3 Things You Should Do to Reduce Caregiver Stress

Caregivers dedicate themselves to providing support and care for loved ones, but sometimes the physical and emotional toll becomes too much to bear. It can be difficult to shift roles and become the caregiver for a senior parent, and even more taxing to become the caregiver to an ailing spouse. Even if you don’t want to have negative emotions about caring for a loved one, it is natural to feel frustrated, exhausted, angry, and stressed. And, sometimes that stress leads caregivers to develop a substance abuse problem as an unhealthy coping mechanism. If you are a caregiver struggling with alcoholism or addiction, you need to take steps to reduce your stress level.

 

Start Saying No

It is not unusual for caregivers to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs to cope with caregiving. Studies show that caregivers who have social and …

 

Voice Technology and the Chronic Pain Community

Voice Technology and the Chronic Pain Community by Beth Kotz

 

Voice-enabled technology, once little more than a clever novelty, is now on the verge of breaking through to playing a greater role in wellness and personal care. Computerized assistants attuned to human speech have been around in various forms since the 1950’s, but recent advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning have helped to “connect the dots” and build a stronger bridge between our spoken words and the actions of a computer. Experts are predicting that voice assistant platforms – such as Siri, Alexa, and Google’s Assistant – will be increasingly capable of helping improve at-home care management, and of enhancing a patient’s ability to communicate with providers, caregivers and family.

 

Voice as an Interface

 

Voice recognition technology is based on the concept of using the human …

 

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 …

 

Tips for Finding Providers Who Can Help You

Tips for Finding Providers Who Can Help You by Barby Ingle

Finding a highly qualified, competent, and compassionate physician to manage your specific illness or condition takes a lot of hard work and energy, but it is an investment that is well worth the effort. I have met over 90 healthcare providers, including hospital staff, neurologists, cardiologists, psychologists, X-ray technicians, pain management, general practice, orthopedic and the list goes on.  It is important to keep in mind that you are not looking for just any general physician but rather a physician who has expertise in the treatment and management of your specific illness or condition. Find out if the doctor knows about CHRONIC PAIN in-depth. Sometimes a pain doctor will know more about arthritis then neuropathy pain because of the types of classes taken in medical school and previous patients. …

 

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, …

 

Reality Rally Fundraiser to help Michelle’s Place

Ken and Barby and Donny from Big Brother at Reality Rally 2016

Ken and Barby and Donny from Big Brother at Reality Rally 2016

Reality Rally Fundraiser to help Michelle’s Place w breast cancer patient resources. Reality Rally is the biggest gathering of Reality TV Celebrities in the country! And they are all coming to Temecula to help support a deserving charity; Michelle’s Place. #RealityRally #KenAndBarby #RealityTV.

iPain is proud to be a supporting funding sponsor for this awesome 2 day “Fun for Funds” event which attracts over 5,000 people has long life though the photos and press replays with the over 100 Reality Star who participate. The project reaches millions of consumers through traditional and digital media. The 120 Reality Stars come from 2 countries, 34 states and 81 cities. Each reality star must raise at least $500 for the Michelle’s Place Charity.

The multi-day event offers exhibitor opportunities, signage and

 

10 ACTIONS TO MAKE LIFE MORE POSITIVE AND UPLIFTING FOR YOURSELF

by Barby Ingle

  1. Choose happiness.
  2. Create goals and more towards accomplishing them.
  3. Get involved in projects that you can be interested in and successfully complete.
  4. Keep yourself surrounded with happy people.
  5. Look at the bright side of challenges.
  6. Motivate yourself.
  7. Practice meditation and controlling your thoughts.
  8. Smile big and often.
  9. Visualize success.
  10. When anxiety and stresses are high, turn it over to God.

More about Barby can be found on her website

 
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