Why Pain Affects the Perception of our Future By Tracy Rydzy, MSW, LSW I used to have a very clear picture of my future. I saw myself in a nice house, accomplished in my job as a therapist and an author. I saw a couple children, saw myself running around after them and laughing. I saw a healthy, fun life, full of laughter and smiles. Two years ago that picture became fuzzy and, ultimately, disappeared. I am not trying to be over-dramatic and suggesting I don’t have a future anymore, but the truth is, for many people living with chronic pain, the future is very fuzzy, if it can be seen at all. I feel like the longer I go without a reason for my pain, the dimmer the picture gets. The house is blurry, the job is very blurry and the children have disappeared from the picture altogether. I think part of the reason for this phenomenon is that, even on a day to day basis our lives are a giant question mark. Will I have the energy to do x? Will my pain meds help me or just knock me out? Can I get to the gym today? Will my mood be happy? Sad? Irritated? A lot of people think that everything is dependent on physical pain, but the truth is the emotional pain can sometimes be more overwhelming and devastating than even the physical. When you live with constant disappointment, your mood suffers. Sometimes just the fact that I have little to do is enough to make me, well, pissed. It is the reason that I try to get to acting class so that I can...Chronic Pain Support
Helpful Things TO Say to Someone in Chronic Pain By Tracy Rydzy, MSW, LSW Supporting someone in chronic pain can be difficult. There is nothing that can be done to ease someone’s pain and sometimes, it leaves friends and family at a loss for words. There are no magic words or actions, but there are suggestions for things to say that could possibly help your loved one feel better. Here is a list I have compiled from personal experience and research of helpful things to say to someone in chronic pain: 1- “You look well today/good, but how are you feeling?” Many times people with chronic pain feel like people see how they look on the outside, not how they feel on the inside. This statement is helpful because you are stating something positive about the person, but asking how they are feeling despite looking good. Additionally, asking “how are you holding up?” is a similar and helpful comment that lets the person in pain know that you acknowledge they are in pain and you wish to know how they are handling it. 2- “I am going to be going to the store. Can I get you something?” After my second surgery my best friend would often call on weekends and tell me she was at the store and did I need anything. The way she asked didn’t hit my pride, because I felt like she was already there and I wouldn’t bother her if I said, “sure, can you get me bread?” 3- “I can’t imagine how hard this is for you, but you seem to be handling it...Chronic Pain Support
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners who use prescription topical pain medications containing flurbiprofen to use care when using them (on humans) in a household with pets. Pets are at risk of illness and death when exposed to certain pain medications applied to the skin of their owners. Even very small amounts of flurbiprofen, such as a slight amount left on a cloth applicator, could be dangerous to pets. This advice follows reports made to the FDA of cats in two households that became ill or died after their owners used prescription-strength topical medications containing flurbiprofen on themselves to treat muscle, joint, or other pain. The pet owners had applied the cream or lotion to their own neck or feet, and not directly to the pet, and it is not known exactly how the cats became exposed to the medication. The products contained the flurbiprofen and the muscle relaxer cyclobenzaprine, as well as other varying active ingredients, including baclofen, gabapentin, lidocaine, or prilocaine. Flurbiprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). People are warned to keep all medicines out of reach from their companion animals. With any sort of cream, lotion, or ointment, keep any applicators or cloths with the drug away from pets and be mindful of any drug that falls to the floor. If your pet experiences lack of desire to eat, lethargy, vomiting, or tarry stools, and you suspect exposure to such pain creams, bathe...Chronic Pain Support
April 4th, 2015 Image courtesy www.christiemed.com If you are scared of the needle because you have difficult-to-locate veins, there is some good news for you. To keep the guesswork out of injections, a Memphis-based company Christie Medical Holdings, has designed a device that can locate veins inside a person’s arm using harmless near-infrared light. VeinViewer is a vein finder that uses infrared light to look under the skin and projects an HD image of the veins onto the surface of the skin. There won’t be any miss when the doctors and nurses poke you with a needle next time. This highly portable device helps hospital staff to immediately locate a vein inside a person’s arm. It can find veins up to 0.4 inches or 10mm deep. The light detects hemoglobin in the blood and then instantly illuminates the intricate network of veins. The light is totally painless but highly accurate, increasing both first-stick success and patient satisfaction.Chronic Pain Support
How Not to Treat Chronic Pain? The Way We Do! VI’m trying to get into a clinical trial for a new chronic-pain drug. You’d think I was competing for a seat on the Virgin Galactic space shuttle.
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