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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, “”
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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Cupping is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine. In fact the earliest recorded use of it dates back to the early fourth century. In that day practitioners would use hallowed-out animal horns for cups and place them over particular points or meridians.

Today they use thick glass or plastic which allow the acupuncturist to see the skin and evaluate the treatment.

This is certainly my first try at this treatment for my neck pain and my physiotherapist explained to me how I would feel and how it would work. As I had previously had success with pain using acupuncture she felt this was well worth trying.

Basically it works by creating a local suction to your skin. This then pulls the skin upward on the inside of the glass. It is believed that this then opens up the skin’s pores, which then help to stimulate the flow of blood, balance and realigns the flow of qi and break up
swellings and help toxins to be drawn out of the body.

The Chinese used it primarily to treat respiratory conditions, and also for arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders and other types of pain and others use it to treat depression and reduce swelling.

She explained that I may have a few blood blisters, (which I haven’t) and that it might be uncomfortable (which is was) but I felt it has to hurt to work.

My next treatment is in two weeks time and I have been told to keep a diary of the effects from it, good or bad. So far since my treatment this morning I have had no change in pain relief but it felt warm for a couple of hours afterwards.


For anyone suffering from fibromyalgia, knowing where to apply self-acupressure may help ease some of the symptoms associated with the disorder. I am suffering greatly at the moment with fatigue and nonrestorative sleep due to fibromyalgia and bulging disc problems in my neck and lower back.

I seem to fall asleep fine but then I am awake for hours before I settle again especially during a cold spell. Last night I decided to start trying acupressure which is something I have done in the past but it’s not easy to get to certain points by yourself.

I got my phone out and looked up the best pressure points to work on my shoulders which I hoped would have a knock on effect on my neck pain.

To help ease shoulder pain they say you should press your thumbs or middle fingers on to the top of your shoulders where the outer collarbones join the shoulders. Press the thumbs or middle fingers to these points and massage for at least a minute several times.

According to Healthline Acupuncture has been extensively studied as a treatment for neck pain. While there is some evidence that acupuncture works for neck pain, acupressure is not universally accepted as a neck pain treatment. Researchers wonder, for example, if the needles from acupuncture stimulate chemicals in your body that provide pain relief. If that is indeed the case, stimulating pressure points with massage instead of needles wouldn’t provide the same pain relief. 

But that’s not to say that acupressure should be ruled out as a holistic neck pain treatment. Stimulating pressure points may relieve neck pain and soothe aching muscles. According to several reviews of the scientific literature, the answer is that we just don’t know.

I think it did help me to settle down but whether that was just because I was so tired I am not sure but I’ve been having such a hard time with it at the moment that I will try anything. I’ve sat and researched it today and I have just ordered a book from Amazon called Treat Yourself with Acupressure: An easy way to relieve pain, tension, anxiety and stress, by Adriana Apollonia Germain (Author)

It says it’s a easy to understand and highly visual book with step by step guidelines for effective self treatment.

Acupressure and Acupuncture both use same points on Surface of Human Body for healing the problems. But Acupuncture is applied through Needle and Acupressure is applied through Pressure of Hand (Especially by Thumb and Fingers). Acupressure gives pressure to such points that results in Releasing Muscular Aches, Enhance Blood Circulation and gives relaxation to the Human Body.

The theory and practice of acupuncture originated in China. It was first mentioned and recorded in documents dating a few hundred years before the Common Era. Earlier instead of needles sharpened stones and long sharp bones were used around 6000 BCE for acupuncture treatment.

Acupressure is generally said that in a Chinese Medicine Method, but it was firstly discovered in India which latterly disappeared. Acupressure nowadays has many methods as Reflexology, Meridian and Sujok Therapy. Reflexology is an American invention, Meridian is Chinese invention while Sujok is discovered by Korea.

Acufinder explain that aside from these points, it is important to recognize that psychological stresses can play a significant role in the presentation of fibromyalgia. Employing self-acupressure can help one regain emotional well-being and better control the onset of symptoms. For best self-acupressure results, apply gentle yet firm pressure from your middle-finger as you make tiny circular motions. This may be done as little as once a day or as much as once every hour.

Here are some locations on the body where self-acupressure can help to alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia:

  • Yintang – located between the eyes, at the level of the eyebrows. This point is renowned for its ability to soothe anxiety and promote a general relaxation of the body. Stimulation of this point may help with obsessive and unproductive thoughts.
  • Ear Shen Men – located on the upper portion of the ear in the triangular fossa, nearly a perfect fit to gently place a fingertip and press. The name of this point speaks for itself, stimulation here brings the potential for great relief from any kind of physical and/or emotional pain, metaphorically allowing the patient to enter ‘heaven.’
  • Ren 17 – located in the center of chest at the level of the fourth intercostal space, at the same level as the nipples. This is a great point to help relieve the sensation of rising anxiety and help the body physically relax as well.
  • Pericardium 6 – located on the lower, inner side of arm, four finger widths from the wrist crease and between the two tendons in the middle of the arm. Gentle pressing can help promote a sense of well-being and relief from nausea.
  • Stomach 36 – located about four finger widths down from the outer eye of the knee, then over about the width of the middle finger, from the shin bone. This invaluable point is known for its ability to promote general wellness by stimulating the immune system, stopping pain anywhere in the body and calming the shen. According to the theory of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, “calming the shen” refers to the stabilization of negative mental and emotional states.


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In March of 2010 I wrote an article on ‘Lidocaine infusion for pain relief’, and two years on I am still getting comments about the use of it.

At that time I was only reading about lidocaine infusion as being used regularly in Australia and America as a treatment for some types of chronic pain.

I’d read a few articles on it also being used to treat people suffering from Fibromyalgia so I was quite interested in anyone who had used this type of pain relief.

Now, it seems to also be available in London, Lincoln, Scotland, Cornwall, and Canada but comments on its benefits are quite mixed.

After reading up on it they seem to to think that it doesn’t work for all types of pain, but only to reduce pain that is caused by over-activity of sodium channels inside the cells of some irritable nerves.

However, what a lidocaine infusion can do is to quickly determine whether your pain responds to this type of medicine. ‘This type of medicine’, being, a sodium channel blocker, which blocks activity from irritable nerves responsible for some types of pain, such as neuropathic pain.

I’ve yet to be offered this at my pain clinic but I guess funding could come into whether it is available in your area.

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To help ease stiffness and improve posture in your upper back press the acupressure points which are located in the depression at the centre of each shoulder bone.

Press the fingers of the right hand to this point on the left shoulder bone and hold for at least a minute. Repeat with the left fingers on the right shoulder.

Pressing these points relieves pain and stiffness in the upper back and shoulders.

It can also help with neck pain and fatigue and increase flexibility and range of motions.