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Alcie
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   Posted 10/31/2011 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
 
This may be limited to those with a password.  I'd appreciate if you would me know if you can view it and if you think it's worth anything.
 
The object of the series is to "raise clinician awareness of the impact of chronic pain; its assessment, treatment  ... quality of life ..."
 
So far, in the first video, I learned that "in the US, severe chronic pain affects 10% of the population" and that "pain is an illness in its own right."  "Chronic pain reflects the pathologic response of the nervous system ..."  According to the first authority speaker, patients need to be taken just as seriously as if it is associated with disease management, and pain management should be taken care of by primary care physicians and referred to pain management only in complex cases.
 
I always thought it was necessary to find out what is causing my chronic pain.  It's had me going to all sorts of specialists with little or no relief.  It may take a while for me to accept that I may not find, and don't need to find causes, because my pain has gone beyond whatever started it.  I'm interested to continue to view the rest of the series to find out about effective treatments.

Chartreux
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   Posted 10/31/2011 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with you on that any chronic pain should be investigated to see what might be it's cause.
but I do think "the percent of" is higher more like 25 to 30% of the population suffers from chronic pain
here in the USA. and I will look at your link, Thank You...
**You do need to sign in for a password on this link to view it***

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Alcie
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   Posted 10/31/2011 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Since a password is necessary, I hope those who do view the videos will comment on them and those who can't view them might ask their pain professionals if they've seen them. Nurses can get a password, so we can ask them too. I'm going to ask my dentist if he sees chronic pain in dental patients, tomorow when I see him.

I had a second thought about not being concerned with causes of pain after it becomes chronic. Last year I had an abscess, supposedly on my colon, which was drained and "cured" with antibiotics. Almost 12 months later the abscess came back and had to be surgically removed. I felt sick all year. Now a month after the surgery, I feel a lot less sick. Sometimes our bodies are telling us something.

I will ask my rheumatologist if my chronic back pain and fibromyalgia mean anything or if they are just "illness in their own right."
Alcie
 
 

Alcie
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   Posted 10/31/2011 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Video number 2 -
 
Assessment of pain.  Mostly this was a review of types of pain and the whole bunch of pain scales we've all seen.
 
I don't understand how a single pain scale helps unless you only have one kind of pain.  What about us people with fibromyalgia plus arthritis plus spinal pain?  My back hurts differently from my knee, which is different from my shoulder.  My shoulder only hurts at night, while my back mostly hurts in the afternoon and evening and my knee hurts if I've been walking.  
 
Should we only tell about the particular pain based on what type of specialist we are seeing?  The first video said the PCP should be doing the job of treating pain.  I only talk about my chest pain after eating with my gastroenterologist and surgeon.  I don't dare talk about all my problems with each doctor.  I know the rule:  he'll only listen to the first thing I mention, so it better be the most important thing I need fixed.
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