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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 …

 

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 …

 

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

 

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
 

My Life Is Not My Own

My Life Is Not My Own
By: Michell Freeman

 

My name is Michell Freeman, I am from a small town in Bennettsville, South Carolina and this is my story. On November 4, 2013 I was in an automobile accident that involved a fatality. I was hit by a car that had ran a red light. I was unable to walk without great pain. When I arrived at the hospital my legs felt very cold and I had lost feeling in my saddle area and later down my left leg. The Doctor came in and told my family that I had a disc fragment that sequestered. The doctor told my husband that I was to lie flat on my back only to get up to use the restroom and if I lost control of my bowel or bladder to call …

 
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