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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 …

 

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 …

 

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, …

 
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