Author: Cindy Perlin

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Treatment of Low Back Pain Neck Pain Fibromyalgia

Helpful Tips for Managing and Even Eliminating Pain

Cindy Perlin, LCSW One of the worst emotions pain patients can feel is helplessness. In the face of severe pain, whether from low back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, migraine and tension headaches, or other chronic pain conditions, when the medications don’t work, don’t do enough or cause intolerable side effects, patients can feel helpless to ease their suffering. And helplessness leads to hopelessness and fear, which creates more pain. I know this because I have been there. After I was disabled by chronic back pain many years ago, I spent three years feeling helpless, hopeless and frightened about what was going on in my body. Then I began to discover self-care strategies and my life changed dramatically for the better. I’ve spent decades learning about simple home...

Three Plants That Could Replace Opioids in Pain Treatment

Opioids and the 3 Treatments for Chronic Pain

In this article, you'll learn and discover about Opioids and the 3 treatments for chronic pain. Opium. Heroin. Morphine. Methadone. Oxycodone. Hydrocodone. What all of these have in common is they’re derived from a plant—the poppy plant. Written references to the use of this plant, native to Southeast Asia, for pain and other ailments, date back to 3400 B.C. In more recent times, opium and even heroin were commonly used in pharmaceutical preparations for pain relief until the early 1900s. Concern about their addictive potential led the U.S. Congress to eventually ban these substances in pharmaceutical preparations. That didn’t stop the pharmaceutical companies from searching for ways to find patentable substances derived from the poppy plant to meet a real need: relief from suffering for those in pain....

Why Medical Marijuana Works

Why Medical Marijuana Works

Cindy Perlin, LCSW Medical Marijuana Marijuana contains a class of compounds called cannabinoids.  Cannabinoids are also made by our bodies (called endocannabinoids when they are made by the body) and they work with a network in our body called the endocannabinoid system. (ECS) Cannabinoids bind to receptors that are found on cell surfaces to have their effect.  The receptors which make up the ECS are found throughout the body, including in the brain, organs, bones, and skin. The function of the ECS is to help the body to maintain homeostasis or balance. Research suggests cannabinoids might: Reduce anxiety Reduce inflammation and relieve pain Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth Relax tight muscles in people with MS Stimulate appetite and improve...

When You Have Pain All Over and You’re Falling Apart

When You Have Pain All Over and You’re Falling Apart

Cindy Perlin, LCSW Do you have pain almost everywhere?  Have you also been diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, kidney disease or have debilitating chronic fatigue?  Have you had multiple joint replacements? If your answer is yes, and you’ve been seeing a conventional primary care provider or a number of different specialists to deal with your many chronic conditions, chances are good that you are on a multitude of medications to manage your symptoms.  It’s also highly probable that none of these physicians has looked for common root causes of these systemic conditions.  It is likely that these medications have side effects and that you are on other medications to treat these side effects. It is also likely that you will never get better if you continue...

The third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer

A MOTHER’S VERY, VERY WORST NIGHTMARE

Cindy Perlin, LCSW Psychiatric Medications: The third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer A parent’s worst nightmare is the death of their child.  What happened to Marci Webber is worse.  Marci experienced a paranoid psychotic episode brought on by psychiatric medication.  She emerged from the psychotic episode to learn that she had killed her four-year-old daughter Maggie, whom she loved and cherished, and had tried to kill herself.  Now confined indefinitely at a state hospital for those found Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity, Marci wants to warn the public about the dangers of psychiatric medications and seeks justice for herself and her family. She has asked me to share her story. Marci was a struggling 43-year-old single mother of three girls when the tragedy...