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The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers book review

Today, I am turning my blog over to the wonderful woman who writes the blog, EDS Info. She has FM and EDS. I highly recommend you start following her blog. She brings light into the darkness of pain and its treatment. Today’s blog is a book review. Enjoy!

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The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers review – Joanna Bourke’s erudite and witty study | Books | The Observer

While its alleviation has been a central quest for all societies, as she attests there has been very little written about the expression of pain and what variables may influence this.

In the heat of battle even the severely wounded may not feel pain if strong and diverting emotion is present.

On the other hand, individuals frequently fail to register physical distress because it is too ingrained in their everyday life to be differentiated

There is also the phenomenon of pain felt second hand by the sufferer’s intimates, leading to the willing suppression of expressions of pain

The book is divided into topics, some obvious: diagnosis, relief, sympathy; others more arcane: estrangement, metaphor, gesture, religion.

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Living with Pain: Prejudice and Mistreatment

This is an excellent blog about chronic pain and abuse of prescription drugs. I lived for over ten years in almost unbearable pain before some enlightened physician finally had some intelligence and compassion and put me on time-release morphine. I have been on the same dose for over 20 years. So pain medication can and does work.

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Living with Pain: Prejudice and Mistreatment – National Pain Report

 interviews Janice Reynolds, a member of the steering committee for The Pain Community.

There is a steady and continuing drum beat in the press and from researchers and commentators warning of the dangers connected to prescribing and using opioid pain medicine. In this mix are the usual research reports proclaiming the same debatable results.

There are two converging lines of research inquiry:

1) That prescription opioids are the gateway drugs to dangerous street drugs, most especially heroin.

2) That high doses of opioids are dangerous to pain patients, and the long term use of them doesn’t help reduce pain and exposes the patient to likely addiction.

The second line of inquiry conflates dependency with addiction. This confusion continues the canard that opioid medicines are extremely addictive and thus dangerous.

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Forgiveness (3 MACROS)

This is a great blog on forgiveness with beautiful flowers. I could not have put this any better myself.

Heaven On Earth

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Lack of forgiveness is one of the most corrosive of negative emotions. Forgiveness is the key to inner peace because it transforms your attitude from fear and blame into love and acceptance. It is not a sign of weakness, but of strength.

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Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Post-Exertional Malaise

This is a fascinating article. I think many of my readers would be interested in this.

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Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Post-Exertional Malaise and CFS/ME

Though this article refers to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, these symptoms often overlap with other chronic conditions, like Fibromyalgia.  Also, people with EDS are often suspected of having mitochondrial issues.

A patient who lacks post-exertional malaise as described below does not have mitochondrial dysfunction. This type of exhaustion is unique to mitochondrial problems.

It has been well documented that there is an abnormal increase in cytokines (chemicals released by the immune system) in CFS/ME patients following mild exercise. This causes another type of fatigue on top of the mitochondrial dysfunction fatigue discussed below. Cytokines in general, without the exercise trigger, can cause fatigue.  There are probably additional causes of fatigue (such as orthostatic intolerance) as well.

Role of mitochondria in cellular function

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