Chronic Pain: May 2010 in Review

CRegal Editor
  • What happened on ChronicPainConnection in May 2010? Let's run down the month that was!


    Karen Lee Richards contributed her standard monthly output: outstanding, informative article after outstanding, informative article.  This month, she introduced readers to the Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women, added personal commentary on surgery with Fibromyalgia, and brought light to the discussion of depression and Fibromylagia.  Karen also wrote the flagship piece to celebrate May 12 as Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS Awareness Day.

     

    Additionally, Karen highlighted some new studies which may affect chronic pain patients.  Taking Lyrica and Savella together, a new study indicated, could help significantly reduce pain among fibroymalgia patients.  Karen also discussed how a mouse's facial expressions could lead to better understanding of human pain.  Finally, she introduced us to a helpful medication tool.  Talk about a busy month!

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    Dr. Christina Lasich, MD started off the month by asking What Is Mental Health, setting the mood for the articles for May.  For Mother's Day, she offered Gift Ideas for Moms in Pain.  Dr. Lasich also offered commentary on the connection between chronic pain and anxiety and wrote an excellent piece about why a doctor may refuse service to a patient.  Finally, Dr. Lasich offered the ultimate assistance for a pain patient looking for help: tips for positive communication with your doctor.


    Expert Patient Cort contributed to the site as well, answering any and all questions presented by the community.  Great job as always, Cort!


    May was Mental Health Month, so we tried to bring awareness to the prominence of anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions among Chronic Pain patients.


    We also resurrected the Quizzes and Tools page. In conjunction with Mental Health Month, we added a quiz for Chronic Pain and Mental Health.  We also added quizzes to test your knowledge about gout, cooking to control pain and the myths surrounding fibromyalgia.


    On the news front, the FDA approved a nasal spray pain-reliever, acupuncture was proven to legitimately be a form of pain relief and there was a study to show proof that genetics play a role in chronic pain.  Specifically in Fibromyalgia news, studies showed that menstruation makes FM worse and a lack of exercise and excess weight can contribute to FM.


    Overall, the community was incredibly active - there were 29 shareposts and a staggering 165 questions asked. Huge thanks to all of those who contribute!


    Is there anything else that you saw or did this month? Is there any way you think we can improve the site? Is there anything you want to see in the future?


    In June, we're celebrating Father's Day and asking about your social interactions with consideration for your pain. Do you have a story to tell or an experience to share? Come create a sharepost, ask a question, or comment on an article - the community is alive and well!

     

Published On: May 26, 2010