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Opioids Effective for Chronic Pain, but Side Effects Treacherous


Chronic pain is currently defined in several ways. Some providers say that chronic pain is any pain that lasts >3 months, while others say it must persist >6 months. Basically, chronic pain can be defined as any pain lasting long than the time for healing. Because we do not have any “painometers,” we have no real way to determine the severity of pain, so it is a self-report issue. Therefore, the only way to find out whether someone is in pain is basically to ask them or to wa more...
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