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May 4, 2012
Washington County CARES, in collaboration with Brook Lane and Otterbein United Methodist Church, will offer a program, "Caring for Older Individuals with Chronic Pain and Depression," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Otterbein United Methodist Church, 108 E. Franklin St., downtown Hagerstown. The program is free to attend, and refreshments will be served. To register, 301-733-0331, ext. 349.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | July 2, 2007
David Whittington found sitting, standing and walking unbearably painful five years after a 1999 back surgery to fix a herniated disc. The surgery repaired the herniated disc, but scarred nerves lingered afterward, causing immense pain. By 2003, that pain was too much to bear. That's when Whittington, 51, of Kearnysville, W.Va., sought a pain treatment method outside his current system of medication and physical therapy - which wasn't working. He went to a pain management specialist, a doctor who specializes in treating pain - a specialty that health care professionals say didn't exist a decade ago. "My pain's been reduced almost 100 percent," Whittington said last week during a visit to The Spine Center at The Center for Pain Management in Hagerstown.
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by Shannon Leidig | September 19, 2004
(Editor's note: The author is a chronic pain sufferer who lives in Washington County. She wrote this as part of the educational component of Pain Awareness Month.) Who would ever have thought that my life would change forever on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1990? Until then, I was a normal college student, majoring in music therapy and piano at Shenandoah Conservatory. That morning I awoke with my hand in severe pain and very swollen and waxy looking. The pain was so intense that I could not finish my piano practice.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | August 13, 2007
Clinical psychologist Amy Fox says that for her patients, chronic pain sufferers, the pain affects more than just their bodies. Their pain also effects their minds. As the murky link between chronic pain and mental health becomes better understood, more health-care professionals are rethinking how they treat chronic pain. There is evidence that treating the mental-health issues tied to pervasive pain can actually reduce suffering from pain, said Fox, a clinical psychologist for Washington County Hospital's Behavioral Health Services.
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November 14, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer A Boonsboro woman has filed a $20 million lawsuit against a dentist she claims caused permanent nerve damage that has left her with chronic pain that her lawyer compared to a 24-hour-a-day migraine headache. According to the suit filed Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court, Sandra J. Garcia visited Dr. John F. Seidel for a dental procedure in January 1995, and left with an incurable pain. "I think this case is a substantial case and certainly falls in the seven-figure range," said attorney Leonard P. Buscemi.
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March 4, 2006
Power Over Pain will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Park Road Bible Church, 750 Park Road, Hagerstown. Power Over Pain is for people who have had their lives changed due to pain. The meeting will feature Wendy Radonovich-Crum, an occupational therapist at Total Rehab Care, and Steve Ryan of Ryan Physical Therapy. They will discuss the roles occupational and physical therapists can play in treating and managing chronic pain. For information, call Linda Norris at 301-739-3002 or e-mail CaringVoicesMPI@aol.
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February 15, 2013
Unity of Hagerstown is offering a Mindfulness Workshop, at 1 p.m. Sunday Feb. 24. Studies have shown that mindfulness skills are effective at reducing depression, chronic pain and stress. Mindfulness is the ability to become aware of one's thoughts, emotions and physical presence in the present moment, without judgment. Participants will learn to focus more fully on the present moment, recognize and focus on thoughts, emotions and physical sensations, and learn how to separate thoughts from emotions.
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by KATE COLEMAN | November 1, 2004
katec@herald-mail.com Shannon Leidig winced as she put on socks and shoes last Monday afternoon. She was getting ready to take her daily walk - something she has to do. She's been told that she'll lose the use of her legs if she doesn't walk every day. Leidig has a chronic pain condition called complex regional pain syndrome. She was a college student majoring in music therapy and piano in February 1990 when she woke with her hand swollen, waxy-looking and in severe pain.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 17, 2011
A Hagerstown pharmacist has been prohibited from dispensing drugs classified as controlled dangerous substances following allegations that he filled thousands of prescriptions for Oxycodone, OxyContin, methadone and other powerful painkillers written by two physicians whose licenses were subsequently suspended. The Maryland Board of Pharmacy voted on Dec. 22, 2010, to summarily suspend the license of David Russo, owner of Russo's Rx at 25 N. Cannon Ave. "There has since been a consent agreement by which my license has been restored, but I cannot dispense controlled dangerous substances," Russo said Tuesday.
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by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | June 26, 2005
daniels@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Not a single patient called to cancel their appointment with Dr. Arthur H. Horn on June 1. During the week before that, in fact, the situation was much the same. And the week before. "It's been hectic. We've been seeing like 60 patients a day. Nobody cancels, nobody doesn't show up because they want to see him. They want to say goodbye," said Horn's office manager, Sue Jordan. "They want to have that closure with him. " Horn, who came to Washington County in 1984 to help Washington County Hospital develop a pain management program, began conducting exit visits with his patients about two months ago and shut down his Hagerstown pain management and treatment practice in early June.
