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Alternatives might work better than drugs for pain

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 6:10 PM
Last updated Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 2:24 AM
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The solution to keeping patients from abusing prescription painkillers might be to deal with the pain itself and avoid the drugs, an Augusta pain physician said.

Dr. Richard S. Epter, the medical director of Augusta Pain Center, said the process that includes the patient’s medical history and an evaluation by a pain psychologist at the center, who can help spot those just looking for drugs. Often, they are there seeking an alternative, he said.

“A lot of patients are sent here by other physicians, or they come here because they wish to either decrease their need for medication or eliminate their need for medication,” he said. “What my goal is when somebody comes in here is not to just say, ‘Oh you’ve got back pain, let me give you some narcotics and mask the pain by making your brain cloudy.’ That is what the narcotics do. They don’t block the pain from coming in.”

The center has a number of approaches it can take, but often the goal is to try to carefully diagnose what the “pain generators” are for the patient and then block the pain at the site, Epter said.

For patient Sylvia Dunham, 63, of Lincolnton, her pain was an unquenchable burning and tingling in her feet that she was treating with several pain pills a day. After a referral to Augusta Pain Center, she eventually ended up with a spinal cord stimulator whose constant impulses block the pain transmission and give her relief. Since it was installed in 2008, she is off the pain pills and much more active.

“I have been moving ever since,” she said. Dunham now walks several miles every day and, after weighing 300 pounds at one point, has lost significant weight.

“I’ve lost right at 100 (pounds),” she said.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/10/13 - 08:29 pm
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Food

Maybe if they had wired her mouth shut they could have avoided the spinal cord stimulator.

Just sayin’.

soldout
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soldout 08/11/13 - 05:20 am
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EFT

emotional freedom technique has been found to be very effective for pain. You can learn how to do it in 5 minutes and takes about two minutes to do. There are videos on youtube to show you how to do it. It is effective for lots of things besides pain and something everyone should know how to do.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 08/11/13 - 05:39 am
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Like flying. It's handy and

Like flying. It's handy and fun and everyone should know how to do it. For only $600.00 I'll send you the secret of flying that has been deliberately hidden from the west for thousands of years. Of course you can only do it once if it's a long drop.

historylover
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historylover 08/11/13 - 08:12 am
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Little Lamb

Guess you've never had pain. I'm pretty sure you don't weigh 300 pounds but for all you know her weight gain was a problem caused by her inability to move due to pain. One should not criticize their neighbors until they "have walked a mile in their moccasins."

soldout
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soldout 08/11/13 - 09:49 am
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negative comments on eft

Everyone can believe what they want but after 40 years of alternative health care as a hobby I have watched eft work and worked it. You can learn for free in 5 minutes and do it in 2 minutes. It is a fast growing area of health care and 50 years ahead of anything else. My theory is that your body has a lab, a transmitter and a receiver and all work electrically and use frequency. Between eft and naet you can eliminate 80% of your doctor trips and sickness. It is fun, it is free, it works, no side effects and you can bless others; what more could you ask. You can take the woo out of it by reading a book called "cross currents" written by a surgeon who developed machines now used in hospitals to speed bone healing. It has more science than any medical approach. Without the system God put in our body none of it works. By the way; there probably was a reason Jesus said "lay hands on the sick" instead of take a two foot long brown stick and touch the sick on the elbow.

LBunnies32
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LBunnies32 08/11/13 - 10:46 am
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Severe chronic pain...

Dr. Epter was down right horrible to me. I was beaten by a group of people going after my neighbor and my GP sent me to Epter. He immediately assumed I was seeking drugs, but I can't figure out why. Except that I have tattoos. I have never been a drug addict or abuser. I never asked him for pain medication. I asked that he do something to help my intense pain! He tortured me without sedation during a epidural injection, even though he gave all his other patients sedation. I cried for two hours in recovery and he never once came to check on me. I came back a few days later barely able to walk and he treated me like an addict! Without any evidence of such! I personally know a few people who went to him and received drugs and they were in NO real pain. I also know a few who were treated just as I was. Thankfully my GP sent me to Another back specialist, where they did tests and listened and tried many procedure to stop the pain. I would love the spinal cord stimulator, but they won't do it until they exhaust all other options.......

corgimom
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corgimom 08/12/13 - 11:22 am
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That eft nonsense has been

That eft nonsense has been around for a hundred years.

"It applies to just about every emotional and physical issue you can name and often works where nothing else will."

When something says it'll cure everything, that's a sure sign that you are dealing with quackery and fraud.

The only tapping with the fingers that quack does, is to tap the keys of his calculator, totalling up all the money he rakes in from gullible people.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/12/13 - 11:23 am
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But I thought naet was

But I thought naet was supposed to cure everything, why would anybody need eft?

And why would you need naet if eft cured everything?

Why am I laughing as I type this?

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