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ivy6
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   Posted 9/15/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
There's about to be a discussion about chronic pain on Life Matters, ABC Radio National.

Not sure yet if it's about managing pain, or pain & healthcare policy, but thought you might find it interesting.

Ivy.
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*Phoebe*
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   Posted 9/15/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey thanks Ivy, my parents listen to Radio National daily, so I’m sure my dad will hear it, mom ha yoga on Wednesdays….. I’ll ask him if he caught it – is it over yet? Interesting?


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   Posted 9/15/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
God bless Radio National. For years it was one of the few stations we could get here - and now we've been blessed with News Radio too - and I cannot imagine what we would have done without it. Our "hit music" station is rubbish: often one or two songs, followed by 8 minutes of ads, followed by endless mindless drivel from some idiot who should never have been allowed to speak in public, let alone be employed full-time as a dj!! (sorry, rant over).

Yes, it's over. I listened to it, but cannot tell you what it was about, due to stupid fibro fog!!!!!

There *was* a patient who talked about the insensitivity of the general public, though, and how people tend to be insensitive about a pain patient's condition because they "look fine".

It should be repeated tonight - check your local radio guide - and you should also be able to download a podcast later today or tomorrow.

www.abc.net.au/rn

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*Phoebe*
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   Posted 9/15/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Great, thanks, there might be transcripts online too – I love radio national. Every day I would wake up to the song that comes on with the news (I can hear it in my head now) – and now when I heard it, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. My parents have it on every morning from around 6am – 12pm and then they listen to the news on the radio hourly. It’s lovely. I don’t listen to the radio much now but whenever I’m in my car it’s on – ABC radio, I love it…… I despise commercial radio stations, with advertisements literally screaming at you and designed to be annoying!! Its like an assault on your ears! And the ‘hit’ music these days……. Don’t even get me started….. They’re more like radio jingles, not good music, just aimed to be ‘catchy’ and in your head, repetitive, electronic awfulness!! Give me music from the 60’s/70’s any day!!

 

Ha! There’s my rant for the day!


ivy6
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   Posted 9/15/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Phoebe - I agree 100%.

I went through school with our local radio DJ and he was the *loveliest* person, and you would cry if you'd heard the crass, insensitive bogan he has become on-air. It's real lowest-common-denominator stuff.

I tend to listen to the BBC etc through NewsRadio more than the local media these days: I'm finding much of the local stuff way too parochial and celebrity / US-focussed. F'r instance, who CARES what Carl Sandilands (?) said about Magda Subzanski... which I reckon might just have been a beat-up by Ch10 to get MS a media profile the day before her "new" (ie rehashed reruns) show was about to debut, anyway. A week later and people are still ranting about it. Incredible, and quite manipulative, I think.

Well, this is off-topic, isn't it??!! I hope you do get to listen to the podcast. Apparently there's about to be a big symposium on chronic pain, in an attempt to boost CP to the front of the health-care agenda, in the same way that "chronic" (ie elderly) illnesses have increasingly become the focus of bureaucratic concern & attention. I hope it works, because I think that those of us who have chronic pain *and* chronic illnesses are left, too often, with neglected and unmanaged pain.

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*Phoebe*
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   Posted 9/15/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes, pain management seems to be almost a ‘taboo’ topic with so many people – as soon as you mention the words ‘prescription painkillers’ it seems to bring up images of Michael Jackson and other celebrities who have died and/or become addicted to prescription painkillers (makes me wonder how the got hold of them in the first place!?). I know I myself was very frightened of becoming addicted to them as they made me feel good as well as taking away then pain, and then I noticed when I didn’t take them I was very weepy. So I freaked out and just hacked the pain instead of taking the meds!

 

Mum and Dad listen to the BBC on their little radio MP3 players when they can’t sleep at night (they’re so cute). They’re news addicts!! I hate the commercial rubbish going on too; it seems you can only rely on the ABC for actual news these days. During uni my journalism lecturers were shocked to hear where their students got their news from (commercial radio and TV) – and insisted we watch the ABC & SBS for ‘real’ journalism. When I tell people I did a journalism degree they look at me like I’m a today tonight host or paparazzi! Honestly! People don’t know what journalism IS anymore!! ‘

 

The Sandilands controversy/media stunt is very likely I do believe! Kyle Sandilands is just one big idiot making a scene about nothing so that the rest of the media has something ‘scandalous’ to report on. It’s a stupid cycle, isn’t it? Surely we have more interesting things going on in the world more worthy of reporting – I’d rather hear about a baby elephant being born at the zoo if it’s a slow-news-day, thank you very much! J


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   Posted 9/15/2009 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Sandilands: Aust Idol Host. Aust Idol: Ch10. Magda's show: Ch10. Aust Idol & Magdas shows: both started recently and need PR. Coincidence? I think not.

BBC, Deutsche Welle (sp?) etc: I appreciate their global perspective. There's more to current affairs than what's happening in the US, Britain and Aus!

Pain: it's not just that painkillers are a taboo topic. There is also (I've read) a lack of understanding that internal organ pain is very different to muscular-skeletal pain. Organ pain is not treated as well or pro-actively as m/s pain, and it also responds differently to pain meds. So... a lot of the time we get shoved on m/s meds (or vice versa) and this may not be the best management strategy for us.

This is all based on an article I read in the health section of the Aust. a few years back, though I've probably forgotten / misunderstood a few important details :-).
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