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Drug-Free Pain Relief 24/7

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About 35 years ago I was in terrible shape.  More than three years earlier I had hurt my back running and since that time I had been in terrible pain and my life had ground to a halt.  Doctors were at a loss to explain why I was still in pain.  They gave me drugs […]

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Pain Patients Don’t Help Their Cause by Denying Reality

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Chronic pain patients who rely on opioids for pain relief feel under siege.  Because of concerns about opioid addiction and overdose, federal, state and local governments have been instituting policies that discourage opioid prescribing.  In response, many physicians are indiscriminately reducing the amount of opioids they prescribe.  In some cases, they are quickly and drastically […]

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Free and Affordable Chronic Pain Treatments, Part 1: Meditation

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This is the first in a series of blog posts I will be writing on free and affordable treatments for chronic pain.  Financial limitations often accompany chronic pain, because many who suffer lose the ability to work and/or have significant out of pocket expenses for medical care.  Often, desired treatments, particularly alternative treatments that insurers […]

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Most Pain Patients Have Been Brainwashed

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Brainwash: to make people believe only what you want them to believe by continually telling them that it is true and preventing any other information from reaching them. –Cambridge Dictionary. Pharmaceutical companies are now a trillion dollar business globally.  They spend billions of dollars on marketing to convince doctors and patients of the value of […]

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Preventing Acute Pain from Becoming Chronic Pain

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Two days ago I took a hard fall.  I twisted my ankle in a parking lot.  I was thrown off balance and slammed very hard into the asphalt, injuring my right arm and shoulder.  I had scraped a large chunk of skin off my elbow through two layers of clothing and my arm and shoulder […]

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Five Amazing Chronic Pain Treatments You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Biofeedback Imagine if you could relax your muscles, dilate your blood vessels in your extremities for better circulation and tissue healing, reduce your stress, heart rate and anxiety level and improve your digestion, immunity and ability to fall asleep—all without taking any drugs.  Biofeedback can teach you to do all that. Biofeedback uses sensitive electronic […]

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Why Medical Marijuana Works

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Marijuana contains a class of compounds called cannabinoids.  Cannabinoids are also made by our bodies (called endocannabinoids when they are made by the body) and they work with a network in our body called the endocannabinoid system. (ECS) Cannabinoids bind with receptors that are found on cell surfaces to have their effect.  The receptors which […]

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Can Light Heal Pain?

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The first time I heard about laser therapy, a type of light therapy for pain, a veterinarian recommended it for my cat, who had osteoarthritis in her hip.  My knowledge of lasers at the time was limited to a vague idea that they were used to cut tissue in surgery.  I couldn’t imagine how that […]

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The Feds Say Restrict Opioid Use. Now What?

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The federal government has declared, through its major health policy agencies, that the number of pain patients on opioids and the dosages they are on should be severely restricted.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC), Veteran’s Administration (VA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have all issued new guidelines within the past year […]

 
 
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