WebMC Pain Coach

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WebMD Pain Coach offers a holistic approach to balancing lifestyle with chronic pain conditions to help inspire a better day. WebMD’s new app is a mobile companion to help you through daily health and wellness choices so you can better manage your chronic pain. Enjoy a personalized experience as physician-reviewed tips related to your specific condition are delivered daily to you. WebMD Pain Coach puts you in control of your lifestyle choices so you can review personal patterns to understand triggers, set goals, and easily share progress with your physician.

You will find 588 Tips – 293 Articles – 86 Goals – 25 Videos – 21 Slideshows – 5 Quizzes

WebMD Pain Coach is specially designed and customized for people with the following chronic pain conditions:
✓ Back pain
✓ Neck pain
✓ Nerve pain
✓ Fibromyalgia
✓ Migraine
✓ Osteoarthritis
✓ Rheumatoid arthritis

If your chronic pain condition is not listed above, you can still use the app to track pain, set goals, and get pain management tips, articles, slideshows and videos.

When you first download and use WebMD Pain Coach, you are asked to select your chronic pain condition(s), as well as symptoms, triggers and treatments that apply to your condition(s). If privacy is important, the option to set a four digit PIN will keep your information secure. WebMD’s drug look-up allows you to search and select over-the-counter and prescribed medications, and record the dosage of each drug selected.

WebMD Pain Coach is organized into four easy-to-use sections:

✓ JOURNAL
The Journal section allows you to quickly and easily record your day. A separate Journal screen exists for each day. Once entries are created for multiple days, flip back to see your pain history. Turn your phone sideways to generate your Pain Coach Report: a historical chart that plots your general well-being against your pain levels while listing your most common symptoms, triggers and treatments. Tap on a day to view a snapshot of your pain history and export your Pain Coach Report to PDF and email it to yourself or your physician.
♦ Record how you generally feel each day by sliding the Pain Coach ‘Well Being Belt.’
♦ Log a pain entry to track details surrounding pain: pain level from 1-10, symptoms, triggers, treatments and notes.
♦ Reminder to log a pain entry by receiving a Pain Coach notification once a day.
♦ View a new Daily Tip that is personalized to your condition(s), triggers and treatments.
♦ If you set goals to better manage pain, tap ‘Today’s Goals’ to check off achieved goals.

✓ Goals
The Goals section allows you to browse and select physician-approved goals from five lifestyle categories related to your pain condition(s): Food, Rest, Exercise, Mood, and Treatments. You can also create your own goals. Each related tip can be viewed before selecting a goal. The goal duration can be set from one day to one year.
♦ The green ribbon at the top of the Goals screen indicates the percent completion rate for active goals.
♦ Once a goal is selected, tap ‘My Goals’ to view Goal Activity for active and completed goals.
♦ If you have more than one chronic pain condition, the goal that is suggested for a specific condition is indicated.

✓ Library
The Library section contains all of the critical, physician-approved content relevant to your condition(s) and pain management. The Library contains hundreds of articles, videos, slideshows and quizzes. All articles are available for offline reading.
♦ Library content contains links to WebMD’s mobile website.
♦ The Library is searchable.
♦ Share all Library content via email, Facebook or Twitter.

✓ Tips
The Tips section features hundreds of ‘bite-sized’ tips that are matched with goals and organized into the same five lifestyle categories: Food, Rest, Exercise, Mood and Treatments. Each goal has between 3-10 supporting tips.
♦ Search for a specific tip.
♦ After reading a tip, view the goal related to the tip, or view related Library articles.

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Headaches

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Tips for better work-life balance

work-and-family-300x199If you are like me, you don’t take enough me time or have enough time with family and friends or doing the things you love.  Since I work from home and have my 2 1/2 year old home with me as well, it is very hard to separate work, home, baby, family, friends and me time.  Let’s just say, I don’t take much me time at all.

One of my goals for 2014 is to start taking more and more me time and doing more with family and friends.  Here are some ideas that I am going to start with.  Make sure to comment below with what you do for work-life balance and me time.

  1. Schedule time for yourself, with your family, friends and activities that will help you recharge
  2. Have date night with your significant other
  3. Exercise first thing in the morning – even if that means you have to wake up 2 hours earlier
  4. Take a walk in the park with your child(ren)
  5. Enjoy activities that mean something to you – I like to take pictures of nature so I am going to add that back into my life
  6. Don’t waste your time on activities and people that add no value to your life
  7. Stay away from negative people because they will make you feel worse
  8. Get help from family when it comes time for household chores – make a chore board for you, significant other and child(ren)
  9. Take breaks during work – do something for 10-15 minutes that will recharge your batteries
  10. Go walking at the mall and take breaks to people watch – I love to just sit and watch everyone rush past me
  11. Go to the park or sit by the water and wright in a journal
  12. If you work from home, work from a coffee shop or park bench – who cares where you work, as long as you are getting the work done
  13. Make sure when you leave work, you are done for the day – that means no working in bed (I do that a lot)
  14. Shut all electronic devices during dinner and possibly for the night – spend that time with your family doing homework, playing games or watching a movie
  15. Go the library and read more (I need a real book – not a Kindle)

Make sure to comment below with what you do for work-life balance and me time.

