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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky
    Hi, tagging-on to what Misty was saying. I saw the same show last night. It was on Inside Edition, and when I saw the previews, I hit the record button. She must have been misquoted in the article mentioned because she said she did take narcotic pain killers but that they didn't help. She said last November she was "diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy which is a rare nerve disorder that can cause intense and unexplained pain." Her new doctor prescribed Enbrel "which was developed for skin disorders but has been found to help people with nerve damage. She gives herself a shot once a week and says it is like a medical miracle. She has been pain-free for the first time in 25 years."

    It was interesting. I'm wondering if it could help those of us that suffer with fibromyalgia pain.
    It is worth investigating, Bucky! THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION!! It has cleared up a few questions I have had! Enjoy your day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kariann1
    It is worth investigating, Bucky! THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION!! It has cleared up a few questions I have had! Enjoy your day!
    Oh you're very welcome! Whenever I hear of someone that has been in chronic pain and has found something that sounds legitimate that helps, my ears perk right up. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to hit the record button, sometimes not, lol.

    Also in the segment, and prior to giving the medical information, they said that Paula had been "hurt and a bit angered" by what was being said on message boards. She said she was in constant pain the whole first season of AI, and many of the faces she was making was not in reaction to a bad performance but to her pain. One of the AI producers said that she was a real trooper going on in spite of the pain, or something to that effect. Now that she has gained freedom from the pain, she plans to pursue choreography work again.

    Wishing a great day to you all as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chach
    I would like to know who this doctor is that has helped her so much and what this magical treatment is that she's on. It appears that a side effect is that it makes you like crappy music.
    As another member of the crummy Disc Injury Club, I also would love to know who this miracle man is. I've had three discs removed from my neck, and have three titanium plates. I deal with ongoing pain and have tried all kinds of injections, and meds, none of which has worked very well for me.

    I didn't know anything about her surgical history, and was shocked when I originally read about it. The way she jumps up and dances along with the songs, certainly makes it appear she is pain-free. Who is he, and what in the world is he doing for her? To quote Meg Ryan, "I'll have what she's having."

    During the time it took me to post this, Bucky gave the information discussed on Inside Edition. Thanks, Bucky.
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    Abdul says odd behavior not drug-related
    By CÚsar G. Soriano, USA TODAY

    American Idol judge Paula Abdul, responding to questions about her erratic behavior on the hit Fox talent show, says she is suffering from a rare neurological disorder and does not have a drug problem.

    "Drugs? I'm not addicted to pills of any kind," Abdul says in the new issue of People magazine (on newsstands Friday).

    Abdul, 42, says she has been battling chronic pain that began after a cheerleading accident at age 17 left her with an injured disc in her neck.

    The pain got worse after "a couple of car accidents" in the 1980s and a plane crash in 1992, which led to seizures, bulimia and depression, she says. In search of relief, Abdul had 12 operations and used medications she says left her so "loopy" that she chose to live with the pain.

    The turning point came last summer, she says, when she began taking Enbrel, an anti-inflammatory drug normally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.

    A spokeswoman for the drug says it does not have psychological side effects.

    In November, Abdul says, she was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (aka Complex Regional Pain syndrome), a chronic neurological disorder that causes severe, debilitating pain. It affects 500,000 to 1 million Americans and is more prevalent in women, according to the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association.

    The disease is treatable and usually involves physical and sometimes psychological therapy, says Norman Harden, director of the Center for Pain Studies at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. "People can do well and get on with their lives."

    Abdul says she kept her condition secret from her fellow Idol judges but decided to go public after reading message boards about her behavior on and off the set.

    "Between getting up and dancing at the drop of a hat, and her refusal to let Simon (Cowell) finish a sentence ... she's become both distracting and annoying," says Idol fan Steve Walker of Memphis.

    Abdul says she is now pain-free, and her happy-go-lucky demeanor is proof of how good she feels.

    "If people only knew what I've gone through with pain and pills. I'm dancing for joy at the fact that not even a year ago I was in so much pain I could barely get up," she tells People.

    Last month, she was sentenced to two years' probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of hit-and-run driving.

    Idol producers and her castmates declined to comment on Wednesday.

    "It was getting ugly with the lies people were saying," Abdul tells Entertainment Tonight in an interview airing today and Friday. "It was time to set the record straight. I want America to know that I have never been addicted to anything, no chemical dependency, nothing for recreational purposes."

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    I was a fan of Paula when she was a performer and I love her now. I'm glad she's found a way to handle her pain and what not. I still think she's a little loopy, but hey...Who isn't. I'm happy she's on AI. She's more of a style critic anyway. Godspeed, Paula!!!

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    Roseskid, you're very welcome, happy to do it.

    CabernetCally, thanks for posting this interesting article, lots of good info!

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    A spokeswoman for the drug says it does not have psychological side effects.
    I thought it was funny that the drug company felt the need to clarify this.

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    Enbrel? No side effects? Maybe not psychological as far as I know...but wasn't there a huge fuss about "underwarning" its severe side effects some years back?

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    eberol side effects...

    Redness, itching, pain, or swelling at the injection site; colds; cough; headache; or nausea may occur

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chach
    I thought it was funny that the drug company felt the need to clarify this.
    I'm not surprised -- I'm sure they were specifically asked about the drug's potential psychological effects by whoever was researching for the article.

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