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Connection Between Fibromyalgia & Stress

Connection Between Fibromyalgia & Stress

One of the most stressful aspects of living with a chronic condition is dealing with the unknown. In many situations, symptoms can vary and change over time, as can the effectiveness of various treatments. Without a clear path for dealing with pain, a person can become anxious, stressed, and depressed.  Fibromyalgia is one such condition. It is long-term and causes pain and tenderness throughout the body. When symptoms temporarily increase in severity, it is called a flare-up. Due to the nature of fibromyalgia, flare-ups can make many activities in day to day life...
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Why is the Insurance Company Sending me to an Independent Medical Assessment?

Why is the Insurance Company Sending me to an Independent Medical Assessmen...

At Share Lawyers, we often get asked by our clients why their insurance companies are sending them for an independent medical assessment. Many of us have never come across the term independent medical examination (IME) before, and need clarification about what it is, and why it happens.  IMEs exist to provide an unbiased medical examination for evidence in legal matters. Most often, these occur in cases related to disability, personal injury and motor vehicle accidents.  It is specifically conducted by a medical professional who has never previously offered care...
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Managing Mental Health: Life After Your Disability Settlement

Managing Mental Health: Life After Your Disability Settlement

Throughout the legal process of fighting for your disability benefits, it might seem as though everything will be easy once the legal battle is over. Adjusting back into a regular daily routine can seem like the light at the end of the tunnel. However, this can often end up being a stressful period. Managing a disability can be daunting, and when it is related to mental health, there are many factors to consider. In order to benefit from the services and support available, it is important to know your rights.  The Ontario Human Rights Code provides for equal...
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Managing Your Heart Health – Todd’s Story

Managing Your Heart Health – Todd’s Story

At 38 years old, Todd was a relatively fit and healthy man. His job as a Call Service Agent in Edmonton meant that he was sitting for hours at a time, so he made it his priority to exercise for at least thirty minutes most days after work. He had a generally healthy diet, and while he felt that there was always more that he could be doing, he was satisfied with the way that he took care of his body.  When Todd started to experience frequent heartburn, he initially did not understand the pain that he was feeling in his chest and throat. He had never suffered from this...
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Heart Attacks on the Big Screen Leave a False Impression of Real-Life Symptoms

Heart Attacks on the Big Screen Leave a False Impression of Real-Life Sympt...

When we think of heart attacks, we often find ourselves picturing scenes from the movies. We remember that moment in Something’s Gotta Give where Harry (Jack Nicholson) collapses in pain after fooling around with his girlfriend, Marin (Amanda Pete). He flails about, wincing in pain, trying to deter Erica (Diane Keaton) from performing CPR. We think of the moment in The Godfather when Don Vito Corleone collapses suddenly while playing with his grandson in the tomato garden, dying almost instantly. We may even think of the silliness from Monty Python And The Holy Grail...
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How to Find the Right Mental Health Specialist

How to Find the Right Mental Health Specialist

Mental health often manifests without any physical symptoms. This can make it difficult to diagnose, which in turn can make it even more difficult to get a long-term disability claim recognized. Unlike a broken arm or a torn ACL, there’s simply no way to make an irrefutable mental health diagnosis based on an x-ray or an MRI. That’s why getting the support of a medical professional is absolutely essential when filing a long-term disability claim related to your mental health. A trained therapist will be able to corroborate your experience and verify that you have a...