Headaches: Living With Chronic Daily Headaches (cont.)
The good thing is I'm part of a new generation of women that feels a whole new sense of empowerment and lack of shame, and insists upon having a partnership with their doctors. So I hope that as consumers, we can force the medical system to change by demanding better treatment. That way, the sexist doctors won't have any patients left. They no longer will be able to financially afford to be arrogant and condescending.
Another lesson is that you have to take it one day at a time and not worry about what's going to happen tomorrow. You have to have faith in yourself to plan wisely and have the strength to withstand whatever may come up that day. In other words, I really learned about the importance of good pain management and reducing emotional pain as much as possible. One useful source was the book From Patient to Person , which is available from the American Chronic Pain Association (theacpa.org is the web site where you can order it). It talks about a lot of basic coping and management principles that doctors don't tell you about, that could dramatically improve the quality of your life.
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