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Mark Borigini, M.D.

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Mark Borigini is a doctor primarily located in Bethesda, MD, with another office in Downey, CA. He has 29 years of experience. His specialties include Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Pain Management and Osteoporosis.

Latest by Mark Borigini, M.D.

Man in pain with joints affected by severe rheumatoid arthritis.
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Do You Have Mild, Moderate, or Severe RA?

How different are the symptoms between mild, moderate, and severe RA - and how do you treat each type? Here's what you should know.

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The Best Medication for Chronic Low Back Pain

Medications are the most frequently recommended treatment for low back pain. Research has shown that 80% of primary care patients with low back pain were prescribed at least one medication when seen by the primary care provider; more than one third w...

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Prescribing Narcotics: A Doctor's Point of View

It has been about ten years since the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched what some feel is a targeted war on drugs, the battleground being your Doctor’s office. The DEA feels there has continued to be a diversion of prescrip...

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When Satisfactory Biologics Are Not Enough: Satisfying Sex With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Autumn is here. Whether it is because we are cold, or we sense the never-ending cycle of life heading into its dormant period, it is not surprising we find ourselves reaching out toward that significant other. We hold that loved one and wish life to ...

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Medicinal Marijuana: The Myths, the Money, the Munchies

Marijuana has been used as a medical treatment for many centuries. We have been hearing more about so-called medicinal marijuana because of the recent United States Supreme Court ruling that essentially concluded that state laws permitting medicinal ...

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Topical Pain Medications: Which Ones Do the Job?

In a prior entry, I discussed Voltaren Gel. But there are some other prescription topical agents worth talking about this fine morning. Again, these medications have the potential to help all sorts of patients, but they may be particularly useful in ...

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Fibromyalgia and the Courts: Here Comes the Judge

There is a lot of debate as to whether there is such a thing as “secondary” fibromyalgia due to some sort of trauma. Often, the trauma is the result of a fall, or a car accident. Such “post-traumatic” fibromyalgia patients are more severely affected, ...

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New Guidelines for Low Back Pain Treatment

Last month, the American Pain Society added to its recommendations to health care providers regarding the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain. In addition, the Society decided to discuss openly procedures that could be risky to sufferers of low ...

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The Topic is Topicals: Voltaren Gel

For patients with chronic pain involving limited areas of the body, they might not have to expose themselves to the toxicities of oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Motrin and Naproxen. These toxicities can lead to stomach ul...

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Better Sleep Often Means Less Chronic Pain

I have often in these virtual pages emphasized the importance of sleep in reducing the severity of chronic pain. Sleep has been shown in fibromyalgia studies to be extremely important in reducing the pain fibromyalgia patients experience, and a lack ...