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Acupuncture for Veterans: Treatment Increasingly Common at VA Facilities

Veterans in need of relief for chronic pain increasingly are finding acupuncture available as a treatment option throughout the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Before You Take CBD Oil for RA, Here’s What You Need to Know

CBD oil, created from the cannabis plant, is an increasingly popular alternative treatment for those in the chronic pain community. But before you “dig in,” you should probably know whether it’s legal — and safe.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

30 Days of CBD Oil for Pain

Our resident “tries it” guy, Emil DeAndreis, took CBD oil for 30-days to see if it would help his RA pain. Sure, he was hesitant, but after 38-days of using CBD oil he was able to ween back on his RA meds.

By Emil DeAndreis

Do You Have a Pain Specialist in Addition to Your Rheumatologist?

In case you didn't already know, RA is a complex condition that can benefit from a team approach. Meaning, you need a rheumatologist to treat your RA, and a pain specialist to treat your pain. Here's why.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Postpartum Opioid Use for Pain Management: What You Should Know

What are your pain relief options after childbirth? Learn the options and how the opioid epidemic is affecting guidelines.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

Dealing with Foot Pain

If your foot pain is more than soreness from normal wear and tear, it’s time to create a treatment plan. Here's what you need to know.

By Celeste Cooper, RN

Do You Have Opioid-Use Disorder?

What used to be defined as “opioid addiction” has now been classified as “opioid-use disorder,” a formal mental health disorder. Find out if you fall within the 11 criteria that help to determine if you have opioid-use disorder — and how to get help.

By Stephanie Stephens

Busting Myths About RA Pain and Opioids

In order to squash the stigma on opioid use for chronic pain, you must first understand the myths that surround pain for those living with RA. Use this piece as an explainer for your friends and family who just don't get it.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Don’t Judge Me For My Opioids

The opioid crisis has a much different meaning in the chronic pain community. Instead of abuse, they’re talking about dependence. This is the other side of opioids — when your life depends on it.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Opioids: Key Differences Between Physical Dependence and Addiction

The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains the subtle nuances between physical dependence and addiction to opioids. In short: Physical dependence isn't addiction, but it can be part of addiction.

By Stephanie Stephens