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Monday, May 09, 2005

The Cody News (May 9, 2005)

Poll: Americans Searching for Pain Relief ABC News - 2 hours agoMay 9, 2005 -- More than half of Americans live with chronic or recurrent pain, with broad numbers saying it interferes with their activities, mood and ... Oh, waaa. Poor us, let's all get on a bunch of mind-numbing, body-numbing pain drugs to relieve us from this torture called life. Not.

Court says FCC exceeded authority USA Today - 7 hours agoBy Paul Davidson, USA TODAY. Hollywood plans to turn to Congress in its bid to add anti-piracy technology to digital TVs after an ...
You have to love it when the courts rule against bureaucratic, crony, entrenched powers. And this one's important for the coming video revolution.

Nash says MVP award beyond wildest dreams CTV - 1 hour agoA humble Steve Nash says he's trying to get used to being in the spotlight, after becoming the first Canadian to be named most valuable player of the National Basketball Association. "I think it was wishful ...
I don't watch much hoops whatsoever, but how do you not cheer for this dishing point guard getting the MVP.

Twelve New Moons for Saturn Wired News - 3 hours agoAstronomers trying to perfect a model for how the solar system formed got a dozen tiny steps closer to their goal last week, thanks to the discovery of 12 additional moons around Saturn.
Yeah, really, now I'm sure they'll have all the answers to the formation of the solar system. What a crock.

Sober worm hits new heights ZDNet UK - 1 hour agoThe Sober.P worm is circulating the Internet in greater quantities than ever, according to an antivirus company on Monday. Sophos has reported that the mass-mailing worm now accounts for 5.4 percent of all ...
Sigh.

Belgium Students Break Pillow Fight Record Washington Post, DC - May 3, 2005-- Thousands of students from Leuven University in Belgium had a great time breaking the world record for the largest pillow fight on Tuesday. ...
Read on a blog from an attendee that everyone was just outright hammered -- not with pillows, if you know what I mean. Pretty funny stuff, regardless -- and ostensibly for a good cause.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Cody, I guess you have had intense, chronic pain for years, and have dealt with it "like a man." Maybe you could be a testosterone donor for all those other wimps out there.

5/10/2005 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In case you slept through junior high science classs, a reminder that science knowledge advances incrementally. Stay away from science and stick to the "gotta-have-the-answer-now-or-it-isn't-worth-it" Street. Forcing yourself to find things about which to be sarcastic everyday isn't improving the quality of your blog.

5/10/2005 09:34:00 AM  
Blogger Cody Willard said...

Ain't nuttin "manly" about dealing with the pain of life. Pain threshold and so-called chronic pain are a state of mind in many ways.

I see my comments themselves are painful for you. Maybe you can get some presription drugs for that too!

As for the science stuff -- I'm poking fun at these scientists trying to "perfect" their model. Incremental advancment is cool, but it ain't perfection.

5/10/2005 11:09:00 AM  
Blogger The Unknown Broker said...

You know you're my boy Cody, but I'm afraid we're going to have to differ on this one. Perhaps it's a function of being 32 years old and that the worst pain you've had to deal with has been from sports injuries -- which get better and have an end-in-sight aspect to them -- but really, I'm not sure you have a sufficently broad experience to speak with such bravado about the subject.

Imagine if you will that your recently bunged-up ankle didn't get better in a few days or weeks.
Imagine that the level of pain you experienced during that relatively brief period continued for years. Or perhaps you can manage to envision that there are worse cases of pain than that which you have experienced.

(Why didn't you just skip the crutches, square your shoulders and walk like a guy with a uninjured ankle anyhow? You must have needed some work on your state of mind, huh? Some work on your "threshold" perhaps?)

There is a vast difference between acute pain -- even severe pain that improves with time (tough it out, it'll get better) and chronic pain (every day is likely to be as bad as the day before.)

The overly dismissive characterization of chronic pain as "so-called" and the "it's a state of mind" comment would appear to belie a lack of either personal or close involvement with a long-term case of pain.

I am the first to agree that approaching physical pain with a positive attitude is a useful tool in coping with it. And there are mindset and behavioral approaches that can be quite helpful.

However, to so glibly throw out the "state of mind" thought is a perpetuation of the age-old "it's all in your mind" know-nothing drivel that in essence blames the sufferer for the problems.

Are there people who milk it? Sure. Are there nut-jobs who aren't really suffering? You betcha. Are there cases where people whine overmuch about relatively minor discomfort? Of course. And do I think that the 4 in 10 mentioned in the story is an overstatement of true chronic pain sufferers? Yes I do.

However, you seem to feel that "so-called" chronic pain does not exist. I would suggest that you spend some time discussing this with someone who has suffered a debilititating injury that has resulted in ongoing and very real pain, or with a person coping with a degenerative and painful ailment.

Dealing with daily, often-relentless pain is a life-altering, energy-draining, and often joy-robbing experience.

The impact on the person dealing with the pain, as well as on the families and friends of those persons is significant and intrudes on virtually every aspect of their lives.

So, to suggest that there is somehow a toughness, character, or mindset deficiency involved is, quite frankly a little offensive. Especially when coming from one who generally embraces a more broad minded and humanitarian point of view.

Hopefully neither you, your parents, your wife, or anyone else close to you will go through a chronic pain experience. But you're young so time will tell. Talk to me in 20 years and see how feel about the issue by then.

Your friend,

The Unknown Broker

5/10/2005 12:50:00 PM  
Blogger Cody Willard said...

Wow, I love my Unknown Broker -- I just wish I knew who he was. ;)

Actually, the whole point of my disgust with that article was the ridiculous stats they cite. I certainly know that millions of people have true "chronic" pain -- and prescription drugs are key tools for them.

But gimme a break that nearly 40% of us adults have chronic pain.

As for my own personal anecdotal experience with pain -- I've had more than my fair share of injuries and pain. I've broken bones in my body so many times I've lost count around 20.

This ankle that I keep busting is completely fucked up as it's had pins and screws in it and it's pretty frickin painful pretty frickin often.

I know pain, man.

5/10/2005 01:04:00 PM  
Blogger The Unknown Broker said...

I'm fully in agreement on the bogus stats -- as noted in my previous missive.

When those sorts of numbers are reported it actually trivializes the suffering of the legitimate chronic pain sufferers.

In a way it's sort of like the silly side of sexual harassment. When people bring lawsuits because somebody told a slightly off-color joke or something -- and they called it harassment -- it desensitizes us to the the real cases. There is huge difference between a guy who is threatening to fire a woman if she doesn't sleep with him, and the frivolous "someone-three-cubicles-down-said-butt-and-boob" situations.

But the prevalence of silly harassment cases and the media's reporting of them as legitimate ends up creating a backlash -- any mention of sexual harassment ends up with people having the tendency to dismiss it as groundless, even if it is one of the truly deplorable cases of real and abusive harassment.

The same can be true of media stories like the 40%-have-chronic-pain one under discussion. The very real, sad, and trying cases of chronic pain will ultimately tend to get lumped in with the frivolous claims and the legitimate sufferers are not given the support and understanding to which they are righly entitled.

I don't know what the real number is. It's not 40% I'm pretty sure. I can say with complete certainty though - and unfortunately through familial experience -- that it's not 0%

5/10/2005 01:36:00 PM  

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