News Release: New CDC Prescription Pill Guidelines Aim to Curb Opiate Abuse
With fatal overdoses from prescription pills quadrupling since 1999, the Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidelines for doctors for prescribing opioid pain killers.
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – Suffering from intense pain in her lower back, legs and toes caused by small fiber neuropathy, Donna Lasher spent more than two years seeking a doctor and treatment that worked.
"I was completely bedridden for about seven to nine months," Lasher said Wednesday. "I have been on so many narcotics, enough to kill a horse, and all they do is just make me sick."
Mike Thomas' pain began nearly 20 years ago after an accident at work that ultimately required him to need a new hip and four neck fusions. While often prescribed them by various doctors, he tried to avoid taking prescription pain killers.
News Release: Doctor supports recommendation of limiting opioid treatment for chronic pain
In an effort to curb the widespread abuse of opioids, the Centers for Disease Control released a recommendation to doctors on Tuesday to find non-opioid alternatives before turning to narcotics for chronic pain.
A local pain specialist tells NewsChannel 13’s Benita Zahn it's about time the CDC took action.
Dr. Edward Apicella is a pain management specialist and many of his patients, like Chad Burr, suffer with chronic back pain.
“They're doing everything they can to give me the best treatment possible for what I have now rather than just filling script from another doctor,” explained Burr.
Dr. Apicella says not relying on narcotic pain relievers is key to long term relief.
“There are many other medications, other modalities of treatment that are effective and studies have shown that long term narcotic use is of no benefit whatsoever and actually may be harmful,” Apicella noted.
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ALBANY & SARATOGA CENTERS FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT – JAN 2014 – JUDY GOPPERT
According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. In fact, Americans see their doctors for low back pain more than any other reason except the common cold and flu.
Dr. Edward Apicella, Anesthesiologist and Pain Management physician is the founder of the Albany & Saratoga Centers for Pain Management. He has treated thousands of patients with back pain since opening his practice in 1997. “Although women and men experience overall pain at similar rates, women more often seek treatment for their painful conditions including back pain. Women also play the role of care coordinators for family members more than their male counterparts,” noted Dr. Apicella.
Pain Doctor Expands Services to Saratoga County
Saratoga Springs, NY - March 22, 2011
The Albany and Saratoga Centers for Pain Management are proud to announce the addition of Dr. Priti Vohra to its Saratoga office. A graduate of The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM), Dr. Vohra completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Nassau University Medical Center with a Fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at UMDNJ – Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Newark, NJ.
Dr. Vohra will be seeing patients at the office located at 3 Care Lane in Saratoga Springs. She will be providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment options for patients with chronic pain. Patients like those suffering from back and neck pain, failed back surgery pain, joint pain, complex regional pain syndrome/RSD, headaches and neuropathic pain may benefit from Dr. Vohra’s services.
“Our goal is to not only to decrease a patient’s pain level but also to enhance their quality of life by increasing their daily functioning. After proper diagnosis and treatment, many patients are able to return to their normal leisure activities, resume work with less pain and improve their overall psychological and physical wellness.”