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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday-Newsday #86


It’s time for Tuesday-Newsday! The Featured Blog Post this week is the replay of a webinar from Invisible Illness Week, “Avoiding Destructive Relationships When Chronically Ill,” led by Leslie Vernick.

Let Me Know: If you’d like me to watch for articles on your pain condition, just drop me a note in the comments section below. 

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, and meds in anything I post nor can I guarantee they are all effective, especially not for everyone. As is the case with any health info, ALWAYS get your doctor's opinion first!
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* FDA and CDC ALERT: MENINGITIS OUTBREAK *

If you received a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection between May 21 and September, by now you should have been notified if your clinic used any of the tainted steroids. Scroll to the end of this blog post for an updated list of what you need to know. I pray that none of you will be affected.


MENINGITIS UPDATE:






*MEDICATION NEWS




See part two of this story HERE





*CHRONIC PAIN NEWS








*NECK and SHOULDER PAIN






*PEDIATRIC PAIN









*FEATURED BLOG POST

Webinar from Invisible Illness Week, led by Leslie Vernick

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What do you need to know if you had 
Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections 
between May 21 and September?

~* Not everyone who got steroid injections will develop fungal meningitis, which is not contagious to others, but is very dangerous to the affected patient.

~* Fungal infections can be slow to develop. Typically in this outbreak, symptoms have appeared 1 to 4 weeks following the tainted injection, but it’s important to know that longer and shorter periods of time have been reported. This means that even if you are not sick right now, look at the date you had your injection and realize that symptoms may not develop for several months. Please remain vigilant. 

~* Symptoms of the fungal meningitis include fever, new or worsening headache, sensitivity to light, nausea, chills, and stroke-like deficits (including slurred speech and unsteady gait). Be very watchful for any unusual symptoms. Inform your loved ones so they can help you watch for symptoms which you may not notice. 

~* If you need to be treated for fungal meningitis you will receive intravenous drugs in a hospital. Treatment can take weeks or months, and the drugs can have severe side effects which need to be closely monitored.

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