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Is there a link between chronic pain and smoking?

Numerous recent studies have demonstrated that yes, there is an association between smoking and the prevalence of a variety of chronic pain conditions.

Studies find:

  1. Chronic pain patients who smoke have a greater pain intensity than those who do not smoke.
  2. There is a higher prevalence of lower back pain in daily smokers compared with non-smokers.
  3. Evidence of the link between smoking and chronic pain was found in a study of 6,902 women over the age of 18.
  4. Women who smoked daily had a 2-fold higher prevalence of chronic pain compared with women who never smoked.
  5. Smoking was linked to an increased risk for transitioning from moderately acute back pain to chronic back pain.

According to the study, Nicotine-Induced Structural Changes Might Contribute to Chronic Pain Conditions, smokers are at increased risk for osteoporosis, fracture, lumbar disc disease, impaired wound healing, muscular damage, and impaired healing from spinal fusion.  These are a few additional reasons to quit smoking.  The Austin Diagnostic Clinic offers our Smoking Cessation Acupuncture program.  Program founder and  neurologist Dr. Everett Heinze has helped patients stop smoking for over 35 years.

For more information or to schedule a visit please call: 512-901-4861.


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Mary Ellen Autry discusses cholesterol lowering foods on KTBC

Dietician Mary Ellen Autry, stopped by KTBC to discuss how certain foods can help lower cholesterol. She also talks about foods to avoid that can cause high cholesterol.

Patients and staff with The Austin Diagnostic Clinic’s Weight and Health Risk Management program discuss how the program works to help participants be successful while in the program as well as how they learn to maintain their weight loss once they leave it.

Low cost and free mammogram eligibility varies with county of residence, age, income, insurance status and whether or not you have symptoms.

For residents of Austin or Travis County:

  • Women’s Wellness Center of the University of Texas School of Nursing
  • Seton Cancer Screening Program
    512-505-5528 or 866-294-4923

For residents of Williamson County:

  • Community Health Services Clinics
    Taylor: 512-352-7697
    Round Rock: 512-248-3256
    Cedar Park: 512-260-4243
    Georgetown: 512-930-3280
  • Williamson County Medical Assistance/Social Services: 512-248-3252

If your mammogram demonstrates that you have dense breast tissue, which could hide abnormalities, and you have other risk factors for breast cancer that have been identified, you might benefit from supplemental screening tests that may be suggested by your ordering physician.

Dense breast tissue, in and of itself, is a relatively common condition. Therefore, this information is not provided to cause undue concern, but rather to raise your awareness and to promote discussion with your physician regarding the presence of other risk factors, in addition to dense breast tissue.

A report of your mammogram results will be sent to you and your physician. You should contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns regarding this report.

Learn more about this law from the Texas Radiological Society.