Wednesday, January 24, 2007

"Falling Into Disuse"

I would first like to start with what started my downward spiral into the "hellish life of chronic pain". On November 10th 1983 a procedure was approved by the FDA in the United States called the Chymopapain injection or Chemonucleolysis as it was also referred to. By the way this was also the active ingredient in "Adolfs meat tenderizer". Even though I am not a physician, I have spent the last 18 years of my life researching this and ever kind of surgical procedure that has been performed in the last 50 years. I also have been the one on the receiveing end of the scalpel and numerous injections for the last 23 years. Even though Chymopapain was first used in Canada starting in the 1970's, Only a small number of Canadian orthopedists and neurosurgeons practiced Chemonuleoysis and they were expert at it. It was one of the most media hyped procedures in USA medical history according to Dr. Charles Burton a well known Neurosurgeon with a list of accomplishments that most surgeons only dream of having and someone I deeply respect for his continued stance on this and other practices. As soon as it was approved in the USA, approximately 7,000 American surgeons rushed to Canada and after a 1 day training course pronounced themselves fully qualified to perform these procedures at local hospitals. At first the hospitals objected to the short training period but eventually gave in to what I feel is a rediculous practice. Dr. Burton is probably the leading expert on this and many other kinds of surgeries. I urge you to read his report at There is a popular term used in medical circles that the patient never hears about and that is to "fall into disuse". By allowing these drugs, procedures and medical devices to quitely fall into use, people like you and me never know the reasons why or the potential problems that one may face in the future from having one of these procedures. Even though the Chymopapain injections were performed from the early to late 1980's, today when I mention it to doctors they look at me like I am crazy. Most nurses and pain management centers say they have never heard of the procedure. So where in the hell does that leave not only me, but thousands of other people who lined up to get this new much hyped medical miracle. Very simple, the medical community made millions of dollars from it and also created a bunch of "chronic pain patients", but they don't want to talk about it now. This was my first medical procedure and one that I would live to regret. More on this later. I am in to much pain to continue, tonight.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

HI my name is Rachelle I was told that I was one of the youngess and first femal patient to receive a Chymopapain Injection in Canada and that was in 1974 in Kitchener Ontario, all the info I have found todate seems to starts around the 1980's I can't find any info befor that and I don't remember the name of the doctor's name who came in from Toronto to do the injection, I'm still surching for info