Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief

Yes, I know darlings.... =(
I have not posted anything for a VERY long time. Alot has been going on with my health and some related issues, so  I am still  trying to get back to a 'normal' daily routine with all my blogging.
Ok, anyways........ (lol)
Here is a wonderful website for you to browse thru.
I have found alot of relaxing FREE meditations to listen to and alot of good reading on this site.
The main site is
I will need to research some LINKS for you to make sure you will have access to the Free Meditations...
But, till then click on the link I've posted and also go to their main site ( just to look around.

Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief - Jon Kabat-Zinn 


FREE Online Yoga Classes, Meditation, & Pranayama

*Pranayama (breath control) is the breathing technique of Yoga that works wonders in increasing physical and psychological performance*

Hello all, hope everyone is having a "low-pain" or what would be even better, a Pain-FREE day today...
Well, let me get right to the point.
I just found this website which features 'FREE' full-length online videos of yoga, meditation, & breathing techniques, & I wanted to Immediately get this LINK posted so that you can get started watching and benefiting from them ASAP!
Have a great rest of the week, Y'all - Leave me a comment as to whether you liked the videos or not......
Love & Blessings Always,

Free Online Yoga Classes at Meditation Pranayama


Financial Assistance for Medical Needs...

Pharmaceutical Companies Helping Patients Get Their Medicines
By Richard J. Sagall, M.D.

It's a choice no one should have to make - pay rent and buy food or get prescriptions filled. Yet all too often it's a choice Americans, particularly older Americans, have to make.
Over 40 million Americans have no health insurance, and millions more have limited coverage. Many Americans just can't afford healthcare, and, if they can, they don't have the money to buy their medicines.

Patient Assistance Programs
There is help available for many people who can't afford their medicines. These programs, frequently called patient assistance programs (PAPs), are designed to help those in need obtain their medicines at no cost or very low cost.

Many, but not all, pharmaceutical companies have PAPs. The manufacturers who have programs do so for various reasons. Some believe that they have a corporate social obligation to help those who can't afford their products. Others believe it's a good marketing tool. As one PAP director once told me, many people who can't afford their medicines now will go on to obtain some type of coverage. And when they do get this coverage, they will continue using the medication provided by the PAP.

In 2005, PAPs helped over 7 million people. The programs filled over 36 million prescriptions with a total wholesale value of over $5 billion.

The Basics of the Programs
All PAPs are designed to help those in need obtain their medicines. Since each pharmaceutical company establishes its own rules and guidelines, all are different. All have income guidelines, but they vary considerably. Each company selects which drugs are available on their programs and how long a person can receive assistance.

How PAPs Work
Although no two programs are exactly the same, most require that the applicant complete an application form. The amount of information required varies. Some programs require detailed medical and financial information, others very little. All require a doctor's signature. Certain programs require the doctor complete a portion of the form while others only need a signed prescription.

Most send the medicines to the doctor's office for distribution to the patients, while others send the medicine to a pharmacy. A few send a certificate to the patient gives to give the pharmacist.

Some patients need drugs for a long time. Most, but not all, programs that cover medicines used to treat chronic diseases offer refills.

What Medicines are Covered
The pharmaceutical companies decide if they will have a PAP and, if they do, which of their medicines will be available through the program. Some include many or all of the medicines they manufacture while others include only a few. The reasons for these decisions are not something they reveal.

There are a few programs that sell generic medications at a fixed price - currently $18 for a three-month supply and $30 for a six-month supply. These programs are adding more drugs all the time.

Sometimes a medicine or a certain dosage of that medicine will be on a program, then off, and then back on again. Or one dose of the medicine will be on the program but a different dose won't be. 

How to Learn about PAPs
Your doctor is not the best source of information on PAPs. Surprisingly, many doctors don't even know PAPs exist. The same applies for pharmacists. Many social workers know about the programs. Books in the library or bookstore on PAPs are probably outdated before they are printed.

The best place to learn about PAPs is the Internet. There are a number of sites that have information on these programs. Many pharmaceutical companies have information on their patient assistant programs on their websites. Unfortunately, it's often hard to find the page that describes their PAP.

Types of Websites
There are two types of websites with information on patient assistance programs. Three sites list information on patient assistance programs - NeedyMeds (, RxAssist (, and ( There is no charge to use the information. These sites don't have a program of their own nor do they help people get their medicines.

NeedyMeds is a non-profit funded by donations, sales of software for managing PAPs, and other sources. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), an association and lobbying group whose members include many of the larger pharmaceutical manufacturers, runs, which has information on PhRMA members programs.

