Virtual Reality Might Help Us Treat Anxiety

Barby Ingle iPain VR Samsung Gear

Barby Ingle uses VR Samsung Gear

We live in a modern society in which people are very aware of and concerned about their healthcare. We know what kind of care we want and expect, we know what our insurance costs and what it covers, and we actually tend to talk about it all quite a bit. One thing we don’t discuss adequately however is mental health – even when it comes to fairly common conditions like anxiety.

According to the American Psychology Association, anxiety is more common than most might guess. Adding up percentages of people who suffer from anxiety in different forms, the APA estimates that about 22-25 percent of adults have some form of clinical anxiety. This can take the form of a specific phobia, social anxiety, susceptibility to panic, or various other specific issues. The point,

 

4 Fun Ways for Seniors to Get Fit While Being Social

by Jim Vogel

 

Seniors have a higher risk of depression and dementia when they are isolated from friends and family members. But, staying active helps ward off mental disorders and the brain deterioration that characterizes dementia. That’s why seniors should combine getting fit and being social; exercising with friends is one of the best ways for seniors to stay physically and mentally fit. We share some tips for having fun and being social while getting fit below.

 

  1. Go Dancing

Dancing is a physical activity that gets seniors socializing while increasing their heart rate, improving their balance, and keeping them moving. Dancing is fun and gives seniors a chance to reminisce with their favorite tunes. One study also shows that dancing is an ideal physical activity for seniors who have knee and hip pain: older adults with arthritis or stiffness …

 

When you have chronic pain, and then you become sick

by Dr. Melissa Geraghty, Psy.D., Chronic Pain Patient 
Rago & Associates
International Pain Foundation Medical Advisory Board, 2016-2017 iPain Featurette, 2016 iPain Hero of Hope Award Recipient
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) – 
Board Member
Social Media Community: Facebook: @MindfulMomentsByDrG  Twitter: @MindfulDrG

Melissa Geraghty Psy.D. iPain 2016 Hero of Hope

Melissa Geraghty Psy.D. –  2016 iPain Hero of Hope

 

A few days ago I was diagnosed with C. diff. I never really heard much about C. diff outside of acquiring it in a hospital setting or people of advanced age contracting it. Oh, was I wrong.

 

“Clostridium difficile (klos-TRID-e-um dif-uh-SEEL), often called C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon” (Mayo Clinic, 2018). It is commonly caused by antibiotic use and can attack even healthy individuals who have not …

 

Self-care is Vital to Caregivers, Too

Caregivers are used to giving care, not getting it. So that can make it extra difficult to make time for yourself. You put all of yourself into taking care of others. While noble, it’s also bad for you.

If you’re a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, you’re at a much greater risk for developing depression than the average person, studies show, which means that self-care — physical and mental — is extremely important.

Reevaluate your commitment to your own health so that you can be ready to take care of others, too. There are 15 million people in the United States who care for a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s Disease, according to the Caregiver Action Network. The work you do as family caregiver is very important, but it takes a strong person to do it. And …

 

Gift ideas for Chronic Pain Patients

iPain ShoppingHave you ever thought, how am I going to get my holidays? Christmas can bring down the mood of anyone facing a chronic care illness. Here are a few tips from Ken and Barby on how to make your holidays better while living with chronic pain for yourself, your caregivers, family and friends. We wish each of you Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

What not to do at holiday time: 

1. Don’t blame yourself if you can’t provide the elaborate holiday festivities you once did; don’t feel guilty because you can’t do everything you think your family expects you to do.

2. Guilt must go when you have a chronic pain illness that limits what/how much you can do.

3. Knowing the priorities and plans ahead of time will prevent disappointment and hurt feelings later.

4. Don’t expect others to …

 

Our Pain series by CBS Las Vegas

CBS Las Vegas Barby IngleThis month a very important series ran on CBS TV in Las Vegas. You can see the start of the series here on chronic Pain and the crisis pain patients now face in getting access to proper and timely care. It is being turned into a documentary and will include stories from this series and more that have come in in response. The person who put this all together is the award winning investigational journalist George Knapp.

 

 

George did one of the best jobs we have seen in journalist showing the voice and stories of the Millions of Americans who rely on opioid medications for pain relief are in anguish because of government pressure to reduce prescriptions across the board. The Doctors, pharmacists, and other providers that were included in the series have already made drastic cuts in …

 

Try These Proven Tips to Manage Your Chronic Pain

You’ve just received a diagnosis of chronic pain from your healthcare provider. The news brings with it a host of concerns, including how you will cope with the discomfort, whether it will affect your ability to earn a living, and if you will have to give up many of your favorite activities.

Neither we nor anyone else has a magic wand that will fix the problems you’re facing. However, we do have some expert tips on how to cope with the moment-by-moment challenges you will face going forward. This information can help you to manage your condition and enjoy a higher quality of life as your face the future.

Remember You’re Not Alone

More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, according to the Institute of Medicine. That’s one out of every three members of the population. Of …

 

My XpertDox Experience

As a chronic pain patient with multiple autoimmune diseases for over 20 years now, I am constantly looking for new treatments, options, resources, clinical trials and providers who understand best what I am facing. I recently discovered a new resource that I want to share with my family, friends, providers, and other patient influencers. I have been attending and presenting at pain conferences since 2007 and know the top doctors treating Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), the options coming down the pipeline, the research and clinical trials and strengths and weaknesses of these providers.  So, when I registered and began to dive into XpertDox I looked up RSD first to compare their information to what I know as an extremely informed patient.

 

I personally went through 43 providers to get one who could diagnose me properly. I underwent many surgeries …

 

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 …

 
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