Brochures

Brochures

PUTTING AN END TO STRESS

We face all kinds of stressful situtions every day. say you’re late for an appointment: you may notice that you’re getting hot and sweaty, or feeling impatient or a sense of urgency.

These reactions are totally normal and come from fearing the potential consequences of being late.


ISOLATION – YOU DON’T HAVE TO FACE PAIN ALONE!

Chronic pain is a heavy burden tht affects many aspects of a person’s life. It is not uncommon for chronic pain to make it more difficult to do ordinary things such as work, household tasks, sports and leisure activities. Such changes are usually very difficult for people with chronic pain to accept. They sense a growing distnace between who they are now and who they used to be and what they used to do, and it seems like life is turning out very differently than they had planned.


MEDITATION AND YOGA CAN HELP YOU FEEL GOOD IN YOUR MAND AND YOUR BODY

Yoga is a discipline dedicated to the harmony of body and mind. Both meditation and yoga have been around for thousands of years, and their benefits are now widely recognized by science. These practices can help people live better with chronic pain and its associated symptoms, and can be done by anyone regardless of age or physical condition. Better still, they are easy to incorporate into your daily routine, require very little equipment, and can help control your pain.


LEARNING TO LIVE WITH PAIN IN A POSITIVE WAY

Some people continue to feel pain, no matter how many treatments they have had or how many methods they have tried to control it. Despite scientific and medical advances of recent years, total pain relief can be a difficult goal to achieve. So what do you do when the pain can’t be completely eradicated?


HOW TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

Have you ever left your doctor’s office feeling that you didn’t get to discuss all your concerns? Or that the doctor didn’t really understand you? You are not alone. It can be difficult to express yourself clearly when you’re in pain and have a limited amount of time to talk. This brochure contains some tips to help you make the most of your medical appointments. If you arrive prepared, you’re more likely to leave feeling satisfied.


CHRONIC PAIN AND SEXUAL INTIMACY ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE!

Chronic pain affects every aspect of a person’s life. Including his or her sex life, which, in many cases, gets treated as a low-priority issue or is simply ignored. Sex is important for single people but also for couples, where it plays an important role in keeping every aspect of the relationship healthy. That is why attending to your sex life is so essential, even if you suffer from chronic pain.


NUTRITION & CHRONIC PAIN

Everyone knows how important healthy eating habits are and we also know that good nutrition advice is easy to find. In fact, the messages are so clear and insistent that it’s hard not to hear them! And yet, the food on our plates is often far from what health experts recommend. This is particularly true for people who suffer from chronic pain, since they frequently lack the energy to prepare a healthy, balanced meal. Sometimes, they aren’t even hungry. As a result, they get caught up in a hard-to-break cycle, for poor nutrition can make it harder for them to combat their pain.nos jours, l’importance d’adopter de saines habitudes alimentaires ne fait plus aucun doute. De plus, il est très facile d’obtenir des conseils nutritionnels… et les messages sont si clairs et insistants qu’il nous est difficile de ne pas les entendre ! Malgré cela, le contenu de nos assiettes est parfois bien différent de ces recommandations santé. Cela est d’autant plus vrai chez les personnes qui souffrent de douleur chronique, car, souvent, celles-ci n’ont plus l’énergie nécessaire pour se préparer de bons repas équilibrés et parfois même, elles n’ont tout simplement pas faim.


ESTABLISHING HEALTHY SLEEP HABITS

Do you have chronic pain and sleeping problems? If it’s any comfort, you’re not alone. People with chronic pain often have trouble sleeping or staying asleep, wake up too soon, or feel like they never seem to get enough sleep. To improve the situation, adopt a few simple measures that cultivate good sleeping habits.
Chronic pain and sleeping problems often create a vicious circle, with pain troubling sleep and sleepiness increasing the perception of pain. In other words, after a poor night of sleep, your pain is often stronger during the day, and the pain makes it more difficult to have a deep, restorative slumber that night.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF YOUR TREATMENT PLAN

Regular exercise can have so many benefits, both physical and psychological, even when you‘re living with chronic pain. Most people who suffer from chronic pain such as backpain or fibromyalgia, benefit from a more active lifestyle. Exercise is rarely contraindicated in the treatment of most painful conditions; in fact, it can be an important part of the treatment plan. Regular, progressive exercise helps.


