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Free webinar: My Older Parent Hurts – Pain in Older Adults and How You Can Help

picture of an old ladyThe Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) will be hosting a free webinar tomorrow at 11:00 am PDT or 2:00 pm EDT. The webinar is titled “My Older Parent Hurts: Pain in Older Adults and How You can Help”. This event is co-sponsored by CIRPD, Pain BC and The Canadian Pain CoalitionRegister now for this event.

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Small fiber neuropathy may be responsible for pain in fibromyalgia

Woman readingResearchers announced that small fiber neuropathy, rather than central sensitization, may be the underlying cause of pain for people living with fibromyalgia. According to one researcher’s interview with MedPage Today, Xavier J. Caro, MD, of Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Northridge, Calif., skin biopsies revealed lower mean epidermal nerve fiber density among patients with fibromyalgia compared with controls at both the calf (5.8 versus. 7.4, P<0.0002) and thigh (9.3 versus 11.3, P<0.0007). The decreased epidermal nerve fiber density could indicate a peripheral nervous system injury contributing to pain. Continue reading

Fibromyalgia: Myths, Facts, and Future Hopes

Woman with hand on faceThe Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) will be conducting a webinar tomorrow (April 16) at 11:00am PDT/2:00pm EDT on fibromyalgia. The webinar will feature Connie Leudtke, MA, RN-BC, Assistant Professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Nursing Supervisor at the Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center and Mayo Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Clinic. Drawing from 25 years of experience, Leudtke will dispel some common myths about fibromyalgia. She will also provide up-to-date information on diagnosis and treatment.

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CRA Interview Series 2014 – Mr. Jeff Zong: A population-based study

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014″ – Mr. Jeff Zong: Association of Ethnicity and Self-Reported Hip Pain Among Caucasian and Chinese in Vancouver: A Population-Based Study”

Today’s interview features Mr. Jeff Zong, a Summer Medical Student at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. He did a poster presentation at the CRA Meeting titled “Association of Ethnicity and Self-Reported Hip Pain Among Caucasian and Chinese in Vancouver: A Population-based Study.” To see the poster, please click here.

A recent Canadian population survey of hip pain found 10% of 18-80 year olds reported having hip pain. Little is known, however, about the prevalence of hip pain in different ethnicities. Supervised by Drs. John Esdaile and Linda Li at the University of British Columbia and the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, Jeff Zong analysed results of a telephone household survey conducted in Vancouver, BC to explore associations between self-reported hip pain and Chinese and Caucasian ethnicities. Analysis revealed that the odds of reporting pain, stiffness or discomfort in the hip were significantly lower in the Chinese population than the Caucasian.

Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). Starting March 14, feature interviews will be posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.

AS it Goes – To Florida for an Ache Break

Fran and her hubby on a Florida beach

Fran and her hubby on a Florida beach

Spending time down south in the Florida sun sure sounds like a cure-all for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and osteoarthritis. However, the reality—for me—is very different. Weeks before we leave on our annual sojourn, I fantasize about how my various aches and pains will miraculously disappear once my joints are warmed by the sun and surf. I am (obviously) delusional (or seriously in denial) because every year I am sorely disappointed that my AS and osteo fail to give me a break during my winter reprieve. Continue reading