Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"If I knew then what I know now"

Novels, shorts stories, movies, etc., have described plots about people going back in time and bringing their life experiences back to a period before they happened. In those scenarios, they can utilize that knowledge acquired (though not really yet acquired) to avert mistakes, disastrous decisions, and other catastrophes in their lives.

I always thought it would be an advantage if I could somehow bring all the knowledge I acquired throughout my life back to the beginning of it. I think I would have been a kinder person, kinder to all those I engaged under strenuous confrontational circumstances, more sympathetic of other individual's shortcomings, weaknesses, and their own 'scar tissues of life.'

Unfortunately, we learn from the many experiences of life those things that make us better people, and, as older people, we live with much of the distress caused by many of those experiences that brought forth much of that acquired knowledge–those things that made us better people. All of us live with some personal suffering for any hurt we might have caused to others. And therefore, many of us wish that we could have had that sensitivity earlier in our lives so that we could have been better people then. But, we wouldn't have learned the meaning of sensitivity without participating in those things that led us to understand it. Ironically, we have to go through that learning experience of life to better ourselves.

Many who suffer from continual trauma to the mind, body, and emotional self (chronic pain) often ask why they have to suffer. An answer could be: so that they can learn the knowledge that brings wisdom and an appreciation for life. Most sufferers don't want to hear that, and want no part of a purification process that brings them to a higher level. A focus on complete relief, or, the fantasy of somehow traveling back to a time before their condition existed so that they could have prevented it is all they will for. Most don't reflect on the possibility of a greater harm that was averted because of their pain, and a greater, however, different way of suffering that was prevented by their chronic pain. They don't realize that, as hard as their pain and suffering is, a greater hell could have existed for them without the knowledge that their pain has given them.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Loneliness Of The Chronic Pain Sufferer

Most chronic pain sufferers often feel separated, or detached from the mainstream society. Their condition, though personal in each case, has the “power” to change them from a once happy-go-lucky, carefree individual into a grouchy, seemingly uncaring, complaining crank.
Now, in only two sentences I summed up what some people write pages about–I have to: I’m a chronic pain sufferer, and I have to be short and sweet with my point because I’m in extreme pain as I write it, and I have to get back into a reclining position.
But, let’s look at the two sentences, the second one first: ‘Their condition, though personal in each case, has the “power” to change them from a once happy-go-lucky, carefree individual into a grouchy, seemingly uncaring, complaining crank.’ The words ‘their condition’ clearly states that there is something more happening than a mere pain episode or any type of acute pain discomfort. A condition is a strong word here because it describes an ongoing legacy of, here, trauma, and, that terminology is further supported by another that bears reference to a “power” to change an individual. That’s strong! But even before those words, I stated that the condition is ‘personal in each case,’ and it is. Every chronic pain sufferer experiences pain in a totally different way. It’s like a fingerprint; no two suffer the same way. There are similarities, but individuals suffer in a very distinctive ways, and therefore apart from others, and alone.
The remainder of that second sentence defines the sufferer to be something that he/she most probably doesn’t want to be, but is usually accused of being–a complaining crank. I know this to be true from past personal experiences, and because I often get correspondences stating things like: “My husband doesn’t understand me,” “everybody hates me,” I know my wife loves me but she doesn't understand what it’s like, and I don’t know what to do,“ and, of course, the old standby, “I can’t take it anymore, I’m going out of my mind.” If all these things were believed to be true, they could transform the chronic pain sufferer to a very defensive existence, ironically resulting in what we hate to be–complaining grouches. Most will initially deny such accusations, but think about it: aren’t we all cranks at some point, especially when the pain is at its worst? We are, and it’s pretty normal to be so; it’s a fact of our natural being. But that doesn’t give us liberty to abuse those attributes of our ‘conditions.’ And ‘complaining’ is the act of a frustrated person trying to communicate the desperation of what he/she is going through. Any semblance to being an ‘uncaring’ person is conditioning from our ‘conditions,” another natural occurrence–our main focus of attention is on the intensification of the pain. If the average, pain-free person was being stabbed in the heart, their main focus of attention during that time period would not be about doing good deeds!
With a clear understanding of the second sentence, we can see justification for the first sentence, ‘Most chronic pain sufferers often feel separated, or detached from the mainstream society.’ How can we possibly introduce our baggage to a society that doesn’t have a clue about continual pain? Thus, the chronic pain sufferer lurks in lonely coves of self-imposed exile–detached from the mainstream.
Chronic pain is a personal thing, but each of us can bring a piece of the puzzle to the floor, and maybe with as many pieces of that great and unholy puzzle exposed we can find some resolve. But, as I already stated, I’m a chronic pain sufferer, and I have to be short and sweet with my point because I’m in extreme pain as I write this, and I want to get back into a reclining position. We can discuss this on the forum located at http://www.ccpcorganization.org.

