Posted in Awareness

For someone receiving social security disability (SSDI) benefits, every dollar received every month matters.

Disability benefits exist to help those who cannot work a regular job due to a recent or lifelong disability to provide for their daily, weekly, monthly needs – in addition to the needs of their families.

We need to go raise the minimum SSD check to 1300.00 a month. Some after working most of their life in a shit or lower paying job end up with 700-900.00 a month then take out Medicare 140.00 plus a month and they are living off barely anything.

People think the welfare office steps in to help pick up some cost or dish out food stamps. And they do some also on SSD get SSI but not everyone does. Those who are married are penalized if one spouse is working.

It is nearly impossible to increase the general percentage for benefits you are receiving, as the benefits amounts are tied directly to work history and the amount you have paid in.

And Heaven help the stay at home mom with little to no work history.

Then if you divorce after 10-15-20 years and remarry you just lost your chance at collecting your ex husband’s pension.

I wish they would start helping those on disability or SS because they were forgotten about during all the covid stimulus.

However, there are considerations for cost of living adjustments (COLA) that happen every year. While it doesn’t always increase, it is factored every year and worked through by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Big deal……. We worked hard fir it and then get crumbs. While people on unemployment got 600.00 more a week then 300.00.

But those on a fixed income ….zippo just the regular stimulus…. Nothing extra and they live on the least every month.

Posted in Arthritis, Awareness, Life

What It Really Means to “Pace Yourself”

What It Really Means to “Pace Yourself”

We hear it all the time but what does it mean…….

Embracing flexibility instead of rigidity for those of us living with chronic joint pain.

In the study, patients reported that key components of pacing themselves included:

  • Breaking down tasks into mini tasks
  • Saying ‘no’ or learning to
  • Being kind to themselves self care is a must
  • Using rest breaks
  • Doing something each day
  • Developing a structure or plan
  • Gradually building up activities – people who run marathons don’t just run marathons: they train and pace themselves- we need to pace our self –
  • Stop feeling guilty if you need to rest
  • Respect your limits
  • Love the body you have
  • Don’t be so proud as to not get that handicap placard or license plate. Not all disabilities are visible

People chronic conditions like osteonecrosis, osteoarthritis, ra, fibromyalgia etc, We tend to feel the Zip and then the Blah: if we do too much in one day, even if they feel okay at the moment. For example, I woke up with a little or a lot more energy and without as much pain, and I try to get all tasks done in one day….. only to pay for it in pain days later. So we must learn to pace ourselves

Tip

Pacing isn’t always about avoiding doing too much. It’s also about staying out of a cycle of doing too little or nothing at all. We must keep moving. And figuring out how to stay physically active is one of ways we can promote self-care, and reduce stress as well. 

Posted in Advocate, Awareness

September is Pain Awareness Month

Understanding more about the underlying causes of pain can help improve treatments and alleviate suffering

Each September, pain specialists and advocates across the country raise awareness about issues related to chronic pain during National Pain Awareness Month. Did you know that chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans. that’s 1/3 of the USA population living with some form of pain.

That to me seems unacceptable. We have in 2021 rejenerative medicine and various treatment options from prolotherapy to prp to A2M to stem cell.

Plus we have many biologics and lets not forget there are still the traditional pain pill that help – yet so many doctors seem to not offer any longer thanks to the US government’s campaign to stop them it’s seems and a special thanks to all those who are addicted to opioids like heroine,fentanyl .

That may sound cruel, but you know there are many responsible people that can take a pain pill and not become addicted.

I also don’t like the US government to interfere with my private doctor patient relationship. The government has no business in my opinion telling doctors what they should be doing.

Understanding more about the underlying causes of pain can help improve treatments and alleviate suffering. Johns Hopkins researchers are working on everything from the molecular causes of pain to the latest advances in pain treatment.

