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ARC Announces Patients Safety Alerts

If you are among the millions of people who take prescription medication each day, you might find it confusing to remember all the details about taking those medications. Those who take prescription drugs as well as those with replacement joints and other prosthetics need to be aware of FDA updates that affect them. For many patients, this task can seem overwhelming. Unfortunately, health and safety risks grow much greater when a patient doesn’t receive word of a safety update or medical recall. What would happen if you were affected by a hip replacement recall but unaware that the recall had been issued? Continue reading

D-Ribose treatment for Fibromyalgia, ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

by Thomas Anderson:

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (also known as ME) are debilitating syndromes often associated with impaired cellular metabolism – which results in less cellular energy. What exactly is D-Ribose, you say? Without going too deeply into the world of chemistry – it’s a organic chemical component (sugar – isomers) which is essential for ensuring cellular energy for both DNA and RNA. Research has shown that D-Ribose may help provide symptomatic relief to people suffering from fibromyalgia and ME / CFS . Continue reading

Obama Care, Just what we all needed, right?

I don’t know if I ever mentioned that I live in Massachusetts, USA. I am disabled and on a very limited income but I have been fortunate that with Mitt Romney signing in our comprehensive health care insurance system, I was able to obtain a quality plan for a very modest payment. This plan has paid for all of my past surgeries, tests, doctors, pharmacies during the last 6 years. This included my c2-c5 fusion at a prestigious hospital done by a top surgeon with little wait time. My co-pays have been as high as $5.00 for brand name drugs and doctor visits. A plan as good as any major health provider!
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Rich Manhattan moms hire handicapped tour guides so kids can cut lines at Disney World

  • By TARA PALMERI
  • Last Updated: 7:14 PM, May 14, 2013
  • Posted: 2:45 AM, May 14, 2013

They are 1 percenters who are 100 percent despicable.

Some wealthy Manhattan moms have figured out a way to cut the long lines at Disney World — by hiring disabled people to pose as family members so they and their kids can jump to the front, The Post has learned. Continue reading

Alcohol, Fibromyalgia, and Quality of Life

Mar. 15, 2013 — Low and moderate drinkers of alcohol reported lower severity of symptoms of fibromyalgia than teetotallers, finds a study in BioMed Central’s open access journal Arthritis Research & Therapy. Too much alcohol reversed this effect.

The chronic pain of fibromyalgia is thought to affect one in 20 people worldwide but there is no known cause or cure. It often goes hand in hand with fatigue and sleep problems, headaches, depression and irritable bowel and bladder problems. Treatment is based around pain management and lifestyle changes.
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Managing Chronic Pain 10 Steps

Making the journey from patient to person takes time. The isolation and fear that can overwhelm a person with chronic pain grows over time. And the return to a fuller, more rewarding life also takes time.

It’s a journey with many phases. The ACPA describes these phases as Ten Steps.

The ACPA’s Ten Steps For Moving From Patient To Person.

STEP 1: Accept the Pain
Learn all you can about your physical condition. Understand that there may be no current cure and accept that you will need to deal with the fact of pain in your life.

STEP 2: Get Involved
Take an active role in your own recovery. Follow your doctor’s advice and ask what you can do to move from a passive role into one of partnership in your own health care.
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Fibromyalgia in Danger of Being Labeled a Mental Disorder

By Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide

People who have fibromyalgia, ME/CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), chronic pain and any number of other chronic illnesses are in serious danger of being labeled as having a mental disorder.

The 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, commonly known as the DSM-5, is about to go to the printers and is scheduled to be released in May 2013. The DSM is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and contains the diagnostic codes used by doctors for mental disorders. Continue reading

FDA Approves First Opioid for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the first opioid painkiller for the treatment of neuropathic pain caused by diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Nucynta, which is made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, is already approved for management of moderate to severe chronic pain in adults.

The expanded approval from the FDA allows Janssen, a division of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), to market Nucynta for pain relief to nearly 8 million Americans who have diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). The expanded use comes at a time when the FDA is being petitioned by some physicians and public health officials toreduce the approved uses of opioids, not expand them. Continue reading

Marijuana is gaining popularity

Marijuana bills are being passed all over the country!! I am proud to say that here in Massachusetts we have finally gotten a medicinal bill passed. On the downside, we are a commonwealth not a state and this means that our beloved (lol) politicians can simply ignore the vote as they have done in the past on other bills. Continue reading

Avoid Animal Proteins When Suffering From Fibromyalgia

by Ricky William

This is the most common inflammatory type of arthritis. It affects about one percent of the total population and is the auto-immune form of arthritis. It is characterized by the inflammation of the synovial linings of the joint. Continue reading