Archive For The “Mind Therapies” Category

The Internet in Modern Medicine: Online Support Groups

By | June 7, 2012

Another area where the Internet is having a tremendous impact on patient care at Schlesinger Pain Centers is the availability of online support groups. These online groups complement physical support groups and may actually be more important for patients with rare conditions. They also allow patients with more common conditions to look at regional variations […]

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SPC Support Goes On-Line

By | February 8, 2012

We are proud to announce the next step in the evolution of the Schlesinger Pain Centers Support Group, the formation of an on-line community. The name is the SPC Support Group and it is a closed group on Facebook. This means that while the existence of the group and its members will be public, any […]

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SNRIs and You: Venlafaxine

By | February 3, 2012

The first drug that Melissa will discuss in her featured topic presentation prior to next Monday’s Schlesinger Pain Centers Support Group meeting is venlafaxine. It is very commonly prescribed by Dr. Schlesinger as well as other practitioners, due to its cost advantage when compared to other drugs in its class. Venlafaxine is the first serotonin […]

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SNRIs and You

By | February 2, 2012

Melissa has told me that the Featured Topic to be discussed at the beginning of next Monday’s Schlesinger Pain Centers Support Group will be “SNRIs and You”. She chose that topic because so many of our patients are taking Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors. Melissa will discuss some of the more common medications, indications and side […]

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In Search of the Best Pain Clinic in LA: Information

By | January 19, 2012

The pace of life has accelerated tremendously over the last 50 years and while many things in medicine are still best done the old way, situations may arise where you need some information, but may not really need or have the time to see the doctor. The Best Pain Clinic in Los Angeles would anticipate […]

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Fibromyalgia and the Importance of Support

By | January 17, 2012

Fibromyalgia is in many ways the prototypical chronic disease. There are many forms of treatment but no cure. In conditions like this how you treat people is often as important as what you do and the practical advise that patients get from fellow suffers is often more useful than any prescription. It is for all […]

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Support Group Innovation: Featured Topics

By | January 13, 2012

In part of our continuing quest to bring you the Best Pain Clinic in Los Angeles, we are introducing some new features in our chronic pain support group. Beginning on January 23rd, one week from this coming Monday, the support group will include a brief update by our Head Nurse at Schlesinger Pain Centers, Melissa […]

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Distraction Therapy and Chronic Pain

By | December 4, 2011

In our last blog we spoke about controlling our thoughts and perception of chronic pain through meditative efforts. Today I would like to explore and alternative technique where the mental changes are secondary to another mental or physical activity. This technique has been termed distraction therapy because it decreases the perception of pain by actively […]

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Mindfulness and Chronic Pain

By | December 3, 2011

Mindfulness is an integral part of traditional Buddhist practice. It emphasizes controlling the thoughts we dwell on, eliminating the baser thoughts such as anger and greed and concentrating on the peaceful and productive integration of our minds, bodies and environments. In the last couple of blogs we have explored the potential relationships between painful stimuli […]

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Support Groups: The Encore

By | November 29, 2011

The Schlesinger Pain Centers Support Group met yesterday evening for the second time and I believe that it is well on its way to becoming the best chronic pain support group in Los Angeles. The participation was even broader than on the first meeting. Patients with similar problems at different stages of treatment and patients […]

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