Edward C Covington

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Misunderstandings regarding the nature and occurrence of addiction have historically been barriers to the appropriate treatment of pain and have stigmatized the medical use of opioids. This article reviews the evolution of nomenclature related to addiction, presents current scientific understanding of addiction that may help shape universally acceptable(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT This is a synopsis of a symposium presented to the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada, 2002. PURPOSE To provide the reader with a distillation of the material presented regarding the diagnosis of failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). METHODS Panel presentation. RESULTS The proper treatment of patients(More)
This prospective, consecutive series describes peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) for treatment of severe reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or complex regional pain syndrome, in patients with symptoms entirely or mainly in the distribution of one major peripheral nerve. Plate-type electrodes were placed surgically on affected nerves and tested for 2 to 4(More)
The concept of psychogenic pain has stimulated controversy in the field of pain medicine, not only regarding its prevalence, but indeed its very existence. Some would even hold that the term is fundamentally meaningless. Whether meaningless or not, it is often hated—by physicians in pain medicine whose patients have been harmed by not having been taken(More)
Long-term intraspinal infusions of opioid drugs are being increasingly utilized in patients with noncancer pain. Despite this, there is a lack of long-term information, including success and failure rates for pain relief and technical problems. During a 5-year period, 18 noncancer patients underwent implantation of programmable infusion pumps for long-term(More)
In the past, pain control for chronic pain syndromes using narcotic infusion has been carried out primarily via the intrathecal (subarachnoid) route. This report presents one of the first large series of terminally ill cancer patients with intractable pain treated with continuous epidural morphine infusions by means of implanted pumps and epidural spinal(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether chronic pain patients' beliefs and attributions about pain control are amenable to change in a short-term inpatient multidisciplinary pain management program. DESIGN Non-randomized consecutive sample with prospective, before-after treatment. SETTING Pain-management, tertiary care center in a major U.S. city. PATIENTS All(More)
The relative roles of spinal cord stimulation and the spinal infusion of opioids in the treatment of chronic, non-cancer lower body pain remains unclear. This report contains a retrospective analysis of patients with chronic lower body, neuropathic pain and treated over a 5 year period. Unilateral leg and/or buttock pain was treated initially with spinal(More)
It is now well demonstrated that several anticonvulsants have a role in the treatment of neuropathic pain and also in withdrawal from benzodiazepines, sedatives, and perhaps alcohol. Valproic acid, carbamazepine, gabapentin, clonazepam, and lamotrigine are appropriate treatments for neuropathic pain, effective to a degree dependent on the underlying(More)