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Chronic pain management with Thermotex infrared heating pad

Thermotex infrared heating padhas been one of my purchases that have helped me a lot in dealing with my chronic pain due to fibromyalgia.

Over the course of the past 10 years that I have owned this, I have given it to friends and family to help reduce the pain due to shoulder injury knee and abdominal pain.

I have made a YouTube video as a review for this below. I hope you find this useful. The only shortcoming that I have seen is that I cannot wrap it around the shoulder. So if you come across an infrared heating pad which can be wrapped around the neck and shoulders, please do share in the comments below.




Medications to control chronic constipation or incomplete bowel movement

I have been dealing with incomplete bowel movement for the last 10 years. I was diagnosed with paradoxical relaxation of puborectalis muscle several years ago. It essentially means that I contract the muscle instead of relaxing them during a bowel movement and that is why the bowel movement remains incomplete even though the stools are well formed and not hard as an conventional constipation. The problem is exacerbated because I have to take medications for chronic pain that will usually cause constipation.

Though the line of treatment for this is biofeedback, I was unable to benefit from it. Ultimately, I have been using the same supplements and medications that are being used for people with chronic constipation.

The only addition to the list below which may be unconventional is Horlicks. It is supposed to be a very mild laxative but for me it works wonders.

So this is the list:

Ayurvedic supplement Amla Juice. Somehow only the brand from Patanjali helps me out.Aloe vera juiceFigs s…

Dragon NaturallySpeaking tutorial : Exporting the user profile in Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 13

In this Dragon NaturallySpeaking tutorial, I show how to export the user profile.

Regular users of Dragon NaturallySpeaking should export the user profile and save it in the cloud or in an additional storage for example an external hard drive.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking otherwise does store a backup but it is on the same hard drive where the primary user profile is also located.

Since it is a once in a month activity for me, I often forget how to export the user profile. At least to me, the placement of the control for exporting the user profile is not intuitive so I prepared a short YouTube video showing how to export the user profile.


Flupirtine maleate: the drug that I use SOS for pain management

I have been prescribed various drugs over the years for pain management.
Tramadol and methadone were the initial 2 drugs that were prescribed but they had horrible side effects which included electric shocks and I had to discontinue.

Then I had got opium with belladonna suppositories which really helped while I was in the United States but in India they were considered as illegal so I had to stop the usage.

Fortunately there was another drug which is prescribed in India but was not available in the United States. Flupirtine maleate marketed under the name of Snepdol 100 mg is what I take. The added benefit is that it does not seem to have any effect on the stomach. Of course I tried to keep the usage to the minimum. And of course it never makes the pain go away completely. It merely takes the edge off so that at least I can lie in peace for a few minutes. The Wikipedia page at says that the European Union discontinued its usage in 2013 because of bad effects on the liver.

I have been…

Shortcut for sending a file as an attachment in an email using Dragon NaturallySpeaking

If you are viewing a file in Windows Explorer and want to send it as an attachment, all you have to do is to click on that file and then say the following command "send to mail recipient".

Assuming that your Microsoft Outlook is open, it will create a new email and automatically attach this file and also add some boilerplate sentences in the body of the email.

I have found this to be very convenient because mostly the workflow is like composing a document then storing it in a particular folder, and then sending it to a mail recipient.

The only problem is that after composing a document and storing it, I have to start Windows Explorer and then locate and click on that document within Windows Explorer.

This can perhaps be simplified by having a script using knowbrainer 2017 for each of the separate applications where a document is being composed but I have yet to get to it.