Life Without Opioids

June 24, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

We shouldn’t ignore the¬†emotional factors involved in chronic pain– such as anxiety and depression.

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Pain: Sensation or Emotion?

March 28, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

…optimally, the goal isn’t just to get different specialists to work together, it’s to educate all practitioners to address the patient with awareness of both perspectives.

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The Pain Patients’ Dilemma

October 18, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

In the past, we’ve flung opioids at the problem, and haven’t developed alternatives.

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Why No Opioid Taper?

September 27, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Not everybody wants to remain dependent on pain medication. But at present, we offer few if any alternatives to doing it on your own.

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Pain Psychology

September 13, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Perhaps more important, the patient could begin to resume a normal life.

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The Study of Pain

August 16, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

The goal is to eventually develop an objective scale by which pain can be measured not by self-report, but by neuroimaging.

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The Pain Patient Population

April 5, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Based on the vast number of prescriptions for opioid medications written by US practitioners over the past few decades, we’ve become the clear leaders in opioid prescribing.

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In the News: Opioids versus Other Options

March 29, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Is that pain evidence of a worsening physical condition or of drug withdrawal?

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Two Perspectives on Pain

February 22, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

We may be stuck relying on the soft stuff– therapy, support, behavior change, even spiritual growth– all those icky-squicky things that neuroscientists struggle to quantify.

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Pain Treatment for Those Battling Opioid Dependence

September 14, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

If a life in balance is the ideal, then a broader approach has a better shot at sustainability.

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