What You Need to Know

  • Nearly 100 million Americans experience chronic pain —more than those who have diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
  • Pain is a warning sign that indicates a problem that needs attention.
  • Pain starts in receptor nerve cells located beneath the skin and in organs throughout the body.
  • Living with pain can be debilitating and adversely affect everyday life.

Arthritis

Arthritis refers to over 100 different conditions ranging from autoimmune disease to normal joint inflammation.

Back Pain

According to the National Institutes of Health, eight out of ten people will have back pain at some time in their life.

Headaches

Millions of people get crippling headaches, and there are dozens of different headache types — but receiving the right diagnosis is key to getting the right treatment.

Find a Pain Specialist

You don’t have to live through your pain alone. There are pain centers, programs, and clinics that are made up of teams of specialists who aim to ease your pain, and allow you to live in as much comfort as possible.

Wishing you all a happy blessed and pain free day.

Deb

Posted in Awareness

Avascular Necrosis-Osteonecrosis – Avascular Necrosis-Osteonecrosis Education and Resources

The real term is Osteonecrosis Synonyms of Osteonecrosis aseptic necrosis avascular necrosis of bone ischemic necrosis of bone What is avascular necrosis-osteonecrosis ? AVN-ON is a disease that results from the temporary or permanent loss of blood supply to the bone. When blood supply is cut off, the bone tissue dies and the bone collapses.…
— Read on avascularnecrosiseducation.com/2018/10/28/139/

Posted in Awareness, Social Media

Instagram Scammers Stealing your info or Hackers taking your account.

With online scams reaching epidemic proportions, Instagram is just the latest channel for fraudsters to make a quick buck. With over 1 billion active monthly users, Instagram offers up a large, captive audience.

In a world where anonymity, bullying and catfishing are common, scams prey on internet users’ sympathy, fear or greed. Keep reading to see some of the most common hustles and how to protect yourself on social media.

2 people that I am close with has experienced their IG accounts hacked and then suddenly gone.

They followed all the suggestions IG dishes out 2 factor authentication request IG to get the account back etc….

A few bloggers and IG I know have been saying they are getting hacked, or their accounts are gone…poof vanished…..

One person had 130,000 followers another had 6,000 and one had 1100 , the 4th person had over1.2 million followers.

None could get their original account back that they had from the day they joined IG, so all content, photos now lost into the abyss or now in possession of a hacker.

All made new accounts after weeks of trying to get their accounts back.

Finally they made new ones

They one is up to 22,000 but her online jewelry business has suffered because now people cannot find her and she has suffered a loss of revenue.

2-3 don’t sell anything they raise awareness for chronic conditions….. now all that work gone….

The 4th person made a new account and in less than a month was back up to 45k followers not the 1.2 million they had but it was building back up fast. And suddenly now it’s gone again….

Is it hackers or haters?

How come IG is not helping or tracking these to find out why it’s happening!!!!

I feel so bad for them and I think 🤔 that authorities should be called and at least have a report made.

This is how people make their living selling products, being a social media influencer, modeling or they advocate for a cause etc….

Plus let’s not forget all the pictures, content they now lost!!

When will these companies stand up and help the patrons and influencer’s that bring money to their site?

Why is there no one to help them? They call they email they call they email over and over again….

It takes a long time to build a following and for it to be gone after years of work is just not right.

Have you experienced anything like this? How did you get your back? Are you an influencer or a IG employee who can help them get their accounts back?

Comment below or message me.

Also if you are new at social media don’t fall for all these scams and brands and watch the DMs.

Scam 1: Fake Brand Accounts

Rampant in the fashion industry, imposter brand accounts hawk goods and products across 65 million fake posts a year, according to data analysis firm Ghost Data. Bags, shoes and clothes are the most commonly faked products with luxury and high-end retailers like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Nike each having dozens of knock-off accounts. Other popular consumer brands like Apple have also been targeted.

What’s the Strategy of Fake Brand Accounts?