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February 15, 2013
Unity of Hagerstown is offering a Mindfulness Workshop, at 1 p.m. Sunday Feb. 24. Studies have shown that mindfulness skills are effective at reducing depression, chronic pain and stress. Mindfulness is the ability to become aware of one's thoughts, emotions and physical presence in the present moment, without judgment. Participants will learn to focus more fully on the present moment, recognize and focus on thoughts, emotions and physical sensations, and learn how to separate thoughts from emotions.
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May 4, 2012
Washington County CARES, in collaboration with Brook Lane and Otterbein United Methodist Church, will offer a program, "Caring for Older Individuals with Chronic Pain and Depression," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Otterbein United Methodist Church, 108 E. Franklin St., downtown Hagerstown. The program is free to attend, and refreshments will be served. To register, 301-733-0331, ext. 349.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 17, 2011
A Hagerstown pharmacist has been prohibited from dispensing drugs classified as controlled dangerous substances following allegations that he filled thousands of prescriptions for Oxycodone, OxyContin, methadone and other powerful painkillers written by two physicians whose licenses were subsequently suspended. The Maryland Board of Pharmacy voted on Dec. 22, 2010, to summarily suspend the license of David Russo, owner of Russo's Rx at 25 N. Cannon Ave. "There has since been a consent agreement by which my license has been restored, but I cannot dispense controlled dangerous substances," Russo said Tuesday.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | August 27, 2007
It was another brisk walk through the cemetery for Bill Wolfinger, who this time last year was in too much pain for such a stroll. Thanks to a spinal implant operated by remote control, Wolfinger is able to walk two to three miles at a time. Before he got the implant - a device about the size of an iPod - he wasn't able to do much walking at all. "I wasn't really able to do anything other than just sit around. It was really awful," said Wolfinger, 62, of Hagerstown. He walks through Rest Haven Cemetery every other day, "because it's quiet.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | August 13, 2007
Clinical psychologist Amy Fox says that for her patients, chronic pain sufferers, the pain affects more than just their bodies. Their pain also effects their minds. As the murky link between chronic pain and mental health becomes better understood, more health-care professionals are rethinking how they treat chronic pain. There is evidence that treating the mental-health issues tied to pervasive pain can actually reduce suffering from pain, said Fox, a clinical psychologist for Washington County Hospital's Behavioral Health Services.
NEWS
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | July 2, 2007
David Whittington found sitting, standing and walking unbearably painful five years after a 1999 back surgery to fix a herniated disc. The surgery repaired the herniated disc, but scarred nerves lingered afterward, causing immense pain. By 2003, that pain was too much to bear. That's when Whittington, 51, of Kearnysville, W.Va., sought a pain treatment method outside his current system of medication and physical therapy - which wasn't working. He went to a pain management specialist, a doctor who specializes in treating pain - a specialty that health care professionals say didn't exist a decade ago. "My pain's been reduced almost 100 percent," Whittington said last week during a visit to The Spine Center at The Center for Pain Management in Hagerstown.
NEWS
March 4, 2006
Power Over Pain will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Park Road Bible Church, 750 Park Road, Hagerstown. Power Over Pain is for people who have had their lives changed due to pain. The meeting will feature Wendy Radonovich-Crum, an occupational therapist at Total Rehab Care, and Steve Ryan of Ryan Physical Therapy. They will discuss the roles occupational and physical therapists can play in treating and managing chronic pain. For information, call Linda Norris at 301-739-3002 or e-mail CaringVoicesMPI@aol.
NEWS
by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | June 26, 2005
daniels@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Not a single patient called to cancel their appointment with Dr. Arthur H. Horn on June 1. During the week before that, in fact, the situation was much the same. And the week before. "It's been hectic. We've been seeing like 60 patients a day. Nobody cancels, nobody doesn't show up because they want to see him. They want to say goodbye," said Horn's office manager, Sue Jordan. "They want to have that closure with him. " Horn, who came to Washington County in 1984 to help Washington County Hospital develop a pain management program, began conducting exit visits with his patients about two months ago and shut down his Hagerstown pain management and treatment practice in early June.
NEWS
by KATE COLEMAN | November 1, 2004
katec@herald-mail.com Shannon Leidig winced as she put on socks and shoes last Monday afternoon. She was getting ready to take her daily walk - something she has to do. She's been told that she'll lose the use of her legs if she doesn't walk every day. Leidig has a chronic pain condition called complex regional pain syndrome. She was a college student majoring in music therapy and piano in February 1990 when she woke with her hand swollen, waxy-looking and in severe pain.
NEWS
by Shannon Leidig | September 19, 2004
(Editor's note: The author is a chronic pain sufferer who lives in Washington County. She wrote this as part of the educational component of Pain Awareness Month.) Who would ever have thought that my life would change forever on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1990? Until then, I was a normal college student, majoring in music therapy and piano at Shenandoah Conservatory. That morning I awoke with my hand in severe pain and very swollen and waxy looking. The pain was so intense that I could not finish my piano practice.
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