Rheumatology Tip: Attending to fatigue, sleep difficulties, and depression may provide some relief for pain in patients unsuitable for or unable to take hydrocodone after new FDA restrictions kick in next year.
Opioid Use for Osteoarthritis Is Prevalent
A large percentage of patients with advanced knee, hip, or spine OA take opioids for their chronic pain.
Fibromyalgia Tied to Chronic Migraines
The frequency is significantly higher than in patients with chronic tension-type headaches and the symptoms are more severe.
New Pain Management Strategies Spelled Out
National initiatives are designed to provide education, advance research, solve the opioid crisis, and help patients.
Fitness Interventions for Rheumatologic Fatigue and Pain
The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting provided a research update on surrounding issues and strategies for helping patients.
Musculoskeletal Complaints in Children Recounted
Many nontraumatic low intensity complaints in the general population do not reach the threshold for consultation.
Osteoarthritis Knee Pain Connected to BMD
Low proximal tibial trabecular bone mineral density may play a role in its development.
Chondroitin Sulfate Equals Celecoxib for Knee Osteoarthritis
This pharmaceutical-grade formulation should be considered a first-line treatment, European study authors concluded.
Knee Pain, Not Radiographic Osteoarthritis, Key to Widespread Pain
New findings support further exploration of mechanism-based management of pain as a disease unto itself.
Opioids Before Surgery Spell Less Pain Relief
Pain catastrophizing may play an important role in total knee arthroplasty decision making.
Moderate to Severe Chronic Pain May Signal Early Death
The severity of long-term chronic pain that impedes daily life seems to be associated with higher mortality, researchers report.