Arlene Grau

Miss Understood: Acceptance

Whenever a person is faced with life-changing news, especially the negative kind, coming to terms with that reality becomes challenging. I still remember the day my doctor told me I had rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. I refused to accept his…

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Neurologists: Opioid Risks Outweigh Benefits

A leading U.S. medical organization is urging its members not prescribe opioid painkillers to patients suffering from fibromyalgia, low back pain or headaches, because the risk of serious side effects outweighs the benefits of pain relief. “Whereas there is evidence…

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Activists Want FDA Commissioner Fired for Opioid Approvals

A coalition of addiction experts and anti-opioid activists is calling on the Obama administration to fire Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, saying “without new leadership at FDA the opioid crisis will continue unabated.” In a letter addressed…

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scar therapy

My Story: Scar Relief Therapy

I am a mother, wife, and occupational therapist. Twelve years ago my therapeutic pathway shifted from the traditional approach, which I learned in school, to Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS), an FDA approved treatment for pain that combines the principles of…

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Do Genes Play a Role in Chronic Pain?

Two new studies are pointing to a genetic link between traumatic events, chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One study found a higher risk for PTSD in soldiers exposed to childhood trauma, while the other found that people who…

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