Study Shows That Chronic Pain Costs Billions of Dollars a Year in U.S.
“More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at a cost of around $600 billion a year in medical treatments and lost productivity, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). “We see that for many patients chronic pain becomes a disease in its own right,” committee chair Phillip Pizzo, MD, of Stanford University School of Medicine, said… “We need to address this in a more comprehensive and interdisciplinary way and include prevention as a very important goal.” (Web MD Health News Salynn Boyles 6/29/11)
If You or Someone You Love is Suffering, read on…
Unfortunately most approaches in our society and treatments ignore much of your well-being…
So despite extensive prescriptions, injections and traditional therapy, often times the misery and sleepless nights continue. Stopping The Cycle of Chronic Pain whether due to injury, arthritis or neuropathy (nerve damage) often times requires a very comprhensive game plan. It requires a compassionate team of health care professionals to look at all facets of your history, and identify correctable causes and possible solutions. And most importantly a long term home-care and Permanent Self-Directed Strategy.
Here’s What to Do Next
Call my office (even if it’s the middle of the night). Tell us you’d like to be seen for a FREE Chronic Pain Analysis.
In this free 15-minute Analysis, we want to learn all about you.
Then, if we think you are a candidate for this type of treatment, we will let you know.
And if not, we’ll never waste your time or money. Don’t waste another sleepless night
About Shingles and Other Forms Of Chronic Pain
If you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Nerve pain of unknown origin
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Highly sensitive, tingling or burning skin
- Pain in the left side of the chest and heart attack has been ruled out
- Pain in the neck or back that begins to radiate down one limb or around your chest
- Body aches, fever and chills and flu and meningitis have been eliminated as a diagnosis
Contact your physician or your local NeuropathyDR® clinician immediately. You could very well have shingles even if the rash itself has not appeared.
This is especially true if you are 50 years or older and
- Had chicken pox at some point in your life
- Have an autoimmune disease
- Have any other health issue or significant stress that weakens your immune system
Shingles is not life threatening but it is extremely painful. And, without proper treatment early on, you could develop postherpetic neuralgia caused by damage to the nerves in the area affected by shingles. Postherpetic neuropathy can be debilitating and can last for years. The pain can be so intense that even clothing on the skin can be excruciating.
To lessen the possibility of postherpetic neuropathy, early treatment is a must.
If you actually manage to start treatment before the shingles rash appears, expect that treatment with medication may first ease some of your pain. Your NeuropathyDR® clinician will then evaluate your spine and the skeletal system paying particular attention to the area where you’re experiencing pain.
Chances are, your nerves are being affected by misalignments too, and your NeuropathyDR® clinician will give you an adjustment to realign the skeletal system so that your nerves are not being adversely affected. That will not only help with your immediate problem, it will decrease the chance of long term nerve damage leading to postherpetic neuropathy.
In addition to a chiropractic and/or physical therapy to realign the spine and support proper functioning of your nervous system, your NeuropathyDR® clinician will advise you on proper nutrition and a diet plan to give your body what it needs to heal.
Stress Management is Vital
Just as you need the right diet in order to heal, you need to get plenty of rest and avoid stress as much as possible.
Your NeuropathyDR® clinician will put together a lifestyle plan for you utilizing stress management tools to help you avoid or limit stress than can make a bad medical situation even worse. Some suggested techniques are:
- Exercising regularly.
- Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, tai chi, yoga or meditation. Any of these will calm the mind and, in turn, calm the body and nerves.
- Finding a hobby that will take the mind off postherpetic neuropathy pain.
The Final Step in Nerve Protection/Repair
Once you have the proper in-clinic treatment that provides support for the nervous system, you’re eating the proper diet to support your body and your stress is under control, the final step is repair of any nerve damage.
Talk to your local NeuropathyDR® clinician about our unique treatment protocol. Only our clinicians are taught our unique Shingles Protocols. This allows the nerves to communicate again and that, in itself, starts the process of reversing the damage of this form of peripheral neuropathy.
The combination of hands-on care, nutrition, stress management and NeuropathyDR®, employing neurostim and laser devices as one component is showing great promise in helping shingles patients and those unfortunate enough to develop postherpetic neuropathy return to a pain free life, without the long term debilitating effects of postherpetic neuropathy.
Can any of these treatments “cure” shingles? No, of course not. Shingles is caused by a virus.
However, treatment in our clinic along with any appropriate medical care including anti-viral drugs at the earliest sign of symptoms will make it much easier for your body to fight off the virus sooner and lessen your chance of developing postherpetic neuropathy treatment.
We hope this information helps you deal with this very uncomfortable illness and the possible lasting effects of Postherpetic Neuropathy. Having a bit more background information on your illness will help you participate in your care and give you a better chance of a positive outcome.