Posts Tagged ‘chronic illness’

Finding the Right Physical Therapist

Finding the right physical therapist to treat your vestibular symptoms is crucial to your rehabilitation. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Is the therapist a licensed physical therapist?
  • Is the therapist credentialed in treating vestibular patients? What credentials does he have? Has he treated this type of problem before?
  • Who owns the physical therapy facility: the physical therapist herself, an outside company, doctors or a hospital? (It’s best to have independent treatment, and you need to know if a doctor will profit by referring you to a facility in which she has a financial interest.)
  • Do I need to pay when I visit? Am I billed or does my insurance company pay?
  • What does the initial consultation involve?
  • What are office hours? Where would I park? Are there individual treatment rooms?
  • What type of therapy equipment is available? (Your treatment might require a specific piece of equipment.)
  • Will you provide me with balance exercises that I can do at home?
  • Will I be seen by a physical therapist or a physical therapist aide?
  • Will you report on my progress and your evaluation regularly to my other health care providers?
  • Will I get to discuss my treatment goals with a therapist? Will that person be responsible for my treatment?
  • What will my evaluation include?

**Modified for vestibular patients from Johns Hopkins web site: http://physicaltherapy.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=physicaltherapy&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hopkinshospital.org%2Fhealth_info%2FArthritis%2Freading%2Fphysical_therapist.html

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Chronic Invisible Illness

Want a place to go where others understand?

For young women: http://www.chronicbabe.com/

For individuals with chronic headaches/migraines: http://www.thedailyheadache.com/

A blog from a woman diagnosed with an invisible chronic illness (the most recent post was “54 Ways You Respond to ‘You Look So Good!'”): http://theiciexperience.blogspot.com/

Vestibular Disorder Stressing You Out?

Vertigo, dizziness, Meniere’s disease, tinnitus and other vestibular symptoms and disorders can be extremely stressful. The feeling that nobody really understands what you’re going through with these “invisible” symptoms can cause extreme anxiety in individuals.

Here are some helpful tips on how to calm your anxiety:

  1. Exercise. Few things can help relax you more quickly than a bit of vigorous exercise. [If your symptoms are flaring up, maybe even go for a slow walk outdoors.]
  2. Meditate. Try taking a few minutes out of your day to clear your mind of your worries and meditate.
  3. Breathe deeply. Count your breaths and concentrate on breathing in and out deeply.
  4. Focus on something else. Temporarily [shift] your attention to something else unrelated to what you’re upset about.
  5. Talk to others. Connecting with a friend or family member and sharing your anxieties can be a great way to get insight, advice and to alleviate some of your stress by getting support and understanding.
  6. Slow down. Give yourself a break and just slow down if you’re feeling stressed out. Getting yourself worked up to rush around won’t help, so slow down, take a break and let yourself relax.
  7. Don’t work yourself up. Stop yourself if you feel that you’re getting yourself riled up, and force yourself to calm down and look at things rationally.
  8. Let the past go. If you’re feeling bad about things that have already happened, take a moment to realize that there’s nothing you can do to change these things now. Take steps to begin letting the past go and making positive choices for the future.

The following web site has a list of 50 “quick and easy ways to calm your anxiety”, including dietary suggestions and tips for both the home and workplaces.

http://noedb.org/library/features/50_quick_and_easy_ways_to_calm_your_anxiety