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People With Chronic Pain Respond to Doctors Advocating ‘Pain Acceptance’ on Vox Podcast

In the wake of the opioid crisis, medical professionals’ fears about prescribing opioid painkillers have risen — to the extent that some doctors have turned to “pain acceptance” as a treatment philosophy. But chronic pain patients are speaking out about how dangerous that could be for their quality of life. On Monday, Vox published a podcast detailing how “pain acceptance”...

Opioids often aren’t a great way to treat chronic pain. So … what is?

A pain patient weaning herself off opioids, a pain patient who can't imagine his life without them, and the future of pain treatment. In the past decade or so, we’ve realized that opioids are not a good solution for most chronic pain patients. They can be highly addictive drugs, and over time, patients often have...

Fibromyalgia With Numbness and Tingling

BY:Tiffany Vance-Huffman According to the National Fibromyalgia Research Association, 52% of fibromyalgia patients experience fibromyalgia with numbness and tingling. Another report found that as many as 84% of fibro patients experienced these symptoms as well. While the numbness and tingling primarily occur in the legs and feet, it is can also be present in arms and hands. Sometimes...

I’m Not Asking for Pity for My Chronic Pain — I’m Asking for Compassion

By: Alyssa Whitlock My life unexpectedly changed just a few short days after I married my high school sweetheart four years ago. I woke up with excruciating neck pain, migraine, fever, swollen lymph nodes and achy joints. Not a single day has gone by that I have not had some degree of pain. Some...

New Vaccine Wins FDA Approval For Fibromyalgia Treatment That Actually Work

BY DR. HEATHER MORRIS If someone could give you a vaccine that would cure your Fibromyalgia Treatment, would you do it? That may sound like a dream, but it’s closer to reality than you might think.approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a clinical trial next year to test the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine...

No, Chronic Illness Is Not ‘All About Choice’: US Health Pedia

By Denise Reich I was in a shop with some friends when the subject of jobs arose. For a lot of people with chronic illness, including myself, this is a loaded topic. I briefly mentioned that my aspirations had needed to change due to illness and I wasn’t working. It prompted a lecture...

Warning! Stop Doing These 16 Things If You Have Fibromyalgia

By: Julie Ryan This story is based on an article I read called “30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself.” As I read it, I couldn’t help but think just how true so many of them are and that certain ones are especially appropriate for those of us suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and other debilitating conditions. Here...

America Is Losing the War on Chronic Pain

In the face of an escalating opioid crisis, at least 100 million people with chronic pain aren't getting the relief they need and are seeking alternatives. More than 30 percent of Americans are living with some form of chronic or severe pain. More people live with chronic pain than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined, for a total of...

AN APOLOGY LETTER FROM A DOCTOR TO THEIR PATIENTS WITH FIBROMYALGIA

I have an apology to make. I’d like to apologize to all the patients I saw in my years working in urgent care who had chronic pain due to fibromyalgia or autoimmune disease. I’d like to apologize for not knowing, understanding, and in some cases not even believing what you were going through. You see, in physician assistant school, much like...

Do You Lose Strength in the Hands Due to Fibromyalgia Rheumatic Diseases Yes?

common feature that most fibromyalgia patients have is diffuse pain that affects a large part of the body. This disconcerting symptom is often accompanied by morning articular stiffness,Paresthesias in the hands and feet, ie tingling and numbness, sleep disturbances and above all a feeling of tiredness and fatigue that accompanies them throughout the day....
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