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  • Creator:   The Nurse Practitioner
  • Updated:   1/20/2022
  • Contains:  9 items
This is a collection of articles focusing on pain.
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Notalgia paresthetica: An underdiagnosed condition in primary care

Haney, Beth

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(9):40-46, September 2021.

Notalgia paresthetica is a perplexing diagnosis in the primary care setting. Chronic itching, paresthesia, or pain causes discomfort in patients who suffer with notalgia paresthetica and it is thought to be a common but underdiagnosed condition. Recognition of this dermatologic condition can lead to reassurance and relief for affected patients.

Pharmacogenetic testing: Clinical integration and application for chronic pain management

Fredrikson, Karin M.; Fasolino, Tracy

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(4):12-19, April 2021.

NPs commonly prescribe pharmaceutical therapies such as opiates, antidepressants, and/or other analgesics to improve the health and well-being of patients experiencing chronic pain. This article provides NPs with pharmacogenetic testing knowledge, such as readiness for clinical implementation, considerations for choosing a testing service, and testing costs for chronic pain management.

Understanding the most commonly billed diagnoses in primary care: Generalized musculoskeletal pain

Rogers, Julia; Allen, Jodi

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(3):38-45, March 2021.

Musculoskeletal pain is a common chief complaint in primary care and contributes to disability and a loss of independence. Musculoskeletal pain can be a diagnostic challenge for NPs. A thorough understanding of the pathophysiologic processes involved can help clinicians link clinical manifestations and treatment for musculoskeletal injury causing pain.

Understanding the most commonly billed diagnoses in primary care: Abdominal pain

Rogers, Julia; Schallmo, Marianne

The Nurse Practitioner. 46(1):13-20, January 2021.

Abdominal pain affects nearly every person at some point in their lifetime. Abdominal pain may be vague or referred, often making the diagnosis elusive and challenging for NPs. This article reviews the pathophysiology of abdominal pain in relation to clinical manifestations, differential diagnoses, and treatment.

Understanding the most commonly billed diagnoses in primary care: Headache disorders

Rogers, Julia; Spain, Scarlet

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(10):41-47, October 2020.

This article, part of a series about the most commonly billed diagnoses in primary care, describes the pathophysiologic processes of the three most common types of headache disorders as well as how the clinical manifestations and treatments are linked to the pathogenesis of the disorders.

An update on gout diagnosis and management for the primary care provider

Mbuyi, Nadine; Hood, Catherine

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(10):16-25, October 2020.

Gout is the most common inflammatory arthritis in the US, affecting 3.9% of the population. Although many effective gout therapies are available for acute flares and chronic management, it is suboptimally treated worldwide, and recurrent gout flares can cause significant pain and irreversible joint damage.

Pain management for patients with chronic kidney disease in the primary care setting

Lowe, Kevin M.; Robinson, Danny R. Jr.

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(1):18-26, January 2020.

Pain is routinely reported in patients with chronic kidney disease. Pain is often multifaceted, making the treatment of this complex patient population even more challenging. Understanding pain types as well as treatment options for these patients with pain is an important skillset for the primary care provider.