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Viagra pills In 2011 I took a vacation from http://www.chronicpaindoctor.net to go work at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (NHCP) with Marines returning from Afghanistan. Viagra pills Camp Pendleton is the Marines main base an hour’s drive up I-5 from San Diego. Viagra pills NHCP is where the Navy implements its duty to provide the care Marines need as a result of their combat responsibilities. Viagra pills I took the job for 3 reasons: 1) to add to my knowledge about pain, viagra pills to see what the Navy had learned from a heavy concentration of pain cases about how to restore optimal functioning; 2) to treat Marines with chronic pain the “Navy way” and learn how to implement their rehab approach for chronic pain; and, viagra pills 3) to give wounded Marines my personal “thanks” for their bravery in Afghanistan by extending to each one in pain a credentialed pain specialist’s best efforts to help restore function.
Viagra pills What follows are my observations extracted specifically from my experience with Marines who had diagnosable chronic pain disorders – often in combination with other combat-related disorders – and which I personally treated during 2011.
Viagra pills Functioning As An HMO, viagra pills Is NHCP Structured to Treat Chronic Pain?
Viagra pills The quick answer is “No” because only if the structures are in place for a hospital to be enabled to effectively treat, viagra pills manage and rehabilitate chronic pain and restore function is it possible to rehabilitate chronic pain. Viagra pills Simply put, viagra pills the extent to which you ski is determined by the investment you make in developing the skill-knowledge needed to ski. Viagra pills Since NHCP made no investment in developing chronic pain rehab capabilities, viagra pills it has none to offer.
Viagra pills Problems of All Non-Pain Specialty Approaches to Treating Chronic Pain
Viagra pills The problem for those with chronic pain is that NHCP operates like any other HMO in the country and so it concentrates on offering only a narrow range of primary care services in general, viagra pills family and internal medicine. Viagra pills A few additional services in specialty medicine, viagra pills like Ob/Gyn and Pediatrics, viagra pills exist which, viagra pills in combination with the primary care services, viagra pills are available to anyone who is a beneficiary of Tricare, viagra pills the military’s health insurance. Viagra pills Medical needs that fall outside the hospital’s primary care area of practice ar simply not acknowledged and that is why they are never treated. Viagra pills Therefore, viagra pills those chronic complex disorders that do not “fit” the primary care acute care model, viagra pills referrals to “out-of-network” providers who are qualified to treat these disorders are rarely made. Viagra pills If as far as primary care providers a disorder is not acknowledged then no need exists to make a referral to someone who specializes in that disorder. Viagra pills Again, viagra pills the services needed to treat the chronic complex pain disorders that many Marines develop were never adequately treated for 18-24 months, viagra pills do not exist at NHCP. The fact a Marine could be exposed to primary care or specialty care treatment at NHCP for 18-24 with no objective change in the Marine’s chronic pain condition provides evidence of the absence of qualified pain treatment at NHCP. Viagra pills Clearly engaging a pain patient in 18-24 months of inept, viagra pills failed treatment does nothing to provide stable enough pain relief, viagra pills restored function, viagra pills and a return to full-duty status, viagra pills all of which are the explicit duty of Navy doctors to provide wounded Marines. Viagra pills That the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton has chosen to administratively limit itself to functioning as a primary care hospital that does not offer a qualified chronic pain rehab program does not exculpate it and its doctors from its duty to treat wounded Marines according to the needs of their symptoms.
Viagra pills How Navy medicine manages a Marine with chronic complex pain reveals the same negligence seen in how civilian providers manage chronic complex pain – by either under treating or not treating it at all, viagra pills which leads to worsening of condition and a complex chain of further costly healthcare services in all pain patients. Viagra pills Marines are harmed further by terminating their careers without a solidly grounded differential diagnosis or proof of the failure of a demonstrably competent chronic pain rehab program. Viagra pills My experience in running a chronic pain rehab program is that ~70 percent of musculoskeletal pain cases could be restored to optimal functioning with that 12 months, viagra pills or about half the time that Marines in chronic pain are exposed to failed or inept acute approaches to chronic pain.
