3 posts tagged “back pain”

Mental Health Awareness: What do you know about Mood Conditions?

Posted October 15th, 2010 by

In honor of this month’s Mental Illness Awareness Week, here’s a snapshot of what’s happening in our PatientsLikeMe Mood community. Launched in 2008, the community now has more than 18,000 patients. Below are some interesting facts about the community, so please read and share on!

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  • You can search for patients under 15+ diagnosis categories, including depression, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, addiction to tobacco, addiction to alcohol, eating disorder and more.
  • In a PatientsLikeMe research study recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, we revealed:
    • 26% of responding mood community members agreed or strongly agreed that using the site had reduced thoughts about self harm
    • 23% agreed they had decided to start therapy or counseling after interacting with others on the site
    • 22% agreed they needed less inpatient care as a result of using PatientsLikeMe.  (See our “Patient Voice” report, video and member interview on inpatient therapy).
  • Members’ experiences on the treatment Amitriptyline was used in an award-winning paper presented at Medicine 2.0 last year.

How are our members treating their condition?

What are their major symptoms?

What are they talking about?

  • Some of the top topics “tagged” in our forum discussions to date include specific treatments (like Lamictal, Lithium, Wellbutrin and Seroqul), as well as borderline personality disorder, coping, anger and journaling.


PatientsLikeMe Acquires Online Pain Management Company, ReliefInsite

Posted February 16th, 2010 by

Today’s news release announcing acquisition of ReliefInsite.  Want to receive future announcements?  Sign up for our RSS feed on the press page.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PATIENTSLIKEME ACQUIRES ONLINE PAIN MANAGEMENT COMPANY, RELIEFINSITE
20,000 Patients Reporting Moderate to Severe Pain on PatientsLikeMe

Cambridge, MA and New York City, NY – February 16, 2010 – Today, PatientsLikeMe, the leading online community for patients with life-changing diseases, announces the acquisition of ReliefInsite, a pioneering online pain management company.

“Right now, there are more than 20,000 patients on PatientsLikeMe experiencing real pain,” says Ben Heywood, President and Co-founder of PatientsLikeMe.  “By acquiring ReliefInsite, we can improve the way we help patients effectively manage their pain.”

Conceived by founder Fred Eberlein in 2000, ReliefInsite’s patented online pain management technology developed into a secure HIPAA-compliant platform designed to help patients monitor their pain levels and share that information directly with their doctors.

“I’ve spent more than a decade inventing and advancing the technology platform at ReliefInsite to help patients manage their pain and improve the patient-doctor relationship,” says Eberlein.  “I’m excited this work has led me to my new home at PatientsLikeMe, where we can work together to better align industry’s interests with improving patients’ quality of life.”

ReliefInsite will continue to support its existing pharmaceutical and clinical clients as its functionality is integrated into the PatientsLikeMe platform. Eberlein joins the PatientsLikeMe team to lead the companies’ integration and enhance product offerings for partners in the life sciences industry.

picture-1Pain is a common symptom for people with all of the diseases on PatientsLikeMe, and is most prevalent in diseases like fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. In the depression community, thousands of patients report they are currently experiencing “back pain” or “stomach pain,” with 50% of those members describing their pain as moderate or severe. Across all of the disease communities, pain is a topic of discussion in more than 61,000 forum posts. Additionally, patients are using hundreds of treatment options to manage their pain from prescription medications, such as Cymbalta and Lyrica, to alternative solutions like acupuncture, massage and physical therapy.

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PatientsLikeMe member lscanlon