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February 23rd, 2009 No comments
Alan Densky asked:

The axiom “no pain, no gain” simply is not true. Envision all of the times pain has hindered you from engaging in activities that you enjoy – perhaps running, playing tennis, fishing and even sitting can be impossible when you are in pain. Did you gain anything from missing out on memories?

However, the adage that “Pain is all in your head” can, in fact, be true. If that is the case, then the cure is all in your head, also. With hypnosis, pain can disappear completely. Despite what you may think, hypnosis is simply a mental state during which messages can reach the unconscious more easily. The state of hypnosis is characterized by deep relaxation. In fact, with regular practice of a self hypnosis pain elimination regimen, you will feel much more calm over all.

Pain is a signal that something in your body is amiss. So pain is actually a positive thing. But after you have your doctor check you out to ensure that the pain is not indicating a harmful condition like a tumor, it’s time to manage or even eliminate the pain.

There is no risk in a hypnotherapeutic pain relief program. You cannot “get stuck” in a hypnotic state. The worst that would ever happen when you use self hypnosis for pain reduction is that you could fall into a natural state of sleep for a half hour- think of all of the nights that pain has kept you from sleeping!

This is not to say that a hypnotherapeutic pain management system is similar to sleep, because that is the major misunderstanding about hypnosis. When you are asleep, you’re unconscious. If you are unconscious, then you cannot hear anything. If you cannot hear anything, then a hypnotherapist cannot assist you. Hypnosis is actually a state of keen awareness.

Despite being consciously aware of everything, hypnotherapeutic pain management programs can tackle both physical and mental causes and introduce many effective avenues to eliminate pain. Medicines only block the reception of the physical symptoms of pain briefly, but hypnotherapeutic pain regimens can actually decrease the amount and strength of pain signals that you sense. You can literally reprogram your body to send less pain-inducing chemicals to your receptors. This means that you can use fewer pain-killing medications, or in many cases no medications at all.

Endorphins are opiate-like elements that are manufactured in the brain. They are the elements that cause athletes to get a high when they workout very hard. Using self hypnosis, you can also discover how to program your brain to create pain-relieving endorphins on demand and then send them to the painful area where they are required.

Thanks to endorphins, the brain is capable of inducing analgesia, which is a mild anesthesia, as well as complete anesthesia (numbness). Medical journals are full of reports both in pre-anesthesia days, as well as in modern times, when major surgery has been completed under hypnoanesthesia.

Hypnosis can also be used to program the mind to direct your attention away from pain, which will help you perceive much less discomfort. Further, hypnotherapeutic pain management CDs can help our mind realize and understand that the pain is there, but not to let us feel it. A qualified hypnotherapist will know how to completely address additional hypnotic suggestions that will aid in your recovery.

A very effective hypnosis pain remedy lies in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or NLP. No doubt that after dealing with chronic pain, you may be doubtful that a hypnotherapeutic pain program will get the job done. In many cases, NLP techniques actually are more successful for modern thinkers than traditional hypnosis does because it was created for people like you who are brought up to question and analyze everything. When we analyze, we tend to put up barriers to the acceptance of post-hypnotic suggestions.

Stressful feelings always make us perceive far more pain than we are actually experiencing. One of the most successful NLP patterns for eliminating stress is known as the “Flash.” This tool reprograms the unconscious mind to use mental images that create stress to actually trigger thoughts that create feelings of relaxation in their place. After you have used this technique, it will be difficult or impossible to think the thoughts that trouble you, because your unconscious will instantly and automatically exchange them in a Flash for thoughts that relax you instead.

Self hypnosis and pain relief go hand in hand. If you are exhausted from coping with prescriptions that render you in no condition to drive or to fully experience life, or worse, of living with the throbbing, stabbing or shooting pulsations of discomfort, a hypnosis pain elimination program can provide safe, natural and instantaneous relief.

SHELBY

January 27th, 2009 No comments
Hemant Yagnick, M.D. asked:

Chronic pain is a complex medical condition influenced by biological, physical, behavioral, environmental and social forces. Because this is true I am dedicated to and passionate about using a multidisciplinary approach, relying upon my well-rounded training and experience in the field of interventional pain medicine.

