Hello again - one last thought.... as the question of finances came up and we did not speak to that. Caregivers are sometimes juggling work and financial constraints. One question that a caregiver had before the forum was:
I work full-time while trying to support my mom with her pain. I think I’m going to need to reduce my hours at work to be able to care for her, but I can’t really afford to do that. Are there any financial benefits available to make that possible?
And we are glad you are considering your options before moving into action. Without a plan – big changes like this can add to the financial strain and stress. We would like to answer this question in two parts: I) what resources for support you may access as a caregiver who works outside the home, and II) what financial support might be available as a caregiver.
I. Work and Caregiving : The strains of caregiving take their toll. A quarter of caregivers report a change in employment including turning down training opportunities, promotions, taking a loss of income or simply having to quit their jobs altogether. Almost 15% report health and sleep problems and over a third report emotional difficulties due to caregiving. Check out our section on work and caregiving to consider your personal situation and needs.
II. Financial Impact of Caregiving: Lack of funding and the need for financial assistance are issues Canadian caregivers most often identify as their biggest stressors. Again, because each situation is unique we cannot provide direct guidance on financial matters. Instead we have developed a financial assistance guide where caregivers can see if there are any avenues for additional support that are unique to their care recipient and their caregiving situation. For example, do you know that there is a Canadian Caregiver Credit that may be available to you?
Nidus – (www.nidus.ca) is also a good provincial resource for financial planning.
Has anyone read the book of Heal Pelvic Pain by Amy Stein? I have seen it recommended and I guess it may be a slightly different approach than AHIP so I think it is good to read, but before buying it I would like to hear some opinions about this book?
Any help will be apprecited.
I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.
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Daily movement is vital to improving the quality of life for people living with pain. However, many of us have limitations and can't participate in a typical 5km run or walk style fundraiser. Many of these types of events also take place in major cities, excluding those not able to be there in person. That's why, for the 2nd year, we're inviting you to participate in our fun, inclusive, health-focused MOVEment Day on June 11, 2017.
No matter where you live or what your physicial abilities are, you can get involved to raise awareness about chronic pain and to raise money to support those living with pain.
Share your ideas, planned activities, photos, and videos for MOVEment Day 2017 on our social channels using #PainBCMOVEment; we can't wait to see what you do!
How to get MOVING on Sunday, June 11!
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@barnes.henry We're so glad to hear you've found something that's helpful for your pain and anxiety. Thanks so much for sharing!
We've also got a whole section on paced activities to help you reach your movement goals. We've partnered with the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (http://www.cirpd.org/) to bring you some webinars that could help, including this one on exercising and chronic pain.
Check out our other resources on activities on Live Plan Be! Then "check-in" on your Action Plan and track your progress under our "Manage My Pain" tab.
If you like, you can let us know here on the Forum how you are doing. If you are running into challenges, do not feel discouraged - it can take time.
@K4 Thanks for your message. Our forum is active and is used by people in pain on an as-needed basis. We encourage you to post/respond to questions as you're comfortable. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions!
Re: Parenting in pain...
I came across this article that was published in the Huffington Post a few days ago titled, "6 things I want other chronic pain moms to know" and was touched by the encouraging words. It is a well-written and humbling article, and it made me think of @Adri and other parents caring for their children while managing their chronic pain.
What are your experiences parenting with chronic pain?
I have just started my work recently and I have noticed that the environment in my workplace is not healthy. I can feel a certain tension between some of my co-workers. It was never hard to figure out since day one. I know it’s not my thing to get into, it’s just kind of disturbing most of the time. I love my work, however, it’s very tempting to leave sometimes and go somewhere else because of the negative environment. I’m not used to that kind of surrounding; it’s a foreign to me. I often get affected since I spend most of my time there. What should I do?
We're so sorry to hear you're experiencing a difficult time. If you're still feeling this way, we encourage you to reach out to a local crisis line. Are you able to let us know where you're located? We'd be happy to look up some local resources for you.
Rinse and gargle with warm salt water as often during the day as you remember to do it. Especially before bed so the salt can heal your sore throat all night while you sleep.
Re: Can you share your experiences?
I am Via and I think I've been suffering from depression and I've been dealing with it for a few months ago. And a friend told me that have I try Marijuana as an alternative relief then my husband gives a pot then I felt something inside me that I've never been felt before. At first, my breathing was difficult because I don't smoke but later on, I coped with it. now we're doing research and I've read an article about this strain blimburnseeds.com/grizzly-purple-kush-auto/ and found seeds.
Hey thanks for sharing that. My friend is also going through a similar condition.
On October 27, 2016 on CBC, The Nature of Things aired a show on a discussion on the brain and healing with Dr. Norman Doidge, author of the book, The Brain's Way of Healing.
The documentary discussed how science and medicine are looking at the brain in different ways and discovering ways to treat permanent, lifelong and even life-threatening ailments and diseases.
You can watch the episode on the CBC website.
What were your thoughts on the episode? Have you read Dr. Doidge's book?
No, when I use it everything is fine. But you can try to find a solution on cannasos.com
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Please read this article - it might help you understand how cbd is helping with pain relief
I was looking for a right marijuana strain that could help me with my chronic back pain. I'm suffering from it for almost 2 months now I just don't know if it's connected to my work since I'm sitting more or less 9 hours. I came across this marijuana strain https://blimburnseeds.com/cannabis/america-feminized/chemdawg-4 This is the first time that I would be taking medical marijuana I'm not sure if this would be effective with my back pain. Also is there any other way of using it medically?
Hi! I'm sorry to hear about your struggle. I usually find walking and yoga to be helpful, but I can't do those things right now. However, I have found deep breathing exercises (introductory videos for pranayama yoga) to be really helpful, as well as using a rubber massage mallet to "tenderize" my quad muscles as I can't get into a position to stretch them properly. When they're really tight they make my back pain worse.
Anyhow, if you're interested in some breathing exercises and guided meditation, I'm not sure what your resources are like but the website below has been a great resource for me over the years, though use it with caution for sure,and meet yourself where your back is at.
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