ANOTHER OF THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY'S DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS
"Acute and chronic pain affects large numbers of Americans, with approximately 100 million U.S. adults being burdened by chronic pain alone. The annual, national economic cost of chronic pain is estimated to be $560 - 635 billion. For many patients, treatment of pain is inadequate not just because of uncertain diagnoses and societal stigma, but also because of shortcomings in the availability of effective treatments and inadequate patient and clinician knowledge about the best ways to manage pain." From page one of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education; Institute of Medicine 2011 report called Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. The report was "Obamacare's" attempt to get a handle on our nation's pain problem.
In fact, when you start to read between the lines of the quote above, you will notice that almost 1 in 3 Americans are dealing with some sort of CHRONIC PAIN ISSUE (this actually translates to a whopping 45% of the adult population). No matter how you break this down, these are astounding numbers! Just realize that (again according to the same quote) both doctors and patients are unsure about how to go about dealing with their Chronic Pain --- greatly due to the magnitude of "uncertain diagnosis". Listen; I'm not picking on doctors here. I myself routinely see patients whose pain defies logical explanations.
Because of the prevalence of "Mystery Pain" in our nation, I would not even hope to estimate the number of patients here in America that have been riding the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND for years --- or maybe even decades --- without any sort of definitive diagnosis. Unfortunately, most of the time, bucket diagnoses are the rule du jour. You know; those diagnosis that are often just thrown in the "Mystery Bucket" since practitioners would rather have you feel they know what they are talking about as opposed to shrugging their shoulders and simply telling you that they don't know. Although the following problems certainly exist, many "Mystery Problems" are routinely thrown into the buckets labeled 'FIBROMYALGIA', 'ARTHRITIS', 'DJD', 'DEPRESSION', or any number of others. Not only is it easier, but insurance only pays if your problem has a 'diagnosis' --- even if that diagnosis is incorrect.
If you are interested in stopping your pain; even if none of the doctors you have been to thus far have any sort of tangible idea as to what is causing it; you may want to read these posts on INFLAMMATION. Once you figure out the relationship between Inflammation and things like LEAKY GUT SYNDROME, GLUTEN SENSITIVITY, AUTOIMMUNITY, BLOOD SUGAR DYSREGULATION ISSUES, and a wide range of other potentially "mystifying" health problems, you can begin to formulate a plan to deal with it. That's right. You can't count on your doctor to solve this for you. If you want real solutions apart from being given yet another prescription, you are going to have to step outside of the box.
If chasing your pain has left you worn out physically, mentally, and emotionally, it may be time to do finally do something about it. It may finally be step out of that box with the comforting name ---- EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE. Instead of wondering if your problem might be related to Fascia, why don't you make an appointment to come in and find out. No; I have not figured out all of life's mysteries --- particularly when it comes to some of the bizarre pain syndromes that people bring me to fix --- things that no one has been able to get a handle on thus far (HERE, HERE, and HERE are a few examples of this phenomenon). However, if I can help you, you will know in a SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME.
I realize that there are a lot of you out there dealing with some sort of "Mystery Pain". I feel for you. Don't give up hope, as I believe that short of rigor mortis, there is a solution to practically every health problem under the sun. It's just a matter of finding it. Help others help themselves by liking us on FACEBOOK or forwarding this post to someone who needs it.