They promise exclusive discounts and freebies, but these fake accounts buy likes and followers and post consistently until their profiles seem like the real deal. The end game is to sell illegal counterfeit goods or use a bait-and-switch scam to change the profile topic completely once they have a captive audience.

How Common Are These Fake Accounts?

Nearly 20% of all posts about fashion products on Instagram feature counterfeit products and more than 50,000 accounts are promoting and selling counterfeit products every day, according to Ghost Data. This is up over 170% from 2016, rising dramatically as Instagram becomes a bigger player in the e-commerce space.

How To Avoid Fake Brand Accounts

If you decide to shop on social media, check the account carefully. Most real brands are verified. See what the URL links to and look for strange misspellings.

Be wary about what accounts are posting and how often. Is it all giveaways? Does it look professional? Use common sense and think twice when sellers offer expensive products for low prices or have strange payment terms or methods.

Scam 2: Companies Offering To Send You Free Followers or Likes

Influencers are paid by brands and companies to promote products on their social media profiles. It’s a highly lucrative business — the bigger and more engaged your audience, the higher the fees you can command.

Thus, “generous” companies offer to send you free or insanely cheap followers or likes in the hopes that you’ll purchase more. These accounts are promoted as being real, but most are fake automated accounts. Don’t fall for their gimmicks, some may be real….most are not.

Scam 2: Requests That Appear To Come From Instagram

If you receive an urgent email or direct message claiming to be from Instagram, don’t click the link. The message might claim your account has been compromised or that you’ve been approved for a coveted verification badge. Instead, it’s a phishing scam to get your login credentials.

You’ll be taken to a page to enter your email address and password, and then the hacker has everything needed to lock you out of your account. In extreme instances, some scammers threaten to blackmail you in exchange for returning your account.

How To Avoid This Phishing Scam

Be wary of any communication claiming to come from Instagram and use common sense verification services are never for sale.

Check the sender’s email address carefully. Enable two-factor authentication, which means that even if your password is compromised, you’ll need a secondary code to log on to your account for an extra layer of protection. It sounds like a pain in the ass but it’s another layer of protection.

Scam 3: Money Flipping or Investment Opportunities

Fake investment schemes are another popular online scam. Someone direct messages you, promising a big payout with minimal investment, maybe using all the right buzzwords like bitcoin or cryptocurrency. Using social media proof, they’ll show the returns of other individuals (sometimes even friends and family) who have made a lot of money in as fast as 24 hours.

How This Scam Plays Out

As soon as you send payment, the account ghosts you — keeping your investment and vanishing into thin air. Over $3 million have reportedly been stolen during 2018 and 2019 using this method, with the average victim being conned upwards of $10,000.

Stop being FOOZELED !SCAMMED!

How To Avoid This Money Scam

Quite simply, you can avoid it by not responding to requests for money from people you don’t know. Before sending anything, always check the credentials of the supposed financial company with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Scam 4: Fake Invitations To Work With Brands- Don’t BeA Mark For Scammers and Hackers

As one of the more elaborate Instagram cons in circulation, this one has hit hundreds of influencer’s and content creators. Someone reaches out, offering to hire you for a high-profile photo-shoot or campaign for a brand, but the offer isn’t real.

The victims invest big money to fly to distant, glamorous locations like Indonesia, lured by empty promises of getting reimbursed. Victims have also been asked to pay for things like drivers, translators and fixers. The game ends when the mark either figures it out or runs out of money.

How These Scammers Get Away With It

The scammers have done their homework. They’ve gathered the intricate details of your personal life to build a relationship with you and make the offer sound authentic and enticing.

Imposter emails claim to come from high-profile celebrities and investors like entrepreneur Wendi Murdoch to get you excited about the high-profile project. They even go as far as to provide itineraries and fake but detailed nondisclosure agreements. These scammers go to great lengths, including making several calls to you, to make the invitation seem legitimate.

