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Last 2 Days for Submissions

April 29th, 2016 · No Comments

2 days is enough…  enough to send in a fabulous submission for our “Write Something to Share” contest 🙂

All sorts of entries are welcome – your pain story, your favorite coping tool, a poem, art work, a favorite quote, etc.  Share something that’s meaningful to you and that can help others.  April 30, tomorrow, is the deadline.  Send in your entry here.

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Send in Your Submission for Our “Write Something to Share” Contest!

April 25th, 2016 · No Comments

Our “Write Something to Share” contest is going on until April 30.  Send your submission in soon!  All sorts of entries are welcome – your pain story, your favorite coping tool, a poem, art work, a favorite quote, etc.  Share something that’s meaningful to you and that can help others.

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Engraved Stones to Remind You

April 18th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Our “Write Something to Share” contest is going on until April 30.  Send your submission in!

One of the prizes for our “Write Something to Share” contest is an engraved stone by the Etsy artist Rockkinit.  These are beautiful.

I like to carry something in my pocket to remind me of a focus.  Currently I’m carrying a small shell to remind me to hold a friend who’s going through a transition in my thoughts and prayers.  This woman and I are part of a small group of women who meet regularly.  We support each other and make each other laugh.  The shell reminds me that our group is also caring for the woman who’s making a change in her life.

When I carry something in my pocket, every time a feel it, I’m reminded to bring my attention to something I want to remember.  I enjoy the chance to bring my focus to something several times a day.

I thought the reader who wins this prize would enjoy having a reminder to breathe, to slow down, to enjoy a moment of relaxation.  Rockkinit also has other inspirational engravings such as smile, peace, pray, relax, rejoice.  Thanks to Rockkinit for donating this prize!

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“Got Vision” – Record Your Own Coping Exercises

April 11th, 2016 · No Comments

Our “Write Something to Share” contest is going on until April 30.  Send your submission in!

One of the prizes for our “Write Something to Share” contest is a subscription to Got Vision.  This is a wonderful website where you can record your own meditations and coping exercises, then make them into MP3s or CDs.  Got Vision provided me with a free subscription to try out.  I think it’s an excellent service.

After downloading the Vision Guide software, you record anything you want.  You could record guided meditations, relaxation exercises, guided imagery exercises, affirmations, etc.  You are then able to add music or nature sounds to your recorded track.  There are a good number of recordings on the site you can use, or you can add something of your own.  Then you either download your recordings as MP3s or burn them to your own disc.

To try out Got Vision, I recorded the breathing, visualization and guided imagery exercises from the How to Cope with Pain website.  I used a Mac with only the microphone embedded in the laptop.  I thought the recordings came out really well.  For the guided imagery exercises using the ocean as an image, I added beach nature sounds, which were a nice addition to the words.  I’ll be able to burn discs to give to patients, so they can have the exercises we do in sessions to practice at home.

There are some challenges to the system, but I thought they were managemable:

  1. You need either a computer with a microphone or an external microphone
  2. It takes a little while to get used to the system
  3. You need a computer where you can burn discs

I hope you give the website a try.  You can practice for free.  Thanks to Got Vision for providing a subscription for our contest!

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“Write Something to Share” Contest 2016

April 5th, 2016 · No Comments

It’s contest time at How to Cope with Pain!  We’re having another “Write Something to Share” contest, where readers send in contributions to share.  Your entry can be an article about your story, a quote, a tip about how you cope with pain, a photograph, or anything else other readers will enjoy.

Be creative!  Be amazing!  The contest guidelines:

  • Send in your entry here.  (More than 1 entry is fine.)
  • The deadline is midnight on Saturday, April 30.
  • The winning entry will be based on creativity and how much work went into the entry.

The winners will choose from these prizes:

  • A Got Vision account where you can records your own meditation and coping exercises
  • An engraved stone from the Etsy shop Rockkinit
  • A set of my nature photography notecards which benefit charities
  • An article  written just for you on the topic of your choice at How to Cope with Pain
  • (Prizes to people outside the US may be limited due to shipping costs)

Good luck to you!   I look forward to your entries!!!

