As a sufferer of fibromyalgia as well as myofascial pain syndrome, I’m always looking for ways to get pain under control, so when I saw Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps, I had to have it. I’m glad I found it. Ms. Staveley did an excellent job of writing a concise and understandable book to help those of us with chronic pain. As much as I’m sorry that Ms. Staveley has suffered, I appreciate that she understands what it’s like to always be in pain. She tells her personal story, and then outlines a plan to improve the quality of life for those with chronic pain. She taught me to take control of my own life, to stand up to medical professionals and demand whatever it takes to improve my quality of life. Thank you, Ms. Staveley, for giving me hope. Among other things, Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps, gives a step-by-step guide, from setting goals, and building a healthcare team, to finding motivators and developing long-term solutions. I would recommend this book to anyone who suffers from chronic pain, or knows someone else who does. Below you’ll find further information on this great book, as well as on the author, including a guest post. There is also a list of other sites where you can find more reviews, interviews, and opportunities to win a free copy of Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps. There is info on where to buy the book, and how to contact the author.
Recognizing the years of unnecessary suffering in her own life, Carole Staveley makes it her mission to maximize your chances of overcoming health barriers in the shortest possible time. Her 9 Step Health Champion approach shared in this book will help you achieve your full potential by taking you through the process of establishing a Health Champion mindset, building your most effective health team, and maximizing your odds of persevering through it all. Become your own Health Champion and keep your healthy vision alive—no matter what challenges you face.
After suffering 13 years of debilitation caused by a chronic myofascial pain condition, Carole Staveley realized there was no “magic bullet” coming to her rescue. She took charge of solving her health challenges and went on to complete an IRONMAN triathlon in 2013. Carole’s book, Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps, takes you through her proven 9-step Health Champion approach to suffering less and achieving more. Carole Staveley is President of Inner Victory Coaching, an organization she founded to empower others to become their own Health Champions and reach their full potential. Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook
Becoming Your Own Health Champion, Step 5: Select and Challenge the Right Health Professionals Becoming your own Health Champion essentially means becoming the Chief Problem Solver for your health challenges. This does not mean you need to go out and earn an M.D. diploma! What it does mean is that you need to know how to discover and get the most benefit from the health resources that exist out there. Rights and Responsibilities in Your Relationships with Health Professionals You have the right to demand a problem-solving partnership from the members of your health team. You must be prepared to advocate for yourself, and let them know when you’re not satisfied with the answers you’re getting. If you don’t feel qualified or capable of self-advocacy, find a member of your social network who is willing to help you prepare for appointments or have these conversations on your behalf or simply be there with you for moral support. Another option is to hire a health coach who can help you build your self-advocacy capabilities and steer you in the right direction. Your rights to being treated as a partner and being respected for self-advocating in healthcare come with responsibilities. You have the responsibility to be as prepared and informed as possible when you attend an appointment. This is your part of the equation. You will not get the most from your healthcare appointments if you’re not informed or prepared. Being prepared means you will have done the following:
- You’ve compiled a list of symptoms and any related circumstances that could shed light on the cause of the symptoms.
- You’ve prepared questions in advance, and are ready to ask as many questions as it takes to be satisfied that the health professional is going down the right path in terms of diagnosis and treatment.
- You’ve done some research, either by speaking to others who have suffered similar symptoms, by searching on the internet, and/or by asking for input from anyone in your social network who has some sort of healthcare background, or who might know someone with a healthcare background.
Do Your Homework If you think about it, what I’m suggesting in terms of preparing for healthcare appointments is comparable to the degree of preparation you would put into a large purchase like a car or an expensive appliance. Consider the value of a healthy life compared to these types of purchases. I know we’ve been taught to defer to physicians when it comes to health knowledge, and it’s likely they will always have more specific health knowledge than we do. However, there is no way to leverage the full power of their knowledge to our maximum benefit unless we do our homework and work with the medical professional to solve our unique problem. I believe our biggest mistake in dealing with health issues is having the expectation that the “experts” hold the answers, and that we just need to bring our problem to them to get a resolution. There are a number of issues to take into consideration when dealing with health professionals:
- The letters beside their nameswill not tell you if they are good at what they do or if they will be effective at solving your problem.
- A top expert in his/her field might have the best grasp of the medical literature, but they don’t have insight into the nuances of what’s been happening in your body. They need your input in order to tailor their knowledge to address your particular situation most effectively.
- Depending on your particular health issues, the professional(s) who can help you the most might not be found in the mainstream medical system.
- Health professionals who are open to working collaboratively with other health professionals and who embracea holistic, multidisciplinary approach are generally valuable and are more likely to be problem solvers determined to help you get to the bottom of the issue.
In my journey from chronic pain sufferer to IRONMAN finisher, it was my own research, combined with key questions I asked of excellent health professionals that added up to a successful recovery. Along the way, I broadened my definition of “health professional” and discovered so many additional valuable resources outside of our mainstream medical system. Start by appointing yourself Chief Problem Solver of your health challenges, vow to identify and leverage key healthcare resources, and dare to discover new approaches to managing or solving your health challenges. Book Trailer:
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