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Using Painkillers During the War on Drugs

Pain exists for a reason. When it is a physical pain, it tells us when something is wrong and can even help doctors narrow in on what is wrong. Over the past half century, how doctors help patients cope with pain has changed. This is due in part to a variety of pharmaceutical advancements and the idea that pain for an extended period is detrimental to your overall health. However, the downside of these advancements...Click Here to Keep Reading
simply put what is an invisible illness

Simply Put, What is an Invisible Illness?

Those with an invisible illness deal with questions from people questioning the legitimacy of their disability. On top of being ill, many sufferers find themselves in many hard situations where people do not believe they have an illness. 96% of people dealing with a chronic illness have what is often called an invisible illness. What Does 'Invisible Illness' Mean? [caption id="attachment_140" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Source: Nicolas Raymond via Flickr[/caption] An invisible illness means that there is no...Click Here to Keep Reading
Putting Pain Into WordsThe Five Emotions Humans Experience

Putting Pain into Words: The Five Emotions Humans Experience

There are five emotions that humans experience. They are:    Happiness as in the state of being cheerful and feeling good    Fear as in an unpleasant emotion in which you are worried     Anger as in a strong sense of annoyance and irritation     Sadness as in a feeling of sorrow and unhappiness     & Guilt as in a feeling of being at fault or to blame for something   Emotion Basics Explained While many other words guide how you might feel about something...Click Here to Keep Reading

SMART Goals for Pain Management

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” ~ Confucius S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym to help people set more comprehensive goals that are attainable. This can be a useful tool for dealing with your pain. It stands for: Specific and significant Measurable and meaningful Achievable and action-orientated Realistic and reasonable Timely and trackable [caption id="attachment_186" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Get InspiredSource: Bill Smith via Flickr[/caption] Specific &...Click Here to Keep Reading
Mega 99 coping skills list for chronic pain

Mega (99) Coping Skills List

Millions of Americans lack the necessary coping skills for handling chronic pain. Most of those who have chronic pain take a narcotic pain medication. Painkillers are not always effective for long-term pain management. Instead, personalized coping skills should be introduced to help handle chronic pain. This is because you build a tolerance to the medication and need more of it for it to be effective again. Not to mention, severe constipation, and drowsiness are nasty...Click Here to Keep Reading