Using a multidisciplinary approach increases the chance of identifying the source of pain at its root and then developing a treatment plan from the very beginning that has the greatest potential of lessening pain and returning the patient to as normal a life as possible.

And, whenever possible, I believe the patient should receive relief from pain and become trained in coping techniques to speed up their recovery. Why would anyone want to delay the lessening of pain and improve their quality of life? That’s not rational. In fact, it is very irrational for patients and employers not to take Chronic Pain seriously and intervene as quickly as medically possible.

Consider that in the United States alone employers spend nearly $1 billion a week on wage payments and medical care for workers hurt on the job, according to the 2005 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index.

A survey by the National Pain Foundation (NPF) has found that persistent pain has risen dramatically, up almost 40 percent, among full-time U.S. workers in the past 10 years. The NPF poll of more than 1,000 workers found the prevalence of chronic pain was much more common in the workplace (26 percent) in 2006 than it was in 1996 (19 percent).

Even more, almost nine out of 10 employees with chronic pain typically went to work rather than stay at home, the survey found. The vast majority — 95 percent — said their pain had to be either moderate or very severe before they stayed home from work. Forty-six percent of those employees with chronic pain said their pain often or sometimes affects their ability to perform their job.

I am the Medical Director of the Walton Pain Center, a part of the Walton Rehabilitation Health Systems of Augusta, GA, which uses a continuum of care approach to return Workman’s Comp clients or returning patients to work and to a comfortable lifestyle as well.

Walton has been a leader for many years in the conservative treatment of Chronic Pain through traditional outpatient services. Now that reputation has been elevated by reaching the same goal within two weeks through a new program recently launched by the Walton Pain Center.

The center has a demonstrable record of success using reliable interventional strategies, therapy, surgical consultations, and massage. The innovative Inpatient Pain Program adds a new dimension of achieving the same desired results but in far less time – within two weeks!

The primary goals of the new two-week comprehensive Inpatient Pain Program are to:

• Break the patient’s pain cycle

• Enhance physical function and mobility and thus increase productivity

• Improve emotional distress (depression, anxiety, diminished self esteem)

• Promote the return to pre-injury activities and/or employment

This new two-week program is designed for patients with Chronic Pain that has disrupted their professional and personal lives. The focus is on intensive pain management, under close supervision, in a structured, therapeutic and supportive environment. The pain treatment team consists of Physical and Occupational therapists, Psychologist, Nursing staff, Masseur, Dietician, Chaplain, and in-house case management.

Treatment strategies center on providing medication monitoring and conservative interventional management to insure patients are taking the most appropriate medications at the most effective dosages and other pain relieving procedures as needed. The physical/occupational therapy component is structured in such a way as to encourage the patient to take a greater role in improving their stamina and physical functioning through muscle strengthening, tone and endurance exercises.

The new two-week Inpatient Pain Program will provide more intensive and focused pain management than what is available now only through outpatient treatment.

By providing the psychological component, we speed the recovery process by ensuring that the Chronic Pain patient understands that our aim is not to eliminate pain but to lessen pain and providing coping skills needed to return to work and live a more normal, productive life.

And how important is this? Ask American employers who are paying $1 billion a week for workers hurt on the job. Returning workers to their jobs as quickly as possible and curbing reoccurring bouts with pain can produce major savings.

With reasonable per diem rates, based on the patient’s needs, this new Inpatient Pain Program is designed to provide more intensive and focused pain management than currently available through outpatient treatment only.

Walton Rehabilitation Health Systems (WRHS) is a leading not-for-profit comprehensive, multi-specialty, dedicated provider of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Our mission is to be an advocate for wellness by providing a continuum of services to treat the whole person. WRHS, whose reputation extends throughout the south, is a trusted partner with just the right expertise and treatments to help people with disabling injuries and illnesses return to work and to a fulfilling life.

