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  • Written by Anonymous on Apr 07, 2016

    To those who have osteoporosis, you know that once your bone mass has diminished, there is no getting it back. But even though osteoporosis cannot be reversed, there are measures that can be taken to prevent future bone fractures, and patients can generally achieve that goal with diet and exercise. 

  • Written by Anonymous on Apr 01, 2016

    In most cases, dementia occurs in older adults. At The Pain Center of Arizona, we found this to be true of chronic pain patients as well. In fact, many chronic pain patients are at least 40 years old. Because both conditions develop later in life, it is possible to see an overlap between the two. While early stages of dementia-related conditions may cause memory loss, more advanced stages can result in an inability to communicate effectively.

  • Written by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2016

    For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued official guidelines for physicians prescribing opioids to chronic pain patients. 

  • Written by Anonymous on Mar 09, 2016

    Opioids are a class of narcotic medications often prescribed to treat chronic pain. While they have been known to be very beneficial when taken exactly as prescribed by The Pain Center of Arizona’s pain experts, they may also have some downsides. Opioids may cause side effects including nausea, dizziness, vomiting, drowsiness, confusion, or constipation. While patients may be comfortable speaking to their doctor about most of the side effects, some patients may be embarrassed bring up the topic of constipation. 

  • Written by Anonymous on Mar 03, 2016

    Having fibromyalgia can make it difficult, if not impossible, to work a normal job. Symptoms of fatigue, brain fog, and severe widespread pain may make you slower and less productive. The Pain Center of Arizona wants to help patients get back into the life they had before their fibromyalgia diagnosis, and that means helping them get back to their normal work routine. Fortunately, in conjunction with fibromyalgia treatment from one of our physicians, there are modifications you can make to create a more comfortable work environment.

  • Written by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2016

    To someone with chronic facial pain, going to the dentist can be a nightmare and a blessing. People with conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) or trigeminal neuralgia often encounter challenges each day, including simple tasks like eating and speaking. Going to the dentist is no exception. These patients may have a difficult time keeping their mouths open during dental work, and dentists could mistake their pain from TMJ or trigeminal neuroglia for a tooth condition. 

  • Written by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2016

    The Pain Center of Arizona was voted the #1 Pain Management Practice in Arizona by Ranking Arizona for the fourth year in a row

  • Written by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2016

    ASCs are modern health care facilities designed to provide high quality, cost-effective, same-day surgeries. They are nearly identical to hospitals in regard to their equipment, medical personnel, and protocols, but they differ slightly in their administration processes. Your surgeon may prefer to operate out of an ASC instead of a hospital for many reasons, some of which we will address in this article.

  • Written by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2016

    When initially receiving a chronic pain diagnosis, it can leave you feeling discouraged and limited. As you progress with your treatment plan, it is not uncommon to feel anxious, stressed, frustrated, sadness, and many other emotions. In fact, having a chronic condition makes you more at risk of developing a mental illness such as depression.

  • Written by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2016

    It’s a misconception that migraines are the only form of chronic pain that can come from a headache. While migraines are severe, many other types of headaches can bring similar levels of pain and chronic patterns.