The Painful Truth

The Iraq war is a new kind of hell, with more survivors - but more maimed, shattered limbs - than ever. A revolution in battlefield medicine is helping them conquer the pain.

A technology worth following for those that experience pain.

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April 28, 2005 in pain, research, worth following... | Permalink | Comments (0)

Canada OK’s Pot-based Drug

In a boon for medicinal marijuana advocates, Canada has approved the sale of a drug derived from cannabis to treat multiple sclerosis-related nerve pain.

This week’s approval of Sativex marked the world’s first cannabis-based drug to reach the market, according to the drug’s U.K.-based manufacturer, GW Pharmaceuticals. Approved by Canada’s regulatory body, Health Canada, the cannabis-derived spray should hit the market in late spring.

Shares of GW rose by 0.75 percent Wednesday on the London Stock Exchange.

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April 21, 2005 in pain | Permalink | Comments (0)

Yahoo! News - Pain relief a human right, leading professor says

Treatment to alleviate pain is a human right, whether people are suffering from cancer, AIDS or any other distressing condition, a leading medical authority said, marking the first-ever Global Day Against Pain.

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October 10, 2004 in pain | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cannabis Spray To Treat Multiple Sclerosis

GW Pharmaceuticals and Bayer HealthCare announced they have submitted an application to Health Canada to market a cannabis based drug. The drug, Sativex, has been developed for the treatment of the debilitating symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and severe neuropathic pain.

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May 16, 2004 in pain, pot, symptom management, treatment | Permalink | Comments (1)

More Montel...

Must have a book coming out soon.

Why did he choose to let it all out? "Because we [MS sufferers] need to stop lying about ourselves. We lie about the pain we're in. A lot of the reason my relationship with my wife, Grace, came apart was because I tried my best to pretend I wasn't in pain. I didn't want to say I needed help.

"I also knew that before anyone writes about this, about me and my disease, I better do it myself. It also gives me the opportunity to get the message out there - it's not a shame to be ill. It's not a disgrace. No one in my family had anything like this, anything neurological before, and yet my daughter has epilepsy, also neurological. We need to stop lying-no matter what the cost."

And the cost can be high for a star with a disease - especially a potentially debilitating one. "But even to say this, to admit [how seriously ill] I am, puts me and my career in jeopardy," he said.

"Talk-show host, fine - the [company] has accepted me [with my disease], but other projects? 'Uh, uh. He's got MS, get someone else.' " It is Hollywood, after all.

"I have extreme neuralgia. If I'm standing outside and someone brushes up against me - how do I describe it?-it's like when you strike your crazy [funny] bone. Take that feeling and times it by 100. Wherever you touch me.

"I used to want people only to see me at my best - now I don't. [When I'm in extreme pain], I tell my friends please, don't touch me. Please. Thank you. I can be sitting in the movies with someone I really like, and the popcorn bag brushes against me and I'm in torture. So I excuse myself and go to the bathroom - anything to not scream. The worst part, however, is what I do to myself sometimes. I can sit here for 14 hours straight and drive myself crazy waiting for it to come on."

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January 3, 2004 in pain, people | Permalink | Comments (0)