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Low Back Pain That May Not Be Coming From Your Back

Issue 36.14

Not all “back pain” originates from the lumbar spine. A common pain generator is the joint between the tailbone (sacrum) and the hip bones (iliac bones) on either side of the tailbone. This joint is called the sacroiliac joint and, if thrown off kilter or irritated, is often the culprit for […]

Opioid Medicines: When Other Options Fail

Issue 41.13

When I sit down with patients to discuss their options of how to treat and manage pain, I list the options from least invasive to most invasive. Generally speaking, most patients are not interested in the ends of the spectrum – the least invasive option is to ignore it and hope […]

Reducing The Risk Of Long Term Pain From A Shingles Infection

Issue 30 & 31.13

The Chicken Pox, caused by Varicella Zoster Virus, is a common childhood disease which is self-limited and generally well tolerated without long term effects. The problem which arises is that once infected, we never actually get rid of the virus. It lies dormant in the nerves near our spine […]

“Is It possible To Have Arthritis In My Low Back Or Neck?”

Issue 22.13

This is a question that I come across on a daily basis in my clinic and the answer is yes. Arthritis in the low back (lumbar spine) commonly causes the following type of pain: hip and buttock pain, cramping of the lower extremity but usually not below the knee, low back […]

Non-Narcotic Options For Treating Pain

Issue 11.13

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘pain medicine?’ Morphine, codeine, demerol? Or perhaps the common side effects of nausea, itching, and constipation is most prevalent. When it comes to pain medicines, they are not all created equal. In fact a lot of medicines used to treat pain weren’t […]

Dealing With Peripheral Neuropathy

Issue 2.13

Neuropathy describes a disturbance of nerve function or structure. It is commonly described as burning, tingling, and even a numbness-type pain. Some other descriptions of a neuropathy could be shooting or lancinating pain which occurs without a known cause or trigger. Another way that a neuropathy is sensed is when even […]

Concerning Corticosteroids And Meningitis

Issue 43.12

If you have access to the internet or a television, chances are good that you’ve heard about the meningitis outbreak caused by tainted batches of corticosteroid injections. I want to assure the patients of Desert Pain Specialists and inform our community that we do not, nor have we ever used Methylprednisolone […]

Reducing The Risk Of Long Term Pain From A Shingles Infection

Issue 38.12

The Chicken Pox, caused by Varicella Zoster Virus, is a common childhood disease which is self-limited and generally well tolerated without long term effects. The problem which arises is that once infected, we never actually get rid of the virus. It lies dormant in the nerves near our spine for years […]