Doctor shows options beyond opioids when treating back pain

Kate Malongowski
Published March 27, 2017

EDGEWORTH — For years, back pain dictated Michelle Totedo’s life.

All she could do was work and lie in bed. She took narcotics twice a day to take the edge off her excruciating pain, caused by a herniated disc and spinal stenosis.

“I couldn’t do long rides in the car, couldn’t go to movies. I hadn’t even sat in my own living room for years,” said Totedo, 53, of South Fayette Township, Allegheny County.

A couple of years ago, her pain physician, David Provenzano, a Heritage Valley Health System doctor with Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care in Edgeworth, recommended that she try a neurostimulator…

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Things Not To Do When Treating Chronic Pain

CBS Broadcasting Inc.
Published September 29, 2011

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — From your head to your back to your legs, no matter where it is when you have a pain, you just want it to stop. But did you know there’s a whole list of things you should never do to treat pain?

Lots of people live with pain – the chronic, daily kind. You may think you’re helping yourself, but sometimes what you try to do is actually…

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