From Back Pain to Coughing, Life with Long-Haul COVID-19

More than nine months since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the United States, some people still have symptoms long after they’ve “recovered.” Experts are learning more about these “long-haul” COVID-19 cases. Symptoms are wide-ranging, and there’s little experts can do to treat them. Read more.

Study Bolsters Patient-Controlled Analgesia for Cancer Pain

AAPM member Kenneth Candido, MD, comments on a study regarding patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) IV hydromorphone titration provides quicker analgesic effect, higher patient satisfaction and a similar tolerability compared with non-PCA administration in patients with severe cancer pain. The findings come from a phase 3, randomized clinical trial involving 214 patients

Virtual Pain Care Management (COVID-19) (VCPM)

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the challenges faced by Veterans at risk of opioid overdose including Veterans prescribed moderate-to-high dose long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) whose usual treatment resources and coping strategies may be inaccessible. This project combines established VA care components to deploy and evaluate virtual models of care for

COVID-19 Pandemic Intensifying Opioid Crisis

AAPM member Halena Gazelka, MD was interviewed by ABC affiliate WXOW-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin, regarding the effect of COVID-19 on pain patients and an increase in opioid-related deaths. Read more.

Researchers Study Pain Relief Caused by Coronavirus

New research from the University of Arizona could explain why nearly half of all people who get coronavirus show few or no symptoms. The researchers discovered SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has the ability to reduce pain by blocking the pain pathway at the cellular level. Viruses infect cells

The Social Threats of COVID-19 for People with Chronic Pain

The current pandemic has exacerbated existing sources of social threat for people with chronic pain. To prevent a population-level increase in the severity and impact of chronic pain, it is critical to devote scientific attention to the assessment, mitigation, and prevention of sources of social threat for people with chronic

Substance Use Disorders Linked to COVID-19 Susceptibility

A National Institutes of Health-funded study found that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) are more susceptible to COVID-19 and its complications. The research, published in Molecular Psychiatry, was co-authored by Nora D. Volkow, M.D., director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The findings suggest that health care

Clinic Leader Brings Holistic Stance to Pain Management

AAPM member Scott Stayner, MD, has taken over as Nura Pain Clinic’s medical director of ambulatory surgery as its centers try to work through a backlog of chronic pain patients after a pandemic-related shutdown. Stayner, a pain medicine physician with a doctoral degree in bioengineering, said his focus is on

Supporting Clinician Well-Being During and After COVID-19

The Federation of State Medical Boards is holding ongoing meetings with its member boards to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of clinicians and to further address ways in which licensing boards can reduce stigma and encourage treatment-seeking. Full story.

2020 The Art and Science of Pain Management: A Clinical and Research Update Virtual Meeting

AAPM Foundation President Charles Argoff, MD, and his colleagues at Albany Medical Center invite you to attend the 5th Annual The Art and Science of Pain Management Virtual Conference that will be held on October 3, 2020, 8 am – 1 pm ET. The conference will review the latest technology,

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