Leg Pain? Could be a Warning Sign

Leg pain can signal something much, much more serious –like an impending heart attack or stroke. Atherosclerosis occurs when leg arteries carrying oxygenated blood partially clog because LDLs (“bad” cholesterol) accumulates on artery walls. The body dispatches white blood cells to clear out the cholesterol, but the cells can get …

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Dysfunctional Thyroid and Pain

Have pain, stiffness, tenderness or swelling in your muscles, tendons and joints? The source of it sometimes can originate in your throat – your thyroid gland, to be precise. “If your thyroid isn’t functioning properly, you can experience higher pain levels,” notes Dr. Rey Ximenes of Balcones Pain Consultants. “This …

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Medicare Adopts CDC Opioid Rules

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are about to take voluntary “Big Brother” guidelines proposed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one step further. CMS plans to mandate pharmacists to report doctors who may be overprescribing opioids, as well as patients who may …

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Opioids and Hormone Levels

Misuse of prescription opioid painkillers such as Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin is growing at an alarming rate in the U.S., leading to addiction and, increasingly, use of cheaper, dangerous alternatives such as heroin. Opioids may also cause another serious problem: abnormal levels of hormones such as testosterone (the primary male …

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Ketamine for Depression

“Special K” is turning into something much more special than initially thought. Ketamine (it’s proper name) use to be misused as a so-called “club drug” that caused hallucinations. But recently, medical research showed that, in very small, properly calculated doses, it can alleviate migraine pain for up to several weeks …

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Opiate Overdose Antidote (Naloxone) Price Gouging

It’s like déjà vu all over again. Kaiser Health News reports that an increasingly popular, life-saving medication – this time, an antidote for opioid overdoses – is dramatically increasing in price. Fortunately, our pharmacy, GenoRite, has a more reasonably priced alternative called Opi Aid. Remember the AIDS treatment with a …

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Personalized Care at GenoRite Pharmacy

Sometimes, “one size fits all” isn’t a good fit – especially when your good health can depend on it. Your typical corner pharmacy may be stocked with the usually available medications, but what if you need a customized prescription, something that isn’t sitting on a drug store shelf? That’s when …

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Ketamine for Migraines

You may have heard of “Special K,” a so-called “club drug” with hallucinogenic properties that can be dangerous when used recreationally … and ignorantly. But like so many other drugs, ketamine (it’s proper name) can be a medicinal miracle-worker if taken under a physician’s supervision – especially for chronic migraine …

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GenoRite Pharmacy offers the Life-saving Opiate Overdose Antidote, ‘Opi-Aid’

Steadily increasing for more than a decade, deaths due to opioid overdoses are now the No. 1 cause of injury fatalities in America – surpassing motor vehicle crashes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports. The latest figures, issued in October 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), …

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Balcones Pain Consultants Offers New Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation Procedure for Chronic Nerve Pain

According to the Institute of Medicine, chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans, an incidence rate which outpaces heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. Neuropathic pain is characterized as shooting, burning and stabbing and represents one of the most prevalent, yet under-treated forms of chronic pain in the U.S. It …

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Safe Pain Care That Can Last A Lifetime

At Balcones Pain Consultants, we are keenly aware of the dangers of opiate pain medications. It is estimated that 14,000 people died from opiate prescription overdose in 2014 and this number may be rising.(1) Earlier this year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidelines for doctors who prescribe opiate …

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Sedation for Interventional Pain Procedures

Pain Patients with highly sensitized skin, muscles, and nerves are often treated with procedures that could be perceived as “painful”. We offer sedation to comfortably get you through your injections. We want people to understand the principle and standards and expectations of sedation in the overall process of healing. The …

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Poison or Cure?

We all are different. Some are tall some short. Some have blue eyes and some have brown. We also know the way we metabolize drugs can be different and this could be a big deal. For instance according to a recent CDC study ,when looking at deaths involving other pharmaceuticals, …

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Pain Medication and Addiction

The management of chronic pain can involve the use of potentially addictive medications. Not every patient needs a chronic narcotic medication for their pain. In those that do, there is a risk of addiction with these medications. This risk varies in individuals and this variation is likely due to a …

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