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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tuesday-Newsday #196

Note: Due to technical difficulties and schedule conflict, Tuesday-Newsday is a day late. Sorry about that. Here at last is this week's post...

Time for Tuesday-Newsday! This week focus is on Cancer Pain. The Featured Blog Posts this week are all connected to parenting when you have chronic pain.

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!




Even if a Featured Blog Post is written specifically with emphasis on one chronic pain condition, it may still have information and ideas which can help people with any type of chronic pain/illness. I always select posts which I think can provide help for the widest audience.

by Gina Shaw for WebMD

by Darisse Smith for National Pain Report

by Rachelle (aka Spoonless Momma) for Creaky Joints


  1. Thank you for all the information.
    I would love to find out more about how to deal with chronic pain when you can't take opiods, or NSAIDS...or heck any pain meds really.
    I went through severe pain with Avascular Necrosis recently with no pain medication except Tylenol occasionally, but even that hurt my stomach after a bit. I also went through the hip replacement surgery with no pain medication.
    I have disc problems that causes low back pain that runs down my leg. I also have chronic daily headaches and chronic migraines. There are some medications I can take for my migraines but if I have a very severe one I have nothing to fall back on.
    I found one herbal supplement that is supposed to work, Arnica, but I can't take it orally, I had a reaction to it.

    the only thing I have used that works at all is marijuana but it is not legal in my state, so I have to use it with a vaporizer. (I don't smoke it) I did try a tincture, but it didn't work well.) The vapor doesn't last long. I'd need the medical marijuana to work well and consistently. However, it is very good for severe nausea and vomiting. I do believe this has kept me out of the hospital for dehydration. (I used to have to go to the ER for IV fluids after vertigo attacks)

    Thank you for anything you can find. I haven't been able to find anything.

    1. picnicwithants.com,
      I'm sorry to hear about all the difficult health issues which you are dealing with. There are many options for managing chronic pain, from medicinal to therapeutic to alternative, and new things are coming up all the time.

      Trying to put together a good pain regimen for yourself will take a lot of trial and error, and require taking risks that may be temporarily uncomfortable or difficult. I myself suffered a bad medication reaction about 2 weeks ago when I was instructed to increase by 1/4 of a pill -- who knew so little medicine could cause so much trouble? I'm still getting back to my "normal" after that nasty reaction. I took the risk of upsetting my life by trying that Rx increase and it didn't work - it turned my life upside down. But that medication has actually been amazingly helpful up to then; I simply found out what my dosage limit is and now I know any other changes in my pain regimen will focus on a different facet.

      Other than medications, are you exploring any alternative treatments to see if they work for you such as massage, aqua therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, TENS, yoga, meditation, etc.? I have found the first two to be very helpful for me

      I also had a physical therapist inspect my home to be sure that my environment does not contribute to my pain. She evaluated my chair, desk, computer, bed, shower, kitchen, car... everything! Sometimes we overlook areas and items we most often use that can add to our pain. Just getting a good pair of orthotics for my shoes to correct my very slight difference in leg length made a difference in my hip/lower back pain. Sometimes very small things like that can really surprise you.

      Have you also explored options like Cefaly for your migraines, or a spinal stimulator, or an intrathecal pump? There are a lot of devices and other therapeutic things, such as just regular old physical therapy which might yield helpful results. My mother tried a lot of things for her severe migraines, including growing her own feverfew plants, drying the leaves, and making her own capsules; it helped her for a few years but eventually stopped working. I'm not trying to recommend that you try any of these options or anything else out there on the internet -- UNLESS you check it out FIRST with your DOCTOR. I don't want to misled anyone into harm.

      To look at more posts that talk more about what I've done for pain an d other aspects than just straight news articles about painful conditions, look at the first few years' worth of posts on this blogsite. Here are two that you might find useful:

      I wish you luck in your journey to find pain relief, and if you have any specific questions I will do my best to answer them. Know that you are not alone in your struggle.


  2. Hi Shannon,
    this is Wendy from the Photo Project...thank you for coming to my blog and repeating you comment there. I would have eventually found it here. I think I signed up to get the comment emailed to me, but don't think I got it. That's been happening a lot recently with blogs I've visited.

    I'm sorry to hear about how you had to deal with your medicine trial recently. ick.

    I have tried a lot of the things you have mentioned. I do meditate, I practice Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction...as much as I can, I've been slack recently, I admit. I need to get back in the habit.

    I am in PT right now, and do Aqua Therapy. I have had a home health nurse and PT come out to my home....right after my hip replacement surgery...wish aggravated, and caused more, of my low back and sciatic pain. My PT is working to help with that too.

    I have a new headache specialist, she is a neurologist who runs a Headache Clinic here. I've seen her once so far, for 2.5 hours! She seems amazing. Talked about all of my issues and thinks they are all connected. She has some ideas of how to help my head. She started me on one new drug...actually 2, an SRNI, Pristiq, to help with prevention and all over pain, and a new rescue med. (I have forgotten the name. I'm having fewer headaches...I think. I have one today. She really wants to focus on my chronic daily headaches and thinks that will help my migraines a lot...and Cluster headaches.

    I have used massage too, and it does help some, but I haven't used it recently because they can't touch my hip area right now. And we tight financially...Hubby was out of work over a year and a half, and got a job in another city, so we have a mortgage and rent now. So much.

    Acupuncture didn't work, made me feel worse...sick. Biofeedback didn't work.

    I also have chronic pelvic pain, have found nothing to help that. That's just sad. Have been to specialist....but am going to try again as soon as I get some other things under control.

    Don't worry, I know you aren't giving me advice that I should take in place of my doctor, I have a chronic illness blog too. :-)

    I recently had a person tell me that my blog is depressing because one of my illnesses is so advanced...it is actually very atypical to what most will ever have and I try to stress that....I've been very afraid people would get discouraged by my blog. I'm thinking of starting another one that just focuses on Chronic Illness and not so much on Meniere's...this one started focusing just on that disease, as it is the one that affects me the most. I try to give people hope to never give up and how to not dwell in the past or think the future is full of strife, but I'm not sure I'm accomplishing that with the Meniere's people. It worries me.

    thank you again for your thoughtful and wonderful reply. You are so very sweet.


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