Three days. That’s the maximum amount of time doctors are supposed to prescribe opioids for in most cases, according to the new guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released in March in an attempt to reverse the mounting death toll and serious adverse effects to the liver, stomach and kidneys from the overuse of prescription and over-the-counter pain pills.
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That’s the maximum amount of time doctors are supposed to prescribe opioids for in most cases, according to the new guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in March in an attempt to reverse the mounting death toll from the overuse of prescription pain drugs.
But the guidelines are only that — voluntary standards — and a just-released survey by the National Safety Council shows just how difficult it could be to get physicians onboard: Not only did 99 percent of doctors polled say they prescribe the potentially highly addictive drugs for longer than three days, but — even worse, given their effect on the brain — 23 percent say they prescribe at least a month’s worth at a time.
“Opioids do not kill pain, they kill people,” says Dr. Donald Teater, the Council’s medical advisor.
So what’s a patient looking for a safer alternative for pain management to do?
With the CDC and others, including the Food and Drug Administration, advocating for alternative approaches to the likes of OxyContin, many experts recommend drug-free chiropractic care for those suffering from headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal conditions involving the back, neck and other joint-related extremity pain.
In fact, the whole “chiropractic-first” movement — over both prescription pills and elective surgery — is based on numerous studies showing it yields improved patient outcomes, higher satisfaction and lower costs.
“A more conservative and safer approach is needed, and yet you have 72 percent of doctors in the NSC survey prescribing opioids for back pain,” says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, noting that doctors of chiropractic have a minimum of seven years of higher education and use techniques focusing on conservative spinal manipulation and structural adjustments.
Learn more at F4CP.com.
(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Knees start to hurt. Hips start to ache. Maybe your lower back too. And you finally understand what “tennis elbow” means. Welcome to getting older.
For years, your bones, muscles, and joints have held up with nothing more than a minor twinge here or a bruise there. Now, however, it takes longer to get out of bed and daily aches and pains seem to be the norm.
While it may sound counterproductive, studies have shown that engaging in a moderate strength training program not only helps in toning up, but strengthening muscles that can ache for days. This is especially true as you get older.
Experts say that while some pain is expected as you age, it is also the body’s way of telling you something. The following tips can help tired, sore muscles and joints feel better:
* Soothe with heat. A warm shower or bath, hot water bottle, or warm cloth can help relax tired muscles and ease muscle spams.
* Invite in the cold — therapy, that is. Ice packs can soothe pain, especially if a joint is inflamed or swelling (think joints ankles, elbows, shoulders). Try a cool cloth, cold pack, cold compress wrap, or ice massage. Typically the time is 15-20 minutes on, and the same amount of time off the joint or muscle.
* Practice deep breathing. The benefits of using the breath to soothe yourself cannot be underscored enough. Slow, quiet breathing helps relax the body and mind and ease the pain. Aim for about six long, deep breaths a minute.
* Get a massage. A foot, back, or hand rub can also alleviate pain. Warm oil or lotion may also help you relax. One note: massage in one area for 10 seconds first to see if it feels good.
* Invest in a stairlift. If you have stairs in your home, and there are days that you just can’t seem to make it up due to tired, aching muscles, a stairlift, such as those from Orlando-based Acorn Stairlifts, can help. Unlike chair lifts of old, new models are powered by two small 12-volt batteries under the seat or by regular house current. The chair and built-in footrest typically fold up when not in use. Available for straight or curved stairs, these lifts can be a godsend if you’re recovering from an injury. The lifts include safety belts, lockable swivel seats, and light touch controls for easy operation.
For more information, please visit www.acornstairlifts.com.
(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Did you know that dry mouth is a common condition that may result from a variety of factors, such as smoking, aging, medication, desease, dehydration and emotional stress? If you suffer from dry mouth, you’ll be happy to know that you no longer have to put up with it.
An overall sensation of dryness in the mouth, lips, throat, eyes and skin is a common symptom of dry mouth. Sufferers may also experience bad breath, tooth decay, sticky saliva and sensitivity to spicy foods.
Typically, the most common self-help strategies for dry mouth that are thought to be helpful are lip coating with Vaseline or balms, eliminating caffeine and alcohol consumption, humidifying the bedroom, and adding water to food. However, there’s no scientific support of the effectiveness of these strategies.
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Feeling tense and achy? It may be due to poor posture.
