Teaching Patients to Regulate Emotions May Ease Chronic Pain

MILWAUKEE — A novel primary care–based behavioral intervention designed to recalibrate the negative emotions that can perpetuate chronic pain is beneficial for older adults with varying levels of cognitive function, new research suggests. Preliminary results from a randomized controlled trial of 100 older patients showed that those who underwent the 8-week PATH-Pain program had greater improvement in pain intensity and depressive symptom scores compared with their peers who received education only. Key components of PATH-Pain include psycho-education about the relationship between pain and emotion, problem solving techniques to address everyday situations, behavioral activation, the scheduling of pleasant activities, and skills …

Older Adults’ Perceptions Of Opioid-Related Policies And What They Mean For Pain Treatment

Pain is everywhere. In the United States, nearly 66 million individuals experience acute pain from a surgery or procedure each year, and 100 million individuals suffer from chronic pain lasting weeks to years. The US has garnered the dubious honor of becoming one of the world’s largest consumers of prescription opioid analgesics, in part fueled by the changing perception of pain and pain management in the late twentieth century. However, there is no evidence to suggest that the US provides better pain management than our global counterparts, and morbidity and mortality attributable to opioids continue to rise. In response, numerous state policies related to prescription pain management have emerged. …

Keeping Watch on Pain in Older Adults

Individuals respond differently to pain and pain relief by Liz Carey January 9, 2019 Chronic pain becomes more common as people grow older, at least in part because of health problems, such as osteoarthritis, that become more prevalent. Military veterans are another group at increased risk for chronic pain. There is almost always a real problem behind pain. Stemming from an underlying disease or health condition, medical treatment (such as surgery), an injury, inflammation, a problem in the nervous system, or the unknown, pain can be accompanied by difficulty in moving around, disturbed sleep, anxiety, depression and other problems that can …