Long Term Opiate Use Safe; One Woman’s Experience With Savella

There are two great arti­cles from Karen Lee Richards in Health­Cen­tral’s Chron­ic Pain Con­nec­tion newslet­ter today. The first, Long-Term Opi­oid Ther­a­py — What Are the Effects?, brings us the results of Dr. For­est Ten­nan­t’s ground-break­ing study. He eval­u­at­ed 24 chron­ic pain patients from 30 to 79 years old who had been using opi­oids for 10 […]

Do you have chronic myofascial pain (trigger points)?

Trig­ger points (TrPs) con­fuse many peo­ple. Peo­ple who suf­fer from Fibromyal­gia Syn­drome (FMS) have ten­der points that are used for diag­no­sis, not trig­ger points. TrPs can lead to Chron­ic Myofas­cial Pain (CMP). Try­ing to explain both of them is real­ly beyond me, but Devin Star­lanyl does a great job of mak­ing all of it clear. […]

I’m alive! How about you?

It’s been an insane­ly long time since I gave this site its due. I sup­pose the real prob­lem with blog­ging about health prob­lems is that the peo­ple who know them best, by def­i­n­i­tion, have health prob­lems. I’d love to find some­one with whom to co-write this thing, so we could cov­er for each oth­er! Any­way, I […]

An Update Instead of a Book Review!

I looked back at my recent entries and real­ized that it’s been a real­ly long time since I post­ed much of any­thing sub­stan­tive. I’m com­ing out of a long peri­od of being near­ly zomb­i­fied thanks to one of my med­ica­tions. I did­n’t real­ize that was hap­pen­ing, as I’d been on that drug for years without […]

YAY!

We were fair­ly sure of this right after I final­ly had my Social Secu­ri­ty hear­ing last month based on the very pos­i­tive state­ments from the judge, but I did­n’t want to jinx any­thing. We got the offi­cial let­ter in the mail today, say­ing that the deci­sion was “ful­ly favor­able!” SQUEE! It will still take some […]

Tired Now

I had a pain doc­tor appoint­ment last week but was­n’t up to going. So Sam resched­uled it for me, and I head­ed across town today. Appar­ent­ly, this was the day for “fit­ting in” every­body who has can­celed an appoint­ment in the last God­dess-knows-how-long, because I arrived to find no park­ing (even on the street in front […]

I missed what?

It was Nation­al Gram­mar Day AND Gamemas­ter’s Day, and I did­n’t real­ize either until the day was almost over! It was date night, though, and my favorite GM and I did play, so at least there’s that. I’ll have to get him a make-up present, though. Do you know all those dif­fer­ent click-to-give sites? I […]

Mortality and Spring

I’ve had an odd mix of thoughts today. Mom called last night (Fri­day), and I learned that Dad­dy has had sev­er­al bad falls recent­ly. He was out of town for a busi­ness trip most of this week and end­ed up spend­ing a night in the hos­pi­tal while there, after a fall in the show­er. The […]

Urgent! AB+ blood donors needed in Atlanta!

ETA: This was post­ed in Feb­ru­ary 2009. I haven’t heard of any ongo­ing need, so I think we can assume that the lit­tle one is healthy now. Thank you for all your kind offers of help! I just received this from Elise Witt, who received it from a fac­ul­ty friend at GSU: Pro­fes­sor Anu Bour­geois delivered […]

Feeling Pouty — Please Skip, Whinging Ahead

Bah. I don’t feel good and I can’t sleep any­more and I’m the only one awake. There’s a very child­ish part of me that wants very much to find a way to wake Sam up so I won’t be alone. No, I would­n’t feel any bet­ter, but darn it, I’d have com­pa­ny! But I’m not […]

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