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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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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Driftwood Recovery New Partner in Addressing Addiction Linked to Chronic Pain

Overcoming addiction can be difficult enough. When your chemical dependence is rooted in trying to rid yourself of chronic pain, a relapse is more likely. Sadly, about 30 percent of those who successfully complete addiction treatment nonetheless go back to self-medicating if they have chronic pain that remains unresolved, according …

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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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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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Note to FDA: Need to increase the dose of life saving naloxone to reverse opiate overdose!

Recently the FDA heard recommendations to increase the dose of naloxone from .4mg to 2 mg IM in cases of suspected overdose largely because of the more potent prescription opiates used today, but also because of the newer more potent illicit synthetic fentanyl finding its way into heroin and other …

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Bisphosphonates: A drug class to treat CRPS 1 pain

  Complex regional pain syndrome type I (CRPS-I) is a common and disabling disorder affecting a peripheral limb, usually developing after a trauma to an extremity. CRPS-I is characterized by presence of spontaneous pain, allodynia and hyperalgesia, disproportionate to the inciting event and by a variety of autonomic disturbances and …

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The Cure Lies Within

  In recent years, there has been a lot of interest in regenerative medicine using platelet rich plasma. Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a solution that is obtained from your own blood containing concentrated growth factor proteins like TGF-beta, IGF, PDGF, and HGF. TGF-beta is probably the most important …

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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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Tailbone Pain?

Do you have tailbone pain? Tailbone pain is also known as the diagnosis of “coccydynia.” This is a condition that may be difficult to treat and can become extremely debilitating, affecting one’s personal life, family, friends, and work. There are treatment options available to help you regain your life. The …

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Lumbar Decompression

Low back and neck pain are prevalent in today’s society, affecting 80% of us at one time or another.  According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, low back and neck pain are the first and third most commonly reported types of pain.  Low back pain is the leading cause …

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