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PillPack Online Pharmacy

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments

This is a guest post by PillPack, an online pharmacy which delivers your medications.  I thought my readers might find their service helpful.

Having chronic pain means having a very unique relationship to something that most other people get to take for granted: time.  The time that you spend working, playing, being with friends and family, that’s time that chronic pain wants too.  Whether your pain is mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, time is a precious resource.  When it comes to doing the things you want to do, the more time the better.

Luckily, there are time-saving options for people living with chronic pain.  PillPack is an online pharmacy specifically designed to serve people who manage multiple medications.  If you have chronic pain, it isn’t unheard of to have 20 or more medications to organize on a daily basis.  With PillPack, you can toss that pill box away – or blow it up or burn it, depending on how much you hate it.

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With PillPack, you receive personalized rolls containing pre-sorted packets of medication.  Printed on each individual packet is the time, day of the week, and date to take the contents, as well as a list of the contents and their dosage sizes.

These packets are delivered to your door, and there is no extra charge for this service.  Not only do you save time by not having to organize pills, you also don’t ever have to go to the pharmacy again!  For some people with chronic pain, stress and fatigue can combine to make trips to the pharmacy a difficult, taxing, or physically impossible errand.

PillPack also has pharmacists available 24/7.  They manage refills for you, contacting your doctor 4 weeks before your last refill, and work with your doctor and insurance company on prior authorizations.  These services can reduce your time spent on the phone as well as stress.

Chronic pain wants your time, and one way to fight back is by finding services and technologies that open up more time to do the things that are important to you.

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Summer Vacation

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments

I’ll be off on vacation this summer, and posting articles only now and then.  This is a good time to sign up for automatic email delivery of articles, so each new one will come directly to you when it’s published.  Sign up here.

I hope you enjoy your summer!

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Practice Compassion

June 22nd, 2015 · 2 Comments

Welcome to our series, inviting you to try a new practice each week.  To enjoy life more, you can decrease the negative or increase the positive.  Unfortunately for those of us with chronic pain, we sometimes can’t lower that negative experience.  So these practices will be designed to increase the positive!

Our bodies are painful.  Our health care is frustrating to us – mix ups at the pharmacy, waiting in the doctor’s office.  Our treatment isn’t relieving our pain.  All of this, in addition to the regular big and small glitches in life, contribute to our irritation and lack of patience.  And those feelings are normal!

The practice of compassion can be a way to help ourselves be more peaceful and help others by not passing on our irritation and frustration.

Especially for those of us in pain, being compassionate towards our bodies means holding our bodies in love and care, being patient with our body’s pace of healing, and trying to accept continuing pain as being our body’s response despite it doing its best.

Here is a compassion practice for our bodies:  Meditation on Compassion

Here is an article on gratitude for our bodies:  Gratitude for your Body

And I invite you to try this Buddhist meditation:

May I be at peace.
May my heart remain open.
May I awaken to the light of my own true nature.
May I be healed.
May I be a source of healing for all beings.

May you be at peace.
May your heart remain open.
May you awaken to the Light of your own true nature.
May you be healed.
May you be a source of healing for all beings.

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Enjoy the Happiness of Others

June 15th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Welcome to our series, inviting you to try a new practice each week.  To enjoy life more, you can decrease the negative or increase the positive.  Unfortunately for those of us with chronic pain, we sometimes can’t lower that negative experience.  So these practices will be designed to increase the positive!

If there are challenges in your life and more negative things going on than usual, what’s a way to balance that with positive experiences?  Look to others.  It’s called “empathic happiness.”  Imagine it’s happening to you or be just as happy for someone else as you would be for yourself.  Call up those feelings of warmth, happiness and gratitude inside yourself.

Your Invitation:  Celebrate what’s going well for your family and friends – even for strangers.  Bask in your own positive feelings, deepyly feeling the joy of someone else’s good experiences.

Please write your experiences with this practice below in the comments.

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“Pain and Fitness” in Pain Pathways

June 10th, 2015 · No Comments

The summer edition of Pain Pathways is published.

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Be on the Lookout for the Positive

June 8th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Welcome to our series, inviting you to try a new practice each week.  To enjoy life more, you can decrease the negative or increase the positive.  Unfortunately for those of us with chronic pain, we sometimes can’t lower that negative experience.  So these practices will be designed to increase the positive!

As we said last week, our brains are programmed to look for danger and negative things more so than positive ones.  So we need to counter that natural negative bias by purposely focusing on the positive.

Your Invitation:  Purposely be on the look out for positive things.  Notice a flower on your walk to work.  Say an enthusiastic thank you to the person in front of you who holds the door for you.  Hug your child for setting the dinner table.

This week, see how many times a day you can whisper to yourself, “Wow, that’s really great!”.

Please write your experiences with this practice below in the comments.

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Contest at The Daily Headache

June 4th, 2015 · No Comments

A great blog, The Daily Headache, is having a contest.  To enter on the website, answer 30 questions about what it’s like to live with migraine or a headache disorder.  You’ll be entered to win a 30-minute phone or Skype coaching session with Kerrie, the blogger, or your choice of any pair of indoor TheraSpecs.  The entry deadline is June 29.

Kerrie write on her website about living with several types of headache, what works for her, and her challenges and triumphs.

 

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Get Outside in Nature

June 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Welcome to our series, inviting you to try a new practice each week.  To enjoy life more, you can decrease the negative or increase the positive.  Unfortunately, for those of us with chronic pain, we sometimes can’t lower that negative experience.  So these practices will be designed to increase the positive!
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Getting outside in nature has been shown to lower anxiety and stress, and even lower pain.  So take a walk, sit in a garden or park, or just open your window to let in the fresh air and look outside.  Put fresh flowers and nature artwork around your home.
Your invitation:  Spend time in nature every day this week.  Enjoy!
Please write your experiences with this practice in the comments below.

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Take 5 Minutes Each Day to Remember the Positive

May 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Welcome to our series, inviting you to try a new practice each week. To enjoy life more, you can decrease the negative or increase the positive. Unfortunately, for those of us with chronic pain, we sometimes can’t lower that negative experience.  So these practices will be designed to increase the positive!
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Recent research shows that our brains are programmed to look for danger and negative things more so than the positive ones.  Thousands of years ago for early humans, this attention to problems helped us keep an eye out for lions and avoid that snake that bit us today when we come across it again.  But it didn’t encourage a positive perspective.
We need to counter that natural negative bias of our brains by purposely focusing on the positive.

Your Invitation:  Take 5 minutes each evening to remember and savor the good experiences you had during the day.  Remember a juicy raspberry, a kind word from a stranger, a joke shared with your partner, or the smell of a rose you saw on a walk.  Focus on the senses involved in the experience and your positive feelings during it.

Please write your experiences with this practice below in the comments.

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A Daily Act of Kindness

May 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Welcome to our series, inviting you to try a new practice each week. To enjoy life more, you can decrease the negative or increase the positive. Unfortunately, for those of us with chronic pain, we sometimes can’t lower that negative experience. So these practices will be designed to increase the positive!
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A daily act of kindness.  Looking outside ourselves is a way to do something positive in the world, which can also help us feel more optimistic.

Your Invitation:  Do a daily act of kindness.

Please write your experiences with this practice below in the comments.

Resource:  All about Kindness by Toni Bernhard

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