Viagra pills The Steps NHCP Uses to Evaluate Chronic Pain Complaints
Viagra pills The steps that Marines went through who I treated for chronic pain were as follows:
Viagra pills - All Marines are first evaluated by their BAS MOs (Battalion Aid Station Medical Officers), viagra pills family medicine residents not yet licensed to practice as independent physicians. Viagra pills Since BAS MOs work and live with and are deployed with the battalion, viagra pills they know individual Marines best and the likely conditions of their symptoms occurrence. Viagra pills Most complaints at the BAS level are acute and are resolved by usual care from a family medicine approach. Viagra pills However, viagra pills many Marine complaints surface once Marines are no long “in theater” where most believe they have “no time or stomach” for severe pain. So once some Marines return to base, viagra pills chronic pain issues will emerge. Viagra pills When issues develop that require repeated visits over a period of 6-9 months to their BAS MOs for treatment to which the Marine fails to respond, viagra pills referral is then made further up the ladder;
Viagra pills - Primary care (physicians licensed in general medicine, viagra pills family practice or internal medicine) now evaluates the complaints and starts a medication regimen that fits the acute care model of the primary care doctor and has nothing to do with the end objective of restoring function and a return to full-duty status. This treatment usually shows no response within 4 weeks, viagra pills but it may be extended, viagra pills or literally forgotten, viagra pills for another 6-9 months. Viagra pills As with the BAS MO, viagra pills this is a similar treatment to which a Marine with an under or untreated pain disorder will fail to respond. Viagra pills Referral is now made to specialty medicine;
Viagra pills - Specialty medicine now evaluates the Marine’s complaints, viagra pills usually orthopedics, viagra pills neurology or psychiatry, viagra pills to rule out objective causes from the perspective of the particular specialty. Viagra pills More modifications to treatment are made over a period of another 9-15 months, viagra pills often with multiple prescription drugs to which the Marine with an inappropriately treated pain disorder will again fail to respond, viagra pills often with side effects that further exacerbate the pain condition and decrease his/her ability to function as a Marine.
Viagra pills - In several cases, viagra pills specialty medicine referred the Marine for evaluation by pain anesthesiologists at the Naval Medical Center at Balboa in San Diego where a competent differential diagnosis was obtained and medications to which the Marine finally began to respond well and to get some pain relief. Viagra pills However, viagra pills a solid diagnosis and some initial pain relief are not chronic pain rehabilitation by a qualified integrated interdisciplinary team where the primary responsibility of each of its members is chronic pain rehab alone. Viagra pills The problem was that there was no continuity of care by the pain anesthesiologists who knew how to best manage the pain; that responsibility fell back onto the BAS MO who, viagra pills once the prescription ended, viagra pills s/he might or might not renew, viagra pills completely change the treatment, viagra pills or be deployed and the Marine require transfer to a temporary BAS MO who would start this entire process all over again.
Viagra pills - By this time, viagra pills specialty medicine would usually begin to discuss preparation of the Marine’s Medical Board, viagra pills terminating his/her career in the Marine Corps. Viagra pills This without the chronic complex and disabling pain disorder ever being competently diagnosed, viagra pills effectively treated (and confirming the diagnosis) and having this entered in the Marine’s AHLTA medical chart to document, viagra pills once s/he went to request treatment from a civilian provider that the Marine was a legitimate chronic pain patient as evidenced in a credible military document by a qualified physician who treated the Marine’s pain and could attest to it if the civilian physician felt the need to do so.
Viagra pills With the Marine’s career ended thanks to a chronic pain disorder that the Marine has no awareness of what its causes are, viagra pills how to relieve the pain, viagra pills manage the conditions of its occurrence, viagra pills what to do to return to optimal functioning (allowing for regular employment), viagra pills and to enjoy increased quantity of life within his/her unique life situation.
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Viagra pills In other words, viagra pills the outcome of a military medicine approach to chronic complex pain is no different from that seen in the private sector when chronic pain patients are seen by independent practitioners and left with the same disabling conditions that will lead to unending high frequency use of medical visits, viagra pills prescription medications, viagra pills diagnostic and laboratory studies, viagra pills the ER, viagra pills hospitalization and unnecessary surgery. Viagra pills To this must be added becoming totally disabled, viagra pills unemployed, viagra pills divorced, viagra pills with loss of children, viagra pills in medical bankruptcy, viagra pills living alone, viagra pills being highly prone to developing multiple chronic diseases, viagra pills intractable pain (see http://intractablepaindisease.com), viagra pills along with a likely addiction to alcohol and prescription or street drugs.
Viagra pills Finally, viagra pills my experience included a clear case of no leadership on the part of the psychiatrist who was in charge of the Wounded Warrior Battalion who knew I was credentialed in pain management and was bound to practice based on the ethical standards of my diplomate with the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) and who told me to “do less pain management and something more psychological.” Ultimately he demanded I become credentialed in health psychology – which is not an evidence-based procedure for rehabilitating chronic complex pain – or not have my contract renewed. Viagra pills I chose to stick by the ethical standards of the AAPM and did leave.
