What to Do When You Are Waiting to See The Doctor aka “My Waiting Bag”

What to Do When You Are Waiting to See The Doctor aka “My Waiting Bag”

My "Waiting Bag"- Since I unfortunately spend alot of time in doctors' waiting rooms, I quickly learned to make the most of this seemingly wasted time. I learned this skill from my over achiever mother, who used every moment as a chance to get something done. Since I became sick at a young age,

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Professional Patient Tip: 10 Tips for Visiting Someone Who is Sick

Professional Patient Tip: 10 Tips for Visiting Someone Who is Sick

I have unfortunately been on both sides of this article. I have spent time visiting friends and family when they have been sick, but I have more often been the patient everyone is visiting. Many of the visits went very well, but unfortunately others didn’t go so well for them or me. Hopefully my m

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“Professional Patient Tip” Get Organized! Your Personal Health Record

It is important for every patient to take an active role in their own healthcare. A personal health record is designed to grow as your needs grow or your health changes, and should be updated as often as needed. It is important to record how your health changes and mark your progress. Take the firs

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“Proffesional Patient Tip” Preparing for a Doctor’s Visit

Seeing the doctor is rarely what I would call fun. You are usually there because you don't feel well and you usually fall into the following categories: Having a diasnosis you thought you had walking into a door- and possibly seeing a new doctor for a 2nd opinion, or a treatment/ investigation of s

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Survival Rules for Becoming Permanently Disabled

Survival Rules for Becoming Permanently Disabled

A good thing to do when you become disabled is to make some survival ground rules for yourself. They can be anything that works for YOU. The only key is that they must be totally achievable at least 95% of the time, and very realistic. I was disabled in 1998 by four failed back surgeries causing

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Air Travel Tips for the Chronically Ill: Meeting TSA Regulations, Wheelchair Advice

Air Travel Tips for the Chronically Ill: Meeting TSA Regulations, Wheelchair Advice

(EDITORIAL NOTE: This is an update to TRAVEL TIPS article written for butyoudontlooksick.com by Karen Brauer. This was and still is one of our most popular and helpful articles. Click here to read the original.) If you haven't flown for a few years, you may be confused by the new Transportation Se

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Stress Relief and Relaxation Techniques

Stress Relief and Relaxation Techniques

I thought I would share the Relaxation Techniques that I have learned, in hope that they will help some of you. Relaxation can help lower blood pressure, promote a feeling of wellness, and hopefully can help bring on a restful sleep. If there is one thing that I have noticed, it’s that stress p

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HELP! I’ve Been Working Out Like Crazy, Eating Right and STILL Can’t Lose Weight

A Do-Now, 4-Step Guide to Kick Starting Summer Weight Loss by Wendy Chant, Author of Conquer the Fat-Loss Code Few things in this life are as frustrating as working hard to look better, firm up or slim down and, after a few weeks -- or a few months -- of eating right and exercising STILL having noth

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Decrease Fibromyalgia Pain – Take Advantage of the Nice Weather

With the weather changing into sunny days, it is a great time to start an exercise program outside and decrease your Fibromyalgia pain. Both sun exposure and physical activity are linked to pain reduction for Fibromyalgia. Exposure to the sun increases Vitamin D and Fibromyalgia pain is linked to a

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HPV Vaccine And Cervical Cancer: Is it worth vaccinating?

By Shobha S. Krishnan, M.D., Author of The HPV Vaccine Controversy Over the past two years, the O-N-E L-E-S-S campaign for Gardasil, the new HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer, has brought discussion about the human papilloma virus to the forefront, shining new light not only on the vacc

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