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– Dr. Neil Raff

Signals for certain types of pain, such as a cut or a burn, go directly to our brain. Pain signals from other certain organs or structures go to a region called center or substation called ganglion where they are processed and then sent to the brain.

Problems can arise when these regional ganglion become so hypersensitive from certain stimuli that even the slightest input, such as a certain movement or turn, will set off a signal of severe pain. Then, a pattern of repeated severe pain is set up in certain parts of the body despite no underlying damage.

In the 1920s, German scientists became aware of this type of malfunction in certain parts of our nervous system. This included the autonomic nervous system which controls and regulates our inner body functions, such as heart rate, sweating, blood pressure, regulation of balance, etc.

Thus, inappropriate pain could also be linked to excessive sweating, palpitations, and dizziness, which creates another level of symptoms including anxiety. They were able to develop a treatment program using certain types of injections to reset and correct these dysfunctional nerve messages.

This is called Neural Therapy and has proven to be very effective in many cases of chronic pain and other associated symptoms, especially when imaging studies like MRI and CAT scans are unable to locate any site of pain generators, or showing some damage that doesn’t get better with any treatment.

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Important Medical Tests

Doctors seem to be ordering more test than ever especially imaging studies, such as CT scans, MRIs, and PET scans. Why? Well, there are two reasons.

First, these type of studies gives accurate images of internal parts of our body for suspected diagnosis. Blood tests give a great deal of information about body functions, the liver, kidneys, hormones, anemia, infections, etc, but which one of these many should they order?

This brings us to the second problem which is time because, since a good history and a thorough exam can take an hour or more, having doctors see 20 to 25 patients takes up a lot of time. Average office visits really last 20 minutes and then it’s time to order those tests, which is doctor’s hopes might give them some answers.

Take a common complaint such as chest pain. When does it happen, resting or exercising, with or without food, sitting or lying down, with or without breathing problems? Already, we have 10 different areas of the problem which could be the heart or lungs or esophagus or spine or anxiety or any combination. Which tests to order?

The answer is time. There is no substitute for experienced listening. It points the trained ear to the most likely cause of the symptoms and then the proper test can be ordered.

At Integrated Quality Medical Care, we take the time to listen not only to the patient’s personal symptoms but question their environment, lifestyle, family history, all of which are important to get the correct diagnosis.