While the media is touting warnings about “tech neck” — the neck pain and damage sustained from hunching over smartphones and other devices for too long — you’re actually risking harm to your overall health if any other body part becomes misaligned.
That’s because, as the American Journal of Pain Management notes, a person’s posture affects and moderates every physiological function, from breathing to hormonal production.
Yes, every physiological function.
That’s the question chronic pain sufferers are wondering following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) release of the first-ever national guidelines designed to curb the alarming increase in prescription drug deaths.
A record-high 28,647 deaths involving opioids were documented in 2014, according to the latest statistics, which is 14 percent higher than the previous year. And the government’s response — advising doctors not to prescribe the potentially addictive pills in most situations for chronic pain — couldn’t have been more explicit.
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That’s the question chronic pain sufferers are asking following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s release of the first-ever national guidelines designed to curb the alarming increase in prescription drug deaths.
A record-high 28,647 deaths involving opioids were recorded in 2014, according to the latest statistics, which is 14 percent higher than the previous year. And the government’s response — advising doctors not to prescribe the potentially addictive pills in most situations for chronic pain — couldn’t have been plainer.
“It has become increasingly clear that opioids carry substantial risk but only uncertain benefits — especially compared with other treatments for chronic pain,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden told reporters in March.
The one catch? Right now it’s purely voluntary whether doctors used to prescribing the likes of OxyContin stop or not.
So if, for example, you’re concerned about overdosing and experiencing musculoskeletal conditions including low back and neck pain, many experts say it’s time to consider an alternative like chiropractic care.
Even before the CDC acted, drug-free chiropractic care was being touted as the go-to first option — over both prescription pills and surgery — as a result of research showing it yielded improved patient outcomes, higher satisfaction and lower costs.
“It’s heartening to see the growing opioid epidemic is finally gaining the attention it deserves,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, noting that doctors of chiropractic have a minimum seven years of higher education and provide care and rehabilitation on issues ranging from musculoskeletal pain to headaches to general health concerns.
Learn more at F4CP.com.
(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – How many times have you been prescribed medication by your healthcare provider, only to arrive home to find that you’re unsure about possible side effects? Or the correct dose? Or the risk of taking the new medication together with other medicines you already use? Have you ever felt too embarrassed — or too rushed — to clarify medication information or instructions with your provider?
If you’ve experienced this, you’re not alone. Nearly half of Americans take a prescription medicine, and more than 20 percent of Americans take at least three. However, according to a recent study conducted by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), more than 6 of every 10 patients are not aware of the risks associated with the medicines they take. Communication with your health care provider about your medications is critical. Yet too few patients speak up, or even know the right questions to ask.
In an effort to open the lines of communication between patients and providers, NCPIE, in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)*, has created the Talk Before You Take campaign, a public education initiative to increase communication about medications between health care professionals and patients.
“Open and effective communication between patients and health care providers is important and helps to ensure patients make informed decisions about their health care and the medicines they take,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The Talk Before You Take campaign provides a list of questions and other resources that can make it easier for patients to talk with their health care providers about medicines.”
Talk Before You Take urges you to ask your health care provider these 10 questions about your medicines:
1. What’s the name of the medicine, and what is it for?
2. How and when do I take it, and for how long?
3. What side effects should I expect, and what should I do about them?
4. Should I take this medicine on an empty stomach or with food?
5. Should I avoid any activities, foods, drinks, alcohol or other medicines while taking this prescription?
6. If it’s a once-a-day dose, is it best to take it in the morning or at night?
7. Will this medicine work safely with my other medications, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and other supplements?
8. When should I expect the medicine to begin to work, and how will I know if it’s working?
9. How should I store it?
10. Is there any additional written information I should read about?
Asking your doctor, nurse or pharmacist these 10 simple questions can help you stay healthy and safe. For more information, visit www.talkbeforeyoutake.org.
*This work was supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research under grant number 5U18FD004653-03. The content is solely the responsibility of NCPIE and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Food and Drug Administration.
Athletic TIPS (Towards Injury Prevention in Sports) has teamed up with Global Giving — the largest global crowdfunding site for not-for-profits — to help advance one of its key missions: hosting community workshops across the country to better educate young athletes, their parents and advisers on ways to foster “a safer experience” for everyone playing sports at the kindergarten through college levels.
The workshops focus on:
• Dehydration and heat-related conditions
• Musculoskeletal injuries