Therapy for Chronic Illness

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I want to talk about psychotherapy for pain management. This is an often hot topic in the support groups that I’m a part of. For reasons that I am all too familiar with, the knee jerk response to getting a referral to a therapist is that we are being dismissed. However, that might not be the case and there is research to support the use of therapy for those with chronic illness. So, let’s get it into!

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My Endometriosis?

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I am going to be talking about my experiences with Endometriosis as an installment in the “My Diagnosis” series. It has been a while since I made a post in this series, but there are several more that I plan on writing. Other things have been filling my mind and thus I have been posting about those rather then about my experiences with my various diagnoses.

Trigger Warning: This post is going to be focusing on the menstrual cycle and pelvic pain. I will be going into detail which some will consider to be graphic. I am aware that discussion of these topics can make some people uncomfortable. If you are one of those people, then this post is not for you.

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Pain Management in the Hospital

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I want to talk about the way that pain is managed (or not) while those with chronic illness are in the hospital.

The first reality that must be mentioned is that there is a significant inequity when it comes to pain management in our current health care system. Women are less likely to get medicated for their pain then men and they are less likely to get adequate pain control. This is equally true if you are a person of color. And if you are a woman of color you will face even more hurdles. There is also the reality that if you have a history of substance abuse you will like not be given any pain management at all. I find all of this this completely disgusting as a nurse and completely infuriating as a patient. I’ve experienced this on both sides. I’ve seen patients that were not being well medicated and I couldn’t account for it beyond their gender or their history of substance abuse. And I have been the patient in pain that has not been taken seriously.

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Joy and Sorrow

Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale. 

Stephenie Meyer, The Host

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I am going to be talking about the emotional states of joy and sorrow. In many ways, we consider these two feelings to be polar opposites of each other which is why they cause us so much confusion when a single event elicits both from us at the same time. Society also labels joy to be the “good” emotion and sorrow to be the “bad” emotion. While one is certainly more pleasurable to have around, I would argue that both are of equal value to our health and well being.

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My Gastroparesis

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I am going to me talking about my experiences with Gastroparesis as an installment in the “my diagnosis” series.

Well, let’s start by talking about what gastroparesis (GP) is. Gastroparesis is a condition that affects the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in your stomach. Ordinarily, strong muscular contractions propel food through your digestive tract. So, when you have gastroparesis your stomach doesn’t empty the way that it should and the contents remain there much longer then normal. This can cause a lot of problems.

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