Meeting of 11/6/14: Managing Chronic Pain

Picture 3Meeting at Quigley’s Restaurant
593 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush
October 16, 2014

Attending (15): Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Terry Brewer, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Jim Butterworth, Doris Calamaras, Dean Calamaras, Charlie Foote, Carole Spencer, Roberto Martinez, Stewart Wagner, Shannon Romanowski.

Guests (2): Dr. Joy Meyer, Joy Sarris.


Program: “Pain — Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It”


Dr. Joy Meyer
Dr. Joy Meyer address the club.

Debbie Brown introduced our speaker, Dr. Joey Meyer. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and did an internship at Albany Medical Center. She has been in practice since 1998.

Joy, a former high school and all-Ivy League track and cross-country athlete, said she also enjoys tennis and other sports. As such, she suffered a number of injuries over the years that led her to delve into the areas of bio-mechanics and physical medicine.

She said she begins treating a patient a patient by asking their goals and needs. She helps them “listen to their bodies” and tries to help make adjustments to how they move to help alleviate pain. She noted that X-rays and MRIs widely used today to dictate treatment protocol do not always reveal the causes of pain and discomfort. She spoke about her perceived need to train the brain to control the muscles, thereby helping reduce or eliminate pain. One example she cited was a 33-year-old woman who had experienced pain for seven years but has not connected it to an 80-pound weight gain during pregnancy and the lasting strain that put on her body.

Joy also described her preferred use of  prolotherapy (PLP) as a treatment option, something not widely practiced by the U.S. medical community because it has not been extensively studied and is not covered by insurance plans. Essentially, it deals with injections of doses of dextrose — a simple aldosic monosaccharide: i.e., sugar — into inflamed areas to create generation of healthy tissue in the affected area.

She also answered questions, among them:

— What, exactly, is bio-mechanics? How your body, bones and muscles are supposed to work.

— Since she discussed mostly problems with body mechanics, what does she do when a patient presents with pain from inflammatory diseases? She will work in conjunction with a rheumatologist or other doctor to make her treatment complementary to theirs.

— What, in general, does a dextrose injection cost? She said on average it might run $50 for a shot, and treatment can take several weeks or months of injections.


Announcements/Business


Rotary UN Day logoUNITED NATIONS VISIT — President Bill Dowd and Jim Butterworth attended “Rotary Day at the United Nations” in New York City last Saturday, along with 1,500 other Rotarians from the U.S. and several other countries — many of them young people from Interact and Rotoract. RI President Gary Huang of Taiwan was a principal speaker.

RI President Gary C.K. Huang of Taiwan
RI President Gary C.K. Huang of Taiwan at UN.

Jim said he, as a new Rotarian, wanted to understand more about Rotary’s global reach; this session answered his questions. Both he and Bill urged others to consider attending next year. They attended breakout sessions on economic development and human trafficking, subjects Rotarians have been involved in addressing along with non-Rotary groups and individuals. The economic development discussion dealt with an entrepreneurship camp created for Haiti by several German businessmen who recruited instructors from nine countries to assist. (Details available by going here.) The human trafficking discussion dealt with various efforts to improve the work and education possibilities to make less liable to be exploited. An effort called the Nomi Network was heavily featured. (Details available by going here.)

Bill said Deepa Willingham, one of the 10 women of Rotary recently honored at a White House ceremony for their accomplishments, was among the speakers. He suggested members check our website for the story on that group for anyone who has not yet read it. Go here to do so.

Shelter Box logoSHELTER BOX — Bill and Jim spoke with the regional Shelter Box coordinator, who had a display at UN Day. He said our club is well known for its generous support of the Shelter Box program, and presented Bill with a pennant for us to display as a “Hero of Shelter Box.” He also informed us Shelter Box has made a modification to its equipment. Not only is it continuing to customize content to match up to the geographic and seasonal disaster needs of recipients, a new roof-replacement component has been added to send to areas where high winds ripped off roofs but left buildings standing. Need an update on Shelter Box’s good works? Go here.

Rotary Foundation logoFOUNDATION DINNER — The annual Rotary Foundation dinner, this year called “Broadway Lights Up Rotary,” is fast approaching. Our club has contributed a basket for the silent auction at the November 14 fete, using the theme “A Taste of Rensselaer County” — locally made wines, honey, maple sugar candy, barbecue sauce, beer, and a copy of Bill Dowd’s book on the history of whiskey which was written in Rensselaer County. We have four people on the dinner’s Honorary Committee (Bill, Jim Leyhane, Murray and Maggie Forth). Bill, Murray, Maggie, Debbie Brown and Peter Brown also will be attending, giving us as good a turnout as we had at last year’s dinner. You still can make last-minute reservations by going to the District 7190 website.

Simulator Golf logoFUNDRAISING EVENTS — Members were reminded of the three indoor  simulator golf tournaments we have scheduled for this winter at Burden Lake Country Club (December 13, January 31 and March 7). Volunteers will be needed to assist event coordinators Murray Forth and Terry Brewer with staffing the events.

Bowl Over Polio logoOur 3rd annual “Bowl Over Polio” event will be held on Sunday, January 25, at the East Greenbush Bowling Center (formerly called Spare Time) on Columbia Turnpike. We also will need volunteers to staff the table there in either the morning or afternoon sessions of the bowlathon.

Rotary Home Cooking logoROTARY HOME COOKING SERIES — Event coordinator Terry Brewer reported that the first dinner in the series, a “German Night” this Saturday at the Forth residence, has been sold out. You can get details on succeeding events by checking the “Rotary Home Cooking” posting on this website. Go here to do so.

HOLIDAY PARTY VENUE — We have designated Thursday, December 18, as the date for our annual Holiday Dinner & Basket Silent Auction. Bill asked for volunteers from anyone who wishes to host the event. If we have none, we will hold the event at Quigley’s.

Screen shot 2014-11-07 at 4.31.03 PMMEETING SITE CHANGE — For one night only — 6 p.m. Thursday, November 20 — we will hold our dinner meeting at the Burden Lake Country Club near Averill Park (directions here). There will be a choice of one of three entrees (baked haddock, chicken Parmesan, ribeye steak) to be ordered that evening, although we will use our usual RSVP process for getting an accurate headcount before the event. Same $15 per-person price. That same evening, Shannon Romanowski will be inducted into Rotary. A strong turnout is encouraged to welcome our newest member.

Screen shot 2014-11-07 at 4.34.52 PMKINDERHOOK CLUB WOES — Charlie Foote reported that the Kinderhook Tri-Village Rotary Club has been displaced from its regular meeting place and would be moving at least temporarily. He suggested that we invite them to our Holiday Party if we hold it at Quigley’s. Bill said we would keep that in mind should that transpire.


NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, November 13, at Quigley’s. Our speaker will be making a comparison between teaching in the U.S. and in Japan.


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