Saturday, January 24, 2009

New respect for traditional, indigenous medicine.

ABC Science has a report about Australian Native Plants being used to develop new antibacterial coatings for implants.

They discovered the plants potential after looking at traditional indigenous use for these plants.

We are all familiar with "super juices". Usually they are made from nutrient dense native plants such as the goji berry. In Australia now they have developed a super juice based on the Kakadu Plum which is a very powerful antioxidant. This juice was developed after looking at a range of traditional fruits and seeds. a super juice based on the kakadu plum which has very strong anti-oxidant properties. F4E9E6-6A3D-4826-AAD6-42333D55E309

Click on the tag antioxidants to the left of this blog for more about CRPS and the antioxidant connection.

I am not encouraging you to consume super juices. I merely suggest that it seems to me that we have a great deal to learn from traditional medicine. I also think we might be well to think about our own personal heritage and look at traditional styles of eating and whether there would be benefit for us to revisit some of the traditional foods of our forefathers.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Onneuron trial - Treatment of Chronic Pain Using Real Time fMRI.

Thanks again to Steve for spotting this trial calling for participants posted in RSDSA.

"The purpose of the study is to evaluate real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) feedback for treating chronic pain diagnoses, including fibromyalgia, neuralgia, neuropathy, migraine, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)/reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)."

This study is another confirmation of the recognition of the importance that the brain plays in continuing pain.

United States, California
Omneuron, 99 El Camino Real Recruiting
Menlo Park, California, United States, 94025
Contact: Ella Laramee 650-585-5304
Principal Investigator: Christopher deCharms, PhD

Click on the post title to take you to learn more.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The glass half full - the benefits of being positive are no longer a secret.

We were discussing "The Secret" and being positive and seeking what you think you want. In the end we decided that, for us, the important thing is not to focus on material gain. You can be rich but unhappy. What is important is how we look at life.

This really made me think that because of all we have to deal with, it's not enough to wait for good things to happen to us. I plan to reach out for happiness and focus on the good and beautiful things in life and remember that it is just as easy to see the glass half full.

Remember - the brain changes in a positive helpful way when we think/speak in a positive way. As MRI technology has shown that the reverse is also true we owe it to ourselves to look on the bright side. In our hearts we always knew this. It is no secret.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Preventing complications of Complex regional pain syndrome after arthroscopy surgery.

As mentioned in my last post, I had a knee arthroscopy on Friday. I ruptured my anterior cruciate ligament, tore both menisci and had floating cartelage. I did this 8 months ago and have tried conservative treatment to regain movement and strength. However my leg wouldn't straighten so I couldn't walk properly and was unstable. Arthroscopic surgery is high risk for developing or spreading CRPS so the decision to do something wasn't taken lightly. Basically I couldn't walk properly and was at risk of CRPS developing so there was a risk either way.

I had a long phone conversation with my anaesthetist before surgery so he was aware of my Blood Pressure issues as well.

My anaesthetist couldn't use the same protocols because some of the things suggested have the side effect of dropping blood pressure. However he did use local anaesthesia first as well as anti inflammatories as suggested. I've been taking 1000mg of vitamin C as suggested since the accident and will continue to do so for another 50 days.

The good news is that I can now straighten my leg and there is no sign of CRPS symptoms at present.

I encourage anyone with CRPS having surgery to inform their doctors that there are things you can do to prevent complications. You'll find links to research about this to the left of this blog. Under "tags" click on "prevention" to see a series of posts about this.

Consequences of not sticking to the plan.

Like everyone else with chronic problems, I struggle sometimes to stick to the plan. Over the holiday season I haven't kept to my routine of controlled breathing several times a day, pacing and not overdoing things. It's been a lovely, busy time with friends and family visiting. However, unfortunately I've had the consequence of my blood pressure becoming very unstable again with the result that I was unconscious with grazed head on the bathroom floor last Monday morning.

Complex regional pain syndrome causes a disturbance of the autonomic nervous system. This is seen when we sweat inappropriately, have colour/temperature changes to limbs etc. In my case I also get very unstable blood pressure, called dysautonomia. I get very high and very low blood pressure. It's very low BP that causes me to pass out. It's thought that I could get sympathetic exhaustion. Overdoing things has a greater result than would normally happen.

I went to my GP who said my BP was high 180/100. He did laser acupuncture and then took my BP again. It dropped to 160/96. He put Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture needles in and I went home. After and hour my BP returned to normal. It does not just return to normal, it stabilizes.
I had another treatment on Thursday because on Friday I was to have a knee arthroscopy.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Clinical trials involving Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

I've decided to submit this post as part of the How To Cope with Pain January blog carnival.

Click below for the link to clinical trials available and recently completed. These trials involve various countries. It's great to see so much research being undertaken.

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