Join me in The Footsteps Festival Wellbeing Tent for ‘Laughter Is The Best Medicine'.
7pm -8pm GMT
Life can be challenging, especially when living with chronic pain. While it may seem hard to laugh when you hurt, it has been said that laughter is the best medicine.
And that’s no joke.
Laughter creates physical and emotional changes in our bodies that can lower our stress levels, reduce our blood pressure, ease our pains, foster social connections with others, and generally improve the quality of our lives.
Reserve your space here.
7pm BST/2pm EST
I'll be talking about my free e-book and the strategies I have learned to help manage chronic pain.
People with chronic pain often do too much when they’re having good days and not enough when they’re having bad days.
Pace activity by setting time limits, slowing down (start low, go slow), breaking up tasks, and taking frequent short breaks – gradually increasing what you can do to build endurance.
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Abstract from paper
Long-term opioid therapy has the potential for serious adverse outcomes and is often used in a vulnerable population. Because adverse effects or failure to maintain benefits is common with long-term use, opioid taper or discontinuation may be indicated in certain patients. Concerns about the adverse individual and population effects of opioids have led to numerous strategies aimed at reductions in prescribing. Although opioid reduction efforts have had generally beneficial effects, there have been unintended consequences. Abrupt reduction or discontinuation has been associated with harms that include serious withdrawal symptoms, psychological distress, self-medicating with illicit substances, uncontrolled pain, and suicide. Key questions remain about when and how to safely reduce or discontinue opioids in different patient populations. Thus, health care professionals who reduce or discontinue long-term opioid therapy require a clear understanding of the associated benefits and risks as well as guidance on the best practices for safe and effective opioid reduction. An interdisciplinary panel of pain clinicians and one patient advocate formulated recommendations on tapering methods and ongoing pain management in primary care with emphasis on patient-centered, integrated, comprehensive treatment models employing a biopsychosocial perspective.
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Read my thoughts on opioid therapy as a patient who tapered off them.
I watched last night on “Torn From the Headlines: New York Post Reports,” a story about a 68 year-old kidnap victim who survived 12 days buried alive in 1993.
The victim was Harvey Weinstein, the CEO of a tuxedo manufacturing company. His kidnappers held him for ransom for $3 million in dark tomb – with him surviving on just some pieces of fruit and little water.
What an amazing story of strength, I thought to myself as I watched the show. We can learn a lot from this man.
So, I did some reading this morning to learn more.
There is a quote from Weinstein from a 1993 Los Angeles Times article that hit home for me. He said, “I can’t permit fear to govern my life.”
We can do the same when it comes to chronic pain. Sometimes, it’s the fear of pain that holds us back.
Read the story.
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