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“Take Control of Your Pain” Expo 4/3

March 30th, 2016 · No Comments

The US Pain Foundation is offering a free day-long expo, “Take Control of Your Pain“, with educational presentations on Sunday, April 3 in Harrison, NY.  Can’t travel to NY?  You can also attend online.

Take Control LOGO White Clear

U.S. Pain Foundation is excited to partner with The New York Pain Society to offer a Take Control of Your Pain event.  Learn about treatments, how to utilize your voice with advocacy efforts and to find local support.

Doctors and patients will discuss the latest advances in pain management and complementary therapies. Our INvisible Project will be on display. Local groups working to help the pain community will also be in attendance. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

The speakers include:

  • Alternative Complimentary Therapies to Manage Pain, Sidra Malmud MD, NSLIJ Neuro (Robert Duarte MD)
  • Mindful Meditation with Val and Bill
  • How Medicine Helps Manage Chronic Pain, Yuri Ivanov MD
  • Interventional Options to Manage Chronic Pain (PM&R MD / Charles Argoff)
  • Headaches, Nicole Lopez, NP  NSLIJ
  • Medical Marijuana in NY to manage Chronic Pain, Grace Forde MD

For more information, see US Pain Foundation.

 

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Pain Pathways magazine, Spring 2016

March 28th, 2016 · No Comments

The new Spring 2016 issue of Pain Pathways is now available.

And coming next month is our “Write Something to Share” contest, where you share your stories, favorite coping skills, artwork, poems, etc.  Anything you think others who are coping with pain will enjoy.  Look for more details next week.  Start to figure out what you’d like to send in!

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Pain Management Class 2016: Stress Management, Part 2

March 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Today is the last in our series of articles featuring pain management techniques to help you decrease and cope with pain.  It’s your at-home pain management class!

Last week we looked at stress management in general.  As you remember, most people report that stress increases their pain levels.  So it’s important to both prevent and decrease stress.  Today you’re invited to pick 1 stress management technique you’ll focus on this week.

Why pick just 1?  You’ll have more success if you change 1 thing at a time.  As well, if you choose one, you’ll be moving from just considering ideas to actually committing to try something.

Pick a specific way to decrease your stress.

Your assignment:  Pick 1 stress management skill you’d like to work on.  Fill in the worksheet and practice this skill this week (click the above link to get to the worksheet).

Today is the last pain management 2016class.  You can always go back and review the series, to learn more and continue to practice using these skills.  Please let me know any questions or comments!

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Share your ideas

Coming next month is our “Write Something to Share” contest, where you share your stories, favorite coping skills, artwork, poems, etc.  Anything you think others who are coping with pain will enjoy.  Look for more details at the beginning of April.  Start to figure out what you’d like to send in!

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Pain Management Class 2016: Stress Management

March 14th, 2016 · No Comments

Each Monday this series of articles will feature pain management techniques to help you decrease and cope with pain.  It’s your at-home pain management class!

So far, we’ve looked at relaxation skills and guided imagery as ways to decrease pain.  For most people, stress increases their pain levels.  So it’s important to both prevent and decrease stress.

Here’s a stress management exercise for you to review.  It lists many ways to decrease stress!

Your assignment:  Pick ONE stress management skill you’d like to try out this week.  Write it down where you’ll see it every day.

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Pain Management Class 2016: Guided Imagery, Part 2

March 7th, 2016 · No Comments

Each Monday this series of articles will feature pain management techniques to help you decrease and cope with pain.  It’s your at-home pain management class!

Last week we looked at guided imagery which helps reduce pain through suggestion and images.  An image is paired with your pain, and by decreasing or changing the image in some way, your pain may also decrease.  Today’s guided imagery uses a sunset as the image.

Guided imagery with a sunset image

There are several ways to use this exercise:

  • listen to the exercise in the audio on the website
  • read through the exercise and then do it from memory (it doesn’t have to be done exactly as I’ve written it)
  • tape record the exercise yourself, then play it back for yourself to do (you can even record it into your cellphone)
  • have someone else read or record the exercise for you

As you try this guided imagery, see if you begin to benefit even more than with the plain relaxation exercises you’ve tried.

Your assignment:  Do a guided imagery exercise at least once a day.

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