Friday, March 23, 2012

NOI Group has a new app "recognise feet" free for this week only. You can now buy this app for $8.99.

 I follow @noigrooup on twitter. They tweeted that their new iphone/ipad app "recognise feet" is free to download this week. Just search "recognise feet" in the itunes shop. Even at $8.99 it's great value. Those who don't have an iphone can do recognise feet on line at Noi Group.

Two interesting series from How To Cope with Pain.

HTCwP's post in January and February 2012 were challenging us to give. These posts are timely when you consider what we are now learning about neuroplasticity. We all know we feel good when we are charitable  but now it seems that the brain also changes in a positive way when we give. Harbaugh, Mayr and Burghat reported on  
Neural Responses to Taxation and Voluntary Giving Reveal Motives for Charitable Donations.
Although this research applies to financial giving, one would expect that the same applies to other forms of giving.

The other series for March 2012 is Practising Daily Gratitude. Here's a great article about gratitude and neuroscience Etiquette: Daily Gratitude Improves Our Brain Function. 
It seems the Professor who has How To Cope With Pain website is helping us to help ourselves in simple positive ways.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How To Cope with Pain website asks for your response.

Professor of Pain Medicine who has the How to Cope with Pain website posted a comment here today. I intend to comment in reply. I know HTCwP would appreciate others comments.

Hi jeisea
There's a  comment on my blog today about using mirror therapy when CRPS is full body, and if there's any problem using mirror therapy when a patient is on opiates. I'd love your (and any of your readers') thoughts, if you have a moment. Click here to comment.
How to Cope with Pain

I only discovered mirror therapy after I was told I could no longer tolerate drugs. As you are probably aware. I consider that being told drugs were not an option ended up a blessing (although I initially felt abandoned by the medical profession).  I was forced to stop expecting people to "treat" me and had to start working things out for my self. This was hard but empowering in the end. The part of HTCwP's comment which is hard for me to answer is about doing mirror therapy whilst taking opiates. I'm hoping one of my readers might have some experience of this and be willing to share. You can comment on HTCwP website by clicking on the above link.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Research Blogging has some current research posts.

Here is the link for Research Blogging's posts on CRPS/RSD. You'll notice most research has come from Body In Mind.

Referring to my list helps me manage pain and symptoms of CRPS/RSD.

I'm still in remission from CRPS/RSD but this list means I'm prepared if I should have another incident and it returns. 

With CRPS/RSD I have learned to take one day at a time. Many things have helped in in my journey to wellness.
Having breaks between major flare ups is a blessing and an indication that I'm on the right path. Here are some of the things I've found to help with pain and symptoms. Click on the links to find out more.

I am a sufferer not a professional. These things work for me about which I am very thankful. If you think something may help you check first with your treating practitioners.

Build resilience - preparation for difficult times.

I follow Dr Joe on twitter. He tweeted about his post by Bob Choat, How to increase resilience in order to come back from life's difficulties.
Recently I was reading that some people coped in extreme situations by mainting some element of control eg when being tortured they might determine not to allow themselves to cry out until they counted 30 seconds. The choice and control is then theirs and not solely determined by others.
Bob's article seems to give the same message, work out a plan and maintain control.
This has revelance for those with CRPS because from one day to the next we don't know how things may be for us. Making my list has helped me be prepared and take control. I have a plan and a variety of strategies to use to manage major flares. I encourage you to read Dr Joe's post and consider the value of being prepared and having a plan.
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