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Spinal cord stimulation as a method of reducing opioids in severe chronic pain: a case report and review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21932754     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Opioid addiction and abuse are growing problems in the United States, particularly in Appalachian areas, which has led to a major social health problem costing millions of dollars in lost wages, medical care and lost productivity. In some patients with chronic moderate to severe pain, opioids are indicated and can be successfully used with proper monitoring. In this report, we present a case where the use of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) led to an elimination of opioids, a return to work, and to productive function. We also review the literature on the use of SCS to reduce opioid use and improve function based on objective criteria.
Timothy Deer; Christopher Kim; Richard Bowman; Matthew Ranson; C Stewart Douglas; Wilfrido Tolentino
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The West Virginia medical journal     Volume:  106     ISSN:  0043-3284     ISO Abbreviation:  W V Med J     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0413777     Medline TA:  W V Med J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  56-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Center for Pain Relief, Charleston, USA.
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