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Viagra pills NHCP knows and treats everything. Viagra pills No it doesn’t. Viagra pills NHCP only has the evidence-based skill-knowledge set for primary care – or the perspective of general, viagra pills family or internal medicine plus a few specialty medical services. Viagra pills That’s it. Viagra pills Marines should not expect more. Viagra pills For Marines with pain that has lasted more than 3 months and for whom the usual medical care offered at NHCP has done nothing to restore their ability to function, viagra pills NHCP lacks the MOS to treat, viagra pills manage or rehab a Marine’s chronic pain disorders. Viagra pills The likelihood is that a Med Board will be the outcome for those with chronic pain.
Viagra pills Specialized rehab programs for chronic pain exist at NHCP. They do not. Viagra pills There are many rehab programs in hospitals around the country. Viagra pills The classic ones are Cardiac Rehab, viagra pills and Diabetes Rehab, viagra pills and they all have the same characteristics: an integrated interdisciplinary team who are all knowledgeable about chronic pain with the single minded objective being to: (a) restore optimal behavioral and molecular to the patient as evidenced by objective behavioral and molecular markers, viagra pills and (b) turning over to the patient the responsibility of self-managing the conditions of their pain’s occurrence.
Viagra pills If one has chronic pain, viagra pills one can quickly get to see a pain specialist at NHCP. Viagra pills Not possible. Viagra pills A chronic pain specialty requires special education, viagra pills training, viagra pills experience and credentialing. Viagra pills There are no such providers at NHCP. Viagra pills Pain specialists are available at Balboa but it takes a long time to go through the steps to get a referral to Balboa. Viagra pills And then it’s just for a “differential diagnosis” that will probably be the basis for your Med Board rather than for ongoing treatment, viagra pills relief of pain and restored ability to function (especially in “full-duty status”).
Viagra pills The Med Board process is no big deal. Viagra pills Not really. Viagra pills Most wounded Marines who I saw at Camp Pendleton ended up being “med boarded” out of the Marines – at great harm to the Marine – not because the Marine had a specific, viagra pills diagnosable condition that made him/her “unfitting” for duty. Viagra pills That their disorder rendered them “unfitting” never could be confirmed because they were never exposed to the appropriate treatment for chronic pain, viagra pills which when done right, viagra pills could have confirmed if their pain disorder really rendered them “unfit” by disappearing. Viagra pills Instead, viagra pills Marines with chronic pain were summarily “med boarded” out of the Marines because the Marine’s pain disorder did not respond to general medicine’s acute perceptions, viagra pills treatment and management approach to pain and your chronic pain failed to respond to their mistaken expectations.
Viagra pills If a provider at NHCP says I don’t have chronic pain it’s so. Not so, viagra pills not today when evidence-based pain management is what we practice, viagra pills rather than philosophy and the unsupported use of words. Viagra pills Scientific pain management exposes the patient to the evidence-based treatment for the specific pain condition that is implemented by an integrated interdisciplinary team qualified in providing chronic pain rehab. Viagra pills If the Marine’s chronic pain responds to the qualified version of chronic pain treatment within the expected period of time, viagra pills there is confirmation of the pain condition and the primary care doctor’s diagnosis is therefore false. Viagra pills If there is no response to the chronic pain treatment, viagra pills there is no confirmation of the pain condition and the chronic pain specialist’s diagnosis is therefore false.
Viagra pills It’s easy for a neurologist to see the real causes of pain. Viagra pills No so. Viagra pills Take the case of a 20 y/o Lance Corporal “mortar man” who was on patrol in enemy territory carrying a heavy mortar barrel by wrapping both his arms around the mortar barrel and resting it over his traps as one might hold a heavy barbell prior to doing squats. Viagra pills As the patrol came over a rise, viagra pills enemy rocket fire started coming in over the Marines, viagra pills and the Lance Corporal started running down a hill that was inclined to the right. Viagra pills As he ran he stumbled on a rock and as gravity took him towards the right, viagra pills still with the mortar barrel over his shoulders, viagra pills he fell hard with all his weight. Viagra pills As he fell he put out his right elbow to break the fall and, viagra pills in so doing, viagra pills the barrel was forced towards the right front and tightly against his right trap which he fell against with all his weight. Viagra pills When he was able to get up the pain was sharp and throbbing over his right shoulder and neck. Viagra pills He reported to the BAS MO, viagra pills was given rest and mild analgesics. Viagra pills The pain subsided slightly but within a week he reported having “bad migraines.” He was returned to base but was unable to perform his duties due to the “bad migraines” so he was air-evac’d back to Camp Pendleton for evaluation and treatment. Viagra pills After a period of unsuccessful treatment by his BAS MO he was referred him for primary care evaluation and more treatment with analgesics which again did nothing to relieve his headaches. Viagra pills At 12 weeks post-injury the Marine was referred to a neurologist for evaluation who prescribed the standard medication for migraines to which the Marine faithfully adhered for a further 4 months; however the migraines persisted while his marriage, viagra pills work, viagra pills and social life got worse. Viagra pills Another 8 months went by with relief in his migraines; he also was treated with psych meds because he couldn’t stand the side effects. Viagra pills He couldn’t do any exercise, viagra pills he had no appetite and he lost 15 pounds. Viagra pills The neurologist told him he was going to be “med boarded” since his symptoms didn’t improve, viagra pills he couldn’t qualify for any of his Marine required activities, viagra pills and his Command was ready to support his being med boarded.