Then there are a number of sites that charge people to learn about patient assistance programs and complete the application forms. The charges vary, as does the quality of their services. Some offer a money-back guarantee if they can't get your medicines.

How to Use NeedyMeds
Most PAP sites contain similar information. They differ in how they organize the material, the ease in accessing the information, and the timeliness of their data.

To use the NeedyMeds site you begin with the name of your medicine. There are two ways you can check to see if your medicines are available in a patient assistance program. One is to click on the drug list. This brings up an alphabetical list of all the drugs currently on PAPs. Find the medicine you take and clink on its name. This will bring up the program page.

On the program page, you will learn about the specifics of the PAP - the qualification guidelines, the application process, the information you need to supply, what your doctor must complete, etc. In addition, you will learn if there's a downloadable application on the website or if you must get an application from the company. (Some companies accept copies of their application form while others require you complete an original.)

If you know the medicine's manufacturer, you can click on the programs list. From there, you can click on the program you want to learn more about. That should bring up the information you need.

Once you get the information you need, it's up to you to complete the applications, get the necessary signatures, and send the form to the program.

A Few Tips
The most common problem patients encounter when completing the application forms is lack of physician cooperation. Over and over I hear from people whose physicians just won't complete the forms - or charge to do it. I am asked what they should do.

Here are a few suggestions:
1. Make sure you have completed everything on the form that you can. Not only should you complete the applicant's section, but anything else you can fill in. This may include the physician's name and address, phone number, etc.

2. Bring all the information your doctor may need. For example, some programs require proof of income. If so, attach whatever documents are required.

3. Bring an addressed envelope with the appropriate postage.

4. Don't expect your doctor to complete the form immediately. A busy doctor may not have time to read the form while you are in the office.

5. If you encounter resistance, tell your doctor that without his/her help, you won't be able to obtain the medicines he/she is prescribing. Be blunt.

6. If all else fails, you may need to find a physician more sympathetic to your plight and willing to help you.

What if I Don't Have a Computer
Many people without a computer can still use the information available on these websites. Nearly everyone knows someone with a computer - a family member, a neighbor, or a friend. Most public libraries have computers for public use and people who can help those not familiar with their use.

Patient assistance programs may not be the best solution to the problem of inability to pay for medication, but they can help many people. Millions of people use PAPs to get the medicines they need but can¹t afford. If you can't afford your medicines, a patient assistance program may be able to help you.

Here is the LINK you need to Click on below:


How To Have a Better Nights Sleep and Lower Your Pain Levels

I'm sure that anyone who deals with Chronic Pain is also not getting enough quality sleep at night.
I know, because there are nights that I STILL don't get enough sleep or good, sound sleep.
And this has been proven to increase pain levels and intensity.
That's why I have always been an advocate for meditation or really any methods that will help relax the body and destress the mind...
Alot of it has to do with 'thought control' -- what you allow yourself to think about or focus on throughout the day.
I found an article that will be helpful for you, as it outlines step by step what you need to focus on while you are drifting off to sleep or meditating.
He actually tells you WHAT thoughts to think of and imagine in your 'minds eye'.
So try this for a few nights or meditation sessions and I have a feeling that it will be very helpful to you!
Good Luck and as always,
Love & Blessings!

Click on the LINK below to be taken to Ryans article with full instructions.

Beat Insomnia with Blue Energy


Have You Ever Tried Vibrational Healing or Energy Medicine?

Here is an informative article which explains a few different alternative-type therapies for you.

This Article is about Tai Chi, Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, High & Low Frequencies, Emotions (positive-negative), Flower, Gemstones, and Crystals.

I hope you find this information helpful and useful.

And remember - Managing your Chronic Pain isn't just about taking medications...

You MUST use any & every type of therapy available to you *IN COMBINATION* with your medications to be truly in control of your pain and to be able to bring it down to levels that you are able to live with and function at.

Click on the LINK below to go to the Article.

What is Vibrational Healing? - a Here's to Your Magnificence article by Takara


This Is For ALL Beginners -- A Guided Meditation

I know I have talked about alternative therapies in previous posts and meditation is one type that has really helped me.

It has helped me to lower my pain levels by learning to quiet my mind, to be calm & de-stress and have a more postive mind-set.

This is a good beginning video/audio which should help those who have never attempted to meditate AND is also good for those of you who already do.

