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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 2/8/2011 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
 
   RE: Discussion Topic
 
      After asking for input from all of you, I have decided to start a "Weekly Discussion Topic". The topics will be discussed over the course of a week. The goal will be to gain understanding, share information and discuss new ideas.
 
Before we start, I would like to get an idea of the sort of subjects you want for the weekly topics discussion. Please, give ideas for the types of subjects you would like discuss. Also, if you feel a subject should be discussed in more detail.
 
Example:  Depression
Example:  Pain Medications / Therapies (maybe even Pain Medications and Therapies as seperate subjects?)
Example:  Role of Support Groups
Example:  Driving under influence / pain medications
Example:  Working / pain medications
 
Keep in mind that we can do this multiple ways. We can discuss a generalized topic or we can discuss subjects within each topic.
Please, complete the "survey" and vote on which way you would prefer each topic to be discussed.
 
Example:  One week we can discuss Depression in general and the following week discuss Medications / Therapies for pain.
Example:  One week we can discuss Warning signs / Impact of depression and the following week we can discuss Available therapies / Aftercare for depression.
 
 
 
Here is examples of subjects that can be broken down into smaller discussion topics.
 
    Depression:
 
1. Warning signs
    a. Mood
    b. Loss of interest
    c. Agitation / restlessness
2. Impact
3. Available therapies (Meds, Mental health professionals)
4. Aftercare
 
 
 
     Pain Medications / Therapies:
 
1. Classes of medications  
    a. opioids
    b. muscle relaxers
    c. anti-depressants
    d. steroids (corticosteroids)
    e. Side effects / risks
2. Stimulators
3. Physical Therapy
4. Chiropractic Therapy
5. Aromatherapy
6. Massage
7. Acupuncture 
8. Other alternative therapies not mentioned here.
 
   Thank you in advance for your help. I hope to start this within the next week if all goes well.

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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 2/8/2011 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
  
 
 
As I was reading the forum earlier today I thought of another one. I was surprised I didn't think of it sooner as we are all subject to this no matter where we are or who we are with.
 
  CP Social Stigmas
  CP Relatives / Friends Stigmas
  CP Medical Staff Stigmas
  (perhaps same subject)
 
   CP Positive Changes / Habits
   CP Negative Changes / Habits 

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Chutz
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   Posted 2/9/2011 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
That's a great one, Dani! Not only the stigma of the disorder but of the medications that we often take too. I don't tell people what I take. It's a matter of self preservation and safety. The fewer people that know what's in the house the better.

Also, you can't see pain so many time we aren't believed. Talk about adding insult to injury! We may be called lazy, weak or fakes. Either way it all hurts and sharing about them may just bring about some solutions for each of us.

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BigLucy
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   Posted 2/9/2011 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
How about how CP/CI effects intimate relationships or lack there of; loneliness, isolation, etc.

For those who work how about a week to vent about all the coworkers that constantly ask you why you look so tired, or don't smile more, or don't participate in the potlucks, or why are your in the bathroom all the time, the list is endless.

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 2/10/2011 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   

 

  Those are great ideas! Thank you. Very real problems we all face 


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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 2/12/2011 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Bump... :-)
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 2/12/2011 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   

 

     Build-up of Tolerance to pain med's vs Increase of pain condition getting worse might be a good topic as well.

       Routine of exercise. (daily, weekly) might be another possiblilty for discussion.

   Pain Scale, and what those numbers really mean.

 

   SE wink

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 2/12/2011 2:25:40 PM (GMT-7)


ohthepain
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   Posted 2/12/2011 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I would say a combination of those two options based on topics...some topics it would be to difficult to lump everything into one and some it would be better..IMHO :)
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/3/2011 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
bump

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cogito
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   Posted 3/3/2011 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I like Screaming Eagle's Pain Scale, and what those numbers really mean... or a slight modification: inviting members to offer their own way of describing the 1-10 pain scale (qualitative features of the pain, impact of the pain on concentration, activity, etc., analogies between each number and pain from common injuries such as stubbing toe, etc..).

Another one (which I also suggested as Koffee Klatch): representations of CP in popular culture (House, MD; Southland's Officer John Cooper, etc..).

One More: CP and handicap parking. For example, you get out of the car, perhaps moving slowly, but you're walking...do you feel embarrassed... has anyone ever made a comment that you shouldn't be using a handicap spot.... even if you have a handicapped parking permit, do you always use it or only use it when you really need to, or only use it when there are many open handicapped spots, etc..
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/3/2011 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
 
  Weve been talking about your idea in chat a lot tonight. I think it will be great! Thanks so much!
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  dani

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Rhaevin
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   Posted 3/4/2011 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
How about a positive topic too?
 
Tips and Tricks for sleeping/sleep aides.
 
Or ways to help make every day life easier. ClosedCell Foam on silverware for gripping. Grabby devices for reaching low or high things. Jar openers.
 
Sensitive topics too. Like how to address asking for help and handling the stares.
 
I also like BigLucy's suggestion about how pain affections not just our family and friends, but our intimate lives as well. Also how we can help them understand our pain better. I speak from experience ... it was a real emotional slap from my ExHusband when my pain would get in the way of something as simple as him holding me. Nothing like getting yelled at about how unhappy your spouce (at the time) is because he can't hold his wife.
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