Month: July 2011

REMS: Reducing the risks

Julie was in a car accident during her senior year in college.  She was admitted to the hospital for evaluation and treatment, and was discharged with a physical therapy program and a prescription for long term opioid (narcotic) pain medication for her chronic injury-related pain. When she was ready to return to college she needed… Read more »

Buying prescription medications over the Internet

You need to know: Use of the Internet to buy medical products is growing rapidly There could be potential dangers There are resources to help you make good decisions In the old days, the pharmacy was that store down the street with the pharmacist who called you by name.  Now, more and more people use… Read more »

Caution: More web sites selling drugs

In December 2009, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) announced that it had reviewed over 5,200 web sites selling prescription medications. Of these sites reviewed, 96% were out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws and practice standards. The NABP web site lists over 5,000 “Not Recommended” sites. It is eye opening to read the reports and to… Read more »

I have made my disability into a capability: Part 3 of 3

Contributed by: Dana Morningstar Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July, 2011 Dana is a 36 year old woman who lives in Georgia with her husband and their adopted baby boy. She has several medical conditions and has lived with chronic pain since she was a young child. In spite of these problems, Dana completed college… Read more »

I have made my disability into a capability: Part 2 of 3

Contributed by: Dana Morningstar Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July, 2011 Dana is a 36 year old woman who lives in Georgia with her husband and their adopted baby boy. She has several medical conditions and has lived with chronic pain since she was a young child. In spite of these problems, Dana completed college… Read more »

I have made my disability into a capability: Part 1 of 3

Contributed by: Dana Morningstar Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July, 2011 Dana is a 36 year old woman who lives in Georgia with her husband and their adopted baby boy. She has several medical conditions and has lived with chronic pain since she was a young child. In spite of these problems, Dana completed college… Read more »

Fun ways to be physically active when you have arthritis

Written by: Alicia Potter Reviewed by: Wendy Williams, BSN, MEd, March 2013 Arthritis can sideline your exercise routine. Pain, stiffness, and fatigue can make moving the last thing you want to do. But physical activity is an effective way to help alleviate symptoms. Studies show that it can help people with arthritis to reduce pain… Read more »

Eight ways to improve your sex life with arthritis pain

Are arthritis and sex incompatible? If you suffer from this condition, you may feel that intimacy with your partner isn’t possible or sometimes even desirable. Chronic pain can affect mobility. And fatigue and depression make it hard to get in the mood. Often it’s easier to simply mourn the loss of this part of your… Read more »

Arthritis and nutrition

Good nutrition and a stable diet can be an important part of an overall arthritis treatment plan. However, with more than 100 different kinds of arthritis, it’s impossible to say that one diet fits all. In fact, researchers have found little consistent evidence that certain foods can reduce either the progression of arthritis or its… Read more »

What to consider when thinking about joint replacement surgery

For years, Susan had used a combination of medication, exercise, and occasional steroid injections to reduce her pain from osteoarthritis of the hip and increase her mobility. But over time she found that she was having increased stiffness and difficulty walking. She began to wonder if it was time for surgery. When she talked with… Read more »