I know I enjoyed it and I plan on posting more videos that I like and feel will be helpful to you also.
It is best used with headphones, laying on your bed in a quiet, darkened room.

*I also use aromatherapy when I meditate, either with candles or a scented lotion*
*Don't be discouraged if you don't 'feel' anything or any better the first time or maybe even the first couple of times...

The Biggest factor in Meditation is.... your mind-set.

You have to BELIEVE it is going to help you - KNOW (tell yourself)  that it IS going to work!


Here Is HELP For Your Pain

This is a LINK to a Site with a Pain Management Advocacy Toolkit.

I just now found the website and wanted to post immediately.

I am reading over the website as we speak and will edit this post as needed with any thoughts or comments that I have about this link.

As you probably well know, if you are suffering with Chronic Pain 24/7 as I am, that ANY & EVERY Resource that you can find/use is extremely valuable when you are fighting to get your life back!

Love & Blessings to you ALL,

CLICK on the Link below--->
In the Face of Pain®   

The Mind-Body Connection


The BEST 10 Reasons You Should Meditate!

Many of you have heard me talk about the importance of the Mind-Body connection.
This has been a tremendous influence in my finding solutions that work for me, ie: dealing with my chronic pain. And one of the most helpful mind-body therapies that I have tried IS Meditation.

At first I didn't think I'd be able to do it... OR that it would even be of any help to me!

BUT - before you begin to attempt meditation, you MUST have the right mind-set.
**This IS Crucial**

You need to BELIEVE that it WILL Help You & WILLWork FOR You!

THAT is the biggest obstacle most people run into and will have "making it" work for them.

Soooo, Keep an open mind and tell yourself - ok, now this works for millions of people all over the world. And there is absolutely no reason why it won't work for me and be of help to me.
As a matter of fact, I KNOW that it WILL work FOR me!
(And keep telling yourself that, Always have that "positive attitude" in the back of your mind!)

Here are the best 10 reasons you should be meditating - and to read about them in detail please follow the LINK below to her page!
(This article is from one of my favorite bloggers, Celestine Chua)

1. Gain Inner Peace.
2. Increase Your Self-Awareness.
3. Makes You Grounded and Calmer.
4. Makes You Present.
5. Increases Your Consciousness.
6. Our Source of Inspiration.
7. Rejuvenates You.
8. Cures Insomnia.
9. Increases Your Spiritual Connection.
10. Increase Your Fulfillment of Life!

LINK:10 Reasons You Should Meditate

*I will be posting the actual steps you need to take & how to get started meditating!*

Aching Back? Cholesterol Medication Might Help

ScienceDaily (2009-03-03)
A new study finds that using statins may be useful in treatment for degenerative disc. Back pain, a hallmark of degenerative disc disease, sends millions of people to their doctor. In fact, more than 80 percent of patients who undergo spine surgery do so because of disc degeneration. And part of the answer may be as close as a patient's medicine cabinet.
read full article
Aching Back? Cholesterol Medication Might Help


Regain Control Over your Pain... NOW!

The first and most important step you need to take to regain control over your pain is...
Your Attitude....
Your mind-set, how and what you think about consistently.
Day after day, hour upon hour, minute by minute.
IF you are ALWAYS thinking about your pain, how miserable you feel, how depressed you are...
Well, to put it bluntly - That is Exactly what you are going to get.
Our minds, ie: thoughts and attitudes will control HOW we feel.
Change your mind... and you WILL Change your Life and most importantly your PAIN!

Please know that this is only the 1st step, a beginning to getting your life back on track and regaining control over your pain issues.
If you start watching this video every day...
Your mind starts absorbing and retaining the positive words and message of the video.
And just like having the bad habit of thinking negative thoughts - NOW your brain starts to retrain itself and will only remember what 'it sees', what you put in front of it (what you are thinking about and watching!)
So, watch the video first thing after you awaken, anytime during the day if you are starting to feel down and also at bedtime so that these positive thoughts are what you are holding in your mind as you fall asleep every night.
Getting rid of and changing negative thought patterns isn't easy in the beginning, I KNOW. How? Because I have been there.
Right exactly where you are. And TRUST me, if I can change... lol, anyone can!!
Ok, so here is the video and keep thinking in the back of your mind - This will work, this Will work, This will Work, THIS WILL WORK!!
*Always KEEP a positive mental attitude for this to all come together and begin to finally happen for you*
I am with you...
Love & Blessings,


