Labs and Diagnostic Tests Center

Diagnosing the exact cause of your chronic pain can be a long, challenging process. That's because there usually isn't one test that can definitively point to what's causing your pain. Our Labs and Diagnostics Tests Center explains the most common tests used to help diagnose pain.

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X-rays, MRIs, CT Scans, Blood Tests, and Nerve Tests
Lab and diagnostic tests for chronic pain can’t always provide a clear diagnosis because pain is such a multi-faceted issue. Article explains most common tests, including x-rays, MRIs, and nerve tests used to help diagnose the cause of chronic pain.

The rate of chronic pain among US veterans remains high, but many treatment approaches are available.

While chronic pain is common among veterans, here's five things you may not know about veterans with this condition.

When pain got in the way of her work, this lupus patient changed direction and found new hope.

When chronic pain got in the way of her work, this lupus patient changed career direction and found new hope.

Losing weight can be very difficult when you suffer from chronic pain. Making a few slight changes to your routine, however, may help prevent your condition from worsening.

Patients who are overweight may be able to prevent chronic pain from worsening by maintaining their weight.

For our second annual gift guide, we found 8 gifts we think will bring comfort and joy to friends and family living with chronic pain. Of course we consulted with Santa and our readers while compiling this collection of gift ideas that are practical, soothing, inspirational, indulgent, helpful and humorous.

PPM's annual gift guide: 8 great gifts for loved ones living with chronic pain.

Power outages. Downed trees. Evacuations. The devastating consequences of a natural disaster such as the recent hurricanes (Irma, Harvey, Maria) affect everyone, but the situation can be especially grim for individuals who regularly take prescription pain medications. If patients are unable to get their medications, the consequences can be serious.