This past June I wrote a SharePost entitled, URGENT: FDA May Remove or Limit Access to Opioid Pain Medications . In it I told you about “Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies” the FDA was developing in an attempt curb the misuse and abuse of opioid pain medications. At that time, the FDA was asking the public to comment on the REMS under consideration, but the final date they would accept comments was June 30, 2009. Reportedly the FDA received more than 1,250 comments from individuals and groups. I know many of you wrote, as did I. Apparently our concerns made an impression because now the FDA has reopened and extended the comment period to October 19, 2010 “in light of continued public interest in this topic and to provide an opportunity for all interested parties to provide information and share views on the matter.” I'd like to think this means the FDA is rethinking and reassessing the situation so the resulting REMS will not make li...
Treatment - post surgery
How is pain treated after surgery?
There are many types of pain medicines. Depending on the surgery and the patient's health, a single medication or combination of medications may be used.
Studies show that patients who use pain medication (such as narcotics) early and aggressively after surgery have shorter hospital stays and fewer lingering or chronic pain problems later. They actually end up using fewer painkillers overall than those who avoid pain medication.
There is some evidence that extreme suffering from pain can weaken your body's immune system. The risk of addiction to pain medication is extremely low in patients using such medications for post-surgical pain.
For detailed information see: Pain medications
Alternative Names Lower leg pain; Pain - shins; Anterior tibial pain; Medial tibial stress syndrome; MTSS; Exercise-induced leg pain; Tibial periostitis; Posterior tibial shin splints Home Care Begin the healing process with 2 - 4 weeks of rest. Rest completely (other than walking for daily activities) for at least 2 weeks. You can try other training activities, such as swimming or biking. After 2 - 4 weeks, and when the pain is gone, you can start running again. Increase your activity level slowly. If the pain returns, stop exercising right away. Warm-up and stretch before and after any exercise. Use ice or a cold pack over the area for 20 minutes, twice a day. Over-the-counter pain medications will also help. Talk with your health care provider or a physical therapist about wearing the proper shoes, getting orthotics for your shoes, and running on the right types of surfaces. For anterior compartment syndrome, your doctor will recommend treatment. For a stress fracture, see your health care...
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