Here's what I collected from the news this week! The pain condition I found the most articles on is Migraines/Headaches. The last item is a link to an educational booklet from the American Pain Foundation which features information on how to better manage your chronic pain.
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WARNING: My goal is to provide the most up-to-date news I can, which you can then take to your personal doctor and debate the merits of before you try it. I do not endorse any of the docs, treatments, info, meds, etc. in anything I post nor can I guarantee that they are all effective, especially not for everyone. I always include the citation, source, or website so you know where it came from. ALWAYS get your doctor's opinion first!
Gene that controls chronic pain identified: Research lays groundwork for the development of new, targeted pain medications
Common pain meds don't provide relief for most: Study finds that asipirin or acetaminophen were only effective 30 percent of the time
NSAID Painkillers Linked to Risk of Kidney Cancer: However, risk of getting rare cancer is still small, experts say
FDA Strengthens Anti-TNF Warnings: Two types of bacteria pose infection risks for those taking the biologics for autoimmune diseases
The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan
The Affordable Care Act requires all health insurance providers offer coverage for pre-existing medical conditions by 2014. Until then you can purchase insurance via the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). You will not pay a higher premium and eligibility is not based on income. The program is only open to those who have been without insurance coverage for the last six months. Learn more HERE
Social Security's BOND program could help you keep more of your SSDI benefits while working
The Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) is a new program created to help SSDI beneficiaries return to work or work more hours, if they are able. BOND could help you earn a bigger paycheck and keep more of your SSDI benefits than would currently be possible. The program will test whether this incentive will encourage a greater number of workers with disabilities to return to gainful employment. To learn if you are eligible or for more information go HERE
*MIGRAINE / HEADACHE
Patients presenting with chronic migraine and chronic tension-type headache had a higher probability of sharing the Fibromyalgia profile
A free iPhone and iPad App to help manage your migraines
The iManageMigraine App is designed to help you monitor migraine patterns, frequency and symptoms that can be shared directly with your doctor or printed out for your next visit. The app also offers hints and tips to support you. Download HERE