Monday, June 14, 2010

How Will The Failing Economy Affect Chronic Pain Sufferers?

It's going to make many more of us. In short, if we're not especially careful, we will get screwed! Unfortunately, I think that first most chronic pain sufferers shall get screwed a little further into their private little netherworld. But then, there will be even more than an average amount of us in the very near future. There will be an unprecedented amount of us and much suffering in store for most people. But, the failing economy and the greater wrath that it is causing will bring forth even worse things. To understand my predictions, one must first understand the truth about why the economy is collapsing all around us.

The simplistic answer to the economic crisis is that almost "everybody" crossed the line of greed. It's as simple as that. Most, however, have always adverted to this type of personal action as "acceptable greed." It has always been a preferred term because most of us conjecture that a lighter measure of greed was an inescapable human trait. Very few people capitulate the fact that all greed is a dark, dirty, rock-bottom unrighteousness. Anyhow, many of us went way too far. Amidst the carnival-like atmosphere of demonstrations from financial experts and politicians and, all the "pomp and circumstance" that complement them, we have all overlooked that simple elucidation – that our greed got us here!

Based on that premise, I feel that without deep human change, there can be no constructive rejuvenation – the time for that has passed if we adhere to our greed. It is I think a matter of just how far we will sink and how much damage we will incur; the destruction could be very severe and possibly bring an end of us as a nation, or even worse. The same people that put us into this predicament will thwart any constructive proposal for a positive solution. These predictions of mine I published several years ago in my book, Complete Chronic Pain Condition. I abhorred to be the bearer of bad news then as I do now, but, truth is truth and we have been headed in a negative direction for a very long time. In such a scenario, all would be affected: the rich as well as the poor, the saints as well as the sinners, and suffering will be rampant. We did this to ourselves because we allowed it. We allowed our world to crumble while our politicians whispered sweet nothings in our ears. So, I allude to a statement made at the end of William Shakespeare’s, Romeo And Juliet: "All are Punished."

I know that this is not the type of article that makes for enjoyable reading and I surely did not enjoy writing it; I pray I am wrong. Our only hope left is a conversion of the human heart which in current times I feel is not much to bank on. I do, however, dream of that alternative. It is time for a change people–a change on an individual basis.

–Dave Navarria

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My Bout With The "C Word"

Once fallen, getting back up on the horse becomes the objective. A veteran rider might merely laugh at the circumstance, shake off the dust, and get back up, while a novice could procrastinate. Although he or she knows that getting back on is inevitable, shock and the imaginative thoughts that go with it could prolong the process.

I’m a veteran chronic pain sufferer, and I took quite a fall in the early Spring of 2008. I thought I had already composed quite an impressive portfolio of afflictions until I got the walloping news: I was diagnosed with cancer. I have to admit that even as a veteran chronic pain sufferer of over thirty years, I found myself in a world of procrastination. I had to go through the denial, anger, etc, and the ‘why me?’ and ‘don’t I already have enough things wrong with me?’ routines pretty quickly because there were important decisions to be made. And, all my research of chronic pain and suffering has taught me that immediate and informed, intelligent actions are the most important defense against any affliction. So, I had to dust myself off as quick as I could and get back on that horse because the rodeo of my life was coming my way.

