The Food and Drug Administration has just issued what's called a Medwatch Alert warning that Epidural Steroid Injections or "ESIs" for back and neck pain can be extremely dangerous. The alert says: "Injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in rare but serious adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke, paralysis, and death."View Thread
Is your pain caused by a type of arthritis? ThePain.ca is a new site aiming to change the conversation about arthritis. Arthritis pain is physical, emotional and even financial. But sharing your pain is power: share your experiences with arthritis pain and learn from others by reading their stories. Together, let's bring this out into the open because, while arthritis pain can take your breath away, it shouldn't take away your voice.View Thread
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Contrary to concerns professed lately by opponents of opioid analgesia, higher than usual doses of these medications could be just the thing to prevent acute pain from becoming a chronic, life-changing malady. As was recently successfully demonstrated in a preclinical study, the concept of early, short-term, high-dose opioid administration to quickly manage pain is a radical departure from usual practice and may offer interesting possibilities for better pain care.
In the study — published recently in the journal Science [Drdla-Schutting et al. 2012>, and further reported in the journal Nature [Frood 2012> — researchers at the Department of Neurophysiology, Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna, report discovering new effects of opioids when given at a very high dose rather than continuously at typical lower does.
There has been some discussion in the literature that, by treating acute pain of various types quickly and aggressively, the chances of it becoming a chronic condition might be reduced. However, opioids are often avoided if possible as acute-pain therapy, and the current advice of "start low and go slow" when it comes to opioid dosing might actually favor in certain cases the development of long-term potentiation (LTP) that fosters chronic pain. Perhaps, what is most needed is higher rather than lower opioid dosing at the outset, at least for a brief period of time and, certainly, under safe conditions.View Thread
resourcesSometimes you need to look beyond your family and friends for support and spiritual growth. Whether you need help grieving the loss of a loved one, dealing with an illness, starting an authentic spiritual practice, or anything else, these websites and organizations contain a wealth of valuable information to help you start bouncing back. There are organizations and support groups out there for every crisis you can imagine. Why not let these groups help you with your heartbreaking hit? Here are just a few places you can turn to for support, services and information. These sites support those of us who have taken the very heavy hits--the loss of a child, a scary diagnosis or debilitating grief---take a few minutes and check out some of these wonderful organizations.
Whether your looking for new authentic spiritual practices or just enhancing your existing practices, the information, articles and resources available on these websites can get you on your way. These are some of my favorites and those of my friends who are "in the know," so spend some time browsing and you'll find a connection somewhere--be open to it!
Author Jillian Quinn has a book out that is a spiritual guidance tool. Her website is filled with links as well, that offer resources "to bounce back". I haven't read the book yet, but heard her on Doctor Radio and found her to be a very positive figure who, herself, has been through the darkest of hours. I hope there is some resource here helpful to any of you?
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