Category: Pain Management

Talk About Your Medicines Month

What do Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith, and Chris Farley have in common? They were celebrities whose lives suddenly ended from drug overdose. Sadly, all three tragedies were directly linked to abuse of prescription medications. While the abuse of many illicit schedule controlled substances has steadily declined in the general population, the misuse of opioids (substances found in almost every prescription pain reliever) has increased drastically. According to the United... Read More

The End of Chronic Pain

By Jerome Lerner, MD I understand that it’s a bold idea to declare the end of chronic pain. I have worked in the field of pain management for 30 years, most recently as the director of the Pain Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson. I have literally helped thousands of people suffering from seemingly endless pain to find relief. And yet, I dare to declare the end of chronic pain. Why?... Read More

Pain, Opiates, and the New CDC Guidelines

By Jerome Lerner, MD Director, Pain Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson On March 18, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines for the use of opiates in treating non-cancer pain. The report points out that opiate-related deaths have quadrupled since 1999. Twenty percent of patients seeking medical care for a pain-related condition walk out of the physician’s office with a prescription for narcotics. In the... Read More

The Gift of Hope

A holistic approach to pain management for a happier New Year Another year comes to a close, but for those struggling with chronic pain, there may be little hope for a Happy New Year. If your only wish for 2016 is to find relief from suffering, take heart: a holistic approach can help alleviate chronic pain. Sierra Tucson understands the mental anguish and isolation that accompany prolonged pain. We encourage... Read More