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SSDI process for psychiatric applicants

In 1996 slightly less than half of all Social Security disability claims were approved. Of the claims that were approved approximately 28% of them were for mental disorders. Every year there is an increasing number of SSDI psychiatric claims. The problem is because few psychiatrists feel competent in making a determination to render a professional… Read More

Dopamine retention problem possible link to Parkinson’s disease

Neuroscientist researchers at Emory University found that mice with a reduced capacity to store dopamine developed symptoms that mimic Parkinson's disease. The mice had a reduced amount of the gene VMAT2, which caused a loss of dopamine neurons, in addition to many of the other neurochemical features observed in Parkinson's disease patients. The VMAT2 gene… Read More

One man’s view on a politcally incorrect disease

Ian MacLeod's blog tells the story of the spiral downward that so often happens when someone experiences chronic pain. His story begins on a Saturday morning that starts like every other Saturday morning except for the pain in his left leg. Was it the result of a little too ambitious Spring yard care? His concern… Read More

Genetic test may affect your ability to be insured

The laws vary from state to state. The Federal government has proposed laws, but today nothing is definite. Currently there are no laws that specifically address the issue of an insurance company denying you a policy based on the genetic test results. Your doctor recommends a genetic test to help determine your susceptibility to particular… Read More

Formaldehyde linked to ALS

Scientist have shown that there is no apparent connection between common chemicals, like pesticides and herbicides, and developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's disease). However, there is one exception. Marc Weisskopf, PhD, Harvard University, Boston, reported at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting, Chicago, that people reporting a ten year or greater… Read More

Alzheimer’s test may become part of the routine checkup

The earlier Alzheimer's disease is detected the more benefit a patient will gain from available treatments. Unfortunately, it isn't until overt signs of a decline in cognitive ability, that threaten a person's well being, is the individual brought into a clinic for testing. Testing for early signs of Alzheimer's usually require assessing the person's cognitive ability. The… Read More

New guidelines for lower back treatment

After a thorough analysis of published research by investigators at the Oregon Evidence-Based Practice Center at Oregon Health & Science University, the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians are set to issue new treatment guidelines for lower back treatment. With about 1 in 4 Americans experiencing lower back pain at least once… Read More

Reiki, an alternative approach to fibromyalgia

How or why Reiki works is difficult for the Western layman to comprehend. For whatever reason it does works...for some. It is healing through touch and uses methods that are more common in Eastern healing practices. The practice has been used for thousands of years and is said to restore a person's energy levels… Read More

Daily pain diary – free download

Help yourself (and your health care provider) to better understand your pain cycles and what treatment works and what treatment does not. Free PDF download… Read More

A child’s growing pains may actually be Fibromyalgia

Most guidelines suggest that Fibromyalgia affects people over 40 and affects 9 times as many women as men. It might be time to revise that traditional thinking according to a Daily Mail article. A recent study found 6% of school age children in Mexico, Finland, and Israel reported muscular pain. Often when school age children… Read More

The chronic pain and emotional brain connection

The Journal of Neuroscience, November 22, 2006, reports a connection between specific brain regions and chronic back pain. Pain is a way for an organism to enhance their chance for survival. They will either escape the source of pain or protect the injured body part. The question is what role does chronic pain have in… Read More

Tips for Fibromyalgia patients having elective surgery

The thought of elective surgery for Fibromyalgia patients can be daunting; considering that surgery was often the onset for their developing Fibromyalgia in the first place. The Oregon Fibromyalgia Team offers helpful tips for FMS patients preparing for elective surgery. If an endotracheal tube is anticipated request a soft neck collar. Request that your arm… Read More