People in chronic pain are some of the most difficult patients to treat. They have complex circumstances that medicine can’t always remedy. Pain can be amplified, by depression and anxiety, genetics and quality of life.
She took one hit of heroin and “ended up dead for a few seconds,” recounted UW Medicine psychiatrist Richard Ries, describing a patient. Years later, though, the woman got married and returned to college.
The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, a 72-member organization, offers evidence for effective treatment of post-surgical pain, acute inpatient pain, cancer pain and chronic pain using nonpharmalogical methods.