Needle Hesitancy: Here we are. Now what?

As supply for COVID19 vaccination in the US begins to outstrip demand, the impact of antivax sentiment is becoming evident. The associations with politics, socioeconomic status and education, however, miss the biggest – and PROVEN – cause of antivax sentiment. Needle hesitancy.
 
In “The Big Chill”, Jeff Goldblum notes “when was the last time you tried to get through the day without two to three juicy rationalizations?” People old enough to have seen this movie most likely aren’t anti-vax. We Gen-X folk were born before kids were routinely given boosters at an age when it could be traumatizing. We dismiss needle fear because we don’t remember vaccines, only the rare Bicillin shot for strep, and assume we’re morally superior because we’re tough. But because society values toughness, if you ARE afraid of needles, you’re 3x more likely to decide that perhaps your fear is really because the vaccine is dangerous. A rationalization is much easier than being stigmatized.
 
Anna Taddio was the first to publish that of the 23% of adults who feared needles, 7% said they wouldn’t vaccinate their children because of it. Around the same time, our team researching the Buzzy device for needle pain discovered that the reason for the 3x jump in needle fear was related to the preschool booster experience… and persisted through adolescence at least, impacting HPV adherence. 
 
We found in part of the analysis that kids who got one injection only every time they went to the MD after age 4 did not have needle fear as teenagers. I do think one at a time builds resilience, kids shake it off, while relentless 3-5 injections at the same time is even hard for an adult. It became clear that when these kids were old enough to drive themselves to the doctor… they wouldn’t.
 
When I became aware of this impending noncompliance tsunami, I tried to make people aware, initially not even discussing in my paper that perhaps using pain control for these booster shots was an answer. I did a TEDx talk. I cornered Paul Offit, god of vaccinations, at AAP book signings, challenging his contention that “getting them all over with at once is less traumatic.” Where is there data supporting it? Any noncompliance study that doesn’t mention needle fear DIDN’T ASK. Those that do find it is the most compelling reason teens don’t get vaccinated. 
 
My biggest frustration is that because I became aware of the needle hesitancy epidemic as part of developing a product, everyone assumes that my interest is economic. Because we stubbornly made Buzzy reusable and people share it, there isn’t recurring revenue: we can’t stay afloat on Buzzy vaccine business. Nonetheless, it makes me a bad champion for needle pain and trauma reduction. I actually did a child abuse fellowship and research on PTSD before going into the pain world, so I do have ideas as well as proven solutions.
 
There is great PTSD in children literature that shows that parents’ attitudes dramatically shape the response to the trauma, so warm firm “yeah, that’s hard but it’s almost over” and involving the parent in the vaccine support help. “Give parents a job” I always say, because a crying empathizing parent makes the experience then and the trauma later worse.
 
Until we live in an ideal world where we can use painless microneedles to vaccinate, I would
a) limit the same day injections to two (ideally 1) given NOT in the exam room, but a prize/procedure room. Consider letting kids get as many prizes as they got shots that day.
b) let pharmacies give injections, as well as schools, so the experiences aren’t tied to healthcare.
c) have parents use DistrACTION cards with preschoolers as the injections are being given
d) let a child play with and choose whether to use Buzzy, Buzzy with ice wings, or not
e) obvious stuff like position of comfort
 
Since my 2017 article some pediatricians have told me they’re limiting the injections at age 4-6, and it makes the subsequent flu shot clinics SO much easier. Truth is ultimately coercive… what works, wins. The clear impact this has on a world that can’t clear pandemics due to vaccine hesitancy may lead to change. For now, I think I’ve put out the limit of what I can while I’m still CEO of a company that addresses the problem.  Adapting and proving our pain-reducing platform to supplant opioid overprescription is where I feel I can best contribute, and working with our all woman company to continue providing the most proven device for injection fainting, pain, and fear. Buzzy Helps.

Vaccine Hesitancy Survey Results

Vaccine Hesitancy Survey Shows Higher Number Than Expected Fear Needles, Prefer J&J Single Shot Vaccine 

46% of currently unvaccinated people have moderate to high fear, with a similar proportion wanting a single injection. 17% report fainting, suggesting vaccine reactions may be just injection response

ATLANTA, GA (EMBARGOED UNTIL 7:00 am EDT, April 15, 2021) – A national survey conducted for Pain Care Labs suggests that reaching COVID-19 herd immunity will be difficult without convincing doubters that the vaccines are safe and helping alleviate needle fear. The online survey was conducted April 7, 2021 among 782 people who have not received any COVID vaccination yet.

