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    Lower Life Expectancy with Chronic Severe Pain
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    cweinbl posted:
    A new study portrays a profound link between severe chronic pain and death. Even after adjusting for various confounding sociodemographic factors and effects of long-term illness, patients with severe chronic pain had a 49% greater risk of death compared with all-cause mortality and a 68% greater risk of death compared with all cardiovascular-disease-related deaths.

    Physicians who refuse to adequately medicate chronic severe pain may soon find their patient dead. Families who convince their loved one that narcotics are "bad" contribute to their early demise. Patients who refuse to attend comprehenisve pain management programs can anticipate dying earlier.

    For the first time, what many of us were guessing can be considered factual. Untreated severe chronic pain results in a much greater chance of premature death. Pain is the killer.

    Read the entire article here: http://updates.pain-topics.org/2010/04/severe-chronic-pain-is-killer-study.html

    REFERENCE: Torrance N, Elliott AM, Lee AJ, Smith BH. Severe chronic pain is associated with increased 10 year mortality. A cohort record linkage study. Eur J Pain. 2010(Apr);14(4):380-386
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    greg8846 responded:
    Charles;

    Your fantastic and thank you very much.

    Greg
     
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    BrenBren30813 responded:
    Thank you so much for sharing. I could talk myself blue to my family to try to help them understand the position I am in as a pain patient, and get nowhere.

    This is excellent news!

    May I borrow this to post on the "Pain Management Support Group Exchange"? More people need to know...

    http://exchanges.webmd.com/pain-management-support-group/forum/index

    Thanks Charles, B
     
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    gailb54 responded:
    Hi Charles,

    Thanks for posting this. It's nice to see you! I hope you're doing as OK as possible- you are missed here. Hope to see you back whenever you can, as I need someone to argue with!

    Take care,
    gail
     
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    annette030 responded:
    Thanks for the link Charles. Pain-topics is a great site, it has a lot of article and information for all of us. Most of it is based on real research so our doctors will appreciate it more than commercial type articles that are just trying to sell stuff.

    Good to see you again.

    Take care, Annette


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