The internet is inundated with information about pain and treatments. After more than twenty years of working for ASAP and talking to hundreds of individual dealing with a variety of levels and types of pain, I have come to the conclusion that pain treatment must be individualized. What works for one person does not always work for another.

Find a pain specialist who really listens to you. Let them know what you have tried, what works and what doesn’t. Keeping a journal will help; over time we tend to forget treatments that did not work. Some treatments seem to work at first but the effects are not lasting. The important thing is not to give up and assume you have to live with the pain.

First Step in Potential Treatment

Researchers from the University of Central Florida have created cells that protect nerves in the brain and spinal cord. The cells were developed from umbilical cord blood stem cells and could have applications the treatment of spinal cord injury and other nervous system diseases. Published in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience


The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) is a federal law that protects individuals from genetic discrimination (i.e. being treated unfairly because of differences in their DNA that increase their risk for disease). Enacted in 2008, GINA protects from genetic discrimination in insurance and employment.

Prescription Drug Cards

How do you know if a prescription discount card is legitimate? The truth is that some programs are scams and will offer little, if anything, but headaches.

Before signing up for any kind of discount program – prescription discount card or similar – it is wise to read the fine print. Many prescription discount cards are not affiliated with insurance companies, drug companies, pharmacies or retail establishments. If that is the case, one should always wonder why the company is making the offer. Often those companies sell the information to third parties, such as telemarketers. In exchange, the savings programs they offer may save the consumer only 5% or 10% on prescription drugs. With the high cost of medication every bit of money saving helps, but is it worth the annoyance.

Look for a prescription discount card that is affiliated with related companies. Many can be printed online and most are free of charge. Make it worth your while to subscribe and try to provide as little personal information as possible during the sign up process.

Drug Interaction Checker

We all know that different drugs can cause problems when used together but did you know certains foods can also affect the drugs you take? The internet provides sites for checking drug interations.

Voice Activated software

Dragon speech recognition software makes it easier for anyone to use a computer. You talk, and it types. Use your voice to create and edit documents or emails, launch applications, open files, control your mouse, and more. Quickly and easily capture your thoughts and ideas while Dragon helps you get more done faster.

Do your symptoms get worse in the winter?

After twenty years with ASAP I’ve notice that more people seem to be diagnsosed in the winter. People also seem to have more symptoms in the winter. Not sure if it is because of being less active, the cold weather, etc. Have you noticed this in your life?