Respondents were asked what they feared about getting vaccinated, their concerns about the safety of the vaccine and whether they had a fear of needles. 46% of respondents expressed moderate to severe needle fear. Interestingly, 30% of those with a high doubt about the safety of the vaccine also expressed a high needle fear, compared to only 10% of those who weren’t worried about the vaccine.

Perhaps not surprisingly 43% of the respondents would prefer to get the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine if given a choice.

“Our research has suggested that needle fear has grown three-fold in the past 20 years,“ says Amy Baxter MD, Clinical Associate Professor Augusta University. “This survey breaks down the clinical impact on avoiding healthcare and immunization. I’m interested to see the breakdown between fainting, soreness and needle pain concerns, and suggestions on how the patients themselves address their fear.”

The survey focussed on the 70% of the population that has yet to receive a COVID vaccine shot. In order to reach herd immunity experts estimate 80-90% of the population needs to be vaccinated. “With half of the currently unvaccinated people either not willing or reluctant, it will be hard to reach that level. I hope that this directs our national efforts more specifically,” commented Dr. Baxter.

The full results from the survey are available upon request.

About Pain Care Labs:

Pain Care Labs was founded in 2006 by pediatric emergency physician and pain researcher Amy Baxter. Inspired by the need to control needle pain, Dr. Baxter set out to develop reusable, physiologic products for home and hospital use. Buzzy®, a palm- sized device combining cold and mechanical stimulation that works at a frequency is now proven to most effectively inhibit pain, improve muscle soreness, blood flow, recovery and more. Since its May 1, 2009 launch, Buzzy® has controlled needle pain for over 37 million procedures in 27 countries. Buzzy is in over 5,000 hospitals and clinics, with over 300,000 units sold.

 

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EveryDay Health VibraCool

Cheryl Crow has been living with rheumatoid arthritis most of her life and found VibraCool to be  a helpful pain reliever. VibraCool uses mechanical stimulation (m-stim) to activate pain-blocking nerves while treating muscles. She used VibraCool for her wrist & hip. Cheryl had previously iced and applied heat in order to relieve pain in her joints as well as e-stim (electrical stimulation.)


She started by breaking down what comes with each of the VibraCool units that she tried and how it differs from other devices.


Her end of use summary was threefold:

  1. It reduces pain. Her hip pain was reduced enough that she could effectively walk and that it noticeably reduced her soreness.

  2. It’s much more portable than similar pain relief devices on the market.

  3. The combination of cold, heat, and vibration all in one was a big value add. Whereas other devices might utilize only one, VibraCool can implement and combine all three.


Cheryl tried out both the VibraCool flex and the VibraCool Easy Fit, preferring the Flex with its elastic blue band. She did use the Easy Fit for her wrist while typing and said that it relieved some of the pain she typically felt, but was intense. She noted that the M-stim does have a noticeable hum (not silent like creams!). She also applauded the device as a useful tool for use at home, especially during the pandemic when equipment in a doctor’s office may not be as available.


To read the full article, check it out here.

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Herd Immunity in Graphs & Charts. Not a Rosy Picture. Time to Change a Variable

Filmed live at the Hive, Atlanta, Georgia, on December 23, 2020.

 

Adult needle fear and fainting are public health threats that could defeat herd immunity. People are dying from COVID-19. Dr. Baxter explains how we must change a variable immediately if we expect to succeed against the disease and achieve herd immunity.

 

This virus has mutated. Mutations are normal and expected. Why does this one matter? This mutation stiffened the spike proteins. The hook itself is stiffer and more likely to attach (greater transmissibility). Think about sea anemone and their “hooks” or cilia. It’s bad for these cilia to stiffen. In the context of COVID, stiffer spikes = greater spread.

 

Greater spread or higher transmissibility increases the death rate. Dr. Baxter talks about that controversial number, the death rate or R-naught/R0. The higher the R0, the higher the percentage of people who need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. 20% say they won’t vaccinate. 17% say they probably won’t vaccinate. 15% will think they’re immune, but won’t be. 18% are children and there’s no vaccine candidate approved yet for kids.

 

If we do something NOW to address needle fear, we could reach 38M more people. How do we address pain, fear, and fainting? Dr. Baxter is a leader in this field and explains. We must address fear, fainting, and pain in the immediate near term to get close to herd immunity. Let’s get ahead of this virus with an EASY, proven solution for needle pain AND fear. #BuzzyHelps

 

Buzzy and VibraCool are FDA registered 510(k) cleared to Control pain associated with injections, venipuncture, IV starts, cosmetic injections and the temporary relief of minor injuries (muscle or tendon aches, splinters and bee stings). Also intended to treat myofascial pain caused by trigger points, restricted motion and muscle tension.

