Pain Control

“Power Over Pain: How to Get the Pain Control You Need”
“Dr. Eric Chevlen and attorney Wesley Smith have teamed up to write this fast moving and fascinating book about pain and its relief. From cancer pain to headaches, from fibromyalgia to sickle cell crisis, from shingles to multiple sclerosis, Power Over Pain covers it. For those with a life-threatening illness, the message is clear: no one needs to die in unrelieved suffering. For those with less threatening but equally painful conditions, there is also help. This is a book about the wonderful help available and how to go about getting it.”

- N. Gregory Hamilton, M.D.
President of Physicians for Compassionate Care

To obtain a copy of “Power over Pain,” contact the Patients Rights Council.

“Fears of addiction keep cancer patients from getting pain relief”
(Reuters — August 29, 2014
Some populations are at particularly high risk for inadequate pain control.  For example, research has shown that patients in minority care settings are three times more likely to receive undertreatment than those in non-minority settings.

“I don’t feel your pain”
(Boston Globe — June 15, 2014)
Men and women appear to suffer pain differently. So do blacks and whites. Modern medicine won’t even talk about it….The evidence for undertreatment of pain in minority patients is even more striking. Black pain patients are less likely than white patients to receive pain medication; when they do receive it, they receive less.

“A Pain-Drug Champion Has Second Thoughts”
(Wall Street Journal — December 14, 2012)
It has been his life’s work. Now Russell Portenoy appears to be having second thoughts….Now, Dr. Portenoy and other pain doctors who promoted the drugs say they erred by overstating the drugs’ benefits and glossing over risks….Speaking to the Journal in September, Dr. Portenoy tempered that statement with cautions about overturning what he sees as the positive change he achieved. He cited his 82-year-old mother, who has taken hydrocodone to control arthritis for 15 years.  “If you insist on regulation, then you’re consigning my mother and many millions of people like my mother to live in chronic pain,” he said.