30 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Life

This is an article that I really enjoyed. And it definitely is a step towards positive change in your life, because just by reading self-improvement books and articles you start to 'feed' your brain better thoughts and mental images which in turn help you to feel better.
Well, think of it this way - If you put nasty, filthy, decaying food into your body, how are you going to feel?
Are you going to feel better? Are you going to feel Good?
No. You are going to get sick and feel worse and worse every day that you do that.
The Mind (your brain) is the same way...
What you put into it... like bad, hurtful, nasty thoughts and images, Then you are going to feel worse and worse every day that you do that BECAUSE...
The mind and the body are connected.
What one feels, the other does also. Right...?
ok, Think about this...
You fall down and hurt yourself and your Body feels the pain and your mind is also 'Telling' your body that it feels the pain too.
Now, if your thinking about/reading and watching bad and negative things all the time, your Mind starts to 'feel' bad(hurt) - and then your body starts to feel it too and now you have Pain in your Body.
And the more you think about bad and negative things... the more your pain will increase.
Makes sense doesn't it?
Below is the LINK to the article, which btw is from an awesome blog I love to read daily for positive inspiration, so you might want to read some of the other articles on there as well!
As always Love & Blessings to you!

30 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Life


Mind-Body Healing For Chronic Pain

I found this video on You-tube.
It's 2 Doctors talking about and explaining why & how Mind-Body healing techniques DO actually work in the treatment of Chronic Pain.


Help For Those Who Cannot Afford Their Chronic Pain MEDS...

Listed below this article are the Titles to all the Links on the Financial Information & Assistance webpage.
This page is a part of the American Pain Foundations website (APF).
I was sent a survey to fill out from (APF) and saw this page and KNEW that there were people who could use this information.
*These are VERY hard times money-wise for All of us, so I knew this info would be invaluable!*
(The 'clickable' links you will need to be able to gain access to ALL the sites listed, will be at the bottom of this article)


Patient Advocate Foundation Launches Pain Fund

The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Co-Pay Relief Program has launched a pain fund to serve patients suffering with chronic pain.
The PAF Co-Pay Relief Program currently provides direct financial support to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who must financially and medically qualify to access pharmaceutical co-payment assistance.
The program offers personal service to patients through the use of call counselors, personally guiding patients through the enrollment process.

BenefitsCheckUp: Tool for Financial, Health and Prescription Savings*
Find a Medicare Prescription Plan*
Healthwell Foundation Financial Assistance*
Medbank of Maryland *
Needy Meds*
Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program*
RxAssist - Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Programs*

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Department of Veteran Affairs
Dignity Resources: Understanding Financial Options
Foundation for Accountability - Health Care Quality
Health Insurance Association of America
Families USA
Medicare Rights Center
National Committee for Quality Assurance
Social Security Administration

Below is the LINK you will need to click on, to access ALL the sources and websites listed above:

The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Co-Pay Relief Program.
Their website LINK is:
You may reach the CPR team by calling 1-866-512-3861.

Another GREAT site I just found is...
and their toll-free number is:
Patient Advocate Foundation 1-800-532-5274

**PLEASE pass this on to someone who may need assistance.**
Love & Blessings to ALL,

Chronic Pain IS A Disease, Not Just A Symptom Say Experts...

This is an article I found on the Health Central website
I've posted the LINK at the bottom of the article.

Will a fresh look at Pain overcome drug barriers?

Barriers to understanding pain are starting to fall and scientists and drug firms say a fresh approach is producing potential new drugs to hit where it hurts.
Millions of people across the world suffer chronic pain -- such as nerve, joint or muscle pain that lasts weeks, months or years -- and many fail to get adequate relief, partly because doctors have a relatively scant grasp of what causes it.
But new imaging techniques, a recognition that the brain's responses are central to pain and a growing realization of pain's cost to society, mean the scientific community is now pushing for it to be redefined as a disease in its own right.
As pain moves status from symptom to disease, interest among some of the biggest drug firms is picking up.
Pfizer, the world's mightiest drugmaker, has a large pain research team working on a portfolio of drugs, some of which are generating excitement in the field.
"The science has moved on considerably," from Martin Mackay, Pfizer's head of research and development.

He said new technologies allow more objective measuring of pain, adding: "Our knowledge of targets and human genetics has taken a real step forward in the last few years."

Science is shifting attitudes too.
Irene Tracey of the Pain Imaging Neuroscience Group at Oxford University published a study last year which reviewed 10 years of imaging research and found chronic pain is linked to functional, structural and chemical changes in the brain.
So, pain is very much in the mind, and the brain's responses to it are key to what it feels like and how long it goes on.

