2014

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Dr. Edward Teller answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: People do not always need narcotics for pain relief. There are many good anti-inflammatory drugs.

Answered 4/6/2015

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Dr. Tarek Shahbandar answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: Discrete, regional, or point tenderness is easier to treat than full body pain.

Answered 1/18/2019

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Dr. Fernando Garcia answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: Weight loss is one of the single most effective and least invasive ways to decrease joint pain.

Answered 4/6/2015

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Dr. Fernando Garcia answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: New compounded pain creams are very effective and don't have side effects or addiction problems.

Answered 10/31/2014

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Dr. Fernando Garcia answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: Always warm up BEFORE stretching and then stretch before exercise. This will help prevent injury.

Answered 4/6/2015

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Dr. Clifford Gevirtz answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: Never share your narcotic medication. This is a Red Flag for prescribers and they may drop you.

Answered 6/10/2017

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Dr. David Agnew answered

Specializes in

Ignore: Overwhelming percentage of patients (80+%) have history of abuse in childhood.

Answered 12/21/2014

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Ignore: Pain Management aims to reduce pain and improve function and quality of life.

Answered 1/27/2015

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Dr. John Gerancher answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: Ask your anesthesiologist about pain management plans before surgery. Less uncertainty=less pain.

Answered 3/17/2015

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Dr. Mark Galperin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Ignore: Is not about pain killers, it is about treating pain.

Answered 5/14/2015

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Dr. Yunus Shah answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: Not every problem needs a Pill.

Answered 3/15/2016

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Dr. Priscilla Morris answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Ignore: A large proportion of back pain is myofascial in origin vs. spinal or discogenic.

Answered 11/13/2015

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Dr. Akhtar Purvez answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Ignore: Regular exercise, a good night's sleep and fresh,healthy food can help avoid common pains and aches.

Answered 5/25/2016

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Dr. Edward Workman answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Ignore: Diet can have an effect on pain; Mediterranean diet is anti-inflammatory: olive oil,fish,brassicas.

Answered 5/10/2017

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Dr. Vivek Iyer answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Ignore: Narcotics shouldn't not be a starting point. It should be a last resort.

Answered 6/9/2017

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Dr. Ryan Miller answered

Specializes in

Ignore: For anyone who abuses crystal meth','ice', speed for relaxation . You almost certainly have ADHD!

Answered 12/23/2017

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