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Doctors often prescribe more opioid painkillers than necessary following surgery, for a variety of reasons. Education Images/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Is There A Way To Keep Using Opioid Painkillers And Reduce Risk?

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Physical therapy as well as cognitive therapy are part of a promising approach to managing chronic pain without drugs. Hero Images/Getty Images hide caption

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New research finds that a yoga class designed specifically for back pain can be as effective as physical therapy in relieving pain. The yoga protocol includes gentle poses and avoids more difficult ones. Comstock Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Study Finds Yoga Can Help Back Pain, But Keep It Gentle, With These Poses

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A study suggests spinal manipulation can reduce lower back pain for some people. sanjagrujic/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Spinal Manipulation Can Alleviate Back Pain, Study Concludes

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Scientists Engineer An Opioid That May Reduce Pain With Less Risk

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Kathy Snook, Terri Anderson and Gary Snook traveled from Montana to Dr. Forest Tennant's office in West Covina, Calif. Corin Cates-Carney/Montana Public Radio hide caption

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Montana's 'Pain Refugees' Leave State To Get Prescribed Opioids

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When it comes to chronic pain relief, the CDC is asking doctors and patients to think about alternatives to opioids. Robin Nelson/Zumapress.com/Corbis hide caption

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CDC Has Advice For Primary Care Doctors About Opioids

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Doris Keene (right) talks with her acupuncturist before a treatment at Portland's Quest Center for Integrative Health. Keene says the treatments have eased her chronic back pain at least as effectively as the Vicodin and muscle relaxants she once relied on. Kristian Foden-Vencil/Oregon Public Broadcasting hide caption

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To Curb Pain Without Opioids, Oregon Looks To Alternative Treatments

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We all get by better with a little help from our tunes. iStockphoto hide caption

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Sutures With A Soundtrack: Music Can Ease Pain, Anxiety Of Surgery

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You don't have to be outdoors to be hurt or injured by a nearby lightning strike, like this one in New Mexico. The pain for survivors can be lifelong. Marko Korosec/Barcroft Media/Landov hide caption

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'When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors' To Best Avoid Lightning's Pain

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When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

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For Headaches, A Lifestyle Change May Be Better Than A Doctor Visit

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Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

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The same nerve receptor that responds to the green paste on your sushi plate is activated by car exhaust, the smoke of a wildfire, tear gas and other chemical irritants. iStockphoto hide caption

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Sushi Science: A 3-D View Of The Body's Wasabi Receptor

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Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

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Fingertips, David Linden explains, are filled with different sorts of sensors for detecting different types of touch, including one that notes texture and fine little bumps. Another type perks up at vibration. Laughing Stock/Corbis hide caption

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Fingertips To Hair Follicles: Why 'Touch' Triggers Pleasure And Pain

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Depression and chronic pain are associated with dry-eye syndrome, a British study finds. And it's more likely as you age. Boris Lyubner/Illustration Works/Corbis hide caption

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