"Pain doesn't exist until the brain gets hold of it. And one of the things brain imaging has been very good at is taking away some of the myths and cultural biases against pain," she said at a meeting of experts in London earlier this month.

"Chronic pain fits the definition of a disease," she said.

Pain, however, can be a tricky condition to medicate, as the numbers of sufferers show, and not all drugmakers are convinced it is a profitable area. Britain's GlaxoSmithKline said last month it was cutting research in the field.
Many pain killers around today, from products like aspirin or paracetamol to opiates used for cancer pain, rely on mechanisms of action exploited since Egyptian times or were found as side effects of drugs developed for other things.


The sheer size of the problem shows the need for more effective drugs. Pain hurts, in more ways than one.
In Britain alone, it affects about 7.8 million people, about 13 percent of the population, and a 2002/03 survey by a group called Pain in Europe estimated that as many as one in five Europeans suffers chronic pain.
Studies show that around 22 percent of people with chronic pain become depressed and 25 percent go on to lose their jobs.
Pain is estimated to cost more than 200 billion euros a year in Europe and $150 billion in the United States.
"It has huge ramifications, not only for the person themselves but also for society as a whole," said Beverly Collett, a consultant in pain medicine at the University Hospital of Leicester in central England.
In recognition of this, the European Union's Innovative Medicines Initiative gave some of its first grants to pain researchers to work with pharmaceutical firms to try to speed up the process of finding new drugs.
Steve McMahon, director of the London Pain Consortium, said his group and several others in Europe were now working with about 10 major drug companies to push the field forward.


Among the most promising drug prospects is tanezumab from Pfizer, which McMahon says is "the first drug in a long time to have originated from basic science identifying the biological problem and suggesting a therapy."
Pfizer's MacKay is naturally upbeat about the experimental medicine -- an antibody currently in late-stage trials for osteoarthritis caused by wear and tear of the joints. He named it among the firm's top picks for "blockbuster potential".
McMahon hopes it will be the first of many.
Another potential from Pfizer is a drug based on work by British scientists who identified a genetic mutation several years ago that prevents those who have it from feeling pain.
The gene clue was found in a Pakistani boy -- and members of three related families -- who had become a local celebrity as a street performer, stunning crowds by plunging knives through his arms and walking on burning coals.
The experimental drug seeks to mimic the gene mutation and block a sodium channel which normally produces nerve impulses that convey pain signals to the brain.
"This is the way that pain (research) is going to go now, where you have very strong human genetic evidence and you're able to mount really large campaigns against tough targets and then take them through to the clinic," MacKay said.

For Tracey, scientific progress will only keep its momentum if society agrees pain is something scientists should fight.
"You can still hear it in the language, with expressions like 'no pain no gain'," she said.
"These are real barriers that we have to get over in society if we're really going to accept that we should be treating pain and putting more money into it."

Last Updated: 03-19-2010
By K.K. Kelland -London

Chronic Pain Is Very Disabling...

ok, just wanted to clarify that.
Because in the last 12 yrs that I have had to deal with my pain issues I've encountered many people who think that having pain (as in 24 hrs/day) should not be a problem that you cannot handle.
Some think you should just "get over it" & "just deal with it" or "stop whining" or "how bad could it really be" or my fav - "well, I have pain too" as I have been told on occasion...

Chronic Pain HAS been officially defined as a Chronic Disease/Illness/Condition in and of itself now.
So not only are most people dealing with the 'initial' disease or condition that they have been diagnosed with, but now also have to deal with living IN pain 24/7.
As in ALL the time.
As in EVERY second, of EVERY minute, of EVERY DAY of your life.

Now, it has taken me alot of years and alot of trial & error to find what works for me specifically - cause every persons pain tolerance levels are NOT the same (although I've had an actual 'Dr.' try & convince me that I shouldn't be in as much pain as someone 'older' than me-???, uh ok...)
So, that being said... don't listen to others try and tell You about YOUR pain.
It's yours...  In Your body. YOU are going thru it, living it, feeling it.
Not THEM....  How could they possibly know what you are actually feeling inside your own body -??

As I've mentioned before, the best approach that has worked 'for me' & for many others is of course your medications, (that will differ person-to-person depending on your 'initial' condition too), BUT the main point I am wanting to get across is doing just ONE thing isn't going to be AS effective as doing/trying Several Types of therapies TOGETHER...

