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Patients with moderate-to-severe personality disorders (PD) Are frequently seen in medical practices. It is increasingly important to recognize, limit and manage those with aggressive types of PD. Likewise, it is crucial to recognize those who fit the bipolar spectrum. In particular, the mild end of the spectrum is often missed. The clinical stakes for missing bipolar are enormous. This article delves into recognizing and managing patients whose pain treatment is complicated by psychological concerns.Read More
In the two years that have passed since the CDC Opioid Guideline was released, many pain management thought leaders have conceptualized this guideline as a pendulum that was to swing patient care from an extreme of opioid permissiveness to a more thoughtful middle-ground of opioid allowance within limitations. That middle ground was supposed to permit opioid prescribing in chronic pain for well-selected and well vetted patients whose dosing is within reasonable limits. Are the guidelines working?Read More
Medication overuse headache (MOH) is very frequently diagnosed; however, the MOH diagnosis is often overused. Patients are labeled as having MOH when what they actually suffer from are refractory headaches, without medication overuse (MO). Current diagnostic criteria for MOH only require abortive medication use on 10 or 15 days of each month (depending upon the medication). No evidence is needed showing that the abortive actually causes an increase in headache.Read More