Thursday, July 23, 2015

MARIJUANA: Guide To Illness And Pain Management (Medical Marijuana, Pain Management, Cannabis, Back Pain, Epilepsy, Cancer Treatment, Chronic Pain)

Medical Marijuana And Pain Free Living. You Don't Have To Suffer Anymore! Millions of America’s suffer from pain every day due to cancer, arthritis, back pain, accidents, neuropathy, autoimmune diseases, and so many other chronic illnesses. Pain relief is one of the most well recognized effects of medical marijuana, yet many still fear the drug. Do you or a loved one suffer from pain? Are you concerned about the pain medications you take? Do you fear addiction to pain medications? This book is for you! You No Longer Have To Fear Medical Marijuana! Are you afraid of medical marijuana? Have you heard horror stories or been told about bad experiences from the use of marijuana? Then this book is for you!

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Why Can't I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease

From one of the country's foremost doctors comes a ground-breaking book about diagnosing, treating and healing Lyme, and peeling away the layers that lead to chronic disease. You may not know that you have Lyme. It can mimic every disease process including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions like MS, psychiatric conditions like depression and anxiety, and cause significant memory and concentration problems, mimicking early dementia. It is called the "Great Imitator," and inaccurate testing-combined with a fierce, ongoing debate that questions chronic infection-makes it difficult for sufferers to find effective care.

The Lupus Book: A Guide for Patients and Their Families

Lupus, a disease of the immune system, can be quite deadly, claiming the lives of thousands of patients yearly. Dr. Daniel J. Wallace is one of the world's leading authorities on this disorder, an eminent clinician who has treated over 3000 lupus patients, the largest such practice in America. His The Lupus Book, originally published in 1995, immediately established itself as the most readable and helpful book on the disease. Now Dr. Wallace has once again completely revised The Lupus Book, incorporating a wealth of new information. This Fifth Edition discusses new drug information and newly discovered information about the pathology of the disease--all laid out in user-friendly language that any patient could understand.

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The Migraine Brain: Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health

A comprehensive book that explains how to cope with migraines by an esteemed neurologist. You know that your migraine isn't just a headache. But you may not know that migraine actually is a neurological disease. Affecting one in five women, one in twenty men, and one in twenty children, it's a debilitating, complex, and chronic condition that manifests in a combination of symptoms that can include excruciating head pain as well as other distinctive physical and emotional effects. Yet it's also a disease that you can get control of, improve, and manage, as Dr. Carolyn Bernstein has discovered in her seventeen years as a Harvard Medical School faculty member and practicing neurologist.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Key 10: Find New Meaning

One of the greatest challenges of chronic illness is coming to terms with grief. While grief is usually associated with the death of a loved one, it can occur after any loss. And chronic illness brings with it many serious losses. We may be forced to give up our job, may lose friends and feel abandoned by family, and may experience loss of control over our bodies and our lives. In sum, we experience the loss of the person we used to be. The pervasiveness of loss presents us with one of our biggest tasks: finding meaning when so much has been taken from us. Working through our grief can produce a double benefit. Not only are we resolving a psychological issue in chronic illness by facing our losses, we may be helping ourselves physically as well. Grieving is associated with the flare-up of symptoms, so resolving feelings of loss can help control symptoms. It may produce even more dramatic effects as well. A recent study of HIV-positive men who had lost a close friend to AIDS found that those men who were able to find meaning in the loss had a significantly lower risk of dying of AIDS themselves in the following several years.

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Experts: Screen Chronic Pain Patients For Anger

National Harbor, Md—Significantly higher levels of acute and chronic anger have been found in patients with chronic pain compared with non-pain patients and pain patients in the general community, prompting researchers to call for anger screening in all patients with chronic pain. The results of the new study also show that these patients have significantly higher levels of acute and chronic anger than do patients with acute pain. “This is important because anger leads to acting out, which leads to violence,” stressed lead investigator David A. Fishbain, MD, professor (tenured) of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and adjunct professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and Department of Anesthesiology, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, and a Pain Medicine News editorial board member.

