LD 50 Kills

I got an email today that got me to wondering. Do you know what “LD 50” is? It stands for the amount of a particular virus, chemical or other substance that will be a “lethal dose which will kill 50%” of the people exposed to it. With Halloween being yesterday, …

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New FDA warnings for Opiate and Benzodiazepine Medications

In August, the FDA released new warnings for opiate and benzodiazepine medications. These medications carry serious risks of sedation, overdose and death especially if used together. If you or someone you know is taking these medications together, please talk to your doctor about these risks. There are ways to reduce …

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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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Whiplash

Whiplash is an injury sustained to the neck, most commonly occurring after a car accident in which the driver and/or passenger are rear-ended.  The injury specifically is caused by the forceful and rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck.  These type of injuries can also be seen with sports accidents, physical …

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Chiropractic and Chronic Pain Management

            Pain serves an important role in our lives but chronic pain, pain that persists for weeks, months or even years, can often become very debilitating. More frequently, people are seeking out alternative treatments to help manage their chronic pain and many are finding much success with the help of …

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