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Endometriosis: My life full of pain

Endometriosis: My life full of pain

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Endometriosis isn't just painful periods, it's a chronic condition in a league of its own. One in 10 women has it yet, in the UK, it takes on average seven years to get it correctly diagnosed by a doctor - something experts want to change.With endometriosis, tissue that behaves like womb lining is found in other bits of the body, causing nasty symptoms.Amelia Davies was 12 when she got her first period. She soon came to dread her "agonising Auntie Red"."At times it was so bad I couldn't go to school. I missed loads of days. The pain was really intense, with lots of different types - stabbing, cramping and burning. I was so bad I couldn't walk or get out of bed."New guidelines for the NHS aim to reduce delays in diagnosis and save women years of unnecessary distress and suffering. Crippling...
Back pain patients with depression often prescribed opioids

Back pain patients with depression often prescribed opioids

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WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 -- Patients with low back pain who are depressed are more likely to be prescribed opioids, and to be prescribed higher doses, a new study finds.Low back pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States and the most common reason for opioid prescriptions, the researchers said."There is strong evidence that depressed patients are at greater risk for misuse and overdose of opioids," said study senior author Dr. John Markman. He directs the University of Rochester Medical Center's Translational Pain Research Program, in New York.The analysis of nationwide data on nearly 5,400 people from 2004 to 2009 found that patients with back pain who screened positive for depression were more than twice as likely to be prescribed an opioid painkiller. Over a year's time,...