Nov 10 2012

Wake Up Doctors: Patients Need Pain Control Without Contaminated Injections – Vol. 174, Nov. 9, 2012

As many of you may have heard in the news this past few weeks the CDC has connected the fungal meningitis epidemic to the injected pain medicine, methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid in which eight people had died by October 9, 2012. The medication were injected directly into their spinal fluid. Unfortunately the compounding pharmacy that made the medication omitted the preservatives from the medication allowing for the growth of fungus such as the Aspergillus and Exserohilum the CDC said it found in nine patients. Compounding pharmacies usually would include a preservative to stop this from occurring. One thing that you need to understand is that compounding pharmacies are not regulated by the FDA, though they are called in when something like this happens.

Meningitis is very serious it being the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spine. It can also be caused by bacteria and viruses as well as by fungus. Patients with meningitis can experience: stroke, confusion, dizziness and discomfort from bright lights along with other vague symptoms like: headache, fever, nausea, and stiffness of the neck.

My question to you though is this? Why take an injected pain killer when you are constantly hearing about all the issues with all sorts of drugs being recalled for worse side-effects than what they are being created to address? Pharmaceutical companies are being held accountable for lying about the efficacy of their products with the government forcing them to pay back huge amounts of money for patients’ care covered by the government under medicaid and medicare.

This does not even allow for the stress that one’s body goes through after having received a medication that may have been contaminated. Many times the patient has to wait for a few weeks to find out based on a culture that is done on the patients spinal fluid.  Here are a few ideas to help you to relieve your chronic pain and by doing so releasing stress associated with it.

By relaxing the body you are able to release the muscle tension throughout your body. From there you are able to remove the attention from the pain.

You can start your relaxation by reclining back and taking a nice, deep breath. Hold it for a couple of seconds and then release it. Do this a couple of times and then shut your eyes, From here you can tell your mind and body to “relax, relax, relax.” Do this for a minute or two and you will notice that your breathing will get slower and deeper as a result. Next work with some of the ideas below to help you to lesson your discomfort. Some may work better for you than others. With a bit of practice it will be easier to get into this state and reduce your discomfort.

1) Change your focus: Focus your attention on any part of your body that is without any sort of discomfort. Concentrate on that part of the body imagining it warming up. By doing this your attention will be taken away from the area that is experiencing discomfort.

Pleasant Imagery: Imagine yourself in the most beautiful and relaxing place that you have ever been. A place where you feel calm, secure and happy. Allow yourself to stay in that place for a few minutes allowing your mind to remove itself from the discomfort.

3) Remove the pain from your body: Imagine the pain has a shape and a color and a size. Go ahead and incrementally make the size of the shape smaller and smaller as you make the color dimmer and dimmer. When the size is very, very small, the size of a head of a pin and barely visible go ahead and remove it from your body. Just tell your body to do it and it will do so.

How about dealing with the stress of not knowing if you were contaminated or not?

By accessing the subconscious mind through these techniques one is relieving the stress as a by product. You may be amazed at what your own mind can allow you to do if you take the time to train it to do so.

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