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Managing Pain

Six treatments to stem chronic aches

(HealthDay) -- Dealing with chronic pain can be tough. For the patient, of course, there's the constant hurt. But doctors also struggle with the problem.

The Tampa (Fla.) Medical Group says chronic pain is particularly difficult to treat because there's no way to diagnose the problem other than by what a patient says. Then, the doctor has to figure out which of six therapies will work best.

The medical group says the six therapies are: antidepressants, anticonvulsants, opiates, behavioral therapies, nerve blocks and implantable devices that release measured doses of medication. If you have chronic pain, consult your doctor to find a treatment that works for you.

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