Stayin’ alive

By Mia Maysack

There’s no limit to the unconditional amount of reasons a person could be in pain: genetics, an accident, injury, or surgery gone array.

Swimming/diving were my passions.

It has been said, fear wasn’t an emotion I demonstrated often – at the age of 3, I would attempt jumping into the deep end on my own accord.

At 10 years old, you could find me spending my waking moments at the neighborhood pool from open – to close. Until bacterial meningitis robbed me of childhood, little could anyone have known that I’d live with head pain forevermore.

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We wanted to make you aware of an opportunity to submit public comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Specifically, the FDA would like the public’s views on two main issues:

  1. What criteria the FDA should use to evaluate new opioids to treat pain
  2. What new incentives are needed to better support and encourage the development of new treatments for pain

On Sept. 17, the FDA held a public hearing called “Standards for Future Opioid Analgesic Approvals and Incentives for New Therapeutics to Treat Pain and Addiction.” While the public hearing has passed, the FDA is accepting written comments until Nov. 18 at 11:59 pm EST.

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By Daniel Singleton

Living with chronic back pain is tough and it can really drain you physically, mentally and emotionally. So, if anyone needs a good holiday it’s us, right?

However, while thoughts of jetting off to a sandy beach paradise can get you through the darkest of pain days, when departure day finally arrives you are faced with a big problem: the long flight you need to take to get there.

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By Scott T. Roethle, MD, FASA. Board certified, American Board of Anesthesiology.

Did you know that your genes can affect how you respond to certain medications and whether you experience adverse side effects? For example, about 10 percent of people will receive little or no pain relief from codeine because their genetics mean that their bodies don’t properly metabolize codeine into morphine[i].

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Name: LaSheila Yates

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Age: 38

Pain warrior role: U.S. Pain advocate since 2019

Health conditions: ulcerative colitis, pelvic floor dysfunction, neuropathic pain, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), pouchitis, cuffitis, and uveitis

Favorite tip for others with chronic pain: “Be kind to yourself and own your narrative. I’d spent years being angry at my body for failing me at such a young age. I had ambitions, career goals, and felt like it was taken way from me, bit by bit. I still have my rough days, but I give myself grace when times are rough. The mantras I’ve now adopted are ‘I’m owning my story and I’m owning my narrative.’ Both are sweet reminders that everything I’ve endured are part of my life’s journey. I’m Owning It!”

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