With the vaccination, some patients with chronic pain feel that their back or neck or neuropathic pain hurts more. I reassure them that it is temporary and will go away with time. It is nevertheless a fight daily, to be positive, to keep moving, to keep breathing, to never surrender to chronic pain. Once in a while you may need a minimally-invasive procedure like an injection to the muscle or joint or disc to break out of the vicious pain cycle.
You are not alone even if it oftentimes feels like it. There is help available for chronic pain.
Gatekeep your heart and mind so as to build resilience and thrive in spite illness, suffering and hardship. And teach your child and others to do the same.
One of the way out of chronic pain is to love and to forgive ourselves.
Choose the right doctor for your pain procedure.
Ketamine may be helpful in some cases of chronic pain.
Fibromyalgia is a challenging condition to treat. The causes are not clear but include possible immune system dysfunction with contribution from environmental and psychological factors. Treatment methods are varied and include medications, complementary medicine, psychotherapy and physiotherapy. There is ongoing research into therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen, transcranial magnetic stimulation and memantine/ketamine.
We need to be gatekeepers of our minds, to be resilient, to forgive and forget, to dream and wonder and explore the world of maybes and possibilities. To believe that we are lions.
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A Straits Times contribution I made this year when I was the Director of Acute Pain at Singapore General Hospital. This was featured in the Mind & Body section on 20 May 2019. I spoke about the management of chronic pain which is especially common in the elderly.
My article in the Shinmin Singapore Chinese newspaper about the burden of pain in the elderly and some treatment options.
My article in the Shinmin Chinese newspaper about chronic lower back pain and its effects on our health, our mind and emotions, our sleep, as well as our loved ones.
My article in the Shinmin Chinese newspapers speaking on the various pain management options available for management of chronic neck and back pain.
A masterclass on neck and back pain that I gave to executives as part of a brown bag event co-organised by the Jurong Town Council.
My article contribution in the Shinmin Chinese newspaper about the pain in the elderly.
My contribution in the Shinmin Chinese paper about the mind and body connection and how it relates to pain.
My interview with Shinmin Chinese newspaper about the effects on chronic pain on ones mental health