 

Dr. Amy Baxter, MD, bio & more pain relief options here: https://paincarelabs.com/resources/power-over-pain/

 

Dr. Amy Baxter directs innovation, invention, and strategy for Pain Care Labs. Accomplishments include international thought leadership on pain management and acute opioid reduction, multiple NIH SBIR Fast-Tracks, eight issued patents, multiple first author textbook chapters and journal publications, and successful 510K FDA clearances. After graduating from Yale University and Emory Medical School, as a double-boarded pediatric emergency physician, Dr. Baxter founded PEMA Emergency Research, created and validated the BARF pediatric nausea scale cited in fifty studies, and founded Pain Care Labs. Recognition includes Forbes Ten Healthcare Disruptors, Inc. Top Women in Tech to Watch, Top 10 Innovative and Disruptive Women in Healthcare, a Wall Street Journal “Idea Person”, and the Most Innovative CEO of 2014 from Georgia Bio. National and international lecturing highlights include MakerFaire, AARP, and TEDMED. On Homeolux Board of Directors. Also known for turning down Mr. Wonderful on Shark Tank.

 

 

Reaching herd immunity in this “currently vaccinating era” – Math Class In Session!

Filmed live at the Hive, Atlanta, Georgia, on December 16, 2020.

 

– Reminder when thinking about the numbers: divide the number of available doses by two because this is a 2-dose vaccine.

– How many people will return for the second shot? Hint: the answer is a not small number! Data from other 2-dose vaccines (e.g., the shingles vaccine) says 15 out of 100 people do not return. That’s a lousy 85% 2nd dose Shingrix compliance.

– More than 1 in 4 (28%) are afraid of needles

– US Population 350M. We need 245M to be vaccinated or immune to achieve herd immunity (assuming 70% is the accurate goal).

– Pfizer doses + Moderna doses + already ill = still need 60M more people vaccinated to reach the goal of herd immunity.

– What if you get only that 1st shot? For the Pfizer vaccine, that’s only 50% efficacy.

 

How do we reach those 60M more people to get to herd immunity? We have to address needle fear and needle pain to reach these 60M. Dr. Baxter tips her science hat to Dr. Chris France and explains his is elegant research on return blood donation. The feeling of lightheadedness, nausea, weakness or fainting that can accompany needles is more likely with fear, and is highly correlated with intent to return for a second identical procedure.

 

“How do you feel about needles?” Asking this question of anyone in line for the COVID-19 vaccine may increase success. Dr. Baxter covers an easy flowchart to help the patient whether the challenge is needle pain or needle fear.

 

Buzzy and VibraCool are FDA registered 510(k) cleared to Control pain associated with injections, venipuncture, IV starts, cosmetic injections and the temporary relief of minor injuries (muscle or tendon aches, splinters and bee stings). Also intended to treat myofascial pain caused by trigger points, restricted motion and muscle tension.

 

Dr. Amy Baxter, MD, bio & more pain relief options here: https://paincarelabs.com/resources/power-over-pain/

 

Dr. Amy Baxter directs innovation, invention, and strategy for Pain Care Labs. Accomplishments include international thought leadership on pain management and acute opioid reduction, multiple NIH SBIR Fast-Tracks, eight issued patents, multiple first author textbook chapters and journal publications, and successful 510K FDA clearances. After graduating from Yale University and Emory Medical School, as a double-boarded pediatric emergency physician, Dr. Baxter founded PEMA Emergency Research, created and validated the BARF pediatric nausea scale cited in fifty studies, and founded Pain Care Labs. Recognition includes Forbes Ten Healthcare Disruptors, Inc. Top Women in Tech to Watch, Top 10 Innovative and Disruptive Women in Healthcare, a Wall Street Journal “Idea Person”, and the Most Innovative CEO of 2014 from Georgia Bio. National and international lecturing highlights include MakerFaire, AARP, and TEDMED. On Homeolux Board of Directors. Also known for turning down Mr. Wonderful on Shark Tank.

 

 

You’ve been EXPOSED to COVID, what now? Your quarantine questions answered

Filmed live at the Hive, Atlanta, Georgia, on December 9, 2020. Dr. Baxter covers the latest CDC guidance on isolation and quarantine. Isolation: you are sick or test positive and keep away from others. Quarantine: you keep away from others IN CASE you get sick or contagious.

