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Guide Dog training and Chronic Pain

posted an excellent post with suggestions for
pain management during training
This started me thinking abou how I would manage my RSDS/CRPS during training.

When I trained with Julio, I did have pain, but it was much more under control and required only Tylenol PM and Advil. The reality is that things wouldn't be nearly as easy as they were last time.

,p>I think the key, as described in the post, would be to be active beforehand. People with pain would find this to be of greater necessity than the average blind person training with a dog. The goal would be to decrease the variables which could cause a flare. This means being active before hand, knowing what to do to manage pain before it becomes a problem, having a good grasp on pain levels before training and asking for help.</p>

I'd say that for me, having enough medication would be required, as would relaxation, heat and aromatherapy products. I'd also want to have a good grasp on my diet. I took advantage of the volunteers who shopped for students. I tried to make sure I had granola bars or something similar available to snack on if I needed them. This helps, since some medications must be taken with food, and as needed meds shouldn't be postponed just because there isn't food available.

Staying ahead of the pain is the goal. Movement can be good for RSD, but it must be done carefully. It would take a lot of effort, but with these suggestions, I think I would be successful should training be necessary (though hopefully not for several years).



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Jun. 20th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
It's easy to forget.
Staying ahead of the pain is the goal. Manage pain before it becomes a problem.

My doctor yelled at me for not taking enough of my pain medication. Now, I have the break-through problem under (a semblance) of control.
Jun. 21st, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
Re: It's easy to forget.
Breakthrough pain is definitely frustrating. I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well, but undersstand much of the struggle you just described. I'm glad things are getting under control.
Jun. 20th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
staying ahead
I like your thoughts on staying ahead here; and sadly, early retirement can come when we least expect it. I've been having similar ideas about staying on top of my immune functioning, and this is something I'm going to have to do at all times because there is really no way to cram for good immune function. There are pain management things that can be "crammed" (getting meds and supplies, etc.) and things that really can't (being "in shape" and able to tolerate movement and generally having good management habits).
Jun. 21st, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: staying ahead
Good observations, as always. When Julio was diagnosed with cataracts (which are small and don't effect his work right now), I really got worried. I was/am in a flare, and know that I would rather start from a place of relative comfort than of flare and pain levels in the 7-9 rrange. Like you said, you can't cram good habits.
Jul. 12th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
Dog Training
While I sypathise with you for your pain, I do not understand the connection between pain and dog training?
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