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Living with Pain

Life just isn’t always what you want it to be. Acute or chronic pain can overwhelm your life day in and day out and over the years your body won’t do what your mind wants done.

It can affect your job, your relationships, your hope for the future, and your emotional and physical health. Walking sometime becomes more of a chore than a joy. What to do? Are you suffering from pain that’s impacting your life and happiness and ability to get around and get things done? Don’t worry, there are doctors who care like Dr. T. Z. Chen and his wellness staff.

pain 300x168  Living with PainHe is known to his patients as a true hero or superman of their pain management. His patients come to him with a wide variety of health issues and pain problems.Did you know that, on any given day, over 30 million Americans suffer from chronic pain? In fact, more than half the general work force complains of back pain. That’s a lot of people living with unnecessary pain every day. We don’t want you to be in pain any longer.

Understanding Fibromyalgia:

Build a guide to help you discuss your symptoms of fibromyalgia with your healthcare provider.

Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic widespread pain and tenderness for at least 3 months. You can take steps to manage the pain and help yourself feel better.
Diagnosis

Currently there are no diagnostic tests, such as x-rays or blood tests, to detect fibromyalgia. The symptoms of fibromyalgia may overlap with the symptoms of some other conditions. That is why fibromyalgia is sometimes difficult for healthcare professionals to diagnose.

Some healthcare providers use certain guidelines to help make a diagnosis. According to guidelines set by the American College of Rheumatology, a person may have fibromyalgia if he or she has had both:

Chronic widespread pain that affects the right and left sides of the body above and below the waist
And feels pain in at least 11 of 18 possible tender points (9 on one side of the body, 9 on the other) when light pressure is applied

Your healthcare provider may use these guidelines or other methods to make a diagnosis of fibromyalgia so many people suffer from like me. It is important to discuss all of your symptoms with your healthcare provider. Talk openly with him or her about what you are feeling and how your symptoms are affecting you. You can work together to create a plan that meets your individual needs and helps you manage your symptoms.

Learn about the potential causes of fibromyalgia.

Learn more about partnering with your doctor and build your Fibromyalgia Doctor Discussion Guide to start the conversation about fibromyalgia.

If a friend or family member has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, learn more about how to help support them. Fibromyalgia can cause major depression and anxiety which increases our pain. If you suffering from any of these problems, ask your doctor about Cymbalta.

Cymbalta is indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). The efficacy of Cymbalta was established in four short-term and one maintenance trial in adults.

Cymbalta is indicated for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). The efficacy of Cymbalta was established in three short-term and one maintenance trial in adults.

Cymbalta is indicated for the management of diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia.

Cymbalta is indicated for the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain due to chronic osteoarthritis pain and chronic low back pain.

If pain has stolen your joy and wellness, give Dr. Chen a call at 314 997-1888.Together Dr. Chen and his staff help you so you can live a happier, healthier life.Whatever hurts, they will work to fix it. If Dr. Chen can’t help you, he will refer you to where you need to be. If you aren’t sure exactly what is causing your pain, don’t worry, you are not alone. Check out the list below.

Chronic and acute back pain
Radiating arm or leg pain
Knee pain
Arthritis
Chronic and acute neck pain
Whiplash
TMJ injuries
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Failed back surgery
Headaches and migraines
Numbness
Diabetic Neuropathy
Ankle pain

Disk bulges
Disc herniations
Disc degeneration
Other neuropathy
Sciatica
Nerve Radiculopathy
Soft tissue injuries
Weight control
Spondylosis
Post-laminectomy syndrome
Sports injuries
Fibromyalgia
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There is no need to wait any longer while your current problems get worse. If you are suffering, there is hope. For the last 23 years, there have been two men in my life. My husband and Dr. Chen. Both have helped me deal with the chronic pain of Fibromyalgia and both have decorated my life with love, hope and wellness.

Living with Pain was last modified: January 4th, 2013 by Joyce White

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