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Holistic Therapy Programs May Help Pain Sufferers Ditch Opioids

Each year, more than 300 patients with chronic pain take part in a three-week program at the Pain Rehabilitation Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Their complaints range widely, from specific problems such as intractable lower-back pain to systemic issues such as fibromyalgia. By the time patients enroll, many have tried just about everything to get their chronic pain under control. Half are taking opioids. But in this 40-year-old program, they can't stay on them. Participants must agree to taper off pain medications during their time at Mayo.

Why Chronic Pain Brings You Down — and How to Feel Better

Do you ever wonder if being depressed or anxious could contribute to your chronic pain? Turns out these feelings may be connected. Studies show that 30 to 50 percent of people struggling with chronic pain also have a mood disorder such as depression and anxiety.

Lacomb Woman Triumphs over Addiction to Pain Medication

Christien was prescribed an opioid pain medication for her chest pain in 2006. At first, it helped relieve the symptoms. But soon, it stopped working. In the time since Christien was first prescribed pain medication, the Oregon Medical Board has advised that taking high-dose opioid medication dramatically increases the risk of death from overdose. During that first visit, Nathan Mason, MD, of Sweet Home Family Medicine, shared his assessment with Christien and her husband.

Trump says opioid crisis is a national emergency, pledges more money and attention

President Trump declared the country’s opioid crisis a national emergency, saying the epidemic exceeded anything he had seen with other drugs in his lifetime. The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis issued a preliminary report that described the overdose death toll as “September 11th every three weeks” and urged the president to declare a national emergency.

Using Holistic Medicine to Treat Chronic Pain Syndrome

The causes of chronic pain syndrome are complex, and chronic pain treatment approaches must address both the mind and body.

Video: PainWise Quick Tip - Guarding and Movement Justification

A Quick Tip video from PainWise, about the body's "guarding" response to pain, and the importance of movement when dealing with chronic pain.

Video: PainWise Quick Tip - Muscle Strengthening vs. Stretching

A Quick Tip video from PainWise, about the difference between strengthening and stretching muscles, two ways to potentially help manage chronic pain.

Video: PainWise Quick Tip - Breathing and Posture

A Quick Tip video from PainWise, showing a simple posture and breathing exercise from a recent PainWise class.

Video: PainWise Quick Tip - Pacing Yourself

A Quick Tip video from PainWise, about the importance of pacing yourself when dealing with chronic pain.

Man accused of stealing Portland MAX stabbing victim's ring was once a hero too

Those who knew him say that, before addiction destroyed his life, George Elwood Tschaggeny would have been one of the heroes who stood up on the train.