Handbook to Live Well with Adhesive Arachnoiditis

Handbook to Live Well with Adhesive Arachnoiditis

This handbook serves as a guide to living a good life, and becoming an expert on your disease: adhesive arachnoiditis. There is hope and help! This handbook represents the collective wisdom gathered from Dr. Forest Tennant and his colleagues through many years of treating patients the old-fashioned way: observing and documenting signs and symptoms, laboratory testing, MRI interpretation and listening to the patient. Discovering what each individual patient needs to feel better, gain function and enjoy a good quality of life in spite of having a horrific disease. These essentials, along with the practice of keen observation and research is so essential to good care, and have been somewhat lost in the sea of “one size fits all medicine.” Self-care and becoming an expert on your disease are essential to anyone facing a serious disease. Covered in this handbook are lifestyle tips, exercise, quality nutrition, medication, supplements, self-help and most of all-discovering what works best for each individual patient. Feeling better and being able to participate in family life, gaining more function, and enjoying a good quality of life in spite of having a horrific disease is important! Key points to self-care along with working with your healthcare provider is essential to regaining your life. What to do to care for yourself until you find medical help is also covered. How to reduce neuroinflammation and promote neuroregeneration, the role of genetic collagen disorders and prevention of adhesive arachnoiditis are covered in this handbook. Our sincere hope is prevention of adhesive arachnoiditis in the future, and for those struggling with it now- the halt of progression and even reversal of the disease itself. There is reason to have great hope! Life is waiting for you … Never give up! You are worth it!

Dr. Forest Tennant has had a long, distinguished career in addiction 
and pain medicine. He was recently honored with a "Life-Time 
Achievement Award" by Pain Week and "50 Years of Service" by the 
journal, "Practical Pain Management" where he served as their 
medical editor for 12 years. Dr. Tennant began his career in addiction 
and pain medicine as a US Army medical officer during the Vietnam 
War Era at which time he helped develop the Army's drug testing, 
education and treatment programs. After the Vietnam War, he 
became a Public Health Fellow assigned to the UCLA School of Public 
Health where he obtained his Masters' and Doctorate in Public Health 
(MPH, DrPH). Since 1975 to the present day, Dr. Tennant has 
produced a steady flow of research and publications in addiction and 
pain medicine. During this time his public notoriety first emerged 
when he served as an expert witness in the criminal trials of the 
physicians of Howard Hughes and Elvis Presley. Later he developed 
the drugs of abuse and anabolic steroid testing programs for the Los 
Angeles Dodgers and the National Football League. In very recent 
years Dr. Tennant has chosen to research hormonal testing and 
treatment of intractable pain and the merging pain problems of 
adhesive arachnoiditis and genetic collagen disorders. He and his wife 
Miriam of 52 years reside and work in West Covina, California and 
Wichita, Kansas.


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