By Mehal J. Desai, MD, MPH – A grandmother in need of a hip replacement, an all-American high school swimmer with a bad shoulder and a 40-year-old construction worker with nerve pain in his elbow.
Veterans are tough. We’re trained to push through, suck it up and fight back. But living in pain doesn’t have to be a fact of life as we age.
People who experience episodic migraine know how painful and debilitating the attacks can be. Now, these patients have a new option for stopping attacks before they start.
Treating pain without opioids has become possible for many patients through novel drugs approved by a regulatory process called 505(b)(2). Now, access to these treatments is in jeopardy.
Nearly six in 10 adults are living in pain, according to new data. But balanced pain management could be the key to helping many of them find relief.
Victory over pain is the greatest gift an anesthesiologist like me can offer his patients. I discovered that firsthand when I switched from general surgery to anesthesiology 20 years ago.
When doctors like myself have the freedom to prescribe effective, FDA-approved treatments to their patients, everyone wins. But deciding the right type, dose and duration of pain medications can be challenging.
What if all patients had a pain management approach that allowed them to live full and productive lives?
As a pain management specialist, I can see how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted patients’ access to treatments like targeted injections or physical therapy.
Even as COVID-19 dominates headlines, the opioid crisis continues.