By pursuing its mission, WRHS has grown to include Walton Pain and Headache Centers, Walton Community Services, Walton Options for Independent Living, Walton Foundation for Independence, and Walton Technologies. We are located at: 1355 Independence Drive, Augusta, GA 30901-1037. For more information visit www.wrh.org or call 866-4-WALTON.

MATHA

January 23rd, 2009 No comments
Bruce Bailey, Ph.d. asked:

Perhaps the hardest part of having arthritis or a related condition is the pain that usually accompanies it. Managing and understanding that pain, and the impact it has on one’s life, is a big issue with most arthritis sufferers. The first step in managing arthritis pain is knowing which type of arthritis or condition you have, because that will help determine your treatment. Before learning different management techniques, however, it’s important to understand some concepts about pain.

No. 1: Not All Pain is Alike

Just as there are different types of arthritis, there are also different types of pain. Even your own pain may vary from day to day.

No. 2: The Purpose of Pain

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, or that you need to act. If you touch a hot stove, pain signals from your brain tell you to pull your hand away. This type of pain helps protect you. Chronic, long-lasting pain, like the kind that accompanies arthritis, is different. While it tells you that something is wrong, it often isn’t as easy to relieve.

No. 3: Causes of Pain

Arthritis pain is caused by several factors, such as (1) Inflammation, the process that causes the redness and swelling in your joints; (2) Damage to joint tissues, which results from the disease process or from stress, injury or pressure on the joints; (3) Fatigue resulting from the disease process, which can make pain worse and more difficult to bear; and (4) Depression or stress, which results from limited movement or no longer doing activities you enjoy.

No. 4: Pain Factors

Things such as stress, anxiety, depression or simply “overdoing it” can make pain worse. This often leads to a decrease in physical activity, causing further anxiety and depression, resulting in a downward spiral of ever-increasing pain.

No. 5: Different Reactions to Pain

People react differently to pain. Mentally, you can get caught in a cycle of pain, stress and depression, often resulting from the inability to perform certain functions, which makes managing pain and arthritis seem more difficult. Physically, pain increases the sensitivity of your nervous system and the severity of your arthritis. Emotional and social factors include your fears and anxieties about pain, previous experiences with pain, energy level, attitude about your condition and the way people around you react to pain.

No. 6: Managing Your Pain

Arthritis may limit some of the things you can do, but it doesn’t have to control your life. One way to reduce your pain is to build your life around wellness, not pain or sickness. This means taking positive action. Your mind plays an important role in how you feel pain and respond to illness.

Many people with arthritis have found that by learning and practicing pain management skills, they can reduce their pain. Thinking of pain as a signal to take positive action rather than an ordeal you have to endure can help you learn to manage your pain. You can counteract the downward spiral of pain by practicing relaxation techniques, regular massage, hot and cold packs, moderate exercise, and keeping a positive mental outlook. And humor always has a cathartic effect.

No. 7: Don’t focus on pain.

The amount of time you spend thinking about pain has a lot to do with how much discomfort you feel. People who dwell on their pain usually say their pain is worse than those who don’t dwell on it. One way to take your mind off pain is to distract yourself from pain. Focus on something outside your body, perhaps a hobby or something of personal interest, to take your mind off your discomfort.

No. 8: Think positively. What we say to ourselves often determines what we do and how we look at life. A positive outlook will get you feeling better about yourself, and help to take your mind off your pain. Conversely, a negative outlook sends messages to yourself that often lead to increased pain, or at least the feeling that the pain is worse. So, “in with the good, and out with the bad.”

Reinforce your positive attitude by rewarding yourself each time you think about or do something positive. Take more time for yourself. Talk to your doctor about additional ways to manage pain.

Bruce Bailey, Ph.D.

DANNIE

January 21st, 2009 No comments
Igor Stiler asked:

Pain management is one area of medicine which has seen several technological advancements across the globe. Spurred by this global happening, chronic pain management clinics in developing countries have also begun using novel techniques in the areas of pain imaging, pain assessment, and intervention for chronic pain management.  

Chronic pain can refer to any type of pain that endures even after an injury has been healed, pain connected to any degenerative or relentless disease, long-standing pain for which the cause cannot be identified, or cancer pain. In general, pain that continues even after six months is chronic and requires treatment.

