It’s that time of year! The leaves are changing. The weather is beautiful. People are sneezing and getting sinus infections. Fa la la la la…
Colds are around the corner.
Tips come in lists. So, here is my list:
- Wash your hands often. For at least 20 seconds. Try singing happy birthday to time yourself.
- Clean door and refrigerator handles at home.
- Do NOT share towels.
- Clean everything at work. Phones, handles, keyboards, pens…everything! Cleaning wipes or disinfectants can be used on non-porous surfaces. Lysol type sprays can be used on fabrics.
- Stay away from sick people! Be rude. They should understand and if they do not, they are rude.
- Continue reading
We don’t seem to understand it. We are not that good at controlling it. We are becoming better at addressing it. We have a long way to go.
There was a post on My Lymphoma Journey addressing this issue and it really got me thinking.
We are just leaving the declared decade of pain control and research. So, where are we? Pain is now the fifth vital sign. Hospitals, doctors, and drug companies are now more attentive to the issue and attempt to relieve their patients’ agony. There are still areas for awareness improvement. For example: Medicare reimbursement, at some levels, is dependent on functional improvement. Sleep and pain are not considered functional. Therefore, a person can have 9/10 pain while trying to get dressed (after a sleepless night) but as long as they can get dressed independently they do not need treatment.
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There are some great new medicines on the market to help with pain control. There are some to help neurogenic pain, such as Neurontin and Lyrica. (Hard to miss all the Lyrica commercials). These are not opiate based. Rather they seem to have their roots in seizure control medicines. They do have their own side effects but can be very helpful.
Drugs, such as oxycodone, are being used to treat everything from acute (new) pain to chronic (long term) pain. It is very powerful and has a pretty high street value. Due to the abuse and over prescribing by many individuals, states are beginning to crack down on its use. This includes more paperwork for doctors. While making sure medicines are used ethically and as intended is very important, especially with narcotics, the increased paperwork and investigations have meant a new barrier to access. Some doctors stopped prescribing it in order to avoid the whole issue. Some pharmacists try to avoid it for the same reason. Who wants to go to jail or lose their license because they did not research their patients’ lives enough. I witnessed a doctor in the hospital accusing a patient of being a wimp and a “clock watcher”. Only to discover later, he just did not like all the paperwork that he had to do every time he prescribed pain medicine.
An issue of particular importance for chronic pain patients is opioid-induced hyperalgesia.
Exploring the great outdoors is a wonderful way to relax and workout. With extensive research and years of experience, I have learned how to differentiate between a deadly bear and a bear statue. I have also learned the difference between gators and gator tail stew. Snakes are a bit more challenging. Top photo credit: reptilechannel.com
This young man has some good info on the topic with a unique delivery style.
Yogi From: http://journalstar.com
Mad Momma from: http://modernsurvivalonline.com