Many refer to cancer as the c word because it is so socially dreaded, and they can’t quite come to terms with it, even enough to say the word. I have to agree that the word is an unpleasant one especially when you’re referring to it in conjunction with yourself. I didn’t much like discussing it, but the subject was obviously unavoidable; I had to deal with this new disease. The only realistic option for me was to have surgery. So, I let the surgeon put his skill to work. I took time off to learn about my new adversary – and to spend an itty-bitty bit of time feeling sorry for myself.

I've now confronted it and I am ready for the fight of my life. I’ve added this new condition to my fine resume of afflictions that I am dealing with. I can now say that I’m a cancer (or c word for the less courageous) patient.

–Dave Navarria

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The Strongest Weapon of Mass Destruction

The media caused one of the greatest damages to our current society. It is without a doubt the strongest weapon of mass destruction. It has almost destroyed the American democracy. Freedom of speech in America is almost extinct. The current "replacement freedom of speech" is only a guise to pacify us under the umbrella of control where most Americans truly reside. We are undoubtedly living in an occupied country – a status attained by the mind control influences of the media.

Greed went completely out of kilter in the last fifty years. One-by-one, all aspects of the media, while in their progressive developmental stages – television, radio, cinema, video games, the internet, print, et cetera – fell under the control of greed. Even the once revered news media succumbed to the effects of this dreaded disease. There is no longer an obligation to report the news but only tweaked facts fabricated by those in power.

The entertainment and news media is now solely governed by big business, corporate America. The result is that people no longer make informed decisions, but instead are directed. This applies to all people in all demographic categories. Any serious, large-scale attempt to exercise freedom of speech is squashed. The freedom movements of the sixties are history. They could not exist in the social climate dominated by today’s media. You really don’t need me to tell you this; if you look closely you can see it for yourself.

The entertainment media has already robbed the society of all moral value. Now it’s in the completion process of molding a greedy, aggressive, overly competitive generation that will readily accept whatever directives are given. Hand in hand with the news media, the entertainment media is leading us along a path to destruction. It’s ironic that what was initiated to protect, educate and entertain (the media) was able to be bought, and will ultimately destroy us.

–Dave Navarria

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The Walking Dead

It is theorized that a message transmitted from earth to a destination in deep space light years away would take thousands of years to arrive. Would any part of such a memorandum have meaning for anyone living anywhere so far ahead in the future? Or, is it just a futile attempt to attain immortality? I often feel this to be true of the blogs and articles that I write. For my own self-fulfillment, am I reaching too far to an audience that for all intent and purpose is as good as dead?
I knew that reaching the mentally and physically impaired sufferers of chronic pain would not be an easy task. I learned that lesson when I interacted with them throughout the years I researched the tragedy from which they suffer. Most of the seriously afflicted have regressed to what I refer to as the “walking dead.” They exist in a limbo, victims of what their instinctive reflexes will allow. Some are angry, others too disgusted to exert any energy at all. Most are in a depressed state and accomplish very few constructive things if any at all. I know all too well the reality of such a somber state because I used to be among these “walking dead.” Then I was aroused and that inspired me to try to wake my dead compeers, to let them know that there is a method to another place.
There are many sites on the internet with the intention of assisting chronic pain sufferers. Most are admirable and sincere, some are scams and others are fronts for something the medical industry is selling. The Complete Chronic Pain Condition Organization is unique in the sense that it is one of the few organizations with the ideal of improving the complete world of chronic pain. It doesn’t focus on the afflictions causing the pain but instead on the real culprit – the persistent pain and all that goes along with it! That means taking a cold, hard look at all of the causes, symptoms, treatments, availability of treatment, stigmas, social pressure, depression and anxiety, abuse, violence, et cetera. The list goes on but gets more and more ugly as it does. But these are the things that must be addressed if such a beast as chronic pain is going to be tackled.
Chronic pain can be conquered, but it will take a tremendous effort and involvement by a lot of people, and time. If you question that logic, just think back to the woman’s rights and civil rights movements of the sixties. People got together and made a positive change!
In the period of time required for transition, the unification of members of the Complete Chronic Pain Condition Organization (CCPC Organization) can harvest other advantages. As with the aforementioned movements of the sixties, there is strength in numbers. That same strength that is required to confront and address change in the world of chronic pain can provide those advantages. Like the American Association of Retired People (AARP), the CCPC Organization could potentially provide benefits like insurance, healthcare, and many other forms of assistance.
Another asset of the CCPC Organization is that it encourages interaction – and that’s probably the best medicine of all. Members can learn from each other, avoid mistakes and common pitfalls while acquiring moral support, encouragement and direction. If a sufferer is too far-gone to participate, a loved one can pick up the ball for him or her. Many times that participation can mean the basis of purpose because such involvement is a productive thing.
Sufferers can take action or go into fetal position and join the denizens of the “walking dead.” If they do take action and begin the journey to self-improvement, my job will be a whole lot easier because I won’t rest until they do and I won’t feel as if I’m sending messages into deep space!

