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Dodging the Roadkill: Sharing the Pain

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – When I first began this journey, I was struck by how welcoming bikers were.  I was meeting a whole new group of people that I had NEVER met.  With my background in broadcasting, it was only natural that most people knew me, or had heard of me. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect.

In the world I had come from, it was VERY superficial and VERY political.  You really didn’t know who your friends were and there were only a handful of people you could trust.  Most people I had to work with only cared about what they could get from you, or what you could do for them.

Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle Accident

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Dodging the Roadkill: Chronic Pain and Riding Motorcycles

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Chronic pain affects millions of people.  Normal everyday people.  By no fault of our own, and the older we get, stuff just breaks down, or wears out. 

I’ve had two hip replacements, two wrist surgeries, and I deal with rheumatoid arthritis.  I didn’t ask for it, but that’s where I am in my ripe old age.  With titanium in my hips and my joints affected by the arthritis, it can get uncomfortable.

I don’t complain about it because there are MANY people who struggle with more serious issues, even life threatening illnesses and I’m blessed to be relatively healthy at this stage of my life.

But chronic pain is just that.  It’s a PAIN.  

Chronic Pain.

Chronic Pain.

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Fort Campbell’s Intrepid Spirit Center tackles Traumatic Brain Injuries

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Since Fort Campbell’s Intrepid Spirit Center opened more than two years ago, it has allowed staff to take a multidisciplinary approach to treating traumatic brain injuries and associated conditions.

The center consolidates many different specialties under one roof to optimize the efficiency of the treatment offered to patients. Elsewhere, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence close to Washington, other similar centers such as the one at Fort Hood, along with centers operated by the Navy and Marine Corps all have the same treatment philosophy as Fort Campbell’s Intrepid Spirit Center.

The Intrepid Spirit Center is using the heightened awareness about brain injuries during the Brain Injury Awareness Month observances in March to increase education about TBI on Fort Campbell.

Charles Brill, a physician’s assistant who works at the Fort Campbell Intrepid Spirit Center, uses acupuncture to relieve a patient’s pain March 20, 2017. After inserting all of the needles, Brill will use a small amount of electricity to stimulate the needles, which often results in lowered chronic pain for patients at the center, which uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat traumatic brain injuries. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Charles Brill, a physician’s assistant who works at the Fort Campbell Intrepid Spirit Center, uses acupuncture to relieve a patient’s pain March 20, 2017. After inserting all of the needles, Brill will use a small amount of electricity to stimulate the needles, which often results in lowered chronic pain for patients at the center, which uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat traumatic brain injuries. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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American Heart Association says High Pain Tolerance may mask Heart Attack Symptoms

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Heart attacks may go unrecognized among individuals with high pain tolerance, putting them at an increased risk for poor recoveries, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

A heart attack does not always have obvious symptoms, such as pain in your chest, shortness of breath and cold sweats.

This is the cold pressor test that measured pain tolerance as participants placed their hand in ice-cold water at 3 degrees Celsius (about 37 degrees Fahrenheit) for as long as possible, up to two minutes. From Researcher Andrea Ohrn, M.D., study lead author and Ph.D. Fellow at University of Tromsø in Norway. (Stina Grønbech)

This is the cold pressor test that measured pain tolerance as participants placed their hand in ice-cold water at 3 degrees Celsius (about 37 degrees Fahrenheit) for as long as possible, up to two minutes. From Researcher Andrea Ohrn, M.D., study lead author and Ph.D. Fellow at University of Tromsø in Norway. (Stina Grønbech)

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Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital physical therapists offer course in dry needling

 

Technique adds to growing list of non-opioid pain management practices at Fort Campbell

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Physical Therapy is hosting level one and two dry needling courses July 19th-24th for military and federal healthcare providers.

Physical therapists Maj. Leigh Anne Lechanski, BACH physical therapy department, and Maj. Richard Westrick, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine deputy chief of military performance, are teaching two levels of dry needling to 27 military and federal physical therapists and primary care providers this week.

Under the instruction of Maj. Richard Westrick, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine’s deputy chief of military performance, physical therapist Donna Gatto inserts a dry needle, one without medication or injection, through the skin and into areas of the muscle. As an American Red Cross volunteer, Gatto works at Byrd Clinic. (David E. Gillespie)

Under the instruction of Maj. Richard Westrick, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine’s deputy chief of military performance, physical therapist Donna Gatto inserts a dry needle, one without medication or injection, through the skin and into areas of the muscle. As an American Red Cross volunteer, Gatto works at Byrd Clinic. (David E. Gillespie)

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Consumer Reports Investigates What Causes Pain, What Treats It, What Doesn’t – and How to Prevent It

 

Also, CR looks at the prescription painkiller epidemic, efforts to curb overuse of opioids, and surprising truths about medical marijuana

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Persistent and chronic pain can be a frustrating, debilitating and expensive problem. According to the June issue of Consumer Reports, 125 million Americans in pain spend about $300 billion on treatments and care every year. But not all of that care is effective, and some of it may be costly or even dangerous.

To help consumers make better, more informed choices, Consumer Reports took a closer look at the issue of treating pain in a special report on what works and what doesn’t—and developed guidance on how to treat common ailments—including back, neck and joint pain.

Consumer Reports takes a look at What Causes Pain

Consumer Reports takes a look at What Causes Pain

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FDA Warns of Rare Acetaminophen Risk

 

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Washington, D.C. – Acetaminophen, a fever and pain reliever that is one of the most widely used medicines in the U.S., can cause rare but serious skin reactions, warns the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Although rare, possible reactions to acetaminophen include three serious skin diseases whose symptoms can include rash, blisters and, in the worst case, widespread damage to the surface of skin. If you are taking acetaminophen and develop a rash or other skin reaction, stop taking the product immediately and seek medical attention right away.

If you've ever had a skin reaction when taking acetaminophen, don't take the drug again and discuss alternate pain relievers/fever reducers with your health care professional.

If you’ve ever had a skin reaction when taking acetaminophen, don’t take the drug again and discuss alternate pain relievers/fever reducers with your health care professional.

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ShopSmart’s Secrets for Sunburn Relief

 

Remedies that can help heal and those not worth the money

ShopSmart MagazineYonkers, NY – There’s no cure for a sunburn, but there are ways to minimize the misery.  The July 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, highlights effective treatments that can help heal after a sunburn and identifies products to avoid when scorched by the sun.

“Don’t get burned twice!” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart.  “Some sunburn products may do more harm than good.”

Protect yourself from the Summer Sun.

Protect yourself from the Summer Sun.

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Praying Over Backwards

 

Pulled MuscleClarksville, TN – It’s been a while since I have written so I figured today is the day. After all, I can’t really work… or move much.

I was working out this morning at CF Sola Gratia (near Crossfit Sola Fide, behind Sam’s Club). I’ve been doing crossfit for a couple months now and have been seeing better results than I expected. I was used to going to a gym but gyms get fairly boring after a couple of workouts.

This morning I had a great warm up and I worked up to the weight I would use on my deadlift. After 41 reps I was setting the weight down and I felt it – SNAP! – a muscle said “goodnight.” I’m not sure if it is my gluteus or where my upper hamstring connects, but either way, it was on fire. On to the prayer, stretching and essential oils. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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