 

These topics are covered:

 

If you know you were exposed to COVID, how great is your risk?

 

What constitutes an “exposure”? Dr. Baxter shares a few examples and hypotheticals to illustrate the nuance of what it means to have been exposed.

 

Can you do anything fast? Our old friend, nasal irrigation, to lower the viral load. If you don’t know but suspect, what can you do?

 

How long is enough to quarantine? If exposed and you get tested, you still need to quarantine 7 days after a negative test. If exposed and you test positive, ISOLATE 10 days after.

 

What if you’re both positive but one of you is sick, do you still need isolation? They need to separate. One person is still shedding virus.

 

Dr. Baxter explains why we need rapid testing.

 

She also reminds us why it’s still very important to get your annual flu vaccine.

 

Buzzy and VibraCool are FDA registered 510(k) cleared to Control pain associated with injections, venipuncture, IV starts, cosmetic injections and the temporary relief of minor injuries (muscle or tendon aches, splinters and bee stings). Also intended to treat myofascial pain caused by trigger points, restricted motion and muscle tension.

 

Dr. Amy Baxter, MD, bio & more pain relief options here: https://paincarelabs.com/resources/power-over-pain/

 

Dr. Amy Baxter directs innovation, invention, and strategy for Pain Care Labs. Accomplishments include international thought leadership on pain management and acute opioid reduction, multiple NIH SBIR Fast-Tracks, eight issued patents, multiple first author textbook chapters and journal publications, and successful 510K FDA clearances. After graduating from Yale University and Emory Medical School, as a double-boarded pediatric emergency physician, Dr. Baxter founded PEMA Emergency Research, created and validated the BARF pediatric nausea scale cited in fifty studies, and founded Pain Care Labs. Recognition includes Forbes Ten Healthcare Disruptors, Inc. Top Women in Tech to Watch, Top 10 Innovative and Disruptive Women in Healthcare, a Wall Street Journal “Idea Person”, and the Most Innovative CEO of 2014 from Georgia Bio. National and international lecturing highlights include MakerFaire, AARP, and TEDMED. On Homeolux Board of Directors. Also known for turning down Mr. Wonderful on Shark Tank.

You tested positive for COVID, now what? Dr. Baxter covers science-based recs

Filmed live at the Hive, Atlanta, Georgia, on December 1, 2020.

 

These topics are covered:

 

What should I definitely do based on strong scientific support? Isolate yourself from others; open windows if possible. Buy a pulse oximeter to establish your baseline oxygen and keep a diary of your oxygen levels. Boost your immune system with these OTC meds: Zinc 75mg/day (take with food) & Vitamin D (dose varies).

 

What is a good idea with some scientific support? No surprise here: Dr. Baxter is a huge advocate of nasal irrigation to reduce viral load! Begin taking these OTC meds: melatonin 10mg at bedtime (anti-viral); baby aspirin one a day; Magnesium 200mg/day (reduces cytokine storm); Vitamin C; Quercetin 1000mg a day.

 

When should you seek medical attention? Go to the hospital if: oxygen drops below 90 with or without exertion, if it drops by 3 with exertion, or you don’t urinate 3+x day. If you’re in a high-risk population, seek medical help sooner.

 

What does “high-risk” mean? Blood glucose level over 140; over age 65; kidney failure; diabetes; obesity/BMI over 30.

 

This pandemic has been an education! Here are a few words and phrases our Pain Care Labs team has learned along the way in these live updates: chilblains; exertional dyspnea; surfactant; fomite; cytokine storm; variolation; immune cascade; Pacinian corpuscles; and mechanoreceptors, to name just a few!

 

Buzzy and VibraCool are FDA registered 510(k) cleared to Control pain associated with injections, venipuncture, IV starts, cosmetic injections and the temporary relief of minor injuries (muscle or tendon aches, splinters and bee stings). Also intended to treat myofascial pain caused by trigger points, restricted motion and muscle tension.