–Dave Navarria

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Helping Chronic Pain Sufferers

The first stop for most chronic pain sufferers is somewhere in the realm of what science has to offer. It’s only logical because there is where medical practitioners reside. But, a big problem begins when reality kicks in and many discover that medicine can’t cure or sometimes even thoroughly treat a lot of cases.
After medicine fails in any way, the search for that magic pill or remedy begins and many sufferers will fall prey to numerous schemes and deceptions along the way. Pain is a big commodity and many businesses want to tap into potential profits from it. Proof of that is all over the internet, on television, radio, newspapers, magazines, billboards, et cetera. Chronic pain sufferers as valuable commodities are a target, and I admit that some of those magic bullet cures fired at them can be quite appealing. Lies can be convincing. The result is that most chronic pain sufferers that feel in any way slighted by medicine or proposed scams fall into one or more of the stages along the path to acceptance of Complete Chronic Pain Condition.
While in any of those stages such as denial or depression, for example, they are usually oblivious to any alternative help. Medical science effectively treats the top portion of sufferers while the remainder which represent the majority are left to linger in their self-inflicted limbo. There they are incapable of acquiring help mainly because they don’t seek it. It’s almost as if they are denying any measure of assistance if they can’t have the whole enchilada. Some may need a little encouragement to be pointed in the right direction, others might require a gentle push.
I realize this because I have personally been through those devastating stages. And, I took this factor into account when founding the Complete Chronic Pain Condition Organization. I knew getting members was going to be a long haul and would develop in stages. The benefits of belonging to an organization where help is provided might seem logical to someone viewing from the outside in. But while in any of those developmental stages of Complete Chronic Pain Condition the victim is cut off from most reason. This is why in many cases it’s necessary for the loved ones of chronic pain sufferers to take action. After all, in the majority of cases, they are part of the scenario. If they are closely involved in the life of an afflicted person they too are being affected.
We at the Complete Chronic Pain Condition Organization wish you will join us. We await your arrival.

