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Medical Marijuana & Chronic Pain: Two Studies (One By The VA) Claim INCONCLUSIVE Evidence.

by Anura Guruge


From CNN, Monday, August 14, 2017. Click image to access full coverage.


Snippet from above cited CNN article.

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From Monday, August 14, 2017
U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘.

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Interesting findings — or you can even say lack thereof, i.e., lack of conclusive evidence.

28% change in chronic pain compared to 16% given a placebo. That is not good.

But, it is only fair to note that both studies admit that more data is required. So, that is the crux.


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‘Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation’ (TMS) For Depression (& Chronic Pain): Brainsway vs. Neurostar.

by Anura Guruge



Into to TMS
from my ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) book.


In the U.S., from what I can determine, the two main (if not only) options for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is based on Neurostar technology or Brainsway technology.

Though they are both classed as TMS they differ in terms of the magnetic stimulation techniques used.

The Brainsway supposedly represents the newer technology. It uses a bigger, more encapsulating H-coil that does cover a larger portion of the brain — and supposedly can go deeper. Neurostar, a pioneer in TMS, uses a 8-coil that does not envelop the brain as much as the H-coil. It is claimed that the H-coil can stimulate brain ’tissue’ 2.4 – 5.7 times deeper than the 8-coil. However, it should also be noted that it is easier to have Sham H-coils (i.e., placebo coils) than it is with 8-coils!

A Brainsway session is 15 minutes shorter per session than a Neurostar session; 22 minutes vs. 37 minutes.

Neurostar uses rTMS (as described in my book above).

Brainstar calls its process Deep TMS (dTMS). I cannot get anybody to tell me, as yet, whether dTMS uses a faster or slower ‘repetition’ rate (i.e., the rate of pulsing) than rTMS.

The Brainstar is still relatively new.

From what I can find there are two other companies that offer TMS products: Magstim and Magvita. I, however, have not found any ‘doctors’ offering TMS using these devices anywhere around New England. I will do more research.

Though only approved for treating Depression per se, TMS, whether rTMS or dTMS, is a viable treatment option for ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) and other instances of Chronic Pain, including Fibromyalgia, since any degree of depression exaggerates your perception of pain.

TMS was FDA approved for treating treatment-resistant depression as as of 2008.


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‘Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation’ (TMS) A Promising Cure For Chronic Pain as In ‘Central Pain Syndrome’.

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From my ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) book.


An interesting treatment option for ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS).

It is said to be effective for treatment-resistant depression and is FDA approved as such (as of 2008).

At least some of the pain in chronic pain scenarios is due to depression. So it is possible that TMS works on pain by tackling the depression.

Just want to make sure that you are aware of this treatment option for chronic pain such as that of Central Pain Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.


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Fibromyalgia — The Pain & Suffering In 20 Pictures Submitted By Actual Sufferers.

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Many of you, especially anyone whose life has been impacted or touched by Fibromyalgiawill find this article with its 20-picture essays interesting.

Nothing new or profound in terms of the condition, just a chronicling of the symptoms and their effects on people and their lives.

A lot is happening, rather quickly, at present, in terms of trying to redefine Fibromyalgia and finally get a good handle on it so that better treatment options could be made available. I have covered some of these in my new ‘Central Pain Syndrome: Chronic, Confounding Pain Such As That Of Fibromyalgia‘ book.



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Fibromyalgia Sufferers Have Their Candid Say About Lyrica, Cymbalta & Savella.

by Anura Guruge



If you take medication for Fibromyalgia, in particular Lyrica, Cymbalta or Savella, you should do yourself a huge favor and read the above article.

The drugs used to ‘treat’ Fibromyalgia have some scary side effects — including the possibility of some very real, and permanent brain damage!

So, please do read this article and take note. Talk to your doctor(s).

I have covered some of these in my new ‘Central Pain Syndrome: Chronic, Confounding Pain Such As That Of Fibromyalgia‘ book.



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‘Central Pain Syndrome’ Book — Is #11 In Amazon ‘Pain Medicine’ Bestsellers (PAID).

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This is GOOD since I still have not managed to get much traction on this book. I am glad.

I am THANKFUL to the few of you who have helped me promote it. Thank you, again.

It is a start.


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