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Recommended: “Life as a young adult with RSD / CRPS”

One of our patients established a well written and informative blog, Life as a Young Adult with RSD /CRPS. She started Calmare Therapy with us this week after interacting with us and our patients on Facebook. She is chronicling her Calmare experience on this blog and we’d like to share her most recent post. You can also subscribe to her blog to follow her progress.

Calmare Day 3 Update- A Fantastic Day!

So had session 3 today of calmare. It went really well. By the time i got home, my pain level was at about a 4 out of ten.  Keep in mind that’s after a long commute down the Jersey Turnpike. it remained that most of the day. It spiked a bit in my back when i lifted some heavy containers (stupid me!), but my legs remained at a 4! I took a shower tonight and i have to say it was probably the first time i actually enjoyed  a shower in at least a year! I could shave my legs and use shower gel on a poof and the water actually felt great! I’m very pleased with how much the sensitivity to touch has decreased! I didn’t expect that to happen! I was only expecting pain relief. In fact, it lowered the spiked back pain back to a four! Now its almost bedtime, my worst time and my pain’s at about a 5 out of ten. I’m really pleased! And i blowdryed and straightened my hair! I haven’t straightened my hair since the fall of 2011.

New Report: Chronic pain costs the US $558 billion a year

The Institute of Medicine reported on Wednesday that chronic pain affects an estimated 116 million American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Their latest findings report that our nation has a “moral imperative” to find viable solutions to help people living with chronic pain.

I’d like to share this article published by The Associated Press (AP) yesterday, which offers an overview  the Institute’s in-depth report. For those of us at Rutherford Allied Medical Group, this report serves as important encouragement and inspiration in our chronic pain therapy solution offering Calmare Pain Therapy: 

Treating pain better should be a priority, report says

Thursday, June 30, 2011

BY LAURAN NEERGAARD – THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — Nearly a third of Americans experience long-lasting pain — the kind that lingers for weeks to months — and too often feel stigma rather than relief from a health care system poorly prepared to treat them, the Institute of Medicine said Wednesday.

Chronic pain is costing the nation at least $558 billion a year in medical bills, sick days and lost productivity, the report found. That’s more than the cost of heart disease, the No. 1 killer.

All kinds of ailments can trigger lingering pain, from arthritis to cancer, spine problems to digestive disorders, injuries to surgery. Sometimes, chronic pain can be a disease all its own, the report stressed.

Pain management is “a moral imperative,” the report concludes, urging the government, medical groups and insurers to take a series of steps to transform the field.

“We’re viewing this as a critical issue for the United  States,” said Dr. Philip Pizzo,  dean of medicine, who headed the months-long probe.

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