Enduring chronic pain: "Nobody should have to suffer when treatments are available" (press release)

Saturday, August 06, 2005
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of (See all articles...)
Tags: health news, Natural News, nutrition

eTrust Pro Certified

Pin It


Simone Orton – once a runner, baseball player and figure skater – found herself curled up in a fetal position during a bout of agony so powerful, she wondered if she would ever live a pain-free and active life again

Her muscles were twitching from head to toe. The woman who prided herself on not letting anyone know the extent of her pain was vomiting repeatedly and moaning. Her terrified husband rushed her to the emergency room.

Orton had lived with chronic pain since an accident at age 12 that crushed two of her vertebrae. Many doctors told her that nothing serious was wrong with her in the years that followed. Some doctors suggested that the problem was all in her head. She persisted, until a rheumatologist finally diagnosed her with a kind of arthritis known as ankylosing spondylitis, which caused her spine to fuse together and to be completely solid.

Even after the diagnosis, however, Orton continued to suffer, often in silence. But this trip to the hospital altered everything. The peak of her pain was so high that she thought she might die. Doctors and nurses struggled to get her pain under control.

And on day six of her nine-day hospital stay, Orton, now 42, had a fateful meeting with Carmen R. Green, M.D., associate professor in the U-M Medical School's Department of Anesthesiology and pain specialist at the U-M Health System's Center for Interventional Pain Medicine.

Green “walked in and took over,” Orton recalls. “At that point she didn't feel I was adequately being taken care of, pain-wise.”

Green developed a pain-management plan for Orton that included regular fine-tunings of her pain medications, as well as ways to deal with the mental and social burdens associated with living with chronic pain.

Far too many people suffer from chronic pain without receiving adequate treatment, Green says. “Pain is a thief in the night; it steals people's livelihood,” she says. “Pain is under-treated. It really is a public health crisis. If we do not do something about the pain epidemic, it's going to significantly impact this society.”

Pain also is an issue that typically receives varying amounts of attention, depending on a patient's demographics, she says.

“The pain complaints of certain populations, including the elderly, minorities and women, do not receive the same attention as those of, in general, Caucasian men,” Green says. “Our research at U-M is focused on how age, race and gender influence the pain experience. We also look at how those factors influence health care providers' decision-making as it relates to pain.”

One-fifth to one-third of Americans live with pain, Green says. This number is increasing rapidly due to high rates of obesity and inactivity, improvements in medicine and technology that allow people to live longer, and other societal changes.

For instance, someone who would have died from a car accident or cancer 20 years ago now may be able to live a long life. “Despite the fact that we can save and prolong their lives, we now may end up treating them for chronic pain problems,” Green says.

But treatments are available, including medications – ranging from over-the-counter medicine to prescription-only opioid analgesics – as well as psychological counseling for the depression and anxiety that often accompany chronic pain, relaxation training, physical therapy to improve a person's function and mobility, and more. In addition, many types of nerve blocks are available to treat many painful conditions.

“We have a lot of things in our tool box,” Green says. “Nobody should have to suffer from pain when so many treatments are available.”

And how is Simone Orton doing? The woman who once needed a wheelchair when her pain and arthritis were at their most debilitating is back on her feet, continuing with an active lifestyle and in control of her pain.

“I'm doing so well that at my last visit with Dr. Green, she said she didn't need to see me for three months,” Orton says. “It felt like a graduation.”

Original source:


Enduring chronic pain: "Nobody should have to suffer when treatments are available" (press release)

Get breaking health news + a LIFETIME 7% discount on everything at the NaturalNews Store
Join two million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.

Articles Related to This Article:

New Book Reveals Why Your Dental Fillings, Earrings, Wristwatch and Jewelry May be the Hidden Cause Behind Chronic Pain and Muscle Weakness

Top remedies for treating chronic pain naturally

Exclusive: Cognitive pain management breakthrough far better choice than back surgery, says surgeon

Acupuncture significantly reduces pain following C-section: Research

Treat pain with homeopathy

Beat chronic back pain naturally

Natural pain relievers beat Big Pharma drugs

Toxic environment now causing mysterious, debilitating pain in arms and legs; doctors baffled

Related video from NaturalNews.TV

Your NaturalNews.TV video could be here.
Upload your own videos at NaturalNews.TV (FREE)

About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is the founding editor of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news website, now reaching 7 million unique readers a month.

In late 2013, Adams launched the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, where he conducts atomic spectroscopy research into food contaminants using high-end ICP-MS instrumentation. With this research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products to low levels by July 1, 2015.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power, a massive research resource now featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released ten popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at

Have comments on this article? Post them here:

 people have commented on this article.

Related Articles:

New Book Reveals Why Your Dental Fillings, Earrings, Wristwatch and Jewelry May be the Hidden Cause Behind Chronic Pain and Muscle Weakness

Top remedies for treating chronic pain naturally

Exclusive: Cognitive pain management breakthrough far better choice than back surgery, says surgeon

Acupuncture significantly reduces pain following C-section: Research

Treat pain with homeopathy

Beat chronic back pain naturally

Natural pain relievers beat Big Pharma drugs

Toxic environment now causing mysterious, debilitating pain in arms and legs; doctors baffled

Take Action: Support

Email this article to a friend

Share this article on: NewsVine | digg |

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...


Now Available at

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...


Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...


Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at

Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play