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Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

When Lyme Disease Lasts and Lasts

Chronic Lyme disease is a highly controversial catch-all term for a host of long-lasting symptoms that may or may not stem from prior infection with the bacterium that causes acute Lyme disease. Often misdiagnosed and mistreated, chronic Lyme disease leaves thousands of people physically and mentally debilitated and without a medically established recourse. Mary Rasenberger, 51, a New York lawyer, experienced “a series of ailments going back 10 years.” She was finally given a diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease last summer after having been told that she had multiple sclerosis. Her long-term symptoms were “aching joints, headaches and indescribable fatigue” that made her miserable and unable to exercise. In the last few years, two additional symptoms developed: neuropathy in her limbs and face, and vision problems. In an interview, she said she “woke up every day feeling sick”; if she became overheated, she felt as if she had the flu. Yet a test for Lyme disease came back negative. 

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Are We Close to Solving the Mystery of IBS?

MRI technology opens the new door to a new understanding of irritable bowel syndrome and dietary changes that may help IBS sufferers. Doctors today have to rely on X-ray scans and patients' descriptions of their symptoms to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But scientists at the University of Nottingham’s Digestive Diseases Centre in the U.K. have discovered a new way of investigating the illness using MRIs, which could affect how doctors diagnose and treat IBS in the future. IBS is a functional gastrointestinal disorder caused by changes in how the GI tract works. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, and chronic abdominal pain. IBS can be diagnosed if a patient experiences one or more of these symptoms at least three times a month for a period of three months or longer, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. However, because the causes and symptoms of IBS vary from person to person, it can be difficult for doctors to treat.

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The Common Threads of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

More than half of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia fit the bill for chronic fatigue syndrome, too. Are they really just the same disease?       Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are both illnesses characterized by extreme amounts of fatigue. In fact, the conditions seem to be so intertwined that the medical community continues to debate whether fibromyalgia fatigue is simply a different expression of the same disorder that causes CFS. Statistically, fibromyalgia fatigue occurs in more Americans than chronic fatigue syndrome. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes there are about 5 million people in the United States with fibromyalgia, compared with a little over 1 million people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Still, research has found that the line between fibromyalgia fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome is a very thin one. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that 50 to 70 percent of people with fibromyalgia also fit the criteria of chronic fatigue syndrome. 

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Topic: Specialist of Polls (Volunteer)

Specialist of Polls (Volunteer)

The Specialist (Polls) is a position for those who have specific knowledge of a specific area of expertise and loves to post about their subject by posing articles, chats, videos, etc. This position reports directly to the Vice President (Karla Rabel) and to Dr. Patty.
The basic responsibilities of a Specialist (Polls) are:
• “Friend” Dr. Patty and all staff
• Customize your profile and put up a picture, it can be a tag or a pet or an avatar.
Check your private email daily as notifications and private messages are sometimes routed through general email (A CIPAY mailbox will be given to you for CIPAY business only).
•Check your CIPAY inbox daily for messages. We request that you respond to member’s comments and questions within 24 hours (at the most, 48 hours). If you are unable to answer the question, please ask another staff member to help.
Please make sure that you have read the petition and have signed it.
•You may choose the group that you wish to lead. It is your responsibility to monitor these groups for inappropriate actions, comments and questions.
•You will post one article a week to each of your groups. Your staff mentor will help you to learn how to complete the needed research and show you how to accurately post it to the group.
•Other duties as assigned

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Topic: 10 Key Questions About Migraines (Part 3)

10 Key Questions About Migraines (Part 3)

Do Other Medical Conditions Increase Your Migraine Risk? 
Though many people who have migraines also have co-existing health issues, it has not been established that having other conditions causes migraines. Nor has it been established that having migraines leads to other medical problems.
Two conditions found to exist in a high proportion of people who have migraines are depression and anxiety, though the reason for this is unclear. Doctors have also observed that in people who have cardiovascular disease, there is a slightly increased incidence of migraine. Also, many people who have conditions with nasal and sinus inflammation appear to have migraines as well.