 

Dr. Amy Baxter, MD, bio & more pain relief options here: https://paincarelabs.com/resources/power-over-pain/

 

Dr. Amy Baxter directs innovation, invention, and strategy for Pain Care Labs. Accomplishments include international thought leadership on pain management and acute opioid reduction, multiple NIH SBIR Fast-Tracks, eight issued patents, multiple first author textbook chapters and journal publications, and successful 510K FDA clearances. After graduating from Yale University and Emory Medical School, as a double-boarded pediatric emergency physician, Dr. Baxter founded PEMA Emergency Research, created and validated the BARF pediatric nausea scale cited in fifty studies, and founded Pain Care Labs. Recognition includes Forbes Ten Healthcare Disruptors, Inc. Top Women in Tech to Watch, Top 10 Innovative and Disruptive Women in Healthcare, a Wall Street Journal “Idea Person”, and the Most Innovative CEO of 2014 from Georgia Bio. National and international lecturing highlights include MakerFaire, AARP, and TEDMED. On Homeolux Board of Directors. Also known for turning down Mr. Wonderful on Shark Tank.

 

Why Dr. Baxter is ALL-IN for the COVID vaccine!

Filmed live at the Hive, Atlanta, Georgia, on November 18, 2020. Dr. Baxter is wearing her lab coat so you know she’ll be doing a deep science dive! She explains the promising COVID vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna.

 

These topics are covered:

 

MRNA vaccines – what does that mean? This would be the first MRNA vaccine approved for use in humans.

 

Why so cold? A “Wanted” poster metaphor explains why this vaccine must be stored at extremely cold temperatures. Other metaphors include M&M coating.

 

Why will Dr. Baxter be first in line to get the vaccine when it’s available? Early concerns over immune enhancement have been shown not to be a worry. Though developed quickly, no corners have been cut.

 

Two doses – the first may cause a mild reaction (sore arm); the second may cause a more significant immune response (fever); site reactions may be common. Dr. Baxter will bring her Buzzy!

 

Who gets it first? 100M doses means 50M people. Exact criteria are being weighed to determine who goes first.

 

Buzzy and VibraCool are FDA registered 510(k) cleared to Control pain associated with injections, venipuncture, IV starts, cosmetic injections and the temporary relief of minor injuries (muscle or tendon aches, splinters and bee stings). Also intended to treat myofascial pain caused by trigger points, restricted motion and muscle tension.

 

Dr. Amy Baxter, MD, bio & more pain relief options here: https://paincarelabs.com/resources/power-over-pain/

 

Dr. Amy Baxter directs innovation, invention, and strategy for Pain Care Labs. Accomplishments include international thought leadership on pain management and acute opioid reduction, multiple NIH SBIR Fast-Tracks, eight issued patents, multiple first author textbook chapters and journal publications, and successful 510K FDA clearances. After graduating from Yale University and Emory Medical School, as a double-boarded pediatric emergency physician, Dr. Baxter founded PEMA Emergency Research, created and validated the BARF pediatric nausea scale cited in fifty studies, and founded Pain Care Labs. Recognition includes Forbes Ten Healthcare Disruptors, Inc. Top Women in Tech to Watch, Top 10 Innovative and Disruptive Women in Healthcare, a Wall Street Journal “Idea Person”, and the Most Innovative CEO of 2014 from Georgia Bio. National and international lecturing highlights include MakerFaire, AARP, and TEDMED. On Homeolux Board of Directors. Also known for turning down Mr. Wonderful on Shark Tank.

Good News/Bad News edition – Vaccine = Good; 10M Total Cases = Bad

Filmed live at the Hive, Atlanta, Georgia, on November 11, 2020. Dr. Baxter covers the good (vaccines work!) and the bad (our total case number stinks) of our current COVID-19 posture. First, the bad: We’re approaching TEN MILLION (10,000,000) COVID cases – that’s really bad! If people are talking about trying to get to herd immunity, this total case number means a lot of unnecessary deaths and suffering. More important is case rise trend in terms of trying to figure out relative risks of different environments.

 

Next, the good: Really encouraging news on effective vaccines. Did you know that the annual flu vaccine is only 5 – 60% effective? News this week from Pfizer and projections from Moderna suggest effective rates of 90% or higher. That’s amazing!

 

Now, the not-so-great news: Both of these promising vaccines have pain points. The first is around stability, storage, and delivery – extreme cold (-70℃) is required for storage. Second, well, 2 injections are required to be fully vaccinated. The third, you’ll experience a sore arm and possibly some symptoms following vaccination.

 

More good news on death rates: younger people are getting the disease now. So, death rates are 35% lower than they were for older patients and those with comorbidities.

 

News that MASK wearing is working to reduce viral load! That’s variolation at work! This knowledge may help keep people safe around Thanksgiving.

 

Dr. Baxter discusses a new study that offers practical risk assessment advice. In the study, “COVID-19 Aerosolized Viral Loads, Environment, Ventilation, Masks, Exposure Time, Severity, And Immune Response: A Pragmatic Guide Of Estimates”, mask wearing is strongly encouraged. Multiple scenarios covered (movie theater; outside doing yard work; wind conditions; and more!).

