From: -WJLA Script-
MOST PEOPLE THINK OF "PAIN" AS A WARNING SIGN - A SYMPTOM OF DISEASE.
BUT SOME DOCTORS WANT US TO RETHINK THIS WHOLE CONCEPT.... AND THINK OF PAIN, CHRONIC PAIN AS A DISEASE.
MEDICAL REPORTER KATHY FOWLER JOINS US WITH THE STORY.
Kathy Fowler on set:
THE IDEA HAS TURNED INTO A CAMPAIGN TO TAME CHRONIC PAIN. THE SPOKESPERSON IS JERRY LEWIS... YES, THE SAME MAN KNOWN FOR HIS TIRELESS WORK FOR THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION HAS A NEW MISSION. LEWIS IS LEADING A CRUSADE TO BEAT CHRONIC PAIN. IT'S SOMETHING HE HAS SUFFERED WITH FOR DECADES AND NEARLY DROVE HIM TO SUICIDE.
JERRY LEWIS MADE PEOPLE LAUGH BY FALLING ..... BUT THOSE FALLS WEREN'T SO FUNNY FOR HIM IN THE END. IT CAUSED A BACK INJURY AND CHRONIC PAIN. Jerry Lewis: "I mean I was in pain for 37 years... everyday of my life"
THE PAIN WAS UNBEARABLE... SO UNBEARABLE IT LEAD LEWIS TO THE LOWEST POINT OF HIS LIFE.
Jerry Lewis: "I was in my dresing room with a Beretta 9 millimeter laying here the day I called Dr. Barick to say goodbye. He asked me if I could put my suicide on hold he'd appreciate it so I could meet this pain specialist."
AN ESTIMATED 70 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE U.S. ALONE SUFFER WITH CHRONIC PAIN.... SOME DOCTORS SAY ITS' A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE THAT COSTS AMERICANS $40 MILLION DOLLARS IN DOCTOR VISITS, $515 MILLION IN LOST WORKDAYS, AND $100 BILLION IN MEDICAL EXPENSES EACH YEAR.
MANY PEOPLE RELY ON OVER-THE-COUNTER OR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS, BUT FOR THE BEST TREATMENT DOCTORS RECOMMEND PATIENTS GO TO A PAIN CLINIC
Dr. Georgetown University: "There are alternatives to traditional medications... you can start conservatively to send someone to physical therapy - they can have massage therapy they can have acupuncture therapy they have chiropractic therapy."
THOSE TREATMENTS DIDN'T WORK FOR LEWIS BUT THIS DEVICE DID. IT'S A NEUROTRANSMITTER IMPLANTED IN HIS BACK THAT SENDS ELECTRICAL IMPULSES TO THE BRAIN TO BLOCK THE PAIN MESSAGES.
FINALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 37 YEARS, LEWIS IS NOT IN CONSTANT PAIN
Jerry Lewis: "It's really is a miracle."
Kathy Fowler on set:
IF YOU'D LIKE INFORMATION ON HOW TO FIND A PAIN SPECIALIST WHO COULD HELP YOU.... YOU CAN LOG ONTO OUR WEBSITE AT WJLA.COM.
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO www.tamethepain.com or call 1-888-430-PAIN (7246)
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Friday, September 30, 2005
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Thursday, September 29, 2005
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pain Medicine Program has opened a new clinic on the third floor at 1000 Infinity Drive.
UPMC Pain Medicine at Monroeville will treat virtually the entire spectrum of pain conditions, including persistent post-surgical pain, chronic back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), cancer pain, musculoskeletal injuries and forms of neuralgia.
The clinic's staff is led by Dr. ZongFu Chen. Office hours are by appointment only, and a physician referral is required. The phone number is 724-325-6332.
For more information on UPMC Pain Medicine, visit the Web site at www.pain.pitt.edu.
For the original article online, please click: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05272/579333.stm
Compiled by Editor at 9/30/2005 10:21:00 AM
Sunday, September 25, 2005
RSD/CRPS month in B.C.
July was officially declared Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Awareness Month in British Columbia.
RSD, also known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), is a chronic and progressive neurological condition that affects skin, muscles, joints, blood vessels and bones as well as a complication from strains, bumps, broken bones, electrical or ice injuries and other conditions including heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, MS and spinal cord injuries. People ages 30 to 60 are most likely to be affected by the disorder.
Pain begins in one area of the limb and appears like other typical injuries. As time passes, the disorder advances and spreads through the limbs systematically. It is characterized by various degrees of burning pain, excessive sweating, signs of swelling and extreme sensitivity to touch. It can also affect the limbic and immune system.