Probably first and most important is just having/living a healthy lifestyle in general.
No smoking, no drinking(alcohol), eating the healthiest, freshest, natural food that you can.
Maintaining a healthy weight for your height - you all know those charts we dislike...
Look into & research thru the internet and books about eating healthy.
I even did alot of research into the Eastern Philosophy approach to diet (ie:Ayurvedic diet would be one).
Doctor-approved stretches every AM/PM (I am dealing with spinal/lumbar issues).
Modified Yoga & Pilates are great for helping with pain issues. (You need to keep your body as strong/fit as possible).
Get a YMCA membership (they now have scholarships based on your income).
At the YMCA - you can do water therapy/exercises, just indoor walking on a treadmill greatly helps your body. - most have saunas (good for toxin release) & whirlpool for hydrotherapy (muscle-stress relief).
Consider saving up to purchase a new mattress set. (I have a Sleep Number bed & I LOVE It!)
Spinal Decompression (is an expensive therapy) - BUT, I found an inversion table on sale (and a floor model) at walmart for under $80.
And I've mentioned before... Meditation, Relaxation therapies ARE So Effective, I never realized until I started researching and trying different methods to see what worked best for me... (again everyone  is different in what works for them, but at least try.)
Accupuncture, accupressure, reiki, massage - even just getting a manicure/pedicure or facial would be relaxing to your mind & body.
There is also aromatherapy, sound therapy, color or chromatherapy, art therapy(painting, knitting,crafts,etc.)
Cognitive Behavioral therapy which is just a fancy term for - Don't let yourself get stressed out! *lol*
Think Positive - Do Affirmations - which is actually good to do along with meditation.
I'm guessing a good example of thinking positive/affirmations would be the movie "The Secret".
If you haven't seen it, you can do a search on Youtube and watch it for free.
So most of all just take care of yourself...
- And pamper yourself -  not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Because one thing that I am absolutely 100% sure of  *and it's being scientifically proven more each year* and that is that THE MOST effective treatments out there are "Mind & Body" combined.
You can - not treat one without the other... I mean they ARE connected, are they not..??

ok... whew. wow, that was a long post... are you tired of reading yet?  lol
well here are a couple of  links I found that might be helpful to some out there.
Look them over & let me know some feedback on them - I/m not real familiar w/these ones yet.

Love & Blessings to ALL,

What We All Need To Do More Of....


Yes, it is very true.....
as you will read about from the LINK below and in my next round of articles, your "state of mind" has ALOT to do with your pain.
So please check out this LINK and some of the other informative and helpful articles on his site.

**and KNOW that you are not alone in this**
I am here(w/this blog) to help you out as much as I possibly can, cause I am right HERE with you living in "our world" of PAIN.
Together we WILL find ways/solutions to this detrimental issue!!

Love & Blessings to you All...

Reduce Stress: Ten Stress Relief Tips


Control Your Thought... Control Your Pain.

I will elaborate more on this post later in the day... I have to run out for the moment, but wanted to post this as soon as I found it.
Yes, it IS true... The MORE you can control your thought patterns (ie: negative thoughts DO cause Stress), the LESS pain you will experience/feel.
How do I know? I am living it. I have tried EVERYTHING to help lower my pain levels & being more positive DID make a difference for me.
Did I think it would? - I was skeptical...
How do you go about this? Well, for me I started trying to learn meditation and everything I could about "Relaxation Therapies"
Like I said... more on this subject tonight, but here for you now is a LINK (under my name) to get you started reading about this topic.
*this site has TONS of great articles, that are very informative*
The main site is:
Love & Blessings,
How to Discipline Your Mind


Holistic Therapies used in Combination WITH Medications...

This article is a Q&A with a Pain Doctor who has had success when combining therapies.

On a personal note:
I myself have had my best "success" in dealing with my pain/conditions when I have combined various types of therapies. Although I now realize that I will probably always have to take certain medications to control the severity of my pain (intensity-levels), I am also aware that there ARE other types of holistic healing therapies that have helped in combination with the meds.
--I will elaborate more on this topic in a future blog entry.--

Physician Looks to Safest, Gentlest, Most Effective Methods to Treat Pain and Stress...
*An Interview with Woodson Merrell, MD*

Trained as an internist at Columbia Medical School, Woodson Merrell, MD, Executive Director of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center found that when he got out to practice, he lacked the tools needed to help many of his patients, particularly those with functional problems caused by stress, inadequate exercise, and poor nutrition. For his patients with more serious problems, he wanted to find modalities that could be used as adjuncts to conventional care and expand his options beyond pharmaceuticals or surgery.

