Elliot Krane

Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine
Menlo Park, CA, United States

About Elliot

TED Conferences

TED2012, TED2011

Areas of Expertise

Medicine and Surgery, Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology, Anesthesia and pain, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, cycling, Opera

Talk to me about

Childhood pain, analgesic pharmacology and development, opera, cycling, politics, slow food, and wine

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Elliot Krane
Posted over 3 years ago
Elliot Krane: The mystery of chronic pain
Well, no, the reason that hospitals use morphine instead of marijuana is that morphine is legal and manufactured to tight quality controls, and marijuana is neither legal nor available in standardized strengths or dosages. All drugs remain in the body for a lingering period of time, but that doesn't mean they interfere or interact with other drugs. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. Regarding Tobias's question about placebo: randomized blinded analgesic studies generally show that 40% or more of subjects get a placebo response for analgesia, and that the placebo response may be indistinguishable in size from a true drug. The difference is that placebo responses are not durable over time, and drug effects generally are. EK
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Elliot Krane
Posted over 3 years ago
Elliot Krane: The mystery of chronic pain
Victoria, can you contact me off line via Stanford? We can discuss your situation and I can certainly connect you with someone either at the University or in the community who are excellent pain docs. Elliot Krane
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Elliot Krane
Posted over 3 years ago
Elliot Krane: The mystery of chronic pain
Hi Tiffany, I guess now I see what you wanted a reply to. The good news is that the odds of curing your daughter's CRPS is very, very good. We have our best success in children of her age, and who have had it for only 3 months or so. I don't know where Marionjoy in Wheaton is. Can you tell me? You should feel free to contact me personally through Stanford University (you can find my email through their website) and we can discuss your daughter and treatment options. Finally, yes, the symptoms of CRPS definitely wax and wane with stress and emotional state, that is why in my talk I said we support our PT/OT/Medicine program with intensive psychotherapy, that piece is absolutely essential in my view. Elliot