Information on the condition is available from The Canadian RSD Network Society at www.canadianrsd.com
For the original story online, please click here: http://www.industrialsourcebook.com/cgi-bin/archivef.pl?id=931
Compiled by Editor at 9/25/2005 01:37:00 PM
Saturday, September 24, 2005
V.I. Pain Management Associates opens
Virgin Islands Pain Management Associates, a subsidiary of the V.I. Anesthesia Group has opened its doors to offer comprehensive pain management to Virgin Islands residents.
Founder Dr. Janice Victor and her staff will offer a broad spectrum of care to treat patients who suffer from chronic pain conditions. Chronic pain treatment includes: low back and leg pain, neck and shoulder pain, muscle sprains, headaches originating in the back of the neck and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (swelling, temperature and color changes in the legs and arms). The range of treatment options provided at V.I. Pain Management Associates is complete - from non surgical spinal care to advanced treatments.
"The new practice on St. Thomas will allow my colleagues and I to extend advanced services and treatments to a larger base of patients who suffer with chronic pain," Victor said. "The recent advancements in pain management therapies have given us the opportunity to offer our patients more options and targeted solutions."
Dr. Victor did her interventional pain fellowship training at Duke University Hospital and her post-doctoral residency training in anesthesiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
She was born and raised on St. Thomas.
V.I. Pain Management will see patients who have received a referral from their physicians. Physicians can contact the offices at 776-8311 ext. 3080 for more information.
BVI financial services commission appoints external commissioner
Tortola - The British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission has appointed Martin John Fuggle as external commissioner for a three-year term.
Fuggle comes to the position from his most recent position as chairman, commissioner and chief executive of the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, which he led for five years.
He has worked extensively as a consultant with the International Monetary Fund and the Bermuda Monetary Authority and has a wealth of experience in areas of international regulatory matters including all traditional areas of supervision for banking, investment services and insurance.
"We are very pleased to have someone with Mr. Fuggle's credentials serving as a commissioner. His experience and expertise across a wide range of regulatory issues in the financial services arena will be extremely valuable for the FSC as we face more complex issues working with partners inside and outside of the BVI," said FSC managing director Robert Mathavious.
Fuggle replaces Rodney Gallagher, whose term has expired.
The BVI Financial Services Commission is an autonomous regulatory agency responsible for the regulation and supervision of financial services conducted in and from within the territory.
Scotiabank BVI supports youth summit on HIV AIDS
Tortola - Organizers of the second annual National Summit for Youth on HIV-AIDS have received a financial contribution from ScotiaBank.
The $1,000 donation was made through the Ministry of Health and Social Development and will be used to help defray the cost of hosting the summit, which will be held Dec. 2.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Rosalie Adams received the check from Scotiabank's personal banking manager Lynette Smith in the presence of National AIDS Program coordinator Dr. Ron McAnaney.
The summit will target some 225 students from public and private secondary schools as part of efforts to educate them on the facts of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV-AIDS.
For more information, call McAnaney at the office, 284-468-0900.
- Daily News Staff
For the original article online, please click here: http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article_business?id=8510492
Compiled by Editor at 9/24/2005 07:02:00 PM
Friday, September 02, 2005
What's up Doc? Complications after fracture could be a serious condition
By Dr. Jeff Hersh
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Q: I broke my wrist three weeks ago and instead of getting better it is much worse. I now have a burning pain going up my entire arm. My arm is swollen, stiff and hard to move and my skin feels hot. Does this mean it is infected?
A: As per my e-mail you absolutely need to see your orthopedist or go to the nearest emergency department immediately to be rechecked. You did not note if there were any cuts or abrasions when you injured your wrist, and this is important, as it would make the possibility of infection much greater.
Infection is always a concern, and the classic signs of infection are warmth, pain, redness and swelling (calor, dolor, rubor and tumor are the Latin words we had to learn in medical school for this constellation of symptoms).
Although there are many other possible causes of your symptoms, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) must also be considered and as this disease is not so well known I will discuss it in today's column.
RSD is classified as one subtype of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS); a disease characterized by excessive or exaggerated pain that is out of proportion to that expected for the particular injury and which is usually described as a severe burning pain. There is typically swelling as well as skin changes associated with this disease. RSD (known at the time as causalgia) was first noted during the Civil War where soldiers who had suffered fractures sometimes developed it.
For the rest of this article, please click here: http://www.dailynewstranscript.com/localRegional/
Compiled by Editor at 9/02/2005 05:51:00 PM
Walk and Cruise for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy will be held October 2 at McDade Park, (off of Keyser Ave), Scranton. Show cars should be in place by 11:30 a.m. Registration for the walk is noon until 1 p.m. The walk begins at 1 p.m. The donation is $10 and proceeds go to Drexel Neurological Associates in Philadelphia for R.S.D. research. Music will be provided by D.J. Brian K. Trophies awarded for show cars taking first, second and third place. For more info contact 570.876.4034
For the original article online, please click here: http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/
Compiled by Editor at 9/02/2005 05:46:00 PM