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CDC proposes new guidelines on the treatment of chronic pain, including opioid prescribing

The US government proposed new guidelines for prescribing opioid pain medications on Thursday.  Of particular importance is that they have removed the previously applied recommended ceilings on doses for chronic pain patients, and instead encourage doctors to use their clinical judgement. This is a huge… Read More »CDC proposes new guidelines on the treatment of chronic pain, including opioid prescribing

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Spinal Cord Stimulators – high complication rates and serious adverse events

Spinal cord stimulators are implanted devices designed to relieve pain by sending low level electrical signals directly to the spinal cord.  This signal interrupts the pain messages and therefore reduces pain.  Or that’s the theory. In practice, the devices often leave patients in more pain… Read More »Spinal Cord Stimulators – high complication rates and serious adverse events

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Read “The Truth about Pain Killers”

We know now that the vast majority of patients who take pain relievers like oxycodone and hydrocodone never get addicted. We also know that people who develop problems are very likely to have struggled with addiction, or to be suffering from psychological trouble, prior to receiving opioids.”

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New UNSW report: Problem opioid behaviours are related to pre-existing risks, not dose

A new study from UNSW Sydney has analysed findings from a five-year cohort of 1514 people who have been prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain, finding that risk for problematic opioid outcomes is related to a combination of patient characteristics and pre-existing factors, rather than… Read More »New UNSW report: Problem opioid behaviours are related to pre-existing risks, not dose

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Prescription Opioid Overdoses: THE TRUTH

The prescription “opioid crisis” response in America, triggered by their Centre for Disease Control, has clearly harmed the chronic pain patient population (forced tapers, suicides etc), and we certainly don’t want this flawed approach coming to Australian shores! American authorities & policymakers have finally realised their error and are now trying to reverse some of the harm done. In fact, the authors of CDC guidelines acknowledge they’ve been misapplied and even admitted “we know little about the benefits and harms of reducing high dosages of opioids in patients who are physically dependent on them.”