We have finally moved in our new home! We are still madly unpacking (not to mention our second pod full of stuff hasn’t even come yet!) and I finally was able to get my computer up and connected to the internet.
I apologize for the long delay... but here I am at last. I may not be able to get right back to the same consistency of blogging, but please have patience and I will do my best. I’m still trying to get a new medical team assembled to treat my pain and there’s just so much to do on every level. Moving is no fun.
There’s so much pain news and information I have saved up since I last posted; I’m going forward with the best effort I can give. I hope you’ll continue to follow my blog, and please pass the word on to others who live with any chronic pain conditions. My goal is to provide education & inspiration to everyone who visits this site. If I can help just one single person... it will all be worth it!
Time for Tuesday-Newsday! There are two Featured Blog Post this week both written by primary care doctor Rob Lamberts, MD. I found them extremely interesting and I think you will, too. The titles are: “A Doctor’s View of Patients with Chronic Disease” and “Looking from a different view.”
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!
~* ALERT: FDA Rx RECALL *~
Nationwide Recall of Aspirin That May Contain Acetaminophen: Rugby Laboratories enteric-coated aspirin tablets
*MENINGITIS OUTBREAK and CONTAMINATION OF MEDICINES
The last update was June 3 and the next will be on July 1
*PAIN MEDICATION NEWS
If you take Opioids for your chronic pain condition, please learn about the National Pain Medication Survey and support your right to have access to pain medication
"...while only 1% of legitimate patients get hooked (on opioids), many doctors treat ailing patients like criminals while actual addicts get off scot-free."
Bill to regulate 'biosimilar' drugs: As some firms want to make and sell drugs similar to biological medicines made by the likes of Amgen and Genentech, a measure aims to regulate their use
Using Marijuana to Treat Pain? A Pill May Outlast a Puff: Study shows a pill containing THC lasts longer and may be safer than smoking pot
Testosterone Treatment May Ease Pain Perception for Men with chronic pain and opioid-induced androgen deficiency
Some Antidepressants Linked to Bleeding Risk With Surgery: It's not clear whether SSRI drugs should be stopped before procedures, study says
Prices varied four-fold between pharmacies, and there are ways shoppers can save big bucks, experts say
*CHRONIC PAIN and SUICIDE RISK
Migraine, Chronic Back Pain Tied to Higher Suicide Risk: Hopelessness, disability may play a role in feelings of despair, study finds
*CHRONIC PAIN NEWS
New President Of American Academy Of Pain Medicine Plans Bold Advances In Pain Education, Research And Pain Care Delivery
Survey Finds Doctors Reluctant to Expand Nurse Practitioners' Role: But shortage of primary care physicians will change the look of U.S. health care
Doctors Urged to Refrain from Social Media Contacts With Patients: Texting or 'friending' patients on Facebook frowned upon in new professional guidelines
For those with confusing or huge hospital bills, experts advise knowing rights, getting written explanations, turning to the right places for help and filing complaints if necessary
Walgreens Becomes First Retail Chain to Diagnose, Treat Chronic Conditions Like Asthma, Diabetes and High Cholesterol
*STUDY SEEKING PREGANT WOMEN WITH AUTOIMMUNE ILLNESSES
If you are pregnant and have an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, you may be able to help scientists understand what happens during pregnancy for women who are on or have been on a biologic with the MotherToBaby research project.
Run by two UCSD professors, MothertoBaby's OTIS Autoimmune Project is an effort to study the safety of medications used for the treatment of autoimmune disease during pregnancy. There are no experiments-this is just a study/registry. No one will ask you to take or stop taking your medications.
For more information, click on the headline and see if you are eligible.
*FEATURED BLOG POST(s)
both by Rob Lamberts, MD