Archive For: Chronic Pain

How to Build a Strong Support Team

A Healthcare House: How to Build a Strong Support Team By Rachel Basso, Guest Blogger

I am going to share some tips on how to build a well-rounded support team that I have learned from my personal journey with Endometriosis and the resulting chronic pain. Your support team is there to make sure you don’t have to walk your health journey alone. I certainly wouldn’t have made it this far without the people and resources who were there to help me, and I advocate now so that no one else will have to!

When beginning to build your support team, first identify your key needs and then seek out the right person or resource to help solve that problem. I like to think of this process as building a house.

Let’s Build a House

Why a house? Well, you are …

 

Taylor Duane Interviews iPain President Barby Ingle for Thesis Paper

These answers were completed by Barby Ingle specifically for Taylor Duane’s senior thesis.

I’m investigating the question, “Should opiates used to treat cancer pain be rescheduled for cancer patients who are suffering from chronic pain?” What is your position on this and why?

International Pain Foundation (iPain) believes that all options should be on the table when it comes to treatment. That it should be between a provider and patient as to the goals of treatment and for some opiates will be right, for others it wont. But nothing should be taken off the table because we are all created differently and taking options away from patients because it doesn’t work for someone else is not access to proper and timely care for all.

 

What is your experience that informs that opinion?

I have been a chronic pain patient for …

 

Ulcerative Colitis Spotlight

What is Ulcerative Colitis?

  • Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • causes ongoing inflammation and small sores (ulcers) in the inner lining of the large intestine.
  • This inflammation makes the large intestine, or colon, empty frequently, which leads to the most common symptoms of colitis: diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps and pain.
  • The symptoms of ulcerative colitis, as well as possible complications, will vary depending on the extent of inflammation in the rectum and the colon.
  • Colitis symptoms can come on gradually or suddenly and vary in severity.

Is Colitis the same as Crohn’s Disease?

  • Ulcerative colitis is not the same as another IBD called Crohn’s disease.
  • Unlike Crohn’s disease, which can affect any area of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, ulcerative colitis affects only the colon.
  • Colitis inflammation also differs from that of Crohn’s disease in
 

Non-Medicinal Pain Relief Ideas for Seniors

Non-Medicinal Pain Relief Ideas for Seniors
by Jessica Hegg, Guest Blogger for iPain 

Getting older shouldn’t mean putting up with more and more pain. Whether it’s backaches, foot irritation, or joint pain that has you or your loved one heading for the medicine cabinet each day, there might be a natural, pharma-free alternative that can help instead (without the added risks that might come with medicine use):

For Back Pain
A welcomed report from the American College of Physicians in early 2017 shared updated recommendations for people seeking relief for low back pain – instead of taking over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers, try exercise, yoga, massage or acupuncture instead. Turns out that most low back pain simply goes away with time, but that active and mindful practices of the body could expedite the process.

Low-impact exercises like swimming, brisk walks, …

 

TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS WHEN IT COMES TO ASSESSING HOW THE PATIENT IS DOING

TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS WHEN IT COMES TO ASSESSING HOW THE PATIENT IS DOING – by Barby Ingle

  • Are they able to communicate?
  • Are they able to stay focused and remember things?
  • Are they frequently grimacing, crying, groaning, or otherwise indicating extreme distress?
  • Are they maintaining proper grooming practices?
  • Are they sleeping at night for the right number of hours?
  • Can they speak clearly and audibly and does what they say make sense?
  • Do they appear anxious or irritable?
  • Do they appear depressed?
  • Has their appetite increased or decreased, or have they gained or lost weight?
  • Have they increased use of tobacco or alcohol?
  • Have they maintained their relationships with family and friends?
  • Insomnia and poor sleeping cycles can result from being in a lot of pain.
 

New Year, New Goals

RESOLUTION: DEAL WITH YOUR CHRONIC PAIN THIS NEW YEAR
by Barby Ingle

If you’ve been living with chronic pain, New Year’s is the perfect time to make a few simple changes to increase positive daily living. Below Barby Ingle, explores tips for 2017 resolutions when you are the one in three Americans living in pain.

  1. Walk at least several times weekly. – Regular, low impact aerobic exercise reduces inflammation, strengthens your muscles and provides expedited healing by sending oxygen-rich blood through out your body. Depending on your individual level of fitness, you may want to start out walking only a few minutes at a time, and gradually—over a period of several weeks and maybe even months— try to walk for at least 30 minutes at least 3 or 4 times.
  2. Get at least eight hours of sleep each 24 hour
 
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