Lupus Detroit Fighting to Help the Warriors

A non-profit organization Lupus Detroit sponsors events that help raise money to help people that afflicted with the Autoimmune Disorder that causes the body to attack its own organs.

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This is a symbolism of a Lupus survivor. Image Source: Creative Commons

Lupus Detroit is having its fifth annual Walk for Warriors walk. This walk is being held at the New Center Park, in Detroit, Michigan on September 2, 2017. Registration has begun for the walkers, walking to help raise this year’s goal of $40,000 for the Warriors who suffer from this incurable disease.

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Dorie R Fann-Purry a Lupus Survivor and active member of Lupus Detroit. Photo Source: Dorie R Fann-Purry

Lupus Detroit is a non-profit organization that raises money to help people who are afflicted with the illness that causes their bodies to attack their own organs. “Let’s fight this battle together,” says Dorie R Fann-Purry, and active member of Lupus Detroit.

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Lupus Detroit has started the registration process for walkers. Image Source: Google

Register today for the walk on September 2,2017, and help these chronic pain sufferers fight the fight of their lives.

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Image source: Dorie R Fann-Purry for Lupus Detroit and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan

Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Chronic neuropathic pain is commonly known as nerve pain. Many chronic pain sufferers are afflicted with neuropathic pain, a different kind of pain that responds poorly to standard pain treatments. Chronic pain patients can be troubled with both chronic pain and nerve pain, so seeking proper medical care is advised when experiencing an abnormal feeling within your body.

Chronic pain is also known as Chronic Pain Syndrome (CPS), defined as having pain lasting for more than six months. Chronic pain can become dangerous cycles that lead stressors to cause intense pain. One case in point of a stressor is, loss of sleep at night, which can lead to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), from sleep deprivation and discomfort. No sleep leads to irritating nerves in the mind and body, making the pain worse, and that affects the nervous system and the paths leading to nerve pain.

Nerve pain can derive from damaged nerves sending false signals to the brain leading to chronic pain from the sensory nerves. The feelings of nerve pain vary from person to person; some people experience intense feelings of pain that burn and feel prickly throughout the different parts of the body.

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Chronic nerve pain is an extreme form of pain that can be debilitating. Signals from the Peripheral nerves and the central nervous system are the cause of the way that neurological mechanisms function in the body. Photo Source: Cynthia Gladden

Nerve pain can also make an individual highly sensitive to certain ailments for instance diabetes can lead to Diabetic Neuropathy a common cause of damaged nerves from diabetes being untreated. Fibromyalgia can affect the skin, muscles, and nerve central neurological disorders that stem from the spinal cord and the brain, reacting through the peripheral nerves of the body.

There is a heightened sensitivity to pain from nerves and can cause the skin to be affected with pain to the touch of the skin. There are also ailments that can lead to painful body positions, such as standing and sitting causing more stress for the patient.

Treatment for chronic neuropathic pain varies due to the reasons of the nervous system disruption. Opiates are prescribed, but other medications are given to calm the nerves. Topical ointments are used, nonsurgical treatments, home remedies, and treating health conditions that can attribute to nerve pain. Yearly physicals can detect early onset conditions, where a doctor can give you a correct diagnosis and treatment plan for any condition.

Chronic Pain and Depression

Your mental well being is just as important as your physical well being. Leading research finds that chronic pain and depression go hand in glove towards treatment. A path of signals to the brain detects chronic pain and depression can be linked to behavior. Multi functions of the brain recognize chronic pain and depression separately one or the other disorder leads to more severe pain.

Doris Dangerfield, Professional Counselor, states “chronic pain gets worse when symptoms of depression are not addressed and if depression is not treated it makes the pain feel worse.”

Many ailments or conditions cause chronic pain disorders, for example, fibromyalgia, arthritis, as well as sports injuries or falls. As a result, many patients use whatever measures to reduce their pain. Some people become addicted to the opiates used to treat pain, trying to get rid of the physical pain that could actually be connected to signals in the brain related to depression.

Doris Dangerfield feels that “pain causes depression and depression lead to pain, making a correlation between chronic pain and depression.”

Most people do not recognize the signs of depression, which leads to unexplained physical symptoms such as back aches and or headaches.

