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Staying Productive While Managing Chronic Pain

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Chronic pain is often a debilitating condition which can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life as well as their prospects for the future. Treating and managing chronic pain presents a challenge for both doctors and patients. Current treatment regimens generally revolve around both physical therapy and the use of pharmaceutical painkillers. The use of addictive drugs with medical detox such as opioid painkillers in treating chronic conditions remains a controversial practice and people get away with it when using https://urinedrugtesthq.com/best-detox-pills-review/ services, especially against the backdrop of a spiraling opioid addiction crisis.

There are a multitude of underlying causes which might lead to chronic pain in an individual, fortunately we have gotten much better at treating these underlying conditions and so many patients have been able to live a normal quality of life. However, there still exists a significant subset of patients whose chronic pain cannot be alleviated. For these individuals their pain affects all areas of life, including their ability to stay productive and organized.

Why it Matters

Chronic pain is associated with a markedly increased susceptibility to depression and other psychological illnesses. These psychological issues, as well as the underlying pain itself, can make it considerably more difficult for patients to stay organized and productive. This in turn can lead to patients falling behind with their treatment regimen and can prevent them from engaging fully with their doctors and others involved in their care.

Staying organized and productive will reduce the amount of stress in patient’s lives while also making it easier for them to stay up to date with their treatment and therapies.

Motivation

When pain is a constant feature of every day life, patients often find that their motivation for daily activities can also begin to ebb away. Staying motivated is half the battle for chronic pain patients, and indeed for most patients who are suffering, wholly or partly, from a psychological condition. When a patient is able to keep their motivation up they will be able to tackle those day to day tasks which can otherwise be draining.

Many people find that an effective method of staying motivated is to produce a list of goals at the beginning of everyday. These goals can then be crossed off as they are completed, giving the patient a visual representation of how they are doing in achieving their goals for the day.

Another effective way of staying motivated is to remember to reward yourself when you have earned it. Rewards will reinforce positive behavior and ultimately will make such behaviors second nature.

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Reducing Pain Without Drugs

Anything that the patient can do in order to reduce their pain levels can help to improve their quality of life and will make keeping on top of everything much easier. There are a variety of non-pharmaceutical techniques and therapies that you can try. For example, those with chronic back pain might benefit from an inversion table; you can find the best inversion table reviewss here. Always consult with your doctor before pursuing any kind of treatment so that you can be sure it won’t interfere.

Finding ways of staying motivated, productive and organized can make a big difference to the outlook of a chronic pain patient. Once you have found a set of techniques that works for you, you can then begin to work on putting these new skills to good use in overcoming the challenges of your condition.

Must Read Book: Neon Angel, A Memoir of a Runaway By Cherie Currie

“Neon Angels On The Road to Ruin…”

Few true tales have the power to compel and transport the reader quite like the life story of a bona fide Rock & Roll Survivor. Of Rock’s innumerable legends with stories worth telling, so many of them – Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison; the list is endless, really – never lived long enough to write their histories in their own words. And of those that have written autobiographies, no one ever really gets – or takes advantage of – the opportunity to go back and revisit his or her life on the written page, updating the tale or adding details that were perhaps forgotten or too painful to tell the first time around. Cherie Currie, former lead singer of the teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways is an exception to that rule. In 1989, Cherie published her autobiography, Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story. Admittedly unable to even read the book herself until 2000, Currie – now more than two decades on the right side of recovery from a drug and alcohol addiction (she had to get a private detox room in Sacramento) that nearly took her life – decided that her story needed to be brought up to the present, and that certain traumatic experiences she’d lived through as a young woman, but wasn’t yet ready to re-live in the book’s first installment, needed to be told. Serving as the source material for the new film The Runaways, Neon Angel has been updated and recently republished by It Books/Harper Collins as Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway. For any true rock fan, and even those who read the 1989 edition of Currie’s book, I would strongly suggest checking out the updated version, because it is a pretty wild ride.

Because Currie quit The Runaways after less than two years in the band, and considering that her post-Runaways music career failed to take off like that of her band mates Joan Jett and Lita Ford, who enjoy successful musical endeavors to this day, not many people even know what happened to Cherie Currie once she left the band. What makes Neon Angel such a great read is the authenticity and vulnerability with which Currie imbues her narrative. While she engages the reader with fantastic and vivid tales of rock stardom enjoyed as a member of The Runaways, playing to hysterical audiences wherever they went, having their pictures plastered in rock magazines all over the world and meeting their own rock heroes such as David Bowie and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the true story of Cherie Currie’s time spent fronting this history-making band is far from all fun and games. Without parental supervision or even proper adult representation, and too naive about the music business to understand their basic legal rights, the girls were robbed blind by Kim Fowley, the producer whose vision for The Runaways was that they serve as his own personal money making-vehicle. Fowley’s verbal and emotional abuse was relentless and based on some of the stories in this book it’s difficult to understand why criminal charges were never brought against this scumbag. Beyond that, there are enough “lost weekend” style drug stories to scare anybody straight, including harrowing tales of times that Currie put herself in harm’s way while under the influence of drugs that make it difficult to believe that she even lived to share them.

Most importantly, Neon Angel takes you inside the world of a talented and driven fifteen year old girl who went to from being a high school student, listening to her favorite records in her bedroom and hanging out with her friends at the local dance club to being an international rock star all before she reached her 17th birthday. Thanks to Currie’s inviting and down to earth narrative voice, the reader can empathize with her personal triumphs and tragedies in a way that allows you to really “get” what it must have been like to walk in her shoes.