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Living Well with Fibromyalgia’s Magazine

Read the latest copy by clicking on the image below.

Living Well with Fibro

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Young People Report Worse Fibromyalgia than Older Patients

FIBROMYALGIA-11Young and middle-aged fibromyalgia patients report worse symptoms and a poorer quality of life than older patients, according to a new Mayo Clinic study that suggests the disorder plays out differently among different age groups.

The research is being presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting in San Diego.

Fibromyalgia most often strikes women, and is characterized by deep tissue pain, fatigue, insomnia, memory and mood issues. About 5 million Americans suffer from the disorder.

Researchers studied nearly 1,000 fibromyalgia patients and divided them into three age groups: those 39 or younger, those 40 to 59, and those 60 or older.

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The Summer Edition of Fibromyalgia Life is out

Click on the image below to read the latest edition

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Life

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Help Say “How FM Impacts My Life” along with 100,000 other people

From the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association

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JOIN YOUR VOICE WITH 100,000 OTHERS & Take the Fibromyalgia Survey for the Upcoming FDA Public Fibromyalgia Patient-Focused Meeting

The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a public meeting at their Silver Springs, Maryland offices on December 10, 2013, specifically to learn more about fibromyalgia.  They will listen to patient testimonies to determine what other symptoms besides pain most affect the lives of people living with this condition and which treatments are most successful.

The meeting room holds 150 audience members along with another 14 patient representatives who will sit on a panel to present personal testimonies about living with fibromyalgia. The registration list to attend the meeting is now full, but the NFMCPA wants to include your responses to educate the FDA about the numerous perplexities of living with this condition. To help address this issue and include more testimony from the people who live with fibromyalgia, the NFMCPA worked in conjunction with Dr. Robert Bennett at the Oregon Health and Science University to create a survey to address specific fibromyalgia questions posed by the FDA.  This survey does not identify the people who responded.

This survey is your opportunity to educate the FDA about the following issues:

* What three fibromyalgia symptoms most adversely affect your life?

* How do fibromyalgia symptoms impact your quality of life?

* What current treatments work or do not work to help you feel better?

* Which alternative, non-medication treatments are the most beneficial in relieving your symptoms ?

* Which prescription medications are beneficial in relieving your symptoms?

* Is a combination of prescription medications and alternative approaches beneficial in relieving your symptoms?

As one of the panel members giving testimony on December 10th, Jan Chambers, a person with fibromyalgia and President of the NFMCPA, will represent the voices of the NFMCPA’s 100,000+ constituents. She will incorporate the analysis of survey results into her presentation as well as submit the full survey findings to the FDA. Since survey numbers are important in representing millions of people, the more of you who take this survey, the better. It is also the intention of the NFMCPA and Dr. Bennett to create a future published research paper based on the results of this survey.

Thank you for being willing to participate in this survey and have your voice heard. The survey takes between 20 and 30 minutes to complete.  The survey is scheduled to close December 6, 2013.

Click here.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NFCPAfdasurvey

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Brain Scans Show Fibromyalgia Patients Process Pain Differently

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TUESDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) — Brain scans reveal that people with fibromyalgia are not as able to prepare for pain as healthy people, and they are less likely to respond to the promise of pain relief.

This altered brain processing could explain why people with the mysterious chronic ailment feel pain more intensely and don’t respond as well to narcotic painkillers, the researchers said. Their findings are published in the Nov. 5 issue of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.

People without fibromyalgia can mentally alleviate some types of pain that people experience, explained Dr. Lynn Webster, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. “For people with fibromyalgia, that capability seems to be dampened if not eliminated,” Webster said. “They may not be able to respond the same way to medications or our intrinsic [natural] mechanisms for dealing with pain.”

No one knows what causes fibromyalgia, which involves widespread joint and muscle pain. The disorder affects 3.4 percent of women and 0.5 percent of men in the United States, according to the study. Older women are most likely to suffer from fibromyalgia, which affects more than 7 percent of women aged 60 to 79.

Researchers conducted this study using 31 patients with fibromyalgia and 14 healthy people.

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Easy to follow exercise videos

I came across these exercise videos.  Comment below with what you do for exercise.

Range of motion routine – head and neck

Posture routine – side bends

Floor exercise routine – bridgings and rollbacks

Stretching routine – wrist stretches

Endurance routine

Pain relief relaxation

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Sorry :(

Hi everyone! Sorry for the long absence. A lot of great things have been happening with my business and life and this took the blunt. Over the next few weeks, you will see some posts and blog posts as well. Again, sorry for not tending to my page.

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