IOM Pain in America Summary

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Preface

Protection from and relief of pain and suffering are a fundamental feature of the human contract we make as parents, partners, children, family, friends, and community members, as well as a cardinal underpinning of the art and science of healing. Pain is part of the human condition; at some point, for short or long periods of time, we all experience pain and suffer its consequences. While pain can serve as a warning to protect us from further harm, it also can contribute to severe and even relentless suffering, surpassing its underlying cause to become a disease in its own domains and dimensions.

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Translating Chronic Pain Research Into Practice: Chronic Pain and the Brain

The recent discovery that pain caused by a peripheral nerve injury can imprint itself in the central nervous system (centralized pain) ranks as one of the great advances in pain management. Although there has been some debate, these brain changes appear to be the result of chronic pain and not the cause. Centralized pain is often accompanied by symptoms of hyperarousal of the sympathetic nervous system, which can be used to help guide diagnosis and treatment of centralized pain.

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Massachusetts Politics Surrounding Zohydro Reaches Biblical Proportions

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Judge Blocks Massachusetts Ban On Zohydro

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