BLOGGING FOR PAIN…

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People blog for money, for fun or as a hobby, or for business, with many blogging for companionship and for writers, as a way for an audience of thousands, to read their work. Blogging is now becoming part of everyday life for some with blog awards popping up left right and centre. Some stories have even made the front page news and there are endless platforms where you can start a blog.

But I wonder how many have tried blogging for PAIN?

Well, I for one, started this back pain blog to help others who were suffering from chronic back pain like myself. At first I had just one to two readers a day but now have over 200 regular readers every day. I hope this means that I have helped some people with their pain or just given them a link to something that might be of use to them.

When I first started it I had no idea about the ‘social scene’ within the blogging community where I have amassed some amazing friendships with people from all over the world, not just in the UK.

My blogging friends have been there for me on my lowest of days and on my highest of days when I could celebrate with them something I had achieved or seen. To me the friendships I have gained here are quite different from any other friendships that I have.

The friendships are, I think, quite unconditional, in that they don’t question your illness as some friends do. I hear from many readers who say no-one believes how ill they feel ‘as they look so well’, whereas friends you develop within the blogging community get to know the real person and know without even needing to look at you that if you say you are going through a bad time, then you obviously are going through a bad time.

Being questioned about whether or how much pain you are in by someone who actually has no idea how much pain you are in, can be, and is very ‘degrading’. I know, I’ve been there, done it and worn the T-shirt (as the saying goes).

The love, and understanding that I have from here when I’m at my lowest has ‘always’ lifted my spirits. I do truly believe that ‘blogging’ should be introduced as a form of pain relief within the ‘Pain Management Programmes’ that are available to us all today.

I am also quite sure that there are a number of other aspects to everyone’s lives that have been helped in one way or another within the blog community, as I am sure many of my blogging friends would agree?

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CUT OUT THE NOISE FOR YOUR HEALTH…

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Did you know that excessive noise can cause high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) it can also impair hearing, reduce performance at school and work, and provoke stress responses that could lead to physical illness, anxiety and nervousness.

You can find the quietest room in the house, and sit there for ten minutes, trying to build your own special relaxation room. It’s like meditating.

Spending a technology-free day is a growing trend in the US. So why not try turning the TV or radio ‘OFF’ when you get up.

It will help you think more clearly, get a better perspective and reduce stress.

ACUPRESSURE MATTRESS AND PILLOW FOR PAIN…

Acupressure Mat

Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine technique which applies physical pressure to certain points of the body to aid the elimination of stress, aches and pains and muscle tension.

The acupressure mat contains 210 carefully positioned spiked flowers, with each flower hosting 42 pressure points. The pillow contains 48 spiked flowers, each hosting 42 pressure points.

They say that using the mat for just 20 minutes per day can ‘help to relieve stress, improve sleep, increase energy levels, and reduce aches and pains’.

You can use the mat either on the floor – lying flat on your back or stomach, or place it against a chair and sit against it to control how much pressure you wish to apply.

For more details go to http://www.james-russell.co.uk/buy.cfm/monitors-and-fitness-aids/acupressure-spike-mats-and-spike-pillows/76/yes/63970?getimage=3 where you can purchase this mattress or pillow from.

Acupressure Pillow

TRIGGER POINT INJECTIONS DAY 1…

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Yesterday I had trigger point injections into my gluteal hip, left and right sides to help with referred pain from my back and myofascial pain.

Trigger Point injections are a mixture of local anaesthetic and steroid into a painful knot or tight band of muscles, for pain relief.

The local anaesthetic injection will numb the area and give immediate pain relief but sometimes the symptoms can be stirred up after the anaesthetic has worn off.

Last time I suffered quite a severe what you could only call ‘a hot flush’ but one that did not go away. I did not have a temperature but my face was very red and I felt on fire, which can be caused by the steroid.

The consultant decided to give me less this time and I am making a note of if I get the same reaction, which so far so good, just a little hot but nothing like last time.

You are not allowed to drive yourself home after the injection and have to rest in recovery for about half an hour with a drink and a biscuit before they allow you home.

Some time pain relief can be immediate and other times it can take up to 10 days but if they do work you can repeat the injections every four months.

My last lot were successful on one side but not on the other which maybe something else so it is being looked at in the pain clinic.

FUNGAL MENINGITIS ALERT,(guest post)…

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Find out if you have been exposed and the symptoms to watch for.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) across the United States over 13,000 people have been exposed to a bad drug, the steroid methylprednisolone acetate, that is used to treat back pain and as a result have been exposed to fungal meningitis. The drug is administered through an epidural directly into the spine. The CDC has reported that 105 people have contracted fungal meningitis due to this faulty drug and investigations have been launched to determine responsibility and who has been impacted. If you or someone you know has been receiving steroid treatment for lower back pain that is injected into the spine contact your doctor to determine if you were treated with the faulty drug and at risk for contracting this terrible disease. The signs of fungal meningitis are subtle so patients may not know they have it until it is too late – making it important to determine exposure immediately.
Here are symptoms to watch for:
• Stiff Neck
• Headaches
• Nausea
• Dizziness
• Sensitivity to Light
These symptoms may take months to manifest all while fungal meningitis is setting in. Fungal meningitis is a severe illness that affects the brain and spinal cord, attacking the membranous lining of both. It can cause permanent neurological damage and, if left untreated, death.

George Cary and his wife were treated with the bad drug. His wife is dead as a result. “Not only have I lost my wife, but I’m watching the clock to see if anything develops.” They are only two of what could be thousands of victims.

According to the Washington Post about 17,700 vials of a steroid mediation were sent to 23 states in the United States. It is still unknown if the drug was shipped overseas as well. This faulty drug is what investigators believe has caused this recent fungal meningitis outbreak.

The drug was made by New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Massachusetts. After the first outbreak in Tennessee they recalled the drug and all of the other products they make. The company issued this statement, “While there is no indication at this time of any contamination in other NECC products, this recall is being taken as a precautionary measure.” There is no way to tell at this time how many people will come down with fungal meningitis as a result of this drug. It is important to identify who has been exposed so that patients can be under careful watch for symptoms and signs of the disease. The drug was also injected into joints such as shoulders and knees. While the CDC does not believe these patients are at risk that is yet to be proven.

Medical malpractice is growing at an alarming rate, “http://www.dsslaw.com/malpractice-wrongful-death/”
There are up to 98,000 deaths per year that occur as a result of medical malpractice. Patients being misdiagnosed, giving the wrong medications, operations gone wrong, contracting diseases and the like are causing pain and suffering for millions of people all over the country. If you have been exposed to fungal meningitis through the use of this faulty drug or been the victim of a different type of medical negligence there are organizations that can help you.

Please help us save lives by spreading the word!
Do you know of any reported/unreported cases of fungal meningitis in the UK?

Article Written by Lili Miller
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