Special Interest Session Podcasts

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Washington was one of the first states to legislate prescribing rules for the treatment of chronic pain, a unique model which relied on the use of a dosage trigger and the necessity to calculate morphine equivalency. Following Washington’s lead, other states and the Centers for Disease Control and...

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New paradigms of patient care postsurgery (such as spinal surgery) utilizing both pre- and postoperative multimodal approaches to analgesia, nonopioid medications specifically, will be discussed. Included in the course will be presurgical and immediate postoperative medications, and both acute and...

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Despite high prevalence and seemingly continuous attention, the clinical challenges associated with assessing, treating, and managing patients with chronic pain continue to persist. Many different forces are at play and responsible for this frequently frustrating situation and, as is often the case,...

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Most states have passed legislation to honor a type of advanced directive, commonly known as a POLST, for Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. It is basically a more detailed and specific DNR (do not resuscitate). Patients consistently report preferences to die peacefully at home but all...

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Patients suffering from chronic pain commonly experience comorbid problems that can further impair quality of life. These include psychological and medical comorbidities and fatigue and sleep disorders. Greater than 50% of patients with pain disorders experience sleep disturbance, with estimates as...

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Chronic pain can lead to inactivity, functional impairments, and prolonged disability. Some of the potential secondary consequences of pain related avoidance of typical daily activities include unemployment, a loss of independence, and an increased risk of other chronic diseases including...

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As we acknowledge the recent increases in deaths and other negative outcomes associated with chronic opioid use, abuse, and overdose, we as clinicians are faced with very important questions: Can opioids be rationally prescribed for chronic pain? For whom? How? For how long? Recent CDC guidelines...

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Functional pain syndromes (irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, etc) are commonly seen in primary care and by pain medicine practitioners. For example, fibromyalgia affects 5 million people and interstitial cystitis 8 million women per year, and the etiologies...

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There is a group of intractable pain patients who have extensively accessed the pain treatment system only to be unable to find satisfactory pain relief. These patients have sought treatment at multiple academic centers and attempted numerous nonmedical, pharmacologic, and invasive interventions...

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Ketamine, known on the street as "special K," is a dissociative anesthetic with hallucinogenic properties and is classified as a controlled substance. Its unique mechanism as an N-methyl-Daspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist is thought to be responsible for many of the drug's most promising...

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