5 posts tagged “monthly newsletter”

A Peek at the June Newsletter for Members

Posted June 22nd, 2012 by

What kinds of things do we cover in our monthly newsletters for members? Take a look at the excerpt below from our June edition. Also, in case you didn’t know, anyone – whether a PatientsLikeMe member or not – can view our current and past newsletters in our Newsletter Archive. See what we’ve been up to recently, and if you are member who’s not opted in to the newsletter, sign up today.

MONTHLY MUSINGS

Burning. Stabbing. Aching. Throbbing. Dull. Have you used any of these words to describe pain?  Highly subjective to each individual, pain is a sensory experience triggered by the nervous system.  Some of the different types include nerve pain (neuralgia), muscle and joint point and arthritis pain.

Check Out the Pain Symptom Report at PatientsLikeMe

If you’re living with chronic pain, it may feel like no one understands.  But pain is actually one of the top symptoms reported at PatientsLikeMe, affecting more than 40,000 of you and playing a role in so many different conditions, from fibromyalgia to rheumatoid arthritis to lupus. Over half of you rate your pain as “moderate” or “severe.”

How are fellow patients managing this “invisible” symptom?  Check out the pain symptom report as well as the hundreds of treatment evaluations for opioid painkillers such as Tramadol (Ultram) and Hydrocodone; anti-convulsant medications such as Gabapentin (Neurontin) and Pregabalin (Lyrica); and complementary therapies like acupuncture and massage. You can also join in on our forum discussions about pain for tips and advice.

Pain can make you feel alone – but you’re not.  Connect with thousands of others who can relate and share experiences.

Kate, Emma, Liz, Jeanette & Sharry

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Have you poked around the forum recently?  We now have lots of different rooms to meet your needs.  For example, did you know about the Digestive and Intestinal Room, the Muscles, Bones and Joints Room or the Neurological and Brain Room?  Find your favorite room(s) and check out some of these active threads below.

Need help with something on the site?  Visit the PatientsLikeMe Site Help Room for answers from longtime members.

WHAT MEN HAVE TO SAY

Last week was Men’s Health Week.  To honor the men in our community, we’ve spotlighted a few thought-provoking quotes by our male members.

Parkinson Pete

“Along comes PD and life changes. Now, I get all anxious about having to be ‘on’ at parties and functions. But, I go to everything! My default answer is now yes instead of no because frankly it’s too much trouble to back out of everything I say yes to. I always enjoy myself and am glad I went. I push myself while I can and it seems to help. It is work, but it is worth it because it not only rewards me, more importantly, it rewards my wife.”

Parkinson’s Pete, PD patient, 61 years old

Tommy Maker

“After a few days spent lazing about, I feel ashamed. I can look at this rationally and consider that in my current circumstances even surviving the day is an achievement but a lingering resentment at my inaction remains present nevertheless. I’m 50 years old, I’ve been unemployed for three months in my life, I’m now facing retirement and wondering whether I will be able to shake off this sense of negative self-perception.”

Tommy Maker, ALS patient, 50 years old


A Peek at the April Newsletter for Members

Posted April 25th, 2012 by

What kinds of things do we cover in our monthly newsletters for members? Take a look at the excerpt below from our April edition. Also, in case you didn’t know, anyone – whether a PatientsLikeMe member or not – can view our current and past newsletters in our Newsletter Archive. See what we’ve been up to recently, and if you are member who’s not opted in to the newsletter, sign up today.

MONTHLY MUSINGS

What’s with sharing, anyways?

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – we believe in the power of openness. By sharing your experiences, healthcare can be changed for the better.  You can monitor your health status and make changes accordingly; you can find out you’re not alone; and both patients and organizations can do research based on your real-world experiences.

Every single patient on our site contributes to this change.  When you add conditions, treatments and symptoms, you’re entering data that enables others to learn from you.  The way we see it, when everyone shares, everyone benefits.  To see how, check out these reports and dig deeper into the individual stories and data.

Treatment Reports
Things you can learn: How is this treatment working for other patients?  What side effects have they reported?  What are the most common dosages?

Symptom Reports
Things you can learn: How many other patients have experienced this symptom?  What are they taking to treat or manage it?  How severe is it for them?

Condition Reports
Things you can learn: Who else has this disease?  When did they experience their first symptom?  What are some of the most common treatments?

Thanks for everything that you’ve shared – and continue to share – at PatientsLikeMe.  Here’s to all that will be learned in 2012 as a result!

Kate, Emma, Liz, Jeanette & Sharry

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION

What’s happening in the forum?  Check out some of these active threads below.  Then jump in with your own questions and answers.

Need help with something on the site?  Visit the PatientsLikeMe Site Help Room for answers from veteran members.

WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

Everyone has one.  Tell yours in our new open text box (shown below).  Anyone who follows you will then see your story in their feed.  Stories are also important part of your health journal.  Have you used the new journal feature? Adding a story (and photo!) about any of your conditions is a great way to get started.

Tell Your Story in Freeform Text and/or Photos!