Wednesday, February 20, 2013

TIP OF THE DAY #5 and #6 from Pain Sufferers Speak ™

Here are more helpful tips to live a fulfilling life with pain and illness.

TIP OF THE DAY #5-- Never lose hope for a healthier you! Take baby steps (even just 1) each day towards your personal goals for weight loss, movement or some sort of exercise, making good eating choices, hydrating yourself with 8-10 glasses of water per day, or whatever your goals are! If you don't do it, no one will do it for you! Happy to be your cheerleader through your personal transformation process. Never settle for less than being the best YOU possible. With pain and illness, your best may just be eating choices, but that's a step in the right direction. ALL steps count and lead to a healthier YOU!
TIP OF THE DAY #6--> BE your own patient advocate!! I will now say the dreaded word.....Medications--Its a sensitive subject for many people who live with pain and illness. However, the #1 regret of today's seniors (according to Reader's Digest) is, "I wish I had taken LESS medication." And #2 is, "I wish I had taken better care of my teeth." I feel this life is about having no regrets or at least limiting the ones you can control. I know I cannot just choose to go off my asthma meds--those are not my choice, and in fact necessary for my life. I happen to be allergic to both Morphine and Codeine (and all their generics) so my choices for pain reduction are very limited. The one drug that worked for me and actually masked most of my pain was Fentanyl Patches. However, I was sleeping my life away plus the Fentanyl built up in my body to a toxic level in less than 6 weeks. It also caused a false positive on a drug test due to extreme levels. I was told by my current doctor that everyone's body metabolizes meds differently and even if one med worked for you when you were say, age 20, it might not work for you at age 35. Due to your body changing as you age, hormone levels, diet, and so many other factors. If you are on 25 meds each day (and I am pulling this number out of the air) how can you or your doctor truly know what side effects are from a med or a combo of your meds?? are you taking certain meds just to fight side effects of other meds? There is really no responsible doctor who puts any one person on that many meds IN MY HUMBLE OPINION. If I have upset you, please do your own research and you will find the pharmaceutical industry is responsible for many deaths per year. I recommend you be your own patient advocate and do the research about each med any doc prescribes, any treatment that is suggested and even research the doctor to be sure his/her medical license is current and he/she has no outstanding malpractice suits or restrictions. YOU only have one body and YOU have to live with it for the rest of your life. Be wise and educated through research as you make any choices that will impact your body. Have you noticed the huge increase in commercials on TV about lawsuits over drugs that have damaged or killed people? Have you noticed the huge increase in magazine ads about lawsuits over drugs that have damaged or killed people? This is just my opinion and you have every right to disagree!! I love you all and want you to have the best quality of life possible so even if it makes you mad, I feel it has to be said. Decide with a trusted doctor what is best for you!! If you do not trust your doctor or feel you cannot talk to them, how and why would you trust them to decide what goes into your precious body????? Love yourself enough to be educated, informed, and careful!
The #1 goal of Pain Sufferers Speak is --YOU never have to be alone in pain! There is an entire global community who are waiting to support you through the good days and bad ones with unconditional love and No judgement. Each part of PSS has different benefits and here are just 2 examples. Do you need 24/7 support? Request to join Pain Sufferers Speak's Support family Facebook Group where 800+ Pain Brothers and Pain Sisters fully understand what it means to live with pain and illness. Do you own a business or run a website? Join Pain Sufferers Speak's LinkedIn Open Networking group where you can make 480+ professional connections and promote your business, your causes and your passions every day. With 4 support groups, 3 blogs, and availability on all major social networks across the internet, there truly is something for everyone.
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Written by: Liz Hall © 2013
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