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Processing Grief After Limb Loss

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Many people cope with limb loss by pouring their energies into various endeavors—running marathons, sailing around the world, writing books, and other incredible feats. However, it’s also important to acknowledge the other side of the coin—some go through grief and depression after limb loss. If you are going through the latter, you are not alone.

When processing grief after limb loss, it's essential to understand these things.

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Get Better Quality Sleep With These Tips

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Although it’s vital to get seven to eight hours of sleep every night, it’s also essential to ensure that you’re getting good quality, deep sleep. This is because information processing, clearing toxins, cell repairing, and releasing human growth hormone happens during deep sleep.

Make sure you get better quality deep sleep with these five tips.

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LSD as Phantom Limb Pain Cure?

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As psilocybin has been legalized for therapeutic use in states like Oregon and Colorado, as well as cities like Washington DC and Oakland, will fellow hallucinogen lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) soon have its medical-marijuana moment? Decades ago, it was theorized and tested that LSD could alleviate suffering from phantom limb pain.

LSD shows great potential as cure for phantom limb pain.

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Getting a Flu Shot Could Have Prevented This Woman’s Amputation

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For some people, forgetting to get the flu shot could result in a bad case of the flu. But for Shari Hall of Brownsburg, Indiana, failing to get her annual flu shot led to complications that resulted in limb loss.

Getting a flu shot could have decreased Shari Hall's chances of getting a heart attack which led to amputation.

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Stages of Emotional Healing After Limb Loss

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Losing a limb is a life-altering experience. While some can jump in to getting used to their new body, others take a bit more time, which affects their relationships, work, and all other areas of life. It’s also important to note that different people respond differently to the loss of a limb. Hence, the path to emotional healing isn’t a straightforward and linear process everyone can follow.

Post-amputation emotional healing isn't a linear process.

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