Blog Entries in Chronic Pain

The Impact of Neuropathic Pain on Productivity

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

A study published in the October 2014 issue of ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research looked at the impact of neuropathic pain on 624 subjects across 33 community-based physician practices.  For those suffering from neuropathic pain, the results will not be surprising.  In the workplace, neuropathic pain resulted in employment disability in 24% of subjects overall and increased to 37% for those having severe neuropathic pain.  When looking at impairment in performing regular daily activities outside of work, 57% of subjects reported activity impairment. Read More

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Predictors of Long-term Use of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Monday, May 5th, 2014

A recently published prospective study by Koke and colleagues in Pain Practice (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24433244) evaluated predictors of long-term (> 6 months) use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) in patients with chronic pain.  In a multivariate analysis, independent predictors of long-term use were neuropathic pain, non-severe pain (<80 millimeters on 100 millimeter VAS) and positive expectations of pain relief success. The results of the Koke et al. study re-enforce the positive clinical results patients with neuropathic pain, such as painful diabetic neuropathy, have reported with SENSUS. Read More

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Managing your Pain: Using a Pain Diary

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Pain is almost impossible to ignore when it’s present, but sometimes easy to forget when it’s gone.  Sometimes small changes that might not be noticeable from day to day can have big effects over longer periods of time.   Using a diary to rate your daily pain levels is a simple and effective way of helping you track your pain over time and learn what is most helpful for you in relieving your pain.

A simple pain diary like the one here will only take a couple of minutes a day to complete, and you’ll find that having this information to share with your doctor will be invaluable in determining the best therapeutic techniques for you in managing your pain.

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Posted by NeuroMetrix in Chronic Pain