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Topic: 10 Key Questions About Migraines (Part 2)

10 Key Questions About Migraines (Part 2)

Besides the categories of migraine with or without aura, migraines also occur in other forms, such as:
Hemiplegic migraine: Marked by temporary paralysis on one side of the body (hemiplegia), impaired vision and vertigo
Ophthalmologic migraine: The pain of this rare type of headache is localized around the eye; the headache may be accompanied by a droopy eyelid and vision problems. It is now thought that this may not actually be migraine, but another neurologic condition entirely
Basilar artery migraine: Occurs mostly in adolescent and young women. It results from a spasm to the basilar artery, a major blood vessel at the base of the brain. Symptoms can include vertigo, impaired vision, poor motor coordination, difficulty speaking or hearing, and altered consciousness.
Benign exertional headache: A type of vascular headache triggered by physical exertion, such as running, bending and lifting, or even coughing or sneezing. This headache rarely lasts more than several minutes.
Status migrainosus: A rare, sustained and extremely severe type of migraine with pain and nausea so intense that the person may have to be hospitalized.
Headache-free migraine: A condition characterized by migraine symptoms, such as visual impairment, nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, but no headache.

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Topic: 10 Key Questions About Migraines

10 Key Questions About Migraines (Part 1)

What Is a Migraine?
Migraine is a type of headache that is often localized in a certain area of the head and is sometimes accompanied by a pronounced sensitivity to light and sound. Other common migraine symptoms include nausea and vomiting. Migraines are usually gradual in onset, progressively more painful and then undergo a gradual resolution. When migraines are mild to moderate, they are usually described as being dull, deep and steady. When severe, migraines are throbbing or pulsating.
Some migraines are worsened by head motion, sneezing, straining or physical exertion. Since many patients also become sensitive to light and sound, some migraine sufferers will lie down in a darkened and quiet room to relieve symptoms.
More common in women than in men, migraine is a chronic condition, and migraine headaches may occur infrequently or as often as several times a week. Although migraines can begin at any time, the most common time is in the early morning. While migraines can begin during sleep, this is uncommon and must be evaluated to rule out other conditions.
The onset of migraine usually occurs between the ages of 5 and 35.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Topic: Safe Prescribing Tools for Health Care Providers

Safe Prescribing Tools for Health Care Providers

Reversing the epidemic requires changing the way opioids are prescribed.
For more than 20 years, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s Injury Center) has been the nation’s leading public health authority on violence and injury prevention. CDC’s Injury Center uses evidence-based practices to create real-world solutions to prevent prescription opioid overdose, while ensuring people have access to safe and effective pain treatment. 

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Topic: FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA strengthens warning that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause heart attacks or strokes.

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA strengthens warning that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause heart attacks or strokes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is strengthening an existing label warning that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Based on our comprehensive review of new safety information, we are requiring updates to the drug labels of all prescription NSAIDs. As is the case with current prescription NSAID labels, the Drug Facts labels of over-the-counter (OTC) non-aspirin NSAIDs already contain information on heart attack and stroke risk. We will also request updates to the OTC non-aspirin NSAID Drug Facts labels.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Topic: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Disability Rights Section ADA 2010 Revised Requirements Service Animals

The Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II (State and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. These requirements, or rules, clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new, and updated, requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards).

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Adhesion Disorder Patients Suffer Invisible Pain

Ashley Killeen calls herself "one of the lucky ones." It's been about four years since an obstetrician opened her belly to seek the source of her chronic abdominal pain. He discovered her uterus had stuck to her bladder, the result of excessive scar tissue from two cesarean sections. At 23, the Browns Mills, N.J., mother of two little boys had a hysterectomy. Nearly a year later, the pain returned. This time, it became her constant companion.
"I'm in pain every day," she acknowledged of her condition, Adhesion Related Disorder. "It hurts just to do normal, everyday things. I can't pick up my children. I can't run. I can't jump. I can walk. Some days, I can't even do that. I'm 27 years old, and some days I can't dress myself," Killeen added. "My organs are literally tugging and pulling on each other every day."

Acid Reflux

What is acid reflux?

Also called acid regurgitation, acid reflux is a common condition in which stomach acid flows backward up the esophagus (the tube carries food from the mouth to the stomach), causing symptoms such as a burning feeling in the chest (heartburn) and a bitter or sour taste in the mouth. These symptoms usually last a few hours after a meal and then go away. Most people experience acid reflux from time to time, usually after eating certain foods. Acid reflux that occurs more than twice a week is called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is a more serious condition that, left untreated, can lead to problems such as inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis) and a precancerous condition called Barrett's esophagus. GERD can also worsen asthma, chronic cough, insomnia, and pulmonary fibrosis.

