NEVER BE ALONE IN PAIN AGAIN WITH REACHOUT: THE APP…

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You will never feel alone in pain again with this unique, FREE first of it’s kind Social Support App ‘Reachout‘. It helps patients and their families cope with chronic conditions of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, substance abuse, chronic pain like fibromyalgia, arthritis etc, death/grieving and mental health challenges (depression, anxiety and panic disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia, among others) all over the world.

Users are able to connect with others in the support groups to exchange useful coping strategies, offer and receive support and develop lifelong friendships that help reduce loneliness, depression and anxiety. It’s a support system which offers compassion and hope and never feel alone by joining the family of users connected through suffering with the same condition.

The peer to peer support model used in the App is based on the fact that while receiving social support is helpful, offering support is also very therapeutic.  Even if you just wanted a simple lift in your spirits this App will help you. It’s been voted the Best App of the last 2 weeks on Drippler.

Since the release in March 2016, the app has received rave reviews, both from the medical community as well as journalists. A recent 2 minute video coverage by ABC affiliate of Dallas explains this App aptly.

For more details and a direct link to this excellent app head over to Reachout Life website. 

 

FREE PREVIEW INTO MY BOOK ‘COMPLIMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES FOR PAIN’…

I would love some reviews on my book ‘Complimentary and Alternative Therapies for Pain‘, and Amazon have an offer where your can preview some of my book for FREE, just click on either of the links above.

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I KNOW I’M NOT ALONE…

I KNOW I’M NOT ALONE

Barbara McLullich

Isn’’t it strange, how nature makes your forget,
That terrible pain you have and continually get.
It comes in waves when you least expect it,
And you think, please stop now and give me a rest for a bit.

With my batteries recharged, I’’m ready for the next bout of pain,
Gosh, I forgot how it was driving me insane.
I keep my head high and everyone says I look just fine,
But they have no idea how I really feel at this present moment in time.

I may not have bandages and plaster anywhere on my body,
But believe me it just keeps on coming back and driving me potty.
Now I’’ve tried everything available in the book,
And yes, it helps but only with my foot!!!

I’’m writing this poem as I just can’t sleep,
It’s that awful pain again from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet.
I’’m sure one-day someone will find a cure,
But until then I shall just have to suffer some more.

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THE DOCTOR WHO GAVE UP DRUGS EPISODE ONE…

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Last night was the first night of the controversial two part series on ‘The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs’, on BBC 1.

I decided to watch it on BBC iplayer and as I lay in bed with 5 of my nightly pain killing concoction of drugs on the table next to me, I pressed ‘play’ on my Kindle.

After only watching it for just 10 minutes I was pleased that I had not watched it with my husband on the regular TV as I knew immediately what his reaction would be about the amount of medication I take.

The strangest thing of all was that only yesterday morning along with a letter from my GP’s surgery about when the regular flu clinic started I also had one about ‘Paracetamol for short-term or occasional use to control pain or fever’. It was basically explaining about the cost of prescribing paracetamol and what sort of operations could be done with the money instead of prescribing the drug (160 more hip replacements, 26 chemotherapy treatments, 30,000 breast cancer hormone treatments, or 980 cataract operations). The letter struck a cord as I do take regular paracetamol with my other more potent pain killers. ‘The thing is’, I said to my husband, ‘It was my GP’s idea to up the amount of paracetamol I could have on my repeat prescription as I was nearly always running out of them by the end of the month’.

I was hooked on the program right from the beginning to see if Dr. Chris van Tulleken could treat patients for a variety of illness without drugs, and wean some patients off their ‘life-saving’ regimes.

The main two patients highlighted in last night’s episode were two ladies. One who took a gambit of drugs for chronic shoulder pain and another who had been on an antidepressant since she was just 16 years old.

The lady with the bad shoulder was given a weeks worth of drugs put into a container for her to take as she would normally, but some of them were not her usual medication just a placebo pill instead. When Dr Tulleken went back after the week he was soon able to show her from the graft that she did not need the drugs she was taking. She decided on the spot that she would not take any more not even for a headache and he sent her for physiotherapy and exercise. A few weeks later before the end of the first episode she came back and said she was in a lot less pain and would never take the pills again. That had to be a big tick for Tulleken.

However the second patient who was clearly in need of her anti-depressants said she wanted to come off the drugs. She really wanted to try it so Tulleken’s first idea for her was to try swimming in very very cold water. To create a bit of a shock tactic which can also bring on a feeling of euphoria. The swim worked and she felt absolutely fantastic, so I guess another tick for the Dr Tulleken.

Also during the episode he tried to persuade the GP’s at the practice to not give out so many antibiotic prescriptions but even though he had a special piece of equipment to see if the patient had an infection or a viral illness he soon realised that most did need a prescription for an antibiotic, and only an exceptional few that did not need them

During the program they pointed out that his fellow doctors think he is being rather reckless and I think some of the outcome even surprised Tulleken but as episode one finished they showed a preview of episode two where it was obvious to see how the lady on the antidepressant was far from dealing with her problem without the drugs.

Right from the beginning I could not help but consciously think about what I take on a regular basis but the more I saw of the program I realised that in some cases ( I guess, like mine) if you have tried every other route to get pain relief but to no avail then drugs it may have to be.

I shall look forward to next week’s episode when he tries weaning some patients off  ‘life saving’  drugs and the outcome of the lady who suffers from depression. I am sure the series will make some people ‘think’ a bit more about their medication regime, and when my appointment finally comes through for my next spinal injections I will definitely ask my pain consultant his views on this matter.

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HOW TO WAKE UP YOUR STIFF BODY…

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According to a survey by the British Chiropractic Association more than 80% of us wake up every day feeling stiff.

Poor sleep posture can lock your body into a bad position which can then cause reduced blood flow to the are and a build up of lactic acid which then leads to stiffness and pain.

A few simple gentle exercises according to Good Housekeeping Good Health is all you need to do to ease out your body.

  1. Lying on your back, slowly raise first one knee and then the other, holding them with both hands, then bring them closer to your chest. Relax and repeat.
  2. Cross your left leg over the right. Again, using both hands, pull your right knee towards your chest. Your should feel a stretch in the buttocks on the left side. Repeat with right leg.
  3. Still on your back, with knees bent, make sure the small of your back is not touching the bed. Tighten your abdominal muscles so that the small of your back presses flat against the mattress. Hold for five seconds, then relax. Repeat three times, eventually building up to 10 repetitions.