Eliminating Stress Brings Pain Relief


Eliminating Stress Brings Pain Relief

Getting a handle on everyday stress can help you better manage the pain you’re experiencing.
It’s easy to get stressed out when the pressures of work, family, and everyday life are weighing on you. These stresses can have not only an emotional impact, they can cause physical pain as well.

Stress and pain are often closely linked. Each one can have an impact on the other, creating a vicious cycle that sets the stage for chronic pain and chronic stress. So, part of getting pain relief is learning how to better manage stress.

“Lots of studies support the conclusion that what happens in the brain — depression, anxiety, being stressed out — can increase pain. At the same time, if you have more pain, you may be more stressed,” says Jennifer Schneider, MD, PhD, a chronic-pain specialist and author of the book Living With Chronic Pain. “Each makes the other worse, so if you decrease pain, you’ll likely also decrease stress and anxiety.”
Pain Relief: Understanding the Stress-Pain Connection
It’s not completely clear yet to researchers how stress and pain are related. However, stressed-out people often experience neck, shoulder, and back pain. This could be due to the link between stress and tension in the muscles. It could also be related to brain chemicals.

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7 big mistakes that make pain worse


7 big mistakes that make pain worse

An estimated 43 million Americans report living with chronic pain, defined as lasting for at least 3 months. Yet experts agree that it’s woefully undertreated in our country. Despite breakthroughs in the understanding of pain, few doctors are aware of these advances or are trained in pain management.

One major shift in thinking is that chronic pain is now believed to be a disease, not a symptom, and that treating pain is about not simply targeting the source but treating the whole person. Like heart disease or other chronic conditions, there’s no magic bullet, so you need to draw on a number of approaches, from exercise and medication to relaxation techniques and talk therapy.

Eliminating your pain entirely may not be realistic; what is attainable is to lower it enough to improve your life and do the things you love. If you’re making any of the mistakes that follow, we’ve got the right formula for lasting relief.

Mistake: You’re trying to tough it out

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5-Hour Energy drink makers sued for false claims


5-Hour Energy drink makers sued for false claims

If you guzzle 5-Hour Energy shots, you should know three states are suing for “deceptive and misleading” advertising.

Oregon, Washington and Vermont have sued the makers of 5-Hour Energy, Living Essentials of Farmington Hills, Michigan, over claims, such as “hours of energy, no crash later” promoted in commercials. Other states are expected to file suits in the coming weeks.
“Plainly and simply, in Oregon you cannot promote a product as being effective if you don’t have sufficient evidence to back up your advertising claims,” Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a statement.

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Can Virtual Reality Therapy Help Alleviate Chronic Pain?


Can Virtual Reality Therapy Help Alleviate Chronic Pain?

New Rochelle, NY — Chronic pain due to disease or injury is common, and even prescription pain medications cannot provide acceptable pain relief for many individuals.
Virtual reality as a means of distraction, inducing positive emotions, or creating the perception of “swapping” a limb or bodily area affected by chronic pain in a virtual environment can be a powerful therapeutic tool, as described in several articles in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The articles are available free on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website.

Editor-in-Chief Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN and coauthors Kenneth Gao, Camelia Sulea, MD, and Mark Wiederhold, MD, PhD, FACP from the Virtual Reality Medical Institute, Brussels, Belgium and Virtual Reality Medical Center, San Diego, CA, created pleasant virtual experiences that patients could navigate through in simulated worlds to distract them from pain. They report both the patients’ subjective ratings of relief and how those compared to physiological measurements to assess pain responses in the article “Virtual Reality as a Distraction Technique in Chronic Pain Patients.”

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HEALTH LINE: Understanding and Managing Chronic Pain


HEALTH LINE: Understanding and Managing Chronic Pain

CINCINNATI—Acupuncture, exercise and massage and physical therapy are among the ways to deal with chronic pain that don’t require narcotic painkillers, says Nancy Elder, MD, professor of family and community medicine at the University of Cincinnati.
“A lot of patients think, ‘Oh, I hurt a lot, I hurt a lot all the time, the doctor should give me OxyContin and Vicodin,’” says Elder. “I think the most important thing that doctors and patients need to know is there is much we can do to help patients with chronic pain outside of narcotics.

“That doesn’t mean narcotics aren’t appropriate for some people in certain situations, but there are a whole lot of people that can get better without them,” she adds.

Elder says more doctors must have initial conversations with patients to manage expectations in dealing with chronic pain.

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Opioid painkiller prescribing varies widely among states Where you live makes a difference


Opioid painkiller prescribing varies widely among states

Where you live makes a difference

Health care providers in some states prescribed far more painkillers than those in other states.
Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012 – many more in some states than in others – according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that highlights the danger of overdose. The report also has an example of a state that reversed its overdose trend.
Health care providers in the highest prescribing state, Alabama, wrote almost three times as many of these prescriptions per person as those in the lowest prescribing state, Hawaii. Most of the highest prescribing states were in the South. Previous research has shown that regional variation in use of prescriptions cannot be explained by the underlying health status of the population.
The Vital Signs report also contains a study highlighting the success of Florida in reversing prescription drug overdose trends. Results showed that after statewide legislative and enforcement actions in 2010 and 2011, the death rate from prescription drug overdose decreased 23 percent between 2010 and 2012. Florida officials had taken these actions in response to a 28 percent increase in the drug overdose death rate over the preceding years (2006-2010).

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Director Of Google Sites (Volunteer Position):


Director Of Google Sites (Volunteer Position):

This position will require you to moderate any of our Google+ sites.
You must be familiar with Google+ Groups, Google Pages and how to get around Google+.
You must be able to work with, and take direction from the President, CEO, and Vice President.
*Remove/delete any comments that are not appropriate.
*Answer any questions that members have. (If you are unsure or unable to answer member questions, you will need to forward the question to Dr. Patty-President, Dennis Verdugo-CEO, or Karla Rabel-Vice President).
*Remove and ban a members that are not following the rules, and add them to the “Banned List” on the Staff Site. A member will get one (1) warning, and you will write the warning letter to the member.
*Remove any advertising posts that are made by members on the Google+ Cipay Group and Fan Pages. (Advertising for anything is NOT allowed by members). Only staff is allowed to advertise on the site.
*Post articles on the Google+ Feed, Google Pages and our Google Group only after they are posted on the Main Site. (Depending upon the content of the article, will depend upon which site you post it in on our websites).
*Check in with the President, CEO, or Vice President at least once a week, (or more often if the Director feels necessary), with updates, by email or phone calls.
*Be able to communicate well with Dr. Patty, the CEO, and Karla Rabel, and give recommendations that you think will help the site.
*Teaching will be given by Dr. Patty-President or Karla Rabel-Vice President.
The work time for this position will be approximately 2-3 hours per week.
We understand that you have chronic and/or Intractable pain and may not be able to work these hours straight through, so you can break your weekly time up as you need to. We understand that your health comes first, so please take frequent breaks and don’t push yourself to the point of extreme fatigue and make yourself sick. If you need help, please don’t be afraid to ask.
All of our positions have the ability for the volunteer to move up to a higher position in our website.