How To Avoid These Fake Invitations

Trust your gut. Most of the victims say they ignored the red flags because it sounded like such a good opportunity. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Read all legal documents carefully for omissions and misspellings, ask for references, and think twice about any project that requires prepaying expenses up front.

Scam 5: Phishing by Direct Message

This scam has been gaining a lot of traction. You’ll get a direct message that claims to have seen your profile on a “hot” or “nasty” list. It implies that your photos are being used on some type of porn site.

When you click the link to check, you’re taken to what looks like a login page for Instagram. As soon as you input your password, the hackers have your account information, which they can use for whatever they like, including messaging others through your account.

How To Avoid This New Phishing Scam

Don’t click links from people you don’t know and always have two-factor authentication enabled. What might look like a legitimate hyperlink can easily be masked to send you to a criminal website.

How To Keep Yourself Safe From Instagram Scams

Crooks often combine new technology with old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information, according to the FTC. But there are some practical ways to avoid becoming a victim.

Look carefully at messages for inconsistencies in email addresses or hyperlinks, spelling or grammar errors, bizarre requests and feigned urgency. Think twice about any link you click, vague and generic messages or requests for sensitive information.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

I think my Instagram account has been hacked.Now What !!! Read below.

If you think your account has been hacked or taken over, there are several actions you may be able to take to secure your account. Some of these recovery steps may not be available to you depending on the type of account you’re trying to recover, but we recommend trying them all. 

Check your email account for a message from Instagram

If you received an email from security@mail.instagram.com letting you know that your email address was changed, you may be able to undo this change by selecting revert this change in that message. If additional information was also changed (example: your password), and you’re unable to change back your email address, request a login link or security code from Instagram

Request a login link from Instagram

To help us confirm that you own the account, you can request that we send a login link to your email address or phone number. 

To request a login link: 

  1. On the login screen, tap Get help logging in. (Android) or Forgot password?(iPhone). 
  2. Enter the username, email address, or phone number associated with your account, then tap Next. Note: If you don’t know the username, email address, or phone number associated with your account, tap Need more help? below the Next button and follow the on-screen instructions. 
  3. Select either your email address or phone number, then tap Send Login Link.
  4. Click the login link in your email or a text message (SMS) and follow the on-screen instructions.

Request a security code or support from Instagram

If you’re unable to recover your account with the login link we sent to you, you may be able to request support from us. 

To request support from Instagram:

Instagram app for Android:

Instagram app for iPhone:

Be sure to enter a secure email address that only you can access. Once you’ve submitted your request, you should receive an email from Instagram with next steps.

Learn more about what you can do if you don’t know your username

Verify your identity

If you submitted a support request for an account without photos of you, you should receive an auto-response email from the Support Team at Facebook. We’ll ask you to help us verify your identity by providing the email address or phone number you signed up with and the type of device you used at the time of sign up (example: iPhone, Android, iPad, other). 

If you request support for an account with photos of you, you’ll be asked to take a video selfie of you turning your head in different directions to help us check that you’re a real person and confirm your identity. 

Once you submit the video selfie to help us verify your identity, you’ll receive an email from Instagram at the secure email address you provided.

Keep in mind that the video you submit will never be visible on Instagram and will be deleted within 30 days.

If we weren’t able to confirm your identity from the video you submitted, you can submit a new video and we’ll review it again.

If you’re still able to log into your Instagram account

If you think your account has been hacked or an attempt to hack your account has been made and you’re still able to log in, there are things you can do to help keep your account secure:

If you’re still having trouble accessing your account, we’d like to hear more about your experience so we can continue to improve our support options.

Fake IG accounts Suck In short, a fake Instagram account is one that’s not actually run by an individual human being. Some of these accounts are mass created by people; others are mass created by bots. Some are used to spam comments, likes, etc., while others are left dormant. Every social media provider is plagued by these fake accounts

Fake Instagram followers are an unavoidable reality of the platform.

