Nerve Pain: Research Leading to Answers
A new study using mice has identified new targets for reducing nerve pain. This is big news for soldiers, because many combat wounded soldiers experience nerve pain. Researchers have developed drugs that help block neuropathic pain, but that are different from common pain relievers, like opioids. This means patients are much less likely to experience addiction to their pain relief substances. Research like this not only helps soldiers to lessen their pain, but also helps to prevent negative side-effects from long-term use of pain relievers. One of the biggest struggles for a soldier after experiencing a traumatic injury is the unintended consequence of addiction after using prescription opioids to treat pain. Hopefully more research like this will continue to help shed light on this situation.
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