No matter how well planned we think our lives are, sometimes disaster strikes, an unexpected event which can change our lives forever. You ask yourself, “why me,” but there are no easy answers. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and we are left to pick up the pieces.
If you have been through a distressing situation, you know that sometimes there are no words that can help, especially so close to the moment. However, there is always hope, and if you have suffered in the past, you may have the experience necessary to help others going through the same.
In this article, we are specifically talking about being involved in an accident, but there is advice here for anybody who has suffered a trauma, or for any one of us who could one day face the pain involved.
I hope the advice given here can help you.
Understand traumatic stress
You may never understand why an accident happened to you, other than you being in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, it is possible to move on with your life when you understand the stress you are going through. Your body may have been hurt physically, but mentally and emotionally you are going to suffer.
Have a look at this website, which covers some of the emotions you are going to face, and how you can eventually overcome them. Time does heal, and this includes your emotional wounds as well as your physical ones. There may always be scars, but the bulk of the pain will go away as you move on with your life.
No amount of money can replace the stress of the trauma you have been through, but as you seek to understand the meaning to what happened, seeking a legal resolution may help your peace of mind.
You may risk a loss of finance from taking time off work to recover, and in the event of a car accident, your vehicle may have been written off. Therefore, seek legal advice. Auto accident lawyers are specialists in car injuries, and understand how the recklessness of others has affected your life. If the accident happened at work, you shouldn’t be afraid to take your employers to court as it is illegal for them to fire you. Seek justice, and receive the compensation you deserve to help you move on with your life.
Focus on the positive
There are positive things in your life, even though it may be difficult to see through the pain. Think about the people who love and care for you. Be thankful for having the chance to continue in life, despite the new challenges you may have to face. You don’t have to go it alone so draw close to your family and friends, and see a counselor if you have troubling thoughts.
Dwelling on the negative is not going to help you in the healing process. Be kind to yourself, accept what cannot be changed and be grateful for the gift of life.
Doctors have discovered why wounds such as ulcers take longer to heal in older people – and they believe a cream containing the female hormone oestrogen could be the answer.
Diabetics, the elderly and people with nerve damage or circulatory problems are particularly at risk.
Not only are these wounds painful and debilitating – taking months to heal or, in some cases, never healing – they also leave people exposed to potentially life-threatening infections because there is no barrier preventing bacteria entering the body.
Furthermore, research shows that patients who develop a non-healing wound end up staying in hospital three times longer than they should.
Until now, it has been poorly understood why some wounds take a long time to heal.
It’s thought it is because cells are not co-ordinating properly to allow tissue to heal, although the precise mechanism is not known.
This means current treatments – including dressings and even the use of maggots to clean wounds – are largely ineffective.
For some, the only solution is amputation.
Now British researchers at the University of Manchester have discovered that the female hormone oestrogen – which is naturally present in both men and women – plays a key role in wound healing.
Oestrogen levels decline in both men and women as they get older as part of the natural ageing process: in women after the menopause while men experience a gradual fall from their 20s.
Falling oestrogen levels are known to age the skin, reducing elasticity and altering the body’s response to inflammation.
Laboratory tests have now shown that oestrogen has an effect on a range of different cells within a wound.
The research involved taking tissue samples from young and older men and looking for differences in the genes involved in the body’s healing process.
Scientists found the main variations were in genes affected by oestrogen.
The differences in the genes were “very strong” between the young and older men, explains Dr. Matthew Hardman, a senior research fellow from the University of Manchester’s Healing Foundation Centre who made the breakthrough.
In other words, the natural fall in oestrogen levels that occurs with age is the reason wounds don’t heal as well in older people. This led to the conclusion that if older people could be given oestrogen, their bodies would heal better.
Dr. Matthew Hardman says: “We knew that oestrogen was important in healing, but we didn’t realize it played such a pivotal role.
“Our discovery could lead to a new treatment for people with non-healing wounds.
“This could make a huge difference to their lives, as these wounds are not only painful but cause immobility and social isolation.”
However, it is not possible to simply give patients oestrogen because of its side-effects, including an increased risk of cancer, he adds.
“So we have been developing and testing treatment options using compounds similar to oestrogen but without the side-effects that come with it.”
Breast cancer drug Tamoxifen, which is similar in structure to oestrogen, has been identified as a possible treatment for non-healing wounds by the researchers.
After successfully turning the drug into a cream that can be applied to an open wound, they are about to test it on 30 volunteers over the age of 65.
They will receive two small skin cuts, one treated with the Tamoxifen cream and the other with a placebo.
If the trial is successful, the cream will then be tested on a larger group of patients with chronic wounds and could be widely available in five years’ time, says Dr. Matthew Hardman.
Meanwhile, researchers have been testing the benefits of algae for slowing down the effects of ageing.
A study published in the journal Actia Biochmica Polonica shows that an antioxidant harvested from sea algae may improve skin elasticity and moisture content.
In one trial, conducted in Japan, 30 women with dry skin were given a 6mg daily oral supplement and a rub-on solution.
After eight weeks there were significant improvements in moisture content of the outer skin layer.
In another trial with 36 men, moisture content and sebum oil level in the cheeks improved after six weeks.
It’s thought the benefits may be due to the antioxidant astaxanthin, also found in fish and seafood (it provides the red color of salmon).
This may help protect the outer layers of the skin against free radical cell damage.