–Dave Navarria

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An Introduction To Complete Chronic Pain Condition

In the medical arena pain is a wide open field of study. For purposes here, I am referring to the general interpretation of pain within a society. In that domain there are thought to be two categories of pain: acute and chronic and many people confuse the two as it is very easy to do in some cases. Everybody will suffer from some type of pain at some point in his or her life. I consider pain to be of the physical state as well as the mental state. The measurement of that pain will be based on the individual’s tolerance level among other things. Acute pain, as intense as it can be in certain situations, will subside in time. That duration differs based on many factors including the circumstances as well as the individual. Chronic pain is the stubborn type that for whatever reason is insistent to remain. I’ve determined that the average period for pain to be diagnosed as chronic is about six months. I base that on research done of the opinions of medical practitioners. It means that if pain remains fairly consistent for about six months it is considered chronic pain. Now, there’s not a doorway that the sufferer walks through at the stroke of six months, but it is rather an estimate of a time allowance. Most chronic pain classifications reveal themselves as such and are dramatic in their inclination to remain. It is that type of pain that is openly consistent and obvious as such. I did, however, mention that there are confusing aspects of pain and one of them is that acute pain can be recurring. If supposed acute episodes repeat enough, the pain can be classified as chronic. So, in some borderline cases, the diagnosis is not necessarily a simple feat.
There is a difference between pain and suffering. Pain is the direct result of a cause. Suffering is the entire experience of pain and everything that accompanies it. The type and intensity of pain is but one of several factors that regulates the extent of the ordeal of suffering. As if chronic pain wasn’t enough in itself, it usually develops into a condition of “other things.” I refer to it as Complete Chronic Pain Condition. It is the progressive accumulation of things that develop from harboring chronic pain for an extended amount of time. In other words, it’s the whole mess, and that mess can lead to an escalation of the original affliction and additional afflictions.

–Dave Navarria

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Life issues construct the foundation on which chronic pain treatment is built

When I researched for my book Complete Chronic Pain Condition (CCPC): An Overview I realized that there was a bigger picture to the issue of chronic pain than I had realized. The venture of trying to encapsulate that grander scheme was near impossible and it was apparent that something beyond a book was required. I edited much of what I had written into a book that is an overview to serve as a companion piece for the Complete Chronic Pain Condition Organization (CCPC Organization).
In the process of writing my book I found that I had to touch base on several controversial issues to accurately convey what comprises that world of chronic pain and the wake that follows it. The unavoidable truth is that issues of life (those themes that seem to be so abundant today) contribute greatly to the world of chronic pain. If human life is not cherished and dignified, how can we expect the treatment of chronic pain to be even marginally adequate? We are becoming a society that is adhering to mass greed and our overall actions are defining us to have an irreverence for human life in general. There have never before been brought to the decision-making table as many various issues that will ultimately direct the outcome of humanity. While people are starving and war is raging, most of the more fortunate are confronted with the dilemma of what type or brand of HDTV to buy.
People are conditioned by driving forces like government, media, and other methods of selling something to them. Their perception of chronic pain is that it is merely a single or two-dimensional problem and not a multifaceted dilemma that really exists. When you delve deeply into the dark world of chronic pain as I did, you will discover that many of the things that really cause chronic pain and the condition that follows it are socially rooted. Look closely and you will see the consequences of many of the debated life issues in action. Upon scrutiny you will see that many of the same things that comprise the cause also make up the governing forces for the treatment – and that’s scary!

–Dave Navarria

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Pain Medication

During my interaction with the CCPC Organization and my involvement in other related areas, forums, etc., I have come to see the issue of pain medication as one of the most popular themes. A book could be written about the subject, but I offer some of my opinions in this short article.

The first thing any pain sufferer seeks is a cure for the source of the pain–that’s logical. If the pain continues past a respectable point–with or without any type of treatment–it becomes classified as chronic pain–that’s an illogical concept for the human being because it seems unnatural. Somewhere in that time frame, most sufferers have already become acquainted with some type of pain medication. While the chronic pain was blossoming, and with its persistence, a lot of other issues took place, but no other is as popular a theme than that of pain medication. The subject is a ‘wide open’ field, and the results of its allotment, management, usage, and deprivation contributes greatly to all things that ultimately serve as judge, jury, and executioner of the condition of chronic pain.

