Pain Management

November 1, 2018

How Kids Are Helping Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse in WNC

By Karen Vernon What if we could leverage the energy, creativity and passion of youth to change the world? That’s exactly one focus of Partners Aligned Toward Health (PATH), which has been working since 1997 to implement initiatives to improve the health of children and families in Mitchell and Yancey counties. PATH starts by identifying […]

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October 23, 2018

Old prescriptions in your medicine cabinet? Drop them off on Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

By Rebecca Alexander What do you do with leftover or expired prescriptions? It’s easy to forget about old prescriptions in the back of your medicine cabinet and just toss them in the trash. But there is a better way to dispose of your old or expired prescription medications – like “dropping them off” at designated locations. […]

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September 20, 2018

Shoulder Pain: 2 Common Causes and How to Fix Them

By Angus Graham III, MD The shoulder is one of the most exciting joints in the body and allows us to do much more than we ever thought possible, only to be sorely missed when it’s injured. All these movements are the result of the shoulder’s unique structure — a combination of three bones, at […]

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August 31, 2018

The Pain of Opioids and the Epidemic in Your Own Backyard

“An American dies every 19 minutes from opioid or heroin overdose” – U.S. surgeon general. It can happen to anyone – your grandparents, neighbors and children. While not all overdoses are the result of substance abuse, the vast majority are, and addiction doesn’t discriminate. Western North Carolina is in the midst of the opioid epidemic […]

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August 2, 2018

Are Pain Medications Safe for Babies While Breastfeeding?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MPH, MotherToBaby North Carolina Safe and effective pain management requires careful consideration for anyone, but breastfeeding moms have an additional factor to consider: the possible effects of pain medications on their breastfeeding babies. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends avoiding the use of codeine and tramadol while breastfeeding. Codeine and […]

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May 15, 2018

Ibuprofen vs. Acetaminophen – Which OTC Pain Reliever Should You Choose?

By Ben Lamm, Pharmacist We’ve all heard warnings about acetaminophen’s impact on your liver, or how ibuprofen can lead to ulcers. So which one is truly your best option if you need relief from a headache, or joint or muscle pain? Both are fine, as long as… Either acetaminophen or ibuprofen are reasonably safe options, […]

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January 9, 2018

Migraine Headaches in Children and Teens – Advice and Recommendations

By Joanne Prinzhorn, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Mission Children’s Hospital The complaint of a headache is the most common neurologic symptom encountered in a pediatric practice. Therefore, it is important for parents to understand basic steps to help with this problem. At the onset of a headache: Give your child prescription headache medication if prescribed or […]

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October 24, 2017

Ask the Doctor – Heat vs. Ice when Treating Sore Muscles

Anna Lopez-Stratton, MD, of Mission Community Primary Care Haywood, a Service of Transylvania Regional Hospital, answers this common question about treating sore muscles. Q: For sore muscles, when should I apply heat vs. cold? A: Ice is a good choice to reduce pain and inflammation in acute injuries. Examples of such injuries might include an […]

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June 1, 2017

From the ER – Dr. Cade on Treating Pain and the Dangers of Drug Addiction

By Gabriel Cade, MD Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Pain is part of the human condition. We all experience pain, and we all have different relationships with pain. Part of my job in the ED is to ease your suffering, to address your pain. The beds aren’t bad. You might get a pillow. The blanket warmer […]

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