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The brain is the core of the central nervous system learning to relax can help reduce chronic pain.  Photo Source: Cynthia Gladden

Patients that are diagnosed with depression and chronic pain, antidepressant medications may find relief in both pain and depression because of the shared chemical messages in the brain. To help balance your life when coping with chronic pain being a part of your life, other healthy daily routines will help relieve the pain. Physical therapy, journaling, meditation, coping skills, eating healthy, and exercising, are just a few things that could help with reducing pain and building mental well being on a daily basis.

Pain can have a psychological effect and a physical effect for a correct diagnosis. A visit to your primary care doctor or local mental health center is advised for assessment of health conditions and treatment options.

Pain Signals To The Brain

The human body is equipped with nerve fibers known as the peripheral nerves, which connect the spinal cord and the brain. The central nervous system, known as the peripheral nerves and are considered the portal that controls the passage of pain signals to the brain for different parts of the body.

Aimal Khan describes the process that the brain goes through to approach pain. In the course of expanded growth of pain, chronic pain will progress leading to depression, anxiety, and a lower quality of life for some people. BBC World Service describes the link to chronic pain and inherited diseases, leading researchers to having a better understanding of chronic pain, so to help the many people that have to endure intense pain daily.

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During your lifes journey, if you cross a path of chronic pain that follows you, educate yourself on the choices of relief that are available.    Image Source: Cynthia Gladden

The business Calmare Therapy in Michigan helps chronic pain patients with their drug free therapy, the MICalmare treatment. Southside Pain Specialist tries other methods that involve nerve blocks that stop the nerves from sending signals to the brain. Health and Wellness Tips help with revealing news stories about burning the nerves that are the source of the pain.

The pain disease Fibromyalgia left doctors baffled for years, but after years of studies, it is now declared a disability that affects millions of people. Hawaii Island Recovery reports that brain scans reveal differences in brain patterns for Fibromyalgia patients and patients without it.

Ellen Blau, PSY.D., promotes another form of coping with pain through relaxation methods, stress management through connecting mind and body. American Pain and Spinal Center, PC, using a combination of treatments based on each patient’s own form of pain, as each brain is distinctive within a persons mind.

 

 

 

 

One Hell Of a Ride Toward Success

 

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The obstacles I’ve faced since I’ve started my journey of mastery, in New Media Journalism have been quite compelling.   But the car accident my son was involved in, late Saturday night, thousands of miles away from home and with no family members have me a bit confounded, but I must continue on with my journey, being so close to the end.

Rickey Gladden loves his children immensely and left Detroit, to work. Through my studies, I’ve been told that writing about family members is a big no-no, but I want the world to understand my struggles as I use this form of media to help encourage other people who find it difficult to succeed throughout the ups and downs of life.

Rickey still is breathing with the help of a respirator.  The doctors are going to remove the tube soon, and hopefully, he will breathe on his on, if not he will have a trachea inserted.  I have not raised enough money to get to Portland, Oregon yet, but I will remain hopeful.

You can follow this story on Cynthia Gladden’s Vlog.

THE HIDDEN VOICES: Within The Detroit Public School System

Some parents of the Detroit Public Schools feel their children’s pressure of their fight to keep the chosen schools for closures open, for their children’s educational journey.

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Gompers Elementary-Middle School at 14450 Burt Rd., Detroit, Michigan, faces closing its doors June 2017 for failing M-STEP scores, three years in a row.  This 21 million dollar school was built to replace three older schools, including the first Samuel Gompers Elementary School.  Photo By: Cynthia Gladden

State testing used to measure the academic growth of school-age children is the Michigan Student Test of Educational Performance test, also known as the M-STEP test.

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Heaven Young is a fifth grader at Gompers Elementary Middle School.  Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Heaven Young, a fifth grader at Gompers Elementary-Middle School, has finished her testing and says “I’m glad it’s over with because I feel like a lot of pressure is put on us kids to keep the school open.”

A group of parents is speaking out against the testing of their children.  These parents have opted their children out of the M-STEP test, which shifts the responsibility of the failed test scores in the educational process of teaching within the schools, as 95% of the children within the failing schools are expected to be tested, or the school will be sanctioned by the State of Michigan.