Seven years since I started this blog April 2009. It is very exciting to have this resource as a way to structure the many research publications and ideas I come across in Pain Management, Neurology, Integrative Medicine, Neuroimmunology and, yes, politics of medicine. I only wish I had had this tool decades ago so that I didn’t have to recreate the ones I’ve already reviewed and forgotten in the last 41 years, long before MRI scans and decades before computers in daily medicine. Now we all risk carpal tunnel from repetitive injury.
Chronic pain is often much more difficult to treat than cancer pain. It is tragic that < 1% of NIH budget goes for pain research, though 10 to 20% of the population in the US suffers from chronic pain, an estimated 60 million Americans, and the conditions are more prevalent among the elderly. Persons of all ages that I see tend to be more debilitated, often with anywhere from 3 to 14 different identifiable pain syndromes.
Many, including physicians, mistake pain as a symptom, failing to understand the reorganization that has occurred in the central nervous system due to neuro-plasticity; and they overlook the associated co-morbidity causing insomnia, weight gain due to medication or inactivity, depression, anxiety, spiritual and financial burdens. The lives of families and friends are diminished along with the person who has pain.
In the future, as time permits, I’ll be adding publications and articles to the site and occasionally posting with a frequency yet to be determined, hopefully twice a month.
- This website is dedicated to providing educational resources to patients and healthcare professionals regarding the current understanding of pain medicine, an interdisciplinary field
- To discuss evidence-based information to improve the lives of patients who choose to use these therapies under the direction of informed physicians
- To distinguish between harmful treatments, beneficial treatments, and treatments that can be safely integrated with conventional treatment
- To encourage communication between patients, families and providers
- To educate both patients and health care providers who need a more comprehensive knowledge base with current and accurate information
- To promote ongoing professional growth through networking in a setting where treatments can be examined together to enhance lives
Please bear in mind, no information in this blog is intended to diagnose or treat any condition.
The opinions expressed here are my own, and are subject to change as new research becomes available.
Join me on this journey……