Several have asked me for information on the one condition of mine that acts as an umbrella for all of my others = one that basically describes my overall condition and the condition of those like me who have compounded syndromes telling of pain, damage and injuries. That is Cardiac Adrenal Pain Syndrome. Since the listing of "1) SCI with Adhesive Arachnoiditis 2) Cauda Equina Syndrome 3) Epidural Fibrosis 4) Central Pain Syndrome 5) CRPS, Type II - full body" gets a bit lengthy to list each time. [[After all, that's every nervous sytem in me from inside all the way out having "a cow" about something]] And the listing of symptom after symptom, time after time would take notebook after NOTEBOOK, so it all boils down to this: When a body has so much pain that numbers 10 or 50 on scales can scarcely describe a person's physical agony - the adrenal glands will flood that body with so many stress hormones that the heart is GOING to "attack" and the brain is GOING to stroke -- the end. That is CARDIAC ADRENAL PAIN SYNDROME in a layman's termed nutshell.
To be more specific, I have the writings of Dr. Forest Tennant, MD., Ph.D who has authored over 300 scientific articles and books, and currently serves as Editor Emeritus of Practical Pain Management, the nation's most widely circulated pain journal for physicians.He has formerly served as a Medical Officer in the US Army and US Public Health Service. In the past he has been a consultant to the US Food and Drug Administration, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Drug Enforcement Administration, LA Dodgers, National Football League, and NASCAR.
Here is more on CARDIAC ADRENAL PAIN SYNDROME from Dr. Forest Tennant himself:
"Severe pain is well-known to stimulate the cardiac and adrenal systems. Despite this knowledge, there are few reported systematic investigations of these complications in clinical patients. More importantly, clinical treatment of pain's complications on the cardiac and adrenal systems has not heretofore been practically addressed.
Those chronic pain patients who demonstrate physiologic complications involving the heart and adrenal glands are obviously those who have a most serious pain problem and who must be managed with the most aggressive measures. Reported here are two systematic investigations of some cardiac and adrenal complications in severe, chronic pain patients. The results of these efforts clearly show that some patients demonstrate cardiac and adrenal complications that can be easily diagnosed in an outpatient clinical setting and which can usually be controlled or ameliorated by aggressive pain treatment. The most obvious and easily detectable cardiac complications are tachycardia and hypertension. Severe pain causes the adrenal glands to secrete abnormal levels of catecholamines (e.g., adrenalin) and glucocorticoids (e.g., cortisol). Pain's impact on the adrenal gland is biphasic. Severe pain initially causes an outpouring of catecholamines and glucocorticoids in an effort to neutralize pain's adverse affects (see Figure 1), but the adrenal gland may later exhaust if pain is severe and unremitting.2 At this time, serum testing may demonstrate severe hormonal deficiencies.4 The tachycardia and hypertension observed in severe chronic pain patients is at least partially the result of excess adrenal hormone production, but central nervous system over-stimulation produced by severe pain also contributes to tachycardia and hypertension. Over-stimulation of the pituitary-adrenal axis and other adrenergic centers in the brain appear to act concordantly. It is pain's over-stimulation of the nervous system that is the root cause of most cardiac and adrenal complications, and they can be identified by simple clinical screens."
... (exerpt taken from 9/2006 article in "Practical Pain Management"
Thank you for looking into this subject. If you are pain or know someone who is, please fight for their care. And most of all, BELIEVE THEM!
Published On: May 01, 2009