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"You do what you can to survive." Linda and Larry Drain got married in 1981, but when Linda's eligibility under Medicaid was threatened, they were forced to either separate or lose her benefits. Now they live 40 minutes away from each other in low-income housing.

In early 2018, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services requested public comments on a draft quality measure of physician performance…
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Over the weekend Lady Gaga announced the cancellation of 10 concerts in Europe because of “severe pain” that has affected her ability to perform live. The Bad Romance
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Amid a nationwide abuse epidemic, insurance giant Cigna will no longer cover most OxyContin prescriptions in its group plans beginning January 1.
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KLAS in Nevada is telling the other side of the "opioid crisis" -- the chronic pain crisis. While nightly newscasts across the country are filled with stories about the opioid epidemic, millions of Americans find their suffering increased by government agencies that are stepping up to put limits on legal, and helpful, medications. For the millions of chronic pain patients, the crackdown has been a nightmare. They are the forgotten victims in the opioid debate.

Approxima...tely 50,000 people a year die with opioids of one kind or another in their systems -- legal or illegal. The number you don't hear is this one -- there are as many as 25 million Americans who suffer with chronic pain. For many of them, opioid medication means the difference between leading somewhat normal lives, or surviving in constant agony.

These are not the people who O.D. on heroin or mix drugs with booze. For the most part, they suffer and die in silence.

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LAS VEGAS - Nightly newscasts across the country are filled with stories about the opioid epidemic -- the opioid crisis. Tens of thousands of Americans who d...
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NPR expands on HCA's decision to tell it's Nashville patients they're just going to hurt.

http://nashvillepublicradio.org/…/opioid-crisis-causes-nash…

The big hospital chains based in Nashville are accepting some of the blame for the country's opioid crisis, which grows more deadly by the year. They admit
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Using small balls and soft foam rollers with techniques from a program called the MELT method, many with fibromyalgia find they can calm their central nervous system down.
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With painkillers, Mike Stevens could care for his kids and run his farm; now he can barely dress himself.
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This webinar will share how people with chronic pain and other chronic conditions can use the power of story and other techniques to advocate for better care and policies. You will learn why advocacy is important, how it works, and what you can do to become an effective advocate. The program will in...
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Some pain patients face many hurdles to get the medicine they need and one of those hurdles is at the pharmacy.
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Millions of patients in chronic pain are required to sign contracts with their doctors which authorize random drug tests, so the physicians can verify the patients are taking their medications as prescribed.    
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Pain doctors say they'd like to wean their patients off of opioids when feasible, but many of the alternative treatments are not covered by public or private insurance programs.
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UN calls untreated pain cruel and inhumane, yet in the US chronic pain patients are losing access to needed opioid therapy to manage severe, intractable pain conditions.
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Debbie Gibson is on this season's Dancing with the Stars. Tonight, she said she lives with chronic pain, and other issues, due to Lyme Disease. Apparently, she pretty much had to take off the last year in order to rest her body and cope with some of the issues Lyme forces on her. She went on to say that she did more in the initial month preparing for DWTS than she did in that year off. It will be interesting to see how she fares over the course of the show.

In other news, Lady Gaga was forced to postpone the European leg of her current tour due to a severe Fibromyalgia flare.

A medical student feels ill prepared to treat or manage chronic pain. Says current medical training doesn't prepare doctors and what knowledge they do gain comes from media sources. But if 15-19 percent of adults suffer from chronic pain why aren't our doctors better educated and trained?

http://healthydebate.ca/…/medical-training-chronic-pain-opi…

Over the first two years of my medical training, I have been bombarded with information about opioids and chronic pain – much of it occurring outsid...
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Lady Gaga shows her chronic pain due to fibromyalgia in her new documentary to air on Netflix Sept. 22.

Lady Gaga has revealed she has fibromyalgia, a long-term condition which can cause pain all over the body.
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