The diagnosis and treatment of a particular patient at a chronic pain management clinic usually requires the involvement of several specialists including anesthesiologists, psychiatrists, physiatrists, neurologists, and nurses. Several therapies are combined in order to at least make the patient feel more comfortable if the pain cannot be stopped, to help him/her return to work, to do away with his/her depression, and to improve his/her physical functioning. Thus, these therapies are medication, surgery, psychological counselling, therapies to stimulate the nerves, lifestyle changes, anesthesiological therapies, and rehabilitation.

Medication recommended for patients in chronic pain management clinics can vary from NSAIDS for pain that is not too bad to narcotic drugs for more severe pain. Physical therapy is one common therapeutic technique used in the management of chronic pain in such clinics. It involves training the patient to enhance his flexibility, endurance, and strength; to move in a way that is structurally correct and safe; and most importantly to handle pain. Therapeutic exercise is an important feature of physical therapy.

Another important technique used in chronic pain management clinics is Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). This technique provides relief for patients suffering from conditions such as arthritic pain or pain in the lower back, by the use of low-voltage electric current.

To sum up, once pain has become chronic, complete freedom from the pain is difficult. However, chronic pain management clinics, through the use of multiple techniques used in conjunction with one another, can help sufferers of chronic pain enjoy a happier and more active life.

DERICK

Back Pain and Lung Diseases

December 23rd, 2008 No comments
Muna wa Wanjiru asked:

Upper Back Pain Lungs are important to note. There is nothing worse than back pain. Neither could you do your daily activities nor could you enjoy the rest if you are facing the back pain problem. There is no immediate relief as it takes time to heal the cause of back pain. Back pain felt in upper back is sometimes accompanied with chest pain or lungs pain.

A lung is an organ which performs the work of inhalation and exhalation of oxygen. It takes into air with oxygen and exhales the carbon dioxide. It is very important function. Any respiratory disease will affect the lungs. Lungs are situated near heart within the rib cage.

The lungs will be affected by pneumonia. There is inflammation of lungs in pneumonia. It causes back pain. These symptoms need immediate attention from doctors. Back pain in many lung diseases is common. If the person is smoking for many years then the lung diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis are risks to his life. He experiences the back with these diseases.

Even the lungs cancer patients do complain about the upper back pain. Upper back pain lungs are experienced with some serious diseases. There are some remedies for such back pain. You need to be very positive about the recovery from the back pain. Only medication is not sufficient for the successful recovery from the upper back pain lungs.

The symptoms appear when you have a cough. If you try to breathe deeply then you might get pain which is present in back as well as in lungs. Some patients have medical history of back pain with their family.

The upper back pain lungs may be chronic; it should be treated with the conservative methods like hot and ice applications, massage therapy, chiropractic theory, physical theory. The medications should be minimal as the patient must be on other medication for the main disease of pneumonia, tuberculosis, asthma.

The simple exercises will help the patient rather the medication because it may have adverse effect on patients’ body. The upper back lungs pain is persistently present with the patient of lungs cancer. They are advised to try the acupuncture theory. Even hypnotherapy can be used for such patients to prepare their positive attitude towards treatment

Upper back pain lungs should not be confused with the chest pain. Chest pain may be symptom of other problems. Upper back pain lungs may also happen because of sudden injury in car accidents or falling on floor. Such pains are unbearable but the medications used will give relief to patient for temporary time.

Over the longer period this pain will be removed completely with the good treatment. Smoking should be avoided to prevent the upper back pain lungs.

Upper back pain lungs are diagnosed by the X ray, MRI and scan. Symptoms of other problems are also studied before deciding the treatment for upper back pain lungs.

Though there are many improvements in the medical field, little has changed about the back pain. You have to bear what you could not cure. Mostly the problems of back pain are solved after many days treatment. Its recurrence should be avoided by doing every day exercises.

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October 13th, 2008 21 comments
Queen of Halloween asked:

Tylenol and other over-the-counter medicines don’t work. Are there any more remedies for back pain? thanks

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