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Most women with breast cancer undergo some form of surgery ranging from a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and surrounding tissue to a mastectomy that removes the entire breast. Pain after mastectomies may be the most troubling long-term symptom among breast cancer survivors, according to a recent study.
Opioids are a commonly prescribed type of medication used to treat chronic pain conditions and post-surgical pain. But the FDA has concerns that people may be misusing opioids and wants to tighten access to one of these medications.
While surgery can solve some potentially serious problems, it can also be a painful process to recover from. After surgery to remove tonsils, patients are likely to receive pain medications. But they may not have to turn to strong prescription drugs to relieve their pain.
Lessening the pain that frequently follows major abdominal surgery is critical as patients begin their recovery. Strong, pain-relieving opioid medications typically are prescribed at the start of that healing process.
Steroid injections are often used to treat symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Evidence was lacking about how well steroid injections treated carpal tunnel past the first month. A recent study was conducted to shed light on this question.