Smoking to Treat Pain, yet Smoking Increases Pain?

Some patients report they smoke more because they have spine pain or anxiety. Studies have shown that smokers increase their cigarette consumption when their pain increases. 42% of persons experiencing medically unexplained pain in the last year smoke. 54% of treatment-seeking chronic pain patients smoke. Furthermore, these smokers tend to have more maladaptive pain behaviors,…

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Monster Mash

… To Get a Jolt From My Electrodes “From my laboratory in the castle east, To the master bedroom where the vampires feast. The Ghouls all came from their humble abodes, To get a jolt from my electrodes.” Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett From October 20th to October 27th, 1962, Bobby Pickett’s, “Monster Mash”, was…

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome… Lesser Known but Nearly as Devastating to Pitchers As Tommy John

On September 2nd, “The Dark Knight” (Matt Harvey) debuted his 2020 season with the Kansas City Royals. His return to the majors is a pretty remarkable recovery. Pitchers are probably the most injury-plagued players in baseball, but Harvey may have particularly poor “protoplasm”. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015, which is a repair of…

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