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CDC Guidelines for Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain

CDC Guidelines for Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, whether it be back pain, neck pain, or any other bodily pain, achieving relief is probably foremost in your mind every hour of every day. Realizing how debilitating and immobilizing chronic pain often is, many physicians in the not-so-distant past prescribed powerful opioid pain medications (including OxyContin, Vicodin, and Fentanyl) as the first line of defense in combatting this pain. While opioids are effective at relieving pain (at least in the beginning), they’re also highly addictive.

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Categories: Pain Treatments

VLOG: Doctors at Space City Pain Specialists Discuss Their 2018 MS150 Ride

VLOG: Doctors at Space City Pain Specialists Discuss Their 2018 MS150 Ride

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable disease that has affected the doctors at Space City Pain Specialists. Dr. Cannella, who has been diagnosed with MS, and Dr. Garcia talk about their MS150 experience and why they are so passionate about this cause.

They are doctors helping doctors with MS.

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Categories: Community Involvement

The Importance of Physical Therapy for Pain Relief

The Importance of Physical Therapy for Pain Relief

When you are injured or in pain, exercising (or physical therapy) may be one of the last things you feel like doing. Ironically, performing strategic exercises under the guidance of a skilled physical therapist is actually one of the most effective ways to achieve long-term pain relief, recover from an injury, or learn to cope with chronic injury or pain.

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Categories: Pain Treatments, Physical Therapy

Fibromyalgia, a Balancing Act

Fibromyalgia, a Balancing Act

Written by Sheri New, Patient Advocate at Space City Pain Specialists

Anyone that has experienced chronic pain or a chronic illness, like fibromyalgia, can tell you that finding a balance between what you need to do, what you can do, and what you should do is like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s the ever out of reach, constantly shifting idea that we can never quite seem to reach.

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Categories: Fibromyalgia, Lifestyle

Spine Pain: Before You Can Treat It, You Need to Know What’s Causing It

Spine Pain: Before You Can Treat It, You Need to Know What’s Causing It

Chronic spine pain – back pain that persists for three months or longer – is debilitating and significantly affects individuals’ quality of life and ability to perform daily tasks. In severe cases, spine and back pain can leave patients bedridden. The key to achieving relief from chronic spine pain is identifying its cause. Following are three common reasons why you may be experiencing spine pain.

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Categories: Back Pain, Pain Treatments

Exercises for Back Pain Relief

Exercises for Back Pain Relief

If you suffer from chronic back pain, you know how important it is to find back pain relief, but pain management might be easier than you thought. Your answer to pain relief could be exercise!

Exercise has shown many benefits for heart health, emotional health, and chronic back pain relief. Even light exercise can save people from enduring chronic back pain. When looking for ways to relieve back pain and lose weight, try a new exercise plan.

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Categories: Back Pain, Lifestyle

Women and Migraines: Why do They Have More?

Women and Migraines: Why do They Have More?

Migraine headaches affect 29.5 million Americans, approximately 12% of the U.S. population. Migraines are three times more common in women than men – about 18% of women suffer from migraines vs. 6% of men.

What Causes Women to Have More Migraines?

Women are believed to have a higher occurrence of migraines due to the hormonal milestones that occur over a woman’s lifetime: menarche (menstruation), pregnancy, the postpartum and breastfeeding states, perimenopause, and menopause. Also, the use of oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy used by women can increase the frequency and severity of migraines.

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Categories: Pain Treatments, Head Pain

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