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Looking Back on Her Teen Years of Lyme-Related Pain. (Life’s Better Now!)

Looking back on her teen years of Lyme-related pain. (Life’s better now!)

The Social Consequences of Chronic Pain

The Social Consequences of Chronic Pain


By Ann Marie Gaudon, PNN Columnist

When someone suffers acute pain from an accident or injury, a positive consequence is that it evokes care and compassion from others. However, when that pain becomes chronic, you don’t often receive flowers, cooked meals and offers of help. Your social connections may suffer, too.

That’s not a small issue for pain patients. A 2008 study found that maintaining social activities are just as important for people in pain as many of the physical and psychological consequences of chronic pain.

Let’s take a look at a short list of five ways that chronic pain challenges the maintenance of social relationships.  (See link for article)



An unfortunate truth not only experienced by pain patients but any chronically ill person.

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New Guidelines Issued on Medical Cannabis

New Guidelines Issued on Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain


— International task force shares recommendations for dosing, administering

Chronic pain patients can be treated with medical cannabis following one of three protocols based on patient characteristics, according to an international task force at the virtual PAINWeek meeting.  (See link for article)


Among their recommendations:

  • Treat the majority of patients along the “routine” scale. This means starting patients with 5 mg of cannabidiol (CBD) twice daily. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) should only be introduced if patients do not respond to at least 40 mg of CBD daily, starting with 2.5-mg daily THC doses. THC doses should be capped at 40 mg daily.
  • Frail and elderly patients, and those with severe co-morbidity or polypharmacy should be treated via a conservative route. This means starting the THC dosses at 1 mg daily and titrating up the THC more slowly.
  • Patients suffering from severe pain and those who have significant prior cannabis consumption can follow the rapid protocol. This mean starting with a CBD-THC balanced dose of between 2.5-5 mg per each compound once or twice daily.
A task force member admitted there is a major barrier to overcome due to a knowledge gap regarding medical cannabis.



LDN For Pain, Autoimmune Disorders, Cancer, and Lyme/MSIDS

LDN, Endorphins, and the Brain

When it was introduced in the mid-1980s, naltrexone was used for blocking opioid receptors. These receptors are meant to be activated by hormones produced by the body called endorphins and enkephalins. However, opioid drugs also stimulate these receptors.

Large doses of naltrexone were originally used for treating drug addiction by blocking the body’s opioid receptors, and therefore the effects of opioid drugs, completely. In doing so, however, it completely blocked the body’s endorphins and enkephalins as well. This was ultimately harmful to health since these hormones play critical roles in myriad parts of the body, such as the immune system.

In contrast, low doses of naltrexone act by temporarily blocking opioid receptors. This causes the body to increase its production of endorphins and enkephalins. In turn, these hormones work to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and contribute to well-being while avoiding the adverse health effects associated with larger naltrexone doses.

Studies have shown that low-dose naltrexone (LDN) offers multiple health benefits. It has been used in a wide range of treatments for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Hashimoto’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Cancer
  • Sjögren’s Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Dry Eye Syndrome

(See link for article)

LDN, Autoimmune Disorders, Cancer, Treating Pain, and More

The late Dr. Bernard Bihari discovered and developed the therapeutic use of low-dose naltrexone (LDN) in the mid-1980s while practicing internal medicine in New York City. He was treating drug addicts with a new drug, Naltrexone, which blocked the heroin “high.” Unfortunately, 50 milligrams daily had unpleasant side effects. When his addicts started dying from AIDS, he began to search for a drug that would help them.

Dr. Bihari knew that endorphins, small neurochemicals produced by the body, had pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory properties. Dr. Bihari and his colleagues hired a lab scientist to measure patient endorphin levels. He discovered that his HIV patients had sub-normal endorphin levels. His team determined that LDN doses ranging from 1.75 to 4.5 milligrams increased endorphin levels by two to three hundred percent. By blocking the body’s endorphin receptors, LDN caused an overproduction of endorphins.

Dr. Bihari then started a small foundation to study the use of LDN in HIV patients. After one year, he discovered that the patients who took LDN had an eight percent death rate while patients taking placebo had a thirty-three percent death rate. He and his colleagues went on to treat hundreds of patients with LDN.

Endorphins have a positive effect on the immune system by increasing T-helper and natural killer cells. Not only does LDN help people with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), it also seems to be beneficial as an adjunct treatment for certain types of cancer.  (See link for article)

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If you are a Lyme/MSIDS patient and do not know about LDN, please learn about it and talk about it with your doctor.  Many patients have benefitted from LDN which is an inexpensive, compounded drug that helps so many things patients struggle with.  For more:  


Live Tonight: Lyme Disease & Chronic Pain Webinar

Live Webinar: Lyme Disease & Chronic Pain – Dr. Bill Rawls

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The list of symptoms that can come with chronic Lyme disease is long and varied, but pain — in the joints, muscles, nerves, neck, eyes, even teeth — seems to be a common denominator.

Why are Lyme sufferers so prone to chronic pain, and what can you do to find fast and lasting relief?

Join a live webinar with Dr. Bill Rawls, author of the bestselling book Unlocking Lyme, who knows firsthand what it’s like to live with chronic Lyme disease and related aches and pains. He’ll shed new light on the underlying forces that drive persistent pain, and share natural ways to resolve them so you’re not just managing discomfort, but overcoming it.

PLUS: Don’t miss an exclusive gift for webinar attendees, and have your questions ready for a LIVE Q&A on Lyme and chronic pain with Dr. Rawls.

Watch June 17th, 8pm EDT

Lyme & Chronic Pain – Live Webinar

  • The causes and telltale symptoms of different types of pain
  • How Borrelia burgdorferi and common Lyme coinfections like Mycoplasma, Bartonella, and Babesia contribute to pain
  • The best herbs and natural remedies for immediate and long-term relief
  • Additional diet and lifestyle tips to help keep symptoms at bay 
  • Numerous insights during the live Q&A with Dr. Rawls 



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