 

Buzzy and VibraCool are FDA registered 510(k) cleared to Control pain associated with injections, venipuncture, IV starts, cosmetic injections and the temporary relief of minor injuries (muscle or tendon aches, splinters and bee stings). Also intended to treat myofascial pain caused by trigger points, restricted motion and muscle tension.

 

Dr. Amy Baxter, MD, bio & more pain relief options here: https://paincarelabs.com/resources/power-over-pain/

 

Dr. Amy Baxter directs innovation, invention, and strategy for Pain Care Labs. Accomplishments include international thought leadership on pain management and acute opioid reduction, multiple NIH SBIR Fast-Tracks, eight issued patents, multiple first author textbook chapters and journal publications, and successful 510K FDA clearances. After graduating from Yale University and Emory Medical School, as a double-boarded pediatric emergency physician, Dr. Baxter founded PEMA Emergency Research, created and validated the BARF pediatric nausea scale cited in fifty studies, and founded Pain Care Labs. Recognition includes Forbes Ten Healthcare Disruptors, Inc. Top Women in Tech to Watch, Top 10 Innovative and Disruptive Women in Healthcare, a Wall Street Journal “Idea Person”, and the Most Innovative CEO of 2014 from Georgia Bio. National and international lecturing highlights include MakerFaire, AARP, and TEDMED. On Homeolux Board of Directors. Also known for turning down Mr. Wonderful on Shark Tank.

Stress, COVID Racial Disparities, Vitamins, OTC Meds “November is the 2020 of 2020”

Filmed live at the Hive, Atlanta, Georgia, on November 4, 2020. Yes, it’s the day after the 2020 election and we don’t yet know who will be the president for the next term. This is producing stress for many, no matter who received your vote.

 

Dr. Bater discusses the role of stress in healthcare racial disparities. She also talks about the latest research on over-the-counter (OTC) medications being repurposed to treat COVID.

 

Did you know that women and people of color receive LESS pain medication (underdosing) than other patients? One example is sickle cell disease – an extremely painful condition that more common in African Americans in the U.S. compared to other ethnicities.

 

Did you know Black babies are 3x less likely to die if cared for by a Black physician? Systemic racism in healthcare may cause complaints to be overlooked.

 

COVID is the “petri dish” that shines a light on systemic racism in healthcare. Chronic stress leeches disease-fighting vitamins from the body. These factors also increase COVID risk factors: obesity, hypertension, pollution, dense living without good ventilation, access to COVID test and healthcare in general.

 

What about those vitamins and OTC medications? Zinc & Vitamin D deficiencies are risk factors for bad health outcomes. Famotidine/Pepcid equivalent seems not to help. If you’re taking a biologic medication (e.g., for psoriasis), keep taking it!

 

SLEEP IS MAGIC!!! Make it a priority. Take melatonin if you need help with sleep. It’s also an anti-viral. Exercise regularly, practice preventive healthcare (get your annual flu vaccine!). Keep wearing your mask.

 

Buzzy and VibraCool are FDA registered 510(k) cleared to Control pain associated with injections, venipuncture, IV starts, cosmetic injections and the temporary relief of minor injuries (muscle or tendon aches, splinters and bee stings). Also intended to treat myofascial pain caused by trigger points, restricted motion and muscle tension.

 

Dr. Amy Baxter, MD, bio & more pain relief options here: https://paincarelabs.com/resources/power-over-pain/

 

Dr. Amy Baxter directs innovation, invention, and strategy for Pain Care Labs. Accomplishments include international thought leadership on pain management and acute opioid reduction, multiple NIH SBIR Fast-Tracks, eight issued patents, multiple first author textbook chapters and journal publications, and successful 510K FDA clearances. After graduating from Yale University and Emory Medical School, as a double-boarded pediatric emergency physician, Dr. Baxter founded PEMA Emergency Research, created and validated the BARF pediatric nausea scale cited in fifty studies, and founded Pain Care Labs. Recognition includes Forbes Ten Healthcare Disruptors, Inc. Top Women in Tech to Watch, Top 10 Innovative and Disruptive Women in Healthcare, a Wall Street Journal “Idea Person”, and the Most Innovative CEO of 2014 from Georgia Bio. National and international lecturing highlights include MakerFaire, AARP, and TEDMED. On Homeolux Board of Directors. Also known for turning down Mr. Wonderful on Shark Tank.