New This Week: May 18, 2011
Pelvic Pain in Men
In last week's newsletter I discussed the common causes of pelvic pain in women and how to treat them. Today it's the guys' turn.
Pelvic pain is common in the public in general, but especially common in those with CFS & fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, many patients are embarrassed to bring these up at their doctor visits and even when they do, physicians are often unfamiliar with these problems.
In this article, we'll focus on on prostatitis and prostadynia. For a broader discussion on pelvic pain, see this Q&A about pelvic pain in general in men.
Prostatitis and Prostadynia
Even in the absence of a full blown attack of prostatitis, which is usually not subtle and is easily diagnosed and treated, prostate pain is fairly common in men. When no infection is found, it is called prostadynia. It is also known as chronic nonbacterial prostatitis, or chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS). Unfortunately, when doctors do not know what is causing a problem, we often presume it must be psychological (i.e., "I don't know what's wrong with you, so you must be crazy!"). This is what has occurred with prostadynia.
VITAMIN POWDER SIGHTING
Dr. T in an Episode of "Glee" TV Series?
Well, not exactly, but ...
Standing in for Dr. T was his very own Energy Revitalization System vitamin powder. In the clip below from a recent episode, "Glee" star Jane Lynch (the coach) and friends appear to be enjoying some kind of Tequila smoothies made from Dr. T's vitamin powder (notice the box behind the blender). Not sure that's what we had in mind when recommending a scoop a day — but what the heck, it's still good for you!
Chronic Pain? 11 Ways to Cope With A Lack of Support
A very nice discussion on how to cope with chronic pain, particularly if you've got fibromyalgia, just came out on the Huffington Post. Happy to have helped contribute to this well-written piece. Read more »
Study Links Restless Legs Syndrome With Erectile Dysfunction
A new study found that men who experience RLS 15 or more times a month also experience a 2x higher incidence of erectile dysfunction. Read more »
Childhood Physical Abuse Linked to CFS
A study shows that childhood physical abuse might significantly increase the risk of CFS, fibromyalgia and other syndromes. Read more »
Curamin® — For Fast and Effective Pain Relief
An amazing leap forward in herbal medicine has been the development of a very highly absorbed form of Curcumin called "BCM 95." This has increased absorption over the previous best products by 693%, meaning 1 capsule replaces 7 old ones.
Over 1,000 studies show Curcumin to be a very promising herb. What really caught my attention was that we were getting some near miraculous reports of pain relief from many people who had suffered for years. This was especially so with a special mix called Curamin (by EuroPharma, under the Terry Naturally line). Look at the patient reports — Wow!
We have worked with a number of helpful herbal and natural treatments for pain, and though many have been very helpful, we have never seen anything as dramatically effective as Curamin. Bottom line? If you have pain — whether from fibromyalgia, tendonitis, or basically any cause — get a bottle, take 1 tablet 3x a day for 3-6 weeks or until the pain is gone (whichever comes first, then you can usually lower the dose), and then write us and let us know your experience. Be prepared to be wowed!
FEATURED QUESTIONS FROM READERS
Q: My son is having severe pain in different areas of his pelvis and experiencing burning when he urinates. Multiple trips to different urologists have failed to cure his condition. Can you help us? Read more »
Q: I have a close friend whose brother in LA suffers from severe pain in the anal/rectal area that makes it hard for him to live. Is there any pain doctor in the LA area you can recommend? Read more »
JOKE OF THE WEEK
I'll Bet You Can't
The IRS decides to audit Grandpa, and summons him to the IRS office. The IRS auditor was not surprised when Grandpa showed up with his attorney.
The auditor said, "Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no full-time employment, which you explain by saying that you win money gambling. I'm not sure the IRS finds that believable."
"I'm a great gambler, and I can prove it," says Grandpa. "How about a demonstration?"
The auditor thinks for a moment and says, "Okay. Go ahead."
Grandpa says, "I'll bet you $1,000 that I can bite my own eye."
The auditor thinks a moment and says, "It's a bet."
Grandpa removes his glass eye and bites it. The auditor's jaw drops.
Grandpa says, "Now, I'll bet you $2,000 that I can bite my other eye."
Now the auditor can tell Grandpa isn't blind, so he takes the bet. Grandpa removes his dentures and bites his good eye. The stunned auditor now realizes he has wagered and lost $3,000, with Grandpa's attorney as a witness. He starts to get nervous.
"Want to go double or nothing?" Grandpa asks. "I'll bet you $6,000 that I can stand on one side of your desk, and pee into that wastebasket on the other side, and never get a drop anywhere in between."
The auditor, twice burned, is cautious now, but he looks carefully and decides there's no way this old guy could possibly manage that stunt, so he agrees again. Grandpa stands beside the desk and unzips his pants, but although he strains mightily, he can't make the stream reach the wastebasket on the other side. So he pretty much urinates all over the auditor's desk. The auditor leaps with joy, realizing that he has just turned a major loss into a huge win. But Grandpa's attorney moans and puts his head in his hands.
"Are you okay?" the auditor asks.
"Not really," says the attorney. "This morning, when Grandpa told me he'd been summoned for an audit, he bet me $25,000 that he could come in here and pee all over your desk and that you'd be happy about it."
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