Could apparently be available within the next five years. I sure know I would not care if I had to take it every day. Plenty of people take aspirin every day in hopes that a heart attack won’t kill them, why not switch to something that will prevent it in the first place?
However, it looks like it’s an immune system trigger, which for many of us, is a no-go. But the research is what’s important. If this turns out successful, we’ll just be that much better off as a species. Hopefully the drug competition will spark more research and development for other drugs.
People with Chronic Illness have trouble coordinating care
A new study in Health Services Research shows that one of the leading reasons for Chronic Illness complications is due to the overwhelming amount of appointments with several different specialists each year.
In younger patients, even those with more than one Chronic Illness to manage, the tendency to keep track of their appointments than an older patient with only one illness.
This seems to be something close to common sense, as we get older our symptoms increase in severity, our tolerance for pain goes down, we get tired, etc. But that doesn’t mean this should be an issue.
Because we see so many different specialists, it generally means that our doctors are not affiliated with one another, or connected in any way. That leaves the responsibility up to us to make sure that each doctor knows all details, and that we keep up with each of them regularly in addition to when necessary. This isn’t easy for many of us, especially with the addition of our symptoms.
We’re seeing workshops popping up in various places in America, usually inspired by or run by Eastern practitioners, designed to help sufferers of Chronic Illness become more organized and to stay on top of their medical needs. Most of the time these workshops are free.
For starters though, here are some tips:
Give your doctors, ALL your doctors, the express consent and instruction to share all your documents (tests, reports, etc) with each other. They may act annoyed with you, but don’t have any of that. Their offices will fax your information if you tell them. This way, if you forget that your cardiologist noticed heart palpitations the next time you see your nutritionist (or whatever the case may be), you are covered.
Try to book appointments close together. I know this is not always possible, but keeping your conversations in your recent memory is always helpful.
Keep a pain/symptom diary. There are iphone/android/windows phone apps, or you could just jot things down on paper. But keep it, and bring it with you to each appointment to keep your symptoms straight. Mark the symptoms with a severity level, probably from 1-10. I know I have a tendency to play down my symptoms after they’ve gone away, so this will keep me from sabotaging myself in that way.
Please feel free to add anything…Does anyone have any other suggestions for managing multiple doctors?
I hope everyone is feeling alright today. I hope you’ve taken your meds if you have them, I hope you feel as rested as possible, I hope there is something going on that is making you happy, I hope you’ve taken some time in your day to do something good for yourself.
I hope you are all as well as possible. If anyone needs someone to talk to or to cheer them up, please let me know. I’d like to help someone feel better today.
Most of you know by now that I’m a major supporter of things that many people like to call “alternative medicine”, and that I’m frequently irritated by the many people who try to group things that are blatantly dangerous lies (homeopathy) and legitimately good health decisions.
Well, it’s always a score for the good team when the science behind these treatments is made plain and public. A while back I posted about meditation, and tonight I’m happy to be posting similarly about massage!
More and more insurance companies are adding things like massage and acupuncture to their plans and it’s a damn good thing!
For many of us, our chronic pain is caused largely by inflammation. Of course, this wouldn’t be of help for joint inflammation, but when muscle inflammation is an issue there is no question-massage can help to alleviate the cause of the problem.