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Jun 29, 2015

This is part two of a two part series on chronic pain.

 

Pearls:

  • Set realistic expectations when treating patients with chronic pain.

  • For the vast majority of patients, antidepressants are the first-line pharmacologic choice for the treatment of chronic pain.

  • Patients who present after the acute phase of a...


Jun 29, 2015

Part one of a two part series on caring for patients with chronic pain

Pearls:

  • With few exceptions, opiate therapy should be reserved for the short-term treatment of acute somatic pain due to tissue injury.

  • Patients with acute pain should be informed early on that once tissue healing starts, opiates will...