Happy Friday Ladies!
I hope you have had a great week. In honor of May being Ehlers Danlos Syndome Awareness Month, I thought I would write a topic on Health. I had 3 appointments this week, physical therapy, the Dentist and the Ophthalmologist. Ah, the joys of getting older, right? I know we always have had appointments lined up for these things, but they seem a bit more prevalent these days. Going to various appointments this week made me think of how important it is to be proactive with your health. If you aren’t looking out for yourself, who will?
Prior to being diagnosed with EDS a bit after turning 40, I was joking with a guitar student of the same age, saying that I turn 40 soon, and I heard everything falls apart after that! I was making a joke, knowing that more things certainly can go wrong later in life. ( Maybe, maybe not?) It is a matter of keeping up with things when they do, listening to our bodies, and taking action. We just do the best we can, and sometimes things are out of our control. However, of those things you do have control over, it is your health that takes priority. I have always been a person that educates herself on matters, especially when dealing with health.
Disclaimer- I do need to say I am not a medical professional in any way.
How to be Proactive-
- When you feel something is wrong, don’t ignore it. At the same time, and ( I used to be guilty of this too) don’t run straightaway to the computer to look up your symptoms on Web MD or any other medical site. You could think you have a multitude of diseases when looking on-line! 🙂
- Write down questions you have for your doctor. I make sure i have a list of questions or things I want to tell him. This makes you informed. Do speak up if you don’t understand something or need to discuss things more. We live in a fast paced world, where average appts are 15 minutes.. make sure you effectively communicate with your doctor what you need.
- Know your medications and what they do, side effects etc. You would be surprised at people I have talked to that knew they ( took a little green pill… etc) but didn’t know the name of the med, dosage, what it did.
- Research the doctor. You can get referrals from friends for doctors or research their experience/qualifications on-line. We are picky about our hair stylists, and should be about our doctors!
- Have support. If you can, bring your spouse or someone who can listen to the doctor in the appointment. ( if possible) I may take notes on my phone, but having my hubby there for clarification helps me in case I miss something he said.
- Make sure the doctor is suited to your needs. If you need bedside manner, and it is a doctor you will be seeing more on a regular basis, do not be afraid to look for a different doctor. My main GP has a great bedside manner, is easy to talk to , and discusses matters with me. One of my specialists is not the “warm and fuzzy” type, but is professional and effective. Since I only see her every few years, I didn’t feel a need to change.
i like to think being proactive also has to do with prevention as well as when something goes wrong. Take a look at your lifestyle and think if there are any changes to be made., Do i meditate or take time out ? ( stress-relief), Do I eat well? Find an exercise I enjoy?
As I type this, I had been unable to sleep for the last several days as my trigger points in my shoulders, upper back and arms are very sore and painful. I presently go for a treatment called Dry Needling, which is quite effective for me. however, I do think I need to make a few changes myself. I have had chronic upper body pain for years now, and when muscles are weak, they can develop trigger points easier. For me to “take action”, I have purchased some kettlebells, a medicine ball, and some additional therabands to work on strengthening more. I am also looking to arrange trigger point injections.
It is so important that health be a priority. I have always been proactive, and I feel that if I had not been 10 years ago, I would still be in the dark about what condition i have. There is much talk about self-care these days. Do take the time to do just that. Take care of yourself. It is the only YOU, you’ve got!
I would love to hear from you. Tell me, how are you proactive with your health?
Thank you for your input and comments!
Have a great weekend!
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