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buy canada goose jacket cheap Alternative therapy from acupuncture to yoga is a key part of the VA’s new effort to reduce vets’ dependence on highly addictive pain medication. The Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center is helping lead the effort, with a canada goose outlet ontario first in the nation chronic pain program that emphasizes education and other alternatives to drugs. They are an outgrowth of the frustration and anguish many vets feel canada goose outlet kokemuksia about being ordered into a program that can serve only a fraction of those in need. The Minneapolis VA’s inpatient pain program, for example, has managed to graduate only 33 vets in the canada goose outlet online reviews year that it has been canada goose outlet online store operating. buy canada goose jacket cheap

The VA says it’s adding more services. But as more vets find themselves cut off from prescription painkillers, the demands on the strapped VA system are bound to grow.

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cheap Canada Goose Shayne Johnson came to the canada goose outlet shop “feed ’em treat ’em” event at the VFW. The post, which provided free appetizers and a sit down dinner, sponsored the event with Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, which provided free chiropractic evaluations, acupuncture and massage. cheap Canada Goose

Johnson suffers chronic pain as a result of his service in Iraq as a Navy Seabee. He canada goose outlet store uk said the chiropractic care he gets from Northwestern and from a private provider he pays out of his pocket have turned out to be better than the canada goose outlet winnipeg address alternatives offered canada goose coats uk at the Minneapolis VA.

At the VA he got one series of chiropractic treatments several years ago, but he said the appointments were difficult to schedule, often as much as three weeks out. He said the VA also kept pushing canada goose outlet montreal muscle relaxants, and he was canada goose outlet nyc concerned about getting dependent. He would return to the VA if programs were better. “I would go there all the time if I could get a chiropractic visit.”

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Few dispute that the VA had a painkiller problem. Prescriptions for narcotics such as oxycodone and methadone had tripled nationally in the canada goose victoria parka outlet 11 years before the VA realized it had created a crisis of drug dependency among veterans.

The new goal: Instead of doling out addictive drugs that mask chronic pain, identify and treat its root causes.

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He had tried meditation and sleep therapy. He was sedentary and anxious. His VA canada goose outlet canada psychologist recommended he apply to the Minneapolis VA’s chronic pain rehabilitation program.

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Up and running for a little more than a year, it has graduated 33 vets, including Szuch.

“You have to be at the bottom of the barrel for the people offered this class,” he said. “People who go into this class, we’re in some bad places mentally. But you have to have the willingness to still want to get better.”

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He lost 70 pounds in four months and has been hospitalized twice at the VA for a stomach ailment and the pain.

“When there’s nothing that can be done about the physical pain, the psychological pain takes over,” Lewis said. “If I had one thing to say to my fiance and my best friend it would be to say that I am sorry for what I’ve become.”.

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