When a sufferer reaches a conclusion that a total cure for whatever is causing the chronic pain is not possible, relief of the pain becomes the objective. As unfair as it is to be afflicted with such a horrible thing as chronic pain, it is not a condition able to be treated in a routine manner–like a sore throat, appendectomy, flu, or any other condition that follows an orderly method of treatment. But most sufferers don’t see it that way: they expect–demand–a surefire solution to the problem. What most sufferers don’t realize is that they have a responsibility in that matter.

As there are with all medications or 'drugs,' there are adverse effects with opiate pain medications–mainly dependency and addiction. Actually very few chronic pain patients do develop addiction to pain medications, most that show that stereotypical response are really pseudoaddicts because their behavior is based on a goal to relieve pain. Most chronic pain sufferers will build some dependency and experience withdrawal symptoms if the medications are stopped abruptly. With higher levels and prolonged use of opioids, brain receptors can become re-conditioned (tolerance) after extended usage, and demand more of the drug to accomplish the same level of relief. The drug, alcohol accomplishes the same task, but with use of a different organ, the liver, and requires greater amounts of that drug to accomplish the same effect. But nobody with severe chronic pain is going to escape using opiates to some extent; there just hasn't been anything else yet invented that is as effective.

In recent months, we chronic pain sufferers have had the entertainment of hearing all about health care in the United States. As a veteran sufferer, I can tell you this: despite your stand on health care issues in the U.S., I have yet to hear one politician who has even a clue about health care-real health care that is–the care and management of the suffering. I have yet to hear one news reporter clarify the real issues–not Glenn Beck, Geraldo Rivera, Katie Couric, Mike Huckabee, Bill O'Reilly, Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper, or Larry King, etc. The responsibility of reporting in the news media was once a respected position. CNN, Fox News, WNBC, and the major networks have made entertainment shows out of reporting slanted views of news issues, and the issue of health care has been completely overlooked. The debates have been over ‘coverage’ and not ‘health care,’ and most have mainly addressed only abstract issues of the real subject. Health care in the U.S. is a mess, and there will not be an easy way out of that fact.

Pain medication for chronic pain sufferers is but one example of the lack of sensitivity regarding the issue of health care. Regardless of who pays for it (that is not intended to be the theme of this article), chronic pain sufferers have the humane right to know the facts about different types of pain medication, effects, addiction and dependency, benefits and consequences. With those facts assimilated, the sufferers should have the right to be involved in making a judgment call on what they feel is best for their individual needs. Then, if they choose to suffer consequences in their battle against pain that should be their right–but only with valid information.

Doctors claim that they are prey for unscrupulous lawyers seeking to profit in this category, and that they are under constant pressure from the DEA. Although these are undeniable facts, there is an argument against them. Many doctors do not want to take the time to explain a complete summary of pain medications. Instead, they prohibit them, or haphazardly prescribe them, and then cut the patient off after a time. The DEA should back off when it comes to valid chronic pain sufferers. There are enough social stigmas with just having chronic pain, and more are unnecessary. Unfortunately, substance abuse is a problem that will never be un-invented; the DEA can take different approaches. In my opinion, they should be going after the big ‘bad guys’ instead of letting them get away so that banks can make such a lucrative business laundering their money.

For those in immediate need of pain meds, seek out the clinics and pain management centers. Although I don’t agree with the undignified manner of treatment and social stigmas attached with many of them, they can serve that immediate purpose. I for one do not feel that it is justified that chronic pain sufferers must conform to the agenda proposed by the government, doctors, and lawyers that require additional labor, time, and expense in getting necessary medication; though they are profitable for those entities, they undermine the dignity of the human being, and remind me of a fascist regime. It's funny that a drug called alcohol is legal, and yet authenticated chronic pain sufferers have to degradingly squirm in doctor's offices and pharmacies to receive the medications that help their pain.

I prefer the responsibility that rests on the shoulders of all chronic pain sufferers–involvement! The CCPC Organization can provide camaraderie, but also the strength in numbers that can see to it that our voices are heard.

–Dave Navarria

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