What’s New in Accurate Education
This page provides links to those areas on the website that have recently been updated, along with a brief description of each updated section including a reference to who may specially benefit from reviewing the section.
This section reviews the currently available medical marijuana products in Louisiana
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Terpenes are an important pharmacologic class of constitutents found in marijuana plants that may play signifcant roles in the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana plants and products. Understanding which terpenes offer which benefits allows an informed approach to selecting which marijuana product may be most helpful to an individual.
Cannabiniods are the dominant class of pharmacologically active constitutents with therapeutic potentia found in cannabis plants. The two most common and best understood cannabinoids are THC and CBD but other “minor” cannabinoids also contribute to the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.
The use of the mind as a tool for improving the quality of one’s emotional, mental and physical well-being is of paramount importance for most everyone, but especially for those who struggle with chronic pain. The practice of gratitude is an extraordinarily simple and effective tool for improving one’s quality of life and learning simple practice methods can literally be life changing. It is highly recommended for all to read and explore. It only takes a few minutes.
This new section introduces a new, speculative form of therapy using light exposure for achieving therapeutic benefits including pain, The research is preliminary and thought provoking but may lead to effective, non-pharmacologic methods of treating pain.
For those individuals who experience worsening of their pain associated with cold weather, this section discusses how this may occur and supplements that may offer some relief. Did you read about Why wild giant pandas frequently roll in horse manure?
This section looks at the role of the food one eats and how it affects chronic pain.
Insomnia is a common problem affecting up to 50% of the population at least one night a week. It is especially problematic in patients with chronic pain. These two pages review management of insomnia including the use of Suvorexant (Belsomra), a relatively new sleep medication.
IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal diseases and is not uncommonly found in patients with chronic pain and central sensitization. Those patients with frequent abdominal pain or discomfort relieved by passing stool or release of gases along with altered bowel habits should familiarize themselves with this condition.
Central sensitization is an important mechanism contributing to the severity and persistence of chronic pain. Because the majority of chronic pain syndromes are susceptible to central sensitization, most chronic pain patients should understand the role of central sensitization and how to reduce its impact on the pain experience.
Updates on COVID vaccinations for those who remain hesitant or against vaccination:
Accurate Clinic is open, post-hurricane Ida
These three new education sections are directed to those with acute pain conditions of less than 3 months duration. They review management options for treating acute pain with emphasis on reducing the risks for developing chronic pain and the chronic use of opioids.
Many new journal articles published in 2019-2021 have been added, including many that evaluate the role of diet in fibromyalgia pain.
Multiple new recent articles evaluating the role of oxidative stress and pain. Oxidative stress is a condition underlying many disease processes including not only pain but vulnerability to the degenerative dieseases that impact ones health including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Understanding oxidative stress can provide one with tools that may help one reduce the risk for these conditions and their severity.
This is a new section that explores conditions associated with activation and dysregulation of mast cells, conditions once thought to be rare but now proposed to affect as many as 1 in 6 people. The increased pain associated with cold weather is related to mast cell activation. Conditions that may be impacted by mast cell activity include COVID-19, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, connective tissue disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Lupus, asthma and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Mast cells have been linked to depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. They may also be linked to Ehler Danlos Syndrome and interstitial cystitis (IC).
Who should read this section:
- Chronic pain patients who experience worsening pain with changes in weather, especially cold.
- Patients with conditions such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel disease (IBS), interstitial cystitis or other conditions noted above.
- Patients with other conditions associated with multi-system symptoms not well diagnosed.
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