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Chronic Pain Sufferers May Benefit from Stress Management

A new study finds that for some chronic pain sufferers, avoiding the harmful effects of stress may be key to managing their condition. As such, stress management techniques and relaxation or meditation training is highly recommended for individuals with chronic pain. In a study that appears in the journal Brain, University of Montreal researchers say stress management is particularly important for people with a smaller-than-average hippocampus, as these individuals seem to be particularly vulnerable to stress.

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Four Tips for Successfully Managing Chronic Pain

Whether a veteran has been wounded in combat, has experienced a non-battle injury or is currently working through a recovery, chronic physical pain has the potential to play a significant role in his or her rehabilitation and reintegration process. Managing the psychological and emotional effects of chronic pain can be just as challenging as the pain itself. This article will give you a better understanding of how chronic pain and psychological health are inter-related and provide you with four tips to help you successfully manage chronic pain and improve your psychological well-being.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Message From Dr. Patty PsyD

A Message From Dr. Patty PsyD,
President and Founder of Dr. Patty's Chronic-Intractable Pain and You Sites, Inc.

My name is Dr. Patty Verdugo, PsyD.  I am the president and founder of Dr. Patty's Chronic-Intractable Pain and You Sites, Inc.  I wanted to invite you to our website.  I take pride in allowing our members and staff to discuss their pain and every topic that surrounds pain.  Because I am a psychotherapist and intractable pain sufferer, I have dedicated the rest of my life to help pain sufferers learn, educate, empower and advocate for those individuals whose lives have changed due to chronic and/or intractable pain.  My goal is to raise public and professional awareness for those who are unfamiliar with chronic pain about the factors that often result in having chronic pain and the need for ongoing medical care and research for new methods/medications for the treatment of chronic pain for themselves.  We have been doing a lot of work on the site and thought you would be interested in taking a look.  Please make sure to set up your member account so that you can see the members only information.  To join, please click the link below.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Topic: An Accidental Discovery (Ketamine)

An Accidental Discovery (Ketamine)

Until about 15 years ago, patients with unsuccessful management of CRPS pain had few options. However, an accidental discovery at a hospital in Germany led to an experimental treatment that is giving some CRPS patients their lives back.

At the German hospital, a man was admitted with pain so horrible that nothing the doctors tried could reduce it. Not knowing what else to do, they gave him anesthesia to put him to sleep for a few days. When he emerged five or six days later, his pain was dramatically improved. One of the anesthetic drugs the doctors used was ketamine.

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Topic: What Is CRPS?

What Is CRPS?

CRPS is a chronic pain condition that usually affects one of the body’s extremities (an arm, leg, hand or foot) and is caused by a malfunction in the nervous system, usually as the result of an injury.
James North, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist, explains it this way:
“The nerves in the body communicate with one another through neurotransmitters. So, if you experience a minor stimulant, like the wind blowing on you, it might trigger the release of one neurotransmitter to one receptor. However, a more intense stimulant, like smashing your toe, could release hundreds of neurotransmitters into hundreds of receptors. Unfortunately, for people with CRPS, one neurotransmitter can bind to hundreds of receptors. As a result, their pain response doesn’t match up with the stimulation; there is an amplified response. The wind on their skin could cause as much pain as a smashed toe.”

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Topic: Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine Therapy

Imagine being so sensitive to stimuli that your body’s pain response reacts to a simple touch the same way it would to being hit by a hammer. For those who suffer from CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome), such reactions are a daily reality. Worse yet, the pain associated with CRPS can be difficult to manage.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Music therapy has proven effects on pain levels and overall quality of life for those with chronic pain.

Whether through listening to select types of music or engaging in making music with an instrument, music therapy has a documented positive effect on individuals dealing with chronic pain. One study at the Cleveland Clinic demonstrated significant relief of chronic pain for people with long-term pain symptoms when listening to music for just an hour a day. The same study showed a reduction in self-reported depression symptoms. How does it work?