For some people, they’re a nuisance that leaves silly comments. For others, they’re a quick way to boost their follower counts. But in both cases, fake Instagram followers are a much bigger issue than you think.

They can hurt you in the algorithm, damage your credibility, and even get you on Instagram’s bad side.

In this article, we’ll fill you in on how fake accounts could be hurting you, and tell you exactly how to clear your Instagram of fake followers for good.

  • What’s a Fake Instagram Account? And How They Can Hurt You
    • They Don’t Engage With Your posts
    • They Hurt Your Credibility
    • They Can Get You In Trouble With Instagram – And Even Banned
    • They Skew Your Metrics
    • They Can Hurt Your Marketing Budget
  • 5 Ways to Spot Fake Instagram Followers
    • Check Their Followers
    • Calculate Their Engagement Rate
    • Read The Comments They Make
    • Evaluate Their Profile (Bio, Photo, Username)
    • Look At Their Posts
    • Take Stock Of The Account As A Whole
  • These 3 Instagram Audit Tools Can Help You Identify Fake Followers
    • Instagram Bot Analytics Tool
    • FakeCheck.co
    • Social Audit Pro
  • How to Avoid Fake Instagram Followers
    • Don’t Buy Followers
    • Report Fake Followers
    • Remove All Fake Followers From Your Account
  • Conclusion

What’s a Fake Instagram Account? And How They Can Hurt You

Before we get into the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of fake Instagram followers, let’s talk about the ‘what’.

In short, a fake Instagram account is one that’s not actually run by an individual human being. Some of these accounts are mass created by people; others are mass created by bots. Some are used to spam comments, likes, etc., while others are left dormant.

Every social media provider is plagued by these fake accounts. Twitter removes about 10 bot accounts per second, or more than 310 million per year.

Instagram has an estimated 95 million fake accounts. With a total userbase of around 1 billion, that means roughly 1 in 10 Instagram accounts are fake.

While the purpose of these accounts can differ from platform to platform, one of the most common ways they’re used on Instagram is to artificially boost follower numbers. Wannabe influencers or businesses seeking fast growth buy Instagram followers by the thousands – and those followers are all bots.

Little do they know, these fake followers don’t actually help their account. In fact, they could be hurting it. And unfortunately, even perfectly legitimate brands that don’t buy followers can be affected.

Here are the top 5 reasons fake Instagram followers could be a problem for you.

They Don’t Engage With Your posts

Fake Instagram followers might leave a comment or send a few likes your way immediately after following. But this almost never lasts.

In the long term, they’re not going to engage with your posts.

“Well, so what, not every follower leaves comments, right?” Except your engagement rate is calculated by the number of likes you get in relation to the number of followers you have.

Ex. 100 likes per post / 5,000 followers = 2% an engagement rate.

The better that rate is, the better Instagram thinks your account is, and the more it favors you in its algorithm. In short, each fake Instagram follower that doesn’t engage is driving your rate down further, which hurts your profile’s overall visibility.

They Hurt Your Credibility

Some people will simply look at your raw follower, like, or comment numbers and be impressed.

But more savvy Insta users – and smart consumers, in general – won’t be. They’ll notice if your 10,000+ follower account is only attracting a measly 50 likes photo. And if they see that your follower list is filled with fake accounts and your posts are littered with generic spam comments, they’ll start to lose trust in your brand.

Social proof is one of the most powerful tools for increasing your reach and your sales. But fake, inauthentic social proof will do the opposite.”

They Can Get You In Trouble With Instagram – And Even Banned

Instagram doesn’t like fake accounts either.

And while it’s basically impossible for them to stop fake Instagram accounts from being created in the first place, they do moderate them aggressively, removing them as they find them. And if you have too many fake followers – especially if moderators think you buy Instagram followers or use other banned tools – it could get your account in trouble.

This could lead to your account being limited, suspended, or even banned. Not only is that a good reason not to buy Instagram followers, it’s why you should purge your Instagram of fake followers in general.

