pain management

Paramedics in Sarasota County are turning away from opioids to treat patients in pain.

Instead, they will primarily use nitrous oxide also known as laughing gas.

Chances are, you — or someone you know — has suffered from lower back pain.

It can be debilitating. It's a leading cause of disability globally.

And the number of people with the often-chronic condition is likely to increase.

In light of a new study that finds non-opioid painkillers are just as effective as opioids in treating certain types of chronic pain, Dr. Ajay Wasan, professor and vice chair for pain medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, answers questions from listeners about opioids and chronic pain.

Seven years ago, Robert Kerley, who makes his living as a truck driver, was loading drywall onto his trailer when a gust of wind knocked him off. He fell 14 feet and hurt his back.

For pain, a series of doctors prescribed him a variety of opioids: Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin.

In less than a year, the 45-year-old from Federal Heights, Colo., says he was hooked. "I spent most of my time high, lying on the couch, not doing nothing, sleeping, dozing off, falling asleep everywhere," he says.

A Fort Lauderdale doctor has been convicted for his role in a South Florida pill mill operation.

Dr. Thomas Rodenberg, one of seven doctors swept up in the three-year probe, was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, illegally delivering controlled substances, and trafficking prescription pain killers, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.  

A Port Richey doctor was arrested Wednesday on 12 charges of operating an unlicensed pain clinic.

WFTV.com

A doctor accused of sexually abusing four women patients at clinics in Melbourne and Daytona Beach should lose his license, the Florida Board of Medicine said Friday.

The board threw out a settlement that would have allowed Dr. Albert Esmailzadeh to keep practicing as long as he didn’t treat women patients. That emergency restriction was imposed in March.

But board members said he shouldn’t be seeing any patients, male or female.

“This is a bad actor, a real bad actor,” said board chairman Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah.   

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Just days after a Parrish couple lobbied in Tallahassee for the legalization of medical marijuana, police raided their home and seized two pot plants, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.