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PAINDEMIC Book Signing in Austin, Texas

Apr 09, 2016

What an honor and privilege to speak to dozens of Austinites about my new release, Paindemic!

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Charles Mattocks, nephew of Marley Legend, sharing CRPS Documentary

Feb 24, 2016

The trip to Houston, Texas was filled with incredible enthusiasm, meeting new people, and rekindling of friendships in the name of bringing awareness to CRPS. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a debilitating and poorly understood pain condition that needs more research and better treatments. Meeting Charles Mattocks was a great opportunity to meet someone with a deep passion for helping others but also with the wisdom to understand the process of nurturing the "right" relationships in the right setting at the right time. I look forward to seeing where all of his hard work will take him and the CRPS mission. And may his Mom, who suffers from CRPS, benefit as well. More information about the Trial By Fire documentary at www.trialbyfiremovie.com.

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Campbell University Book Signing (North Carolina)

Feb 02, 2016

My visit to Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina was my first opportunity, not only to visit that town, but for a book signing. Yes, my first book signing. It was an incredible opportunity to reach out to osteopathic medical students who were eager to learn and open their eyes to the realities of the current medical system. I felt extremely welcomed and supported by the Barnes and Noble located on their campus. 

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Finally an Author...

Feb 02, 2016

Author? Never did I imagine in my lifetime that I would actually be an author of a book. My journey to becoming an author of PAINDEMIC merely started in 2013. It was an idea and a process that developed after encouragement from others who heard my messages. And it was leaders in the online world who allowed me to figure out how I could materialize a newfound dream.

The reality is that after years of medical school and training, I was supposed to be a pain-trained physician in practice. I do work part-time as an anesthesiologist, but I have been asked why I was not practicing pain medicine. Sometimes the more you learn, the more you realize how much society does not know or sometimes you begin to understand the inadequacies of the system. Although I have dear friends who are pain medicine physicians, I did not want to join the ranks of the current chronic pain practices. They did not appeal to my style of doctoring. My personal vision of a pain practice is not...

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Opioids and Undertreatment are NOT the Causes of the PAIN-epidemic…

Jan 24, 2016

 

…It is Inappropriate Treatment

There is no doubt that more opioids are being used than necessary with associated unintentional  deaths—almost 45 Americans per day in 2010! (1) Yet, voices rise after hearing condemnation of opioids or when having difficulty in obtaining them. They are the people who already found opioids helpful or believe that they are helpful. Then, there are those who do not have access to any adequate treatment and proclaim “undertreatment” of pain? Fewer opioids, more opioids, or undertreatment of pain seem to be the prominent arguments in the pain community.

True, some people can function well on intermittent use of opioids. However, if numerous patients are so mentally clouded by the opioids that they use and/or do not do anything for themselves in the form of enhancing their own function or mental/physical health (aka self-care), then those drugs’ benefits are...

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PAINDEMIC Babies Withdrawing From Opioids!

Jul 06, 2015

It should not come as a huge surprise that a larger percentage of our American newborns are suffering the consequences of a rising trend in opioid use and abuse related to the American PAINDEMIC. More and more babies are suffering withdrawal effects after birth due to their mothers using licit or illicit drugs during pregnancy, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and heroin. Some of the withdrawal effects include:

  • Poor feeding
  • Irritability
  • Hyperactive reflexes
  • Excessive crying
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea

These effects make up what is called the neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Depending on the drug used by the mother during pregnancy, the withdrawal effects can begin up to three days after birth. The abrupt discontinuation of the drug from the mother’s blood supply can be incredibly uncomfortable for the newborn and may require re-administering a similar drug to the newborn and weaning slowly to avoid severe withdrawal effects.

The rise...

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Our PAINDEMIC (Pain-epidemic)

Jun 15, 2015

Our PAINDEMIC (Pain-epidemic)

With over 100 million Americans with chronic pain per the Institute of Medicine, it is no wonder we have a PAINDEMIC® on our hands! (1) Despite the barrage of technological advances, drugs, injections , and surgeries, more people continue to suffer with pain than those with diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. And as more strong painkillers are being used to suppress the painful symptoms, there has been a directly proportional rise in unintentional drug overdoses. (Graph 1)  Many of these strong painkillers are called opioids, which are medications such as morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Unfortunately, these medications have the potential to cause significant respiratory depression and hence, death. The reality is that these medications cannot be received without a prescription; yet, there are over 250 million opioids still being prescribed every year in the United States with almost 50 people dying every day as a...

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The Back Pain Disc-onnect: It’s Not Just About the Disc!

May 09, 2015

If you have not experienced back pain, then you likely know someone who has endured a short bout of low back pain or perhaps is still suffering from the affliction. The most common assumption by many patients is that they have “slipped a disc.” Worst of all, there is a tendency for limited histories and physical exams to be done and MRI studies ordered hastily. Unfortunately, this can lead to an overutilization of unnecessary imaging technology, which leads to many dreadful-sounding descriptions of the patient’s back. The patient’s concerns that a single event happened, such as a slipped disc, may be reaffirmed. This could lead to a patient becoming diagnocentric (see my blog, Diagnocentricity).

But let me just blow some assumptions out of the water here. Does the presence of bulging discs really mean PAIN? Take a look at the graph below to see where your age fits among the various groups:

 

ALL of these individuals are people who DO have...

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Pain: The Invisible, The Insidious, & The Ignorance

Apr 16, 2015

PAIN is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” But when pain is chronic and not related to cancer, there is a tendency for many people to have difficulty empathizing with the pain patient’s plight. There are a few reasons for this, in my opinion:

THE INVISIBLE: When pain means suffering, many people want others to know the challenges that they are undergoing due to that pain. However, there is rarely obvious information to prove that the pain truly exists. There is a struggle for patients to have friends, family, or medical professionals believe their pain exists. Unfortunately, not being believed can have a negative impact on that patient’s experience of pain. The suffering is real whether we see it or not.

THE INSIDIOUS: The reality is that chronic pain started out as acute pain since chronic pain is typically defined as a duration of 3...

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