It has been a rather upsetting month for me. It began last month with my Pain Doctor telling me that after 6 months of trying his office was still not authorized to take my insurance. I have been his patient for over 3 years but he decided to leave the Hospital Clinic which was closing soon and start his own pain clinic.
My primary care doctor was searching for a replacement for me but the earliest appointment was in April and not guaranteed, furthermore he would not write my pain medications, leaving me without my medications and having to go through withdrawal. Continue reading
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
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.
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 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
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.
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”
A RESOLUTION recognizing May 12, 2011, as Fibromyalgia Awareness Day in Kentucky, and urging all citizens to support the search for a cure.
WHEREAS, an estimated 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, most of them women; and Continue reading
By Maria Szalavitz for MSN Health and Fitness
Celebrity magazines all too often feature stories about overdose deaths and rehab admissions, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy is running an advertising campaign about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
But when taken as prescribed, just how risky are drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin?
The truth might surprise you. Myths and misinformation about opioid painkillers are widespread. Here are the facts. Continue reading