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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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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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When Everything Hurts and You’re Falling Apart

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Do you have pain almost everywhere?  Have you also been diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, kidney disease or have debilitating chronic fatigue?  Have you had multiple joint replacements? If your answer is yes, and you’ve been seeing a conventional primary care provider or a number of different specialists to deal with your many chronic […]

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Life After Opioids for the Chronic Pain Patient

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Many of the 100 million chronic pain patients in the United States have been depending on opioids to manage their pain, some for decades. In the last few years, concerns about addiction and deaths from prescription opioids have resulted in changes in guidelines regarding opioid use and a crackdown on physicians who prescribe opioids. Many […]

 
 
 
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