They Skew Your Metrics

The best social media marketers know thepower of metrics.

When used correctly, Instagram analytics can tell you what you’re doing right, what you’re doing wrong, and even help you identify new opportunities for growth.

But having too many fake followers can make your data harder to analyze, if not render it completely useless. After all, how can you calculate your actual engagement, conversion, or click-through rates if you don’t know your real follower count?

They Can Hurt Your Marketing Budget

This last point applies less to your own account, and more to “influencer” accounts that use fake followers to boost their perceived status.

On average, paying to have an influencer market your products or brand can be very effective, pulling in average returns of $5 dollars or more on each dollar spent. And yet25% of businesses either break even or lose money on influencer marketing.

Why? Because they’re paying influencers that don’t actually have any influence.

In other words, knowing how to weed through fake Instagram followers won’t just help your own account, it’ll help you sort through the real and fake influencers in your market as well.

5 Ways to Spot Fake Instagram Followers

Now that you know what fake Instagram followers are and why they’re a problem, you probably want to get rid of them. Good idea.

But to do that, first we have to find them. And there are two main ways to do that:

  • Using your own Instagram detective skills
  • Using an Instagram audit tool

We’ll start by showing you how to spot them yourself. And if that doesn’t work – or you just want to save some time – we’ll recommend some of the best audit tools in the next section.

Check Their Followers

signs of Fake Instagram Followers

One of the quickest ways to spot a fake Instagram is by looking at their following to follower ratio.

Because these accounts are often automated, they’ll rack up crazy ‘following’ numbers. Some even hit the maximum limit of 7,500.

Meanwhile, they only have a small number of followers themselves. Of course, this doesn’t mean every newbie Instagramer who follows 100 more accounts than follow them is a bot.

But wildly imbalanced ratios, like 4,000 following to 500 followers, is usually a sign the account is fake.

Calculate Their Engagement Rate

As we highlighted above, fake accounts don’t engage. And this also applies to fake accounts whose own followers are fake.

So, if you see an account that has 1,000 followers but gets less than 5 likes per post, or some similarly low number, this could be an indication that they’re fake. At minimum, it tells you that their followers are fake.

Read The Comments They Make

Another telltale sign of fake Instagram followers is the comments they make.

You know the ones: “good pic”, “nice job”, or simply “wow” or a couple emojis. That’s not to mention the more blatant spam comments, which are especially prevalent under the photos of big accounts.

Fake Instagram Followers
comments

There are three main things that can separate these fake comments from those made by real people:

  • Generic
  • Impersonal
  • Not relevant to the actual photo
  • Grammar or spelling mistakes

Of course, not all fake comments are so easy to spot – and not all generic comments are necessarily fake. But they’re definitely a top sign of fake Instagram accounts.

By the way, if you’re guilty of leaving these kinds of comments, can we suggest you step your engagement marketing game up? Just kidding. But really.

Evaluate Their Profile (Bio, Photo, Username)

When you’re selling 1,000 fake Instagram followers for as little as $12.99, you’re not going to take the time to create accounts with real photos, engaging bios, and unique posts.

Instead, these services focus on slapping accounts up as quickly as possible, with the most generic info they can get away with.

Fortunately for us, this makes them easier to spot. And there are three common giveaways.

Profile pic: Fake Instagram accounts usually have no profile pic, a generic stock photo, or a photo of something that’s not a person, like a beach or a duck.

Bio: Your typical Instagram bio is personable and describes who or what the person or service is. On the other hand, fake Instagram followers will either have no bio or one that’s very generic, contains random promotions, or doesn’t match the content of their posts.

Username: When creating an Instagram account, if you try to enter a username that’s already taken, you’ll get suggestions for the same name with a bunch of numbers tacked on. Now, your average person isn’t thrilled by the thought of being @joe235456932480234, especially because that’s a very hard username to remember. “Hey, add me at joe2354…” – you get the picture. 

