Clinical Trials at Choices in Health Show Great Promise in Treating Chronic Pain
New Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis Shows Promise
This past weekend, I presented two scientific abstracts at the International Pelvic Pain Society’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. These abstracts display the data from two ongoing clinical studies I am conducting in conjuction with my co-authors: Dr. Frank Shallenberger, M.D. and Tom Bunn L.Ac. The first study looks at the effectiveness of ozone therapy in treating interstitial cystitis/chronic pelvic pain, and the second study investigates the use of trigger point injections to resolve chronic testicular pain.Interstitial cystitis (IC) is predominately diagnosed in women. A 2008 study by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals stated the IC gender ratio was approximately 9 women for every man. Chronic testicular pain is obviously a disease specific to men.Despite their gender differences, both of these conditions can be debilitating. They steal the fun out of everyday activities like traveling, dancing, bike riding, hiking, playing with your children (or grandchildren) … even sex. In short, these conditions take the pleasure out of life.
Returning a feeling of joy to my patients’ lives gives me a great sense of satisfaction. This is especially true for patients who come to me after they have “tried everything else.” It’s heartbreaking to hear about how “this pain that just won’t go away” has impacted their lives — especially the emotional ups and downs of so many unsuccessful treatments. Providing relief for these people is particularly rewarding.
If you or anyone you know suffers from recurrent interstitial cystitis/chronic pelvic pain or chronic testicular pain, and would like to become part of an ongoing clinical study, please contact the Choices in Health office at 303-444-0840.
Thank you and be well,
P.S. After a series of scheduling challenges caused by last month’s flood, I am happy to announce that my next presentation,Healing Chronic Pelvic Pain, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at The Riverside. For more information, please click both the links in the previous sentence or contact our office at 303-444-0840.
Treating IC&CPP with Ozone Bladder Instillations
By Dr. Emilia A. Ripoll, M.D.
For the last couple of years, I have conducted a small clinical study using ozone bladder instillation to treat women who suffer from recalcitrant interstitial cystitis/chronic pelvic pain — pain that did not respond to traditional treatments. The results of this study are quite encouraging, and I would like to share them with my readers, just as I have with my colleagues at the International Pelvic Pain Society annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.
The idea of using ozone to treat IC/CPP came to me after reading about European doctors successfully using this treatment modality for patients with radiation cystitis. In the United States, Dr. Frank Shallenberger has also been using ozone for over a decade to treat Interstitial cystitis — with good success and minimal side effects. Dr. Shallenberger is a co-investigator in the ongoing study I presented in Orlando.
Before we launch into the results of this study, I would like to provide you with a little background on ozone — especially its effects on the human body.
Resolving Chronic Testicular Pain with Trigger Point Injections
By Tom Bunn, L.Ac.Since 2008, the Rocky Mountain Center for Advanced Medicine has conducted a small clinical study (10 men) that uses a unique approach to resolving chronic testicular pain. For the past 5 years, we have been treating these 10 patients with trigger point injections in hand and ankle acupuncture points responsible for controlling the lumbosacral and sacroiliac joints.The results of this study have been very encouraging; however, before we launch into the results, allow me to bring you up to speed on the injections.Trigger point injections consist of a solution that contains procaine (2%), Traumeel, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid.Procaine is a short-acting numbing agent; Traumeel is a “fixed combination of biological and mineral extracts”; and Vitamin B12 is responsible for numerous functions within the body, including the manufacture of blood, DNA, and nerve cells, as well as healthy brain function; and Folic acid (also known as Vitamin B9) works in concert with B12 on a host of biochemical processes within the body.