Serving as both a cautionary tale and an inspirational true-life page-turner, The Worley Gig gives Cherie Currie’s Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway Five out of Five Stars.

Recommended Reading: Fall to Pieces By Mary Forsberg Weiland

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Around the time that The Strokes were first being hyped-up-the-ass in the press as the Saviors of Rock – while simultaneously confounding my senses with their hopelessly derivative, shitty music – I found myself in the NYC office of that band’s publicist. This particular guy, who I’ll call Ken, because that is his name, had formerly worked as a publicist at the once mighty Atlantic Records and, in addition to working with upstarts like The Strokes, had maintained his relationships with some of that label’s artists. While being given a tour of the office, I ended up at Ken’s desk, where he had on display one of those Family Photo Holiday cards; this one depicting a couple, with the woman holding a small infant. I couldn’t help but notice that the man and woman in the picture, who looked to be in their late twenties to early thirties, appeared to be very gaunt and almost sickly. Honestly, they both looked like shit.

“I wonder who this could be?” I thought to myself. And then, because I am nosy, I picked up the card and read the inscription. A pre-printed message directly under the photo read “Merry Christmas from Scott, Mary and Noah Weiland”Scott Weiland, of course, being Stone Temple Pilots’ sobriety-challenged lead vocalist. I remember being absolutely shocked at how completely wrecked Weiland looked; there was no way I would have recognized him had his name not been printed on the card. And, I thought, if his wife Mary was really a model (as I’d heard), I couldn’t imagine she was getting many jobs, looking as downtrodden as she appeared in the photo on their holiday card. Of course, I was already familiar with Scott Weiland’s ongoing drug problems. What I couldn’t have known at the time was that Mary Weiland was also battling assorted demons of her own.

I forgot all about that photo until a few weeks ago, when a copy of Mary Forsberg Weiland’s autobiography, Fall To Pieces, arrived in the mail. I finished the book in a few days and then lent it to Geoffrey to read. And we concur; we both love this book. Fall to Pieces – the title lifted from the name of a Velvet Revolver song penned by her husband – is Mary’s intriguing, brave and deeply personal tale of her own life that’s easily as complex and interesting as anything her husband could throw down, which is rare in the “rock wife tells all” genre of memoirs. But before Mary and Scott were ever a couple, Mary struggled through what might be called a “character building” childhood of parental divorce and financial destitution, ostracism by her peers, an innate predilection towards substance abuse, and undiagnosed mental illness. It seems the deck was stacked against her from a young age, but that makes her journey to hell and back all the more fascinating.

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Through her own drive to make a better life for herself, Mary began a career as a highly paid print model while still in her teens. Through her modeling career, she met struggling musician  Scott Weiland, whose job it was to pick up teenage models and drive them to their daily assignments. Mary fell in love with Scott at first sight and readily admits she knew in her gut as soon as she met him that the two would one day get married. Perhaps that’s a bit of a cautionary tale to be careful what you wish for, lest your wish be granted. Most of us who pay attention to the music press and gossip media know how the fairytale turned out.

Tales of celebrity drug addiction, more often than not, fail to render much sympathy from the public, and I include myself in that demographic. They don’t seem to take their stints in rehab seriously at all; considering it more of a ‘get out of jail free’ card. I can never understand the motives of, let alone sympathize with, people who have seemingly everything going for them – talent, great careers, ass loads of money, fame, good looks, tons of friends, devoted significant others, every conceivable material luxury – but willingly throw it all in the toilet to be a loser junkie with a laundry list of “poor me” excuses that make me want punch him or her in the face. Please, spare me. The most refreshing aspect of Fall To Pieces is that Mary never lays the blame for her mental, physical and financial descent anywhere but at her own feet. Personal responsibility! I’ve read tons of biographies of famous junkies and this is the first one I’ve found that was not only wildly entertaining, but actually allowed me to feel significant empathy and compassion for its subject. Although few of us have lived the life of a gorgeous, jet-setting model married to a successful Rock Star, Mary Forsberg Weiland’s story ultimately presents a universal truth about struggle, failure, rebirth and triumph that anyone can relate to.

The Worley Gig gives Fall to Pieces Four out of Four Stars.

RIP Jim Carroll

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Jim Carroll, the former drug addict turned prolific poet and writer of The Basketball Diaries, died of a heart attack on Friday at his residence in Manhattan. He was 60.

Former Marilyn Manson Bassist Gidget Gein Dead At 39

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Gidget Gein, best known as the former bassist for Marilyn Manson, was found dead in his Burbank, CA home last Thursday from an apparent drug overdose. He was 39. Born Bradley Mark Stewart, Gein played with Marilyn Manson in their formative years of 1989-1993, just before the band started their string of hits. His playing is featured on 1994’s debut album Portrait of an American Family. Despite Gein’s noted talent and remarkable songwriting, he was asked to leave the band in 1993 after a drug overdose, which Manson ruefully recounted in his 1998 autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell. Gein’s death marks his final loss against a life-long battle with drugs.

Rock Star Rehab, The Board Game: "Let's Play!"

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Just when Steve Tyler is finally getting clean for the umpteenth time, Urban Outfitters brings us the thrilling board game adventure, Rock Star Rehab, where the most tragic players become the most famous winners! Just roll the dice and move your drunken rocker around the board, stopping at LA nightclubs, VIP parties… even jail! The goal of the game: to make your way through Rock Star Rehab! No word yet on whether the game pieces feature miniature replicas of Amy Winehouse, Vince Neil and Pete Doherty.

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“Getting Sober is Fun!”