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The Link Between Chronic Pain and Depression

This to me seems fairly obvious but apparently there might be a link between chronic pain and depression. If you would like your daily does of the obvious please read more below.

The Link Between Chronic Pain and Depression

(Via Los Angeles Times)

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I’m a #Spoonie! Are You?

If you have Lupus, you know how daunting the diagnosis, pill regiment, family education, and the all-around stress can be. Well, now you don’t have to go it alone! Christine Miserandino, the founder of ButYouDontLookSick.com is now heading up a lecture series on WebMD that covers everything from helping the newly diagnosed to deciphering the secret language of lupus (c.f. The Spoon Theory). Here is a quick bio of Christine from the WebMD Lupus Community:

Christine Miserandino is an award-winning writer, blogger, speaker and lupus patient advocate from New York. Her writing about lupus and her “Spoon Theory” of communicating about lupus has been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines, medical newsletters and television media, as well as on her website ButYouDontLookSick.com

From the age of fourteen, Christine Miserandino was diagnosed with a myriad of illnesses from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to Epstein Barr, and finally, many years later, was given a diagnosis of Lupus. Though battling a shopping list of symptoms, Christine has consistently been told, by both well-wishers an doctors alike, “But you don’t look sick.” as if that was some kind of compensation for being chronically ill. Many times, being pretty or not sickly looking, made it harder to validate an illness you cannot see.

Christine is currently a member of the board of directors for the Lupus Alliance of America (National) as well as the Lupus Alliance of America Long Island/Queens Affiliate. Her passion is helping those with Lupus through her writing, speaking, volunteering, and work as a patient advocate. When not advocating for lupus awareness; Christine loves spending time with her daughter Olivia. She enjoys scrapbooking, music, and theatre.

Please take a moment to visit her WebMD channel and also check out her twitter feed @bydls.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Smile: It’s Saturday!

I fully believe that sometimes the BEST remedy for instant (though temporary) pain relief is a good laugh. If you’re in pain or just bored, please check out the video below. It’s awesome to say the least!

Attention Internet: This is a Penguin Being Tickled

(Via floatingparticles.tumblr.com)

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2011 in Funny, Pain - Psychological

 

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What Your Doctor May Not Know About Your Pain Pills

I found this article in my twitter feed (@doesithurt2) this morning and thought it a worthwhile read.

 

What Your Doctor May Not Know About Your Pain Pills

by MICHELLE ANDREWS


Most people who have chronic pain — a bad back, arthritis, or many other ailments — see their primary care physician for treatment. If ibuprofen doesn’t ease the ache, these doctors often prescribe narcotic drugs like Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin.

Although the drugs, which trace their roots to the opium poppy, reduce pain, they also carry significant risks and can cause breathing to stop in large doses or when mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Yet research shows that many primary care doctors aren’t monitoring their patients use of the medicines to make sure they aren’t abused or misused.

It’s not an academic issue. More people die from accidental overdoses of prescription opioids annually than they do from cocaine and heroin combined: 11,499 in 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Patient monitoring can take many forms, all generally aimed at making sure that patients take only the drugs prescribed to them — and don’t share or sell them. Some doctors ask patient to sign “pain contracts” or “opioid treatment agreements” that spell out these measures. But a recent study found that three of the most common strategies to ensure patients comply with their drug regimens aren’t usedunderused by primary care doctors.

The study, published in February in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, examined the medical records of 1,612 chronic pain patients at eight primary care clinics in the Philadelphia area over a five-year period ending in 2008. It found that only 8 percent were given urine tests, half were scheduled for office visits at least once every six months, and 76 percent were restricted from refilling their prescriptions early.

Part of the problem is practical. “It’s easy to say that it’s useful to do prescription monitoring and urine screening, but building this stuff into day-to-day practice is hard,” says Perry Fine, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

The other sticking point is a lack of education, of physicians and the general public, about how to prescribe and take these drugs safely, say experts. “Primary care doctors haven’t been taught a lot about pain management,” says Penney Cowan, founder and executive director of the American Chronic Pain Association, a patient advocacy group. This leads them to sometimes undertreat pain, on the one hand, or prescribe it without proper monitoring, on the other.

“Those who need those drugs should be able to get access,” she says. “But if a healthcare provider chooses to give them opoids, then patients need to be educated.”

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in Pain - Physical

 

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