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Amputee Life Blog — Coping with Limb Loss

Controlling Amputation-Related Pain Through Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

For those who had ample time to prepare for their amputation surgery, one of the frequently asked questions is about residual limb and phantom limb pain—what to expect and how to manage it. Today, those who are considering an elective amputation have more pain control options, including peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS).

Using Peripheral Nerve Stimulation to manage amputation-related pain.

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Beat the Holiday Blues with These Tips

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

The holidays are a time for merry-making—but it can also be a time of high stress and, for some, loneliness. Those who may be experiencing the latter, grief over the loss of a loved one, or coping with limb loss can experience heightened isolation and sadness during the holidays.

Tips to beat the holiday blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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Coping with Limb Loss Takes Time and Open Communication

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

No matter the circumstance and how much time was given to prepare, losing a limb is a life-changing experience. While you most acutely feel the loss, it is also difficult for your closest family members and friends to accept and adjust to the loss.

It takes time and open communication to cope with limb loss.

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4 Tips to Help Manage Anxiety 

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Hearing about anxiety disorders is becoming commonplace. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults in the US are affected by anxiety disorders. What is anxiety? And why does it hold so much power in the lives of 40 million adults?

Tips to increase optimism and reduce anxiety.

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Why Celebrating Ampuversaries is Important

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Celebrating or simply remembering specific dates and milestones hold significant power. It allows us to look back and see how far we have come. Celebrating your amputation anniversary (which we will refer to in this article as “ampuversary”) is no different. Doing so can help improve your mental health and prepare you to be at your best for future challenges and lessons.

Ampuversaries serve as a way to celebrate, reflect, and exercise gratitude.

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