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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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

Are You Still Working With Chronic Illness? Should You Be?

Living with a chronic illness is challenging. Living with a chronic illness while working a full-time job? Sometimes unbearable. It might be time to scale back.

By Jackie Zimmerman

Common Shoulder Surgery Is Usually Unnecessary, Finnish Study Finds

One of the most common surgeries performed in the Western world today – shoulder impingement surgery – is no more beneficial than a placebo treatment, according to researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

By Diane Domina

Why Are You a Patient Advocate?

Six HealthCentral patient experts covering conditions like psoriasis and breast cancer discuss why patient advocacy is an important part of their lives.

By Erin L. Boyle

HealthCentral Patient Experts Offer Insights In Patient Advocacy

The HealthCentral writers you know and love share their knowledge of advocating, including on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at home.

By Erin L. Boyle

Your Thyroid and Arthritis: What Came First?

Did thyroid disease cause your psoriatic arthritis, or was it the other way around. Learn about the links between thyroid disease and inflammatory joint issues.

By Mary Shomon

Breaking the RA Pain Cycle — With Your Mind

It may seem silly — or impossible — but just as you trained your brain to know how to walk, or drive a car, you can also train your brain to push past the pain of your RA.

By Marianna Paulson, B.Ed., B.P.E.-O.R.

Is Psoriatic Arthritis Hurting Your Back?

You don't have to live with back pain from psoriatic arthritis. Here are 8 ways to manage back pain using both medications and natural approaches like exercise and stretching.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Opioid-Related Deaths An 'Enormous' Burden

The percentage of deaths due to opioids increased nearly 300 percent from 2001 to 2016, says new research in JAMA Network Open.

By Stephanie Stephens

Have Gout; Still Traveling

Top tips for enjoyable travel with this incredibly painful form of inflammatory arthritis.

By Malaika Hill