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Normally we don’t experience pain from osteoporosis until we sustain a fracture. Due to this lack of pain, some fractures may go unnoticed. This is not the case with all compression fractures and some can cause significant pain. If this happens to you, don’t wait to have it check since both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty spinal procedures can only be completed before the fracture starts to heal, which is generally within the first three months post fracture. Vertebroplasty can be accomplished on slightly older fractures, but kyphoplasty needs to be considered within the first three months and before the callous forms on the broken bone. For pain relievers that can be used during the healing phase see the list below.
Non-Surgical Pain Relievers
Lidoderm patches : These are patches you apply to the painful area that contains lidocaine to numb the area. These patches can only be worn for 12 hours, and there’s a lim...
Migraineurs and other chronic pain patients who use narcotics (opioids) are often asked to sign narcotics contracts, or treatment agreements, with their doctors. These contracts establish the rules for the doctor’s prescribing narcotic pain medications. They require that the patient submit to random or scheduled drug testing to determine if they are taking the proper amount of the drug and that they are not taking any other pain medications or illicit drugs. If patients fail the test, these contracts allow the doctor to terminate care. Who do these contracts protect? Doctors can get into big trouble for over-prescribing controlled substances, or helping people with addiction or substance abuse issues get them. These contracts are an attempt to limit doctor’s exposure to prosecution for misuse of controlled narcotics. Research shows that it’s not usually chronic pain patients who abuse narcotics. Pain medication is widely under-prescribed, and pain u...
Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Advil or Aleve, might lower your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), one of the most common forms of skin cancer, according to a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology .
Researchers reviewed nine previous studies which also looked at the use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin, to a reduced risk of developing skin cancer. According to the scientists, the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma dropped by 15 percent and could potentially become a part of overall prevention measures for SCC.
SCC is the second most common form of skin cancer with 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. This type of skin cancer rarely metastasizes, however, it can become deadly if left untreated. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation , 8,800 people died from SCC in 2012. This type of skin cancer develops in the epidermis, or ...
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