Gabapentin for chronic neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia in adults

First published: March 16, 2011; This version published: 2011; Review content assessed as up-to-date: February 15, 2011.

Plain language summary

Antiepileptic drugs like gabapentin are commonly used for treating neuropathic pain, usually defined as pain due to damage to nerves. This would include postherpetic neuralgia (persistent pain experienced in an area previously affected by shingles), painful complications of diabetes, nerve injury pain, phantom limb pain, fibromyalgia and trigeminal neuralgia. This type of pain can be severe and long‐lasting, is associated with lack of sleep, fatigue, and depression, and a reduced quality of life. Continue reading

1 in 10 Fibromyalgia Patients Uses Marijuana to Ease Pain

FRIDAY, June 22 (HealthDay News) — About 10 percent of fibromyalgia patients use marijuana to relieve symptoms such as pain, fatigue and insomnia, a new study has found.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain, fatigue, headaches, sleep disturbances and other symptoms. It affects up to 3 percent of people and is more common among women.

Standard drug treatments for fibromyalgia-related pain provide only modest relief, and some patients self-medicate with marijuana and other traditional therapies, said Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, a professor of medicine at McGill University and consulting rheumatologist at the Montreal General Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal. Continue reading

Facebook bans mother for posting photos of baby with birth defect

Ok, So this is not about Fibromyalgia but it is about our freedom to deceide who has control over us. After reading this, you will agree that it is not Facebooks decision to remove pictures that were not public but for family and friends to see. What will happen as they continue this typw of censureship on a social network? If I publish pictures of my self, will they consider my deformed body and my 10″ scar  down my chest as offensive for my family to see? Continue reading

Tightening the Lid on Pain Prescriptions

By BARRY MEIER

Published: April 8, 2012

Stuart Isett for The New York Times Acting on her doctor’s suggestion, Mary Crossman, a former nurse who has lupus, takes 80 percent less OxyContin each day than she did a year ago.

SEATTLE — It was the type of conversation that Dr. Claire Trescott dreads: telling physicians that they are not cutting it.

But the large health care system here that Dr. Trescott helps manage has placed controls on how painkillers are prescribed, like making sure doctors do not prescribe too much. Doctors on staff have been told to abide by the guidelines or face the consequences.
So far, two doctors have decided to leave, and two more have remained but are being closely monitored.

“It is excruciating,” said Dr. Trescott, who oversees primary care at Group Health. “These are often very good clinicians who just have this fatal flaw.”

High-strength painkillers known as opioids represent the most widely prescribed class of medications in the United States. And over the last decade, the number of prescriptions for the strongest opioids has increased nearly fourfold, with only limited evidence of their long-term effectiveness or risks, federal data shows. Continue reading

How I cured my Diabetes

Got your attention? good, If you have been reading my blog then you know I have been going through a tough time with my daughter almost being killed in an auto accident. After almost 9 weeks in the hospital she came home, we had to keep running for doctors appointments and then more appointments. A little at a time she has gotten better and just a week ago she had taken a shower and forgot to put on her eye patch and later realized that her vision had come back !! Another small miracle, small compared to the other ones she already received.Then my wife took sick and after 2 weeks of misery they finally decided that her gallbladder had to come out. No sweat easy scope operation but painful. Well when they inserted the scope and pumped her up with co2 her heart rate fell and went lower and lower so they stopped and reduced the pressure. Her heart rate came back so they restarted the procedure only this time her heart stopped! Continue reading

Were we hacked?

ON March 12th 2012 every post in this blog was deleted! Why, How? No one seems to know. I contacted my hosting company and they said nothing there has changed. Hmm  other than their name, billing company, mysql database time up, security of the web sites I host, by that i mean I was unable to get into any sites I have created and maintain for others!!

Those problems were fixed but what happened to my little fibro blog? Did I do it? maybe the fog got me and I accidentally highlighted all my posts and hit delete! naw it cant be done, Continue reading

Family Updates for those who care

It’s now early February, Patricia just came home to our house, although she could have used an other week or two in a rehab, no one was paying. Maybe it’s just our nervousness and she is ok. I don’t know, she has a halo on her head, a feeding tube hanging out of her stomach and a patch over one eye… Looks fine to me. Continue reading

I need your support

To my Family and friends who already know about Patrick and Patricia, you can skip this post as there is nothing new in it, I only want to update others who don’t know.

This is way off base from what this blog is about but then again maybe not. I am in pain, so bad I can barely think. Nothing is touching it and I do have narcotics and other “Fibro” Meds. The stress and strain, how can you control it, read on and get the basics of what is happening right now.

Last Wednesday evening at 4:30pm my daughter Patricia was in a horrendous head on accident, she had to be air lifted into Boston where she is now. Trisha is in the Intensive care unit of the Deaconess West Hospital with multiple fractures, ruptured spleen, broken neck c2 broken ribs and other things, she has pneumonia and they cannot operate on her neck in this condition. We had hoped that it would be done today the 20th, perhaps tomorrow, her spleen was removed and anterior arterial surgeries performed to stop hemorrhage behind her eye and going into her brain. She is in tough shape.

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Pain in the @#$$

Pain, It is a huge part of our lives. We try not to let it interfere with us, but it does anyway. We all have our own ways for dealing with it and those who love us, for they can be worse than the pain and the long list of other “complaints” that we have. I am fortunate, I have been diagnosed with several “REAL” diseases, and  open heart bypass surgery.

By fortunate ‘and I think most of you already know” with having these people now treat me different. If I get tired, they suggest I take a nap or “lay down for a while” that use to be part of Bob’s getting lazy or “just get moving, you’ll be fine”

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The Festival of Lights Opens Up

Friday December 9th the Bridgewater Festival of Lights opened up and I was there to see the lights. It was a great night, on the warm side. The Bridgewater Academy Lions were there for the weekend serving free refreshments and helping Santa and his elves get the pictures taken with the children. CameraZOOM-20111209193811600It can be a job to keep kids on his lap long enough for a decent picture. Smile My job is keeper of the flame! In other words I put logs on the fire to keep it roaring.

The fire attracts everyone when it gets cold, so I get a lot of company. As the secretary of Starlight Charities I have to be there at the light festival for every weekend and some nights during the week, but with my fibromyalgia it is a hard thing to do. The cold saps my strength and no amount of pain pills can ease the throbbing pain in my muscles and joints but the music and the laughter of the children make it worth the effort. Continue reading