Pain Management

The best methods of management for conditions with chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, TMJ disorder, and foot pain.

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People With Chronic Pain Talk About Opioids

News coverage of the opioid crisis rarely includes the voices of Americans who rely on these prescriptions for chronic pain. Here's what they have to say.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

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How to Ease Kids’ JIA Aches and Pains

These soothing stretches can help children stay one step ahead of this challenging condition.

By Megan McMorris
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Let’s Talk About CBD & Pain

More and more people are using this buzzy herbal remedy to treat all kinds of pain. But how effective is it?

By Jennifer Tzeses
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Let’s Talk About CBD

We’ve got the 411 on whether CBD is really as magical as people make it out to be—and if it’s actually even legal.

By Jennifer Tzeses
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The Link Between Restless Leg Syndrome and Chronic Pain

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common and sometimes devastating condition. I see it quite frequently in many of my chronic pain patients. In fact, it contributes to quite a bit of chronic pain, because of the difficulty it causes in terms of gettin...

By Mark Borigini, M.D.
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Do Zero Gravity Chairs Really Work for Managing Pain?

With co-pays, deductibles, and bills to pay, it seems like everyone is in a pinch lately. And although medications are effective at reducing pain in a pinch, I would like to focus on some other products that help control the vise-grip of pain. To eff...

By Christina Lasich, MD
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Opioids: Physical Dependence or Addiction?

The terms "addiction" and "physical dependence" are not interchangeable, even though they're often used that way. Learn the difference.

By Stephanie Stephens
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Can Referred Pain Be Treated by Radiofrequency Ablation?

Leg pain, arm pain, and even headaches can all be referred from the facet joints in the spine. These small joints connect each vertebral body. Like other joints in the body, the facet joints can wear out and develop arthritis (inflammation of a joint ...

By Christina Lasich, MD
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Fibromyalgia, G.I. Disorders and Psychologic Distress

Are the gastrointestinal problems that often accompany fibromyalgia caused by psychologic distress? A study published in the April 2009 issue of the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology says yes. I say they are jumping to conclusions with...

By Karen Lee Richards
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These Conditions Are Often Misdiagnosed as Typical Back Pain

Sometimes back pain is not strictly related to spinal structures. Sometimes back pain comes from other places, specifically internal organs. In a process called referred pain, internal organs can send pain signals to other parts of the body. For exam...

By Christina Lasich, MD
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Guaifenesin for Fibromyalgia: Legit Treatment or Snake Oil?

You may have read some amazing stories of people who claim to have had a complete reversal of their fibromyalgia symptoms from taking something called guaifenesin. You may also wonder why it is not prescribed more often if it works so well. For almos...

By Karen Lee Richards

Meet the Experts

Ginger Vieira
Health Writer & Patient Advocate

Ginger Vieira is an author who has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999, and fibromyalgia since 2014.

Lene Andersen, MSW
Patient Advocate

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer. She lives with rheumatoid arthritis.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.
Health Writer

Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.