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Levorphanol, Methadone, and the Management of Intractable Chronic Pain: An Interview with Kerry Schmidt, BA, MBA; Jack P. McNulty, MD, FACP; and George B. Muller, RPh

Author(s):  Vail Jane

Issue:  Jan/Feb 2006 - Sports Medicine
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Abstract:  For former National Football League player Kerry Schmidt, BA, MBA, chronic pain is a part of everyday life. To repair sports-related trauma sustained during his 6-year career as a defensive back, Schmidt has undergone 24 major orthopedic surgeries over the past three decades and will undergo two or three additional procedures to repair his lower back. Now a sports reporter, a syndicated sports columnist, and a business owner, Schmidt says his pain at times has rated as 10-plus on a 10-point pain scale. Schmidt recently took control of his constant discomfort. After he consulted with Jack P. McNulty, MD, FACP, a specialist in the management of chronic pain, who collaborated with George B. Muller, RPh, a compounding pharmacist, Schmidt found relief with no adverse effects from the seldom-prescribed drug levorphanol.

Related Keywords: Jane Vail, chronic nonmalignant pain, sports injuries, musculoskeletal injury, athletes, pain relief, pain control, analgesia, analgesic, levorphanol, methadone

Related Categories: PAIN MANAGEMENT, SPORTS MEDICINE, DOSAGE FORMS/DRUG CARRIERS, MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS

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