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Dental Tips When You Live With A Chronic Pain Disease

When you live with chronic illness and pain dental health becomes even more important. Here are a few of the tips I have learned over the past 20 years. 

  • Ask for “close your mouth breaks” if needed.
  • Brushing after vomiting can break down the enamel.
  • Have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year.
  • It is important for your dentist to know about CHRONIC PAIN.
  • Oral care starts at home.
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Helpful Resources For Pain Patients

International Pain Foundation www.internationalpain.org
Patient Advocate Foundation www.patientadvocate.org
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services www.hhs.gov
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services www.samhsa.gov
Social Security Disability Offices www.ssa.gov
Medicare Office www.medicare.gov
Medicare Rights Center www.medicarerights.org
Cares Alliance www.caresalliance.org
The Medicine Abuse Project www.Drugfree.org
RX Assist www.rxassist.org
Patient Physician Trust Partnership www.pptp.org
Partnership for Prescription Assistance www.pparx.org
Patient Advocate Foundation www.patientadvocate.org
Pain Legislation www.patientawareness.org
RX Safety Matters www.RxSafetyMatters.org
Pain Advocacy Community www.InTheFaceofPain.com
Suicide Prevention 800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
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Really?

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that there is a lot of misinformation out in the pain community. I hear it in phone calls, emails, and see it on social media posts. Last week I was speaking to a woman who helped start a new fb group. She wanted me and International Pain Foundation to help support their upcoming survey after telling me it was just like the one the iPain and Pain … Read the rest

 

DO YOU HAVE RELAPSED CLL?

If you have relapsed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (#CLL), you can help forward medical research by participating in an important new clinical trial to test if adding an investigational medication (ublituximab) to ibrutinib (Imbruvica®), an FDA-approved treatment, improves outcomes for CLL patients with high-risk disease.

If you are interested, the full study details and eligibility criteria are listed here.

More about the study:

• The investigational drug is administered by infusion and the FDA approved … Read the rest

 

Creating a Better You

By Barby Ingle

I love it when people say, ‘you look so young’ and ‘I thought you were in your late twenties’. If a few people say it, it may just be a compliment, but for me, many say it. I believe age is an option. Yes, we gain a physical number on paper each year but when you look at your age, most think ‘how do I feel’. Age in this instance is a … Read the rest