RECOGNIZING AND TREATING CHRONIC PAIN

Qu’est-ce que la douleur chronique ?
What is chronic pain? Chronic pain is a disease that could arise following a physical wound, surgery, or even for no apparent reason. Pain can also be a result of diseases such as arthritis, migraine, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia or spinal problems. Chronic pain is such a common health problem that it is estimated that it affects one person out of five.


QUAND LES ÉMOTIONS S’EN MÊLENT…

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Vivre avec une douleur chronique quotidiennement,
que ce soit depuis quelques mois ou plusieurs années,
peut faire surgir différentes émotions qui sont tout à
fait compréhensibles.
Ainsi, il arrive fréquemment que la douleur chronique entraîne du découragement, de la tristesse, de la peur et même de la colère. Ces émotions sont des réactions normales mais avec le temps, elles peuvent devenir nuisibles. Non seulement elles ajoutent à la souffrance, mais peuvent même augmenter la douleur et diminuer votre capacité à y faire face. Cette brochure a pour but d’expliquer quelles sont les émotions qui sont le plus souvent ressenties chez les personnes souffrant de douleur chronique, comment faire pour les contrôler et comment aller chercher l’aide appropriée lorsque nécessaire.


MANAGING YOUR ENERGY TO CONTROL YOUR PAIN

Why am I always tired even though I’m doing hardly anything? It is not uncommon for people who have been in pain for some time to cut down on their daily activities. But doing less makes them feel more tired, which further reduces their activity level during the day. It’s an endless downward spiral: the less you do, the less you are able to do. Your muscle strength, endurance, concentration and memory all suffer when you are inactive. Your diminished capacity and the sense that you can no longer do what you used to do can lead to frustration and anxiety. You also lose interest in the things that previously gave you pleasure. Over time, you might experience the symptoms of depression. All these negative feelings make you feel even more isolated and tired. And there you are, caught in the vicious cycle of fatigue…


POUR LA FAMILLE ET LES PROCHES : COMMENT AIDER SANS S’OUBLIER

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Souffrir de douleur chronique peut engendrer des impacts majeurs sur plusieurs plans : physique, psychologique, familial et social.

La douleur chronique affecte non seulement la personne qui en souffre, mais entraîne également des répercussions dans la vie de tous les membres de sa famille et de ses proches. Souvent, les aidants naturels se sentent impuissants. Ils ne savent pas comment venir en aide à la personne qui souffre et présentent eux aussi de la détresse importante.


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PAIN MEDICATION

Chronic pain is a chronic disease, just like diabetes or hypertension. Medication is an integral part of the treatment plan and is often necessary to manage the pain. Like diabetes, chronic pain can be controlled by taking medication every day at specific times.

Different types of drugs are used to relieve pain or treat related problems, such as depression and anxiety. These include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, opiates (such as morphine and its derivatives), anticonvulsants, antidepressants (used specifically for their effect on pain or depression, if present), cannabis derivatives, cortisone, anxiolytics and muscle relaxants.


PSYCHOLOGY CAN ALSO HELP

Chronic pain is a health problem that often involves a considerable impact on morale and quality of life, particularly if one suffers from it every day without a break.
That means you may be listless and less active, feeling a lot of stress and tension, or assailed by unpleasant emotions.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that you have not often been in a good mood since suffering from chronic pain. You may be feeling sad, discouraged, anxious or even angry. You may have found your fuse is sometimes short; you can be impatient and sometimes you just want to be left alone. Perhaps you’re also fearful that chronic pain has changed your life forever. Although these thoughts and emotions are often associated with chronic pain, they negatively affect your sense of well-being and quality of life.


BREATH CONTROL FOR PAIN CONTROL – ANYONE CAN DO IT

Breathing is, of course, essential to survival. Sometimes, though, it becomes too rapid, especially in stressful or painful moments. By learning to control our breath, we learn to relax, reduce stress and diminish the perception of pain.
Although it’s quite natural for our breathing to speed up when we’re feeling pain, this tendency can actually increase pain and physical tension in our body. Furthermore, breathing too quickly can cause one or more of the following problems: dizziness, a feeling of suffocation, muddied vision, sudden tiredness, pins and needles in the hands or feet, damp palms, stiffness and muscular tension, hot flashes, excessive perspiring, increased cardiac rhythm, and so on.