Merrell trained in most of the practices included in integrative or complementary medicine, and in 1994, started one of the nations first courses in complementary and alternative medicine for medical students at Columbia. Today, as Executive Director of the 16-month-old Continuum Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center, he combines conventional care with alternative methods.
Merrell says, "we use whatever is safest, gentlest, and most effective for the patient regardless of what tradition it came from. As much as possible, we use an evidence-based approach, but certainly would consider an herbal remedy that's been around for twenty-five hundred years - that's a significant enough empirical trial."

Q. As a physician practicing integrated medicine, how do you view and treat pain?

Merrell: People with pain fall into many categories - from those with run-of-the-mill temporary types of pain to those with severe, crippling neurologic problems. I usually get patients in the earlier stages where the problems are less severe. For those patients, I try to use modalities that will nip their pain in the bud without having to risk the side effects of pharmaceuticals. As physician practicing integrated medicine, I encourage the use of all gentle remedies that can help reduce a person's pain and hopefully eliminate the need for more drastic forms of treatment.

"But, I have no problems prescribing opioids when needed".

Q. What are some of the most effective ways people can address their stress and pain?

Merrell: We need to address the causes of stress. If someone's in the middle of a divorce or a horrible home situation, for example, cognitive behavioral therapy can be a very valuable tool. In terms of what people can do on their own, first, they should eliminate bad habits that are often used to relieve stress, but are really harmful such as drinking too much coffee or alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and eating comfort foods. These may be rewarding in the short term, but whenused as a perpetual remedy, they seriously contribute to the problem.

They should also consider pursuing activities that are rewarding, satisfying, and relaxing such as walking in the park, listening to Bach, playing a sport. Group social support is also extremely beneficial. Group therapy can help, but so can talking with friends and loved ones.
Mind-body techniques are the most powerful way to reduce stress in the long-term. And of those techniques, meditation is the most effective way of all. It can change physiologic functioning. Meditation that is spiritually-focused has been shown to have even more dramatic effects. For many people it's often hard to meditate - and the people who need it the most often have the greatest trouble. They're either bothered by problems in the past or worrying about the future. They have trouble focusing on the present moment - which is where they have to be.
Imagery can also be useful. It is a conscious meditation technique. You focus on something you want to change within - whether its pain or a tumor. Hypnosis and biofeedback are also useful mind-body techniques. But, these are different from meditation because they are conscious-focusing exercise.
Meditation is a way of disengaging conscious thought processes and going to a much deeper place of relaxation. People can do mind-body techniques on their own, but would benefit by going to someone who can teach them how to do it and set practices in the beginning.

Q. Let's get back to mind-body medicine. Can you give a brief description of what it is?

Merrell: The mind and body are inseparable - they are one. Every cell has an immediate feedback from the brain and nervous system - so there is no separation - it's a false distinction.
The mind is the most powerful healing tool. Mind-body approaches allow us to realize the full potential of the mind in producing a change in how you think, feel, and act - whether emotional spiritual, or physical.

Q. As a trained acupuncturist, will you describe the benefits of this treatment for stress and pain?

Merrell: Acupuncture forces the nervous system to relax. It raises endorphins and mitigates the pain. It can actually help heal some pain syndromes - it doesn't heal a herniated disk - but it can reduce the level of pain you feel. And it can produce an instant deep meditation - give a jump start to the process and show people what they're capable of. Sit them down, plug them in, and let the endorphins do their thing.
Acupuncture is very underutilized by conventional medicine. It's a gentle tool for helping control pain and stress. But mind-body is easier because you can meet with a teacher two or three times and then go off and do it yourself. With acupuncture, you have to continue visits and paying. Mind-body is the most powerful in the long term.

Q. How do you see your role as a physician?

Merrell: The physician should be looked at as an educator and partner in helping the patient find the best modalities for optimum health. It's also vital that the patient is engaged in the process.

The mind is the most powerful healing tool.

Last Updated: 08/10/09



Yes my darlings,  You DO have rights as a patient...  Hell, as a human being to NOT Live in Pain!

I found an online copy of this document. This can be vital information for you to have to help insure that you will receive the quality medical care that we all deserve.
So save this information & print it out or retype it and take it with you to your appointments.
And if your doctor or a healthcare worker ever tries to tell you, "Oh well, we all have to put up with or live in a little pain now and then".
Well, now you can calmly and confidently show them this document:
YOUR -- Patient 'Pain Care' Bill of Rights and inform them that you have done research on the subject and found that you Do Not have to Live with or Live in, pain ever again...