Viagra pills Since NHCP can provide no qualified treatments for chronic pain, viagra pills all his Navy doctors could say concretely was that this young Marine did not have the neurological, viagra pills psychiatric, viagra pills or orthopedic conditions they hypothesized he might have. Viagra pills There is no way of confirming with hard evidence of either Navy physicians’ impression of the condition or provide no qualified treatment, viagra pills only assertions that the condition is something that it is not – and for which there is no confirming response to treatment – rather than what it is – and for which the confirming response to treatment does exist.
Viagra pills CONCLUSION – THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES
Viagra pills My original impression before I came to work with wounded Marines at NHCP was that Navy medicine at NHCP was at the same level of expertise that military medicine was at in their work amputees. Viagra pills This was not the case at NHCP on closer inspection:
Viagra pills - There is no qualified pain treatment at NHCP;
Viagra pills - There are no qualified full-time pain specialists available to Marines at NHCP;
Viagra pills - There are no continuing education courses on chronic pain for providers at NHCP;
Viagra pills - There is no integrated interdisciplinary chronic pain program at NHCP;
Viagra pills - Med Board diagnoses for those with chronic pain are probably in error
Viagra pills - Med Board diagnoses for those with chronic pain are often trivial (“neuritis” was given as a diagnosis rather than the disabling Complex Regional Pain Syndrome that it was based on a second round work-up by pain anesthesiologists at Balboa);
Viagra pills - There is no credentialed chronic pain specialty leadership for the Wounded Warrior Battalion.
Viagra pills The Marines I worked with were a wonderful group of men I got to know and appreciated enormously. Viagra pills They deserve a more than the “business-as-usual” primary care effort they have been given. Viagra pills All Marines should be returned to the high level of behavioral and molecular functioning they had shortly after finishing boot camp at their physical best. Viagra pills Hopefully, viagra pills legislators in Washington will implement the urgently needed chronic pain rehab programs these brave young Americans deserve.
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Viagra pills COMPLEX PAIN – DEFINITION
Viagra pills This is a very special type of pain. Viagra pills It’s pain that …
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Viagra pills - has lasted for more than a year;
Viagra pills - is not mild or intermittent but rather it occurs daily and the pain is moderate to severe (5+ on a 10-point scale);
Viagra pills - is pain that physicians you’ve seen haven’t been able to get you back to work or functioning normally again;
Viagra pills - all of your diagnostic tests produce “negative” findings and your physicians tell you that “you have nothing, viagra pills” yet you continue to have moderate to severe pain and you can’t work and you can’t lead a normal life;
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Viagra pills - it’s complex pain that has led your doctors to tell you, viagra pills “That’s all we can do for you. Viagra pills Learn to live with it;”
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Viagra pills Today’s chronic pain doesn’t fit the acute (urgent care) treatment model that worked well from about 1850-1950 when the average age was 25 and the major concern was communicable diseases (like TB, viagra pills influenza, viagra pills cholera, viagra pills smallpox, viagra pills sexually transmitted diseases, viagra pills measles, viagra pills malaria and everything we could pick up from viruses, viagra pills bacteria and little animals that get under our skin and into our body). Viagra pills It’s great that experimental medicine met the challenge and developed, viagra pills through experiment and skills learned by doing, viagra pills a consistent way of identifying a single cause of an illness, viagra pills isolating the presumed cause in the laboratory, viagra pills then finding a specific agent that would kill it, viagra pills then giving the agent to the patient in certain doses over a specific time frame and then watching the patient’s symptoms disappear and the patient’s ability to function return. Viagra pills That’s what happened when the average age of the population was 25, viagra pills communicable disease was the problem, viagra pills and acute-minded treatment “fit” the need.
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