Methadone Used for Chronic Pain

Canadian study shows how a pain center’s case-management program allows out-patients to use methadone for relief from chronic pain. The study, published in Pain Management Nursing, found 57 percent of the 75 patients involved were satisfied with the program. Methadone, well known as a treatment for heroin addiction, is also used in hospitals for pain management. Since the body metabolizes methadone slowly, intense monitoring is required to avoid toxicity. “We needed a way to monitor patients effectively after they go home with their prescriptions,” explained Louise Lamb, a clinician nurse at the Pain Center of the Montreal University Health Center. The program begins with an education session with patients and their families receiving information and a diary in which to note pain intensity and its impact on mood and activities. Thereafter, regular telephone communication — via 194 calls — allowed … Read more

Migraine Videos

If your looking for videos on migraines I encourage you to check out There are videos that range from the following topics. 1. Migraine: It’s Cause- A migraine is a severe form of recurring headache. The pain is generally concentrated on one side of the head. This animation shows a key cause of a migraine, the changes to the blood flow within the brain. 2. Migraine Zapper – A device can zap away the pain for the 28 million Americans who suffer from migraine headaches 3. Fixing the Heart Eliminates Migraines – A procedure used to treat heart defects in stroke patients eliminates migraines in more than half of those who have them. 4. Virtual Relief from Dizziness – Patients with chronic dizziness are finding solid ground with the help of virtual reality therapy 5. Treating Migraines with Botox … Read more

A Day in the Life of a Headache

A poem written by Sabrina Wirey  Pounding… aching… I must be driving her crazy. She runs for the bottle of Motrin, but I can’t be eliminated. As she lies staring at the ceiling, I am the one keeping her awake. Pounding on her temples with my iron fists, I make it impossible for her to think. You may ask why I would do this to someone. Why would you cause her so much pain? As you ask me this I am causing her ears to ring. She needs to lie down again. As I create a whirlwind of dizziness in her skull, I laugh loudly inside. She falls, like a boulder into her bed, as I continue to throw my shield up at the never ending waves of medicine coming at me. I will continue this series of events until … Read more

Post Nasal Drip

With flu season just around the corner it is important to be ready for nuisances like post nasal drip to occur. The feeling that it is accumulating in the throat or dripping from the back of your nose is called post-nasal drip. Treatment for Post Nasal Drip  A correct diagnosis requires a detailed ear, nose, and throat exam and possible laboratory, endoscopic, and x-ray studies. Each treatment is different. Bacterial infection– if it is present, it is treated with antibiotics. In cases of chronic sinusitis, surgery to open the blocked sinuses may be required. Allergy is managed by avoiding the cause if possible. Antihistamines and decongestants, cromolyn and steroid (cortisone type) nasal sprays, and other forms of steroids may offer relief. Immunotherapy (allergy shots) also may be helpful. However, some older, sedating antihistamines may dry and thicken post-nasal secretions even … Read more

Headache Central

There is a website sponsored by the Michigan Headache Clinic since 1996 as a public service to the millions of headache sufferers. The purpose of this site is to educate you about the illness and how to get help. Many people are not aware that headache problems can be solved. The website address is They have a headache survival guide that offers the following information. “This section is dedicated to people with headaches who need to learn more about the illness and how to deal with it. It gives the headache sufferer some important insights, through the eyes of neurologists, nurse practitioners and nurses who treat headache disorders. Interestingly, many of us are also headache sufferers. Our purpose is to keep you up to date on developments in the world of headaches and to provide guidance. ” There is … Read more