Pain Care Bill of Rights
As a person with pain, you have the right to:
• Have your report of pain taken seriously and to be treated with dignity and respect by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and other healthcare professionals.
• Have your pain thoroughly assessed and promptly treated.
• Participate actively in decisions about how to manage your pain.
• Be informed and know your options: talk with your healthcare provider about your pain - possible cause(s), treatment options, and the benefits, risks and costs of each choice.
• Have your pain reassessed regularly and your treatment adjusted if your pain has not been eased.
• Be referred to a pain specialist if your pain persists.
• Get clear and prompt answers to your questions, take time to make decisions, and refuse a particular type of treatment if you choose.
--These are the rights you should expect for your pain care.

*Helpful Hints on Your Road to Pain Relief*
Managing your pain is an important step to reclaim your life.
--The earlier you seek treatment, the better.

• Only YOU know the extent of your pain and how it affects your quality of life.  DO NOT be afraid to speak up!

• Remember, there are a variety of drug and non-drug therapies (physical therapy, yoga, meditation) available to effectively control pain; these are typically used in combination with medications.

• Knowledge IS power. Many people living with pain and even some healthcare providers believe that opioid medications are addictive. The truth IS that when properly prescribed by a healthcare professional and taken as directed, these medications give relief - not a “high.”

• Tell your provider what over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements you take, at what dose and how often. Also let him or her know about other personal health habits (smoking tobacco, alcohol use), which can interfere with some pain treatments and increase pain levels.

• Keep a pain journal to record the frequency and intensity of your pain. Use descriptive words, such as sharp, crushing, dull, aching, stabbing, shooting or tender. Also, take note of how well your treatment plan is working and what makes your pain worse or better.

• Write down questions you have before each appointment. Bring a relative or friend with you for support and to help take notes and remember what was said.

• Research available support groups and educational programs.

Hope some of this information will be helpful to someone...
If anyone reading this has any questions, concerns or would like an advocate to talk with...
feel free to contact me - leave a comment & I will get back to you and try to help in any way that I can.
Love & Blessings,

American Pain Foundation
201 N. Charles Street, Suite 710
Baltimore, MD 21201-4111
Toll-free information line: 888-615-7246
© 2003, 2007 American Pain Foundation

Top Ten Tips for Finding Quality Health Information Online

Ok, so to start out with here is one article I found that lists some of your basic general health sites.
These ones are your "tried & true" credible and reliable Websites.

People with disability or chronic illness are more likely than Internet users with no chronic conditions to look online for information about various health topics. (according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project).
AND... Those with chronic conditions (*including yours truly*) report that the online searches/results actually affected the decisions they made about their treatment, interactions with their doctors, the ability to cope with their condition and their dieting and fitness regimen.

But PLEASE, keep this in mind...
When using the information found on the Internet to make decisions about your medical care. Double & Triple CHECK the validity of all info.
It is best to use your online research to educate yourself and be a more informed patient when working with your healthcare providers to determine the best treatment for you.

AND VERY IMPORTANT: Please know that *YOU* have the final say in whether you agree with the treatment you are going to receive. (Medications are included in this).
--More on this in a later post, because this IS a very important issue regarding healthcare & your patient rights!--

Click on the LINK below to go to the article and the Health Websites.

As always, Love & Blessings to ALL!

Top Ten Tips for Finding Quality Health Information Online

APF Position Statement on Reformulated Oxycontin

I found this today on the American Pain Foundations Website. (AFP - of which I am also a member)

I think this is a wonderful article and wish more doctors, nurses and healthcare workers would really take the time to read (study & research) different "Pain" related foundations, their websites and all the great information, articles, personal life stories, etc. that are included on them.

Chronic Pain is an extremely disabling condition/disease in and of itself.

Here are a few stats for ya...
76.5 MILLION Americans suffer with/from chronic pain.
Chronic pain affects more than diabetes, heart disease and AND cancer combined.

It is so unfair that patients in LEGIT pain should have to suffer from under-treatment because of a few "bad apples" in the bunch (so to speak)...
*she sighs*
well anyways, here is the LINK to that article/website (below).
and I will be posting more PAIN related websites, links, foundations, etc. later this evening - so be sure and check back.

Love & Blessings to ALL...

APF Position Statement on Reformulated Oxycontin