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May 12 is International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases. This day recognizes a host of diseases that include Fibromyalgia, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Golf War Syndrome. Click here to find out more
The Complex Chronic Diseases Program (CCDP) is excited to offer patients the opportunity to attend some of their appointments virtually. In a Virtual Health visit you are able to see, hear and speak to your health care providers in the same way as an in-person visit, using secured live video-conferencing technology. Click here to find out more.
We are building a video library to share more information with you. We have videos on many different topics related to chronic disease and management. Check out our videos:
What are Central Sensitivity Syndromes? Fibromyalgia is complex Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome What is Sleep Hygiene? CCDP Program Orientation
Living with chronic illness can feel like a never-ending journey. Many feel as if they have come from a past which represents all things lost, and are heading towards a future that is riddled with unknowns. Sharing one's story and knowing that you are not alone can provide compassion and an empathetic understanding to those living with chronic illness. Visit People in Pain Network for info on support options in your community.
Dr. Mark Pimentel, gastroenterologist at Cedars-Sinai, suggests Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms could be a result of the disruption of the normal motility in digestion. This can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria in the intestines which then contributes to the symptoms experienced by IBS sufferers. Consider discussing this topic with your primary care provider and read more about it at the Pimentel Laboratory.
Trigger Point Injections is a pain treatment for people who have tried most medication options but continue to struggle with pain control. We encourage patients to discuss trigger point injections with their primary care provider and if appropriate, request a referral to a community provider. Check out our handout, What to Expect, which provides information about trigger point injections before and after treatment.
The holiday season has passed (phew!). Regardless of the season it can be helpful to have a toolkit for managing events all year round. Check out our event planning toolkit, PEN down your event plans .
- In May 2017, The CCDP, in partnership with our Community Advisory Committee, held a World Cafe style engagement event. Read the CCDP World Cafe report from this event.
- We have received several questions around the role of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the Program. Please click here to learn more about CBT in the program and the patient experience.
- We are excited to share that we are embarking on a project to make more information available to the community through the use of patient and public education videos.
- For an update on The Complex Chronic Diseases Study, led by Dr. Patrick, click here.
- To watch an interview Dr. Patrick gave on Lyme Disease, click here.