Fake Instagram Followers signs

But fake account creators don’t care. And in fact, this saves them a lot of time, since they don’t have to bother with coming up with more unique usernames.

So, these number-filled usernames can be a giveaway for fake Instagram followers.

But there are two other things to check for, especially if the account is claiming to be a celebrity: Is the account verified? And are there any slight misspellings in the username?

No, the @taylorswiff account with 537 followers that’s following you isn’t the real Taylor Swift. Sorry we had to be the ones to tell you.

You could also evaluate the accounts held by the same company/person on other social networks. If they are doing well on Instagram, they should have well set up profiles with decent followings elsewhere. 

To find the social media accounts you can use a tool such as Signal Hire. It lets you launch a plugin & find anyone’s contact details in a click. It will find various other social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc. It will also locate other details such as email addresses and phone numbers.

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Look At Their Posts

Finally, we come to their actual posts. Again, these fake account creators don’t have the time to populate their spam profiles with lots ofengaging, unique content.

Instead, you’ll usually see one (or all) of these four things:

  • Posts that are mostly promotional
  • Posts that offer fake discounts or deals
  • Posts that don’t fit the bio/profile pic
  • Posts made very close together in time

In the latter case, their strategy is usually to throw up a handful of posts as soon as they make the account, often within hours of each other – and then never post again.

So, if you see a profile that made 5 posts within a couple days, then hasn’t posted anything since then, that could be a sign that it’s fake.

Take Stock Of The Account As A Whole

As we’ve hinted at already, just because someone has a few numbers in their username or a photo of their dog as their profile photo doesn’t mean they’re a fake account.

So, the tips above should be applied as a whole, rather than as individual steps.

This doesn’t mean you have to study each account like a cold case detective though. Once you know what to look for and have practiced it a few times, you’ll be able to assess an account’s pic, bio, follower count, and posts in a glance and have a good idea on whether it’s a real or fake Instagram follower.

But if you still can’t quite tell – or you simply don’t have the time to go through all your followers – the Instagram audit tools below can help.

These 3 Instagram Audit Tools Can Help You Identify Fake Followers

There are several good Instagram audit tools out there, ranging from totally free tools that will tell you what percentage of followers are fake, to paid tools that will even remove fake followers for you.

Instagram Bot Analytics Tool

Fake Instagram Followers tool

This free tool will use your engagement rates to give you an estimate on what percentage of your follower are fake. From there, you can sign up to get more information on the quality of your audience.

Again, it’s completely free, but it only works on accounts with over 1,000 followers.

FakeCheck.co

Fake Instagram Followers tool

FakeCheck is a very similar tool to the above, using your engagement rates to figure out how many fake followers you have.

However, it can be used on accounts with less than 1,000 followers; but it’s not free. You have to buy $1 credits to use it.

Social Audit Pro

Fake Instagram Followers tool

If you’re serious about getting ridding your Instagram of fake followers as quickly and efficiently as possible, then this is definitely the Instagram audit tool you want.

Why? Because Social Audit Pro will actually analyze each of your followers, separating them into good, dormant, somewhat suspicious, and highly suspicious tiers. It’ll also give you tons of other details about your followers, from the ratio of businesses to regular users that follow you, to what percentage of your followers are male/female.

From there, you can actually use their Follower Cleanup tool to remove or block the suspicious or ghost followers en masse.

Or, rather than purging the fake Instagram accounts all at once, you can set a certain number to be removed per hour or per 24 hours.

This is definitely the most expensive Instagram audit tool. Auditing 10,000 followers will cost you $10, and there’s a one-time fee of $30 for the Follower Cleanup tool, which includes unlimited uses and accounts.

But if you have more than a few hundred followers, Social Audit Pro will save you hours of time.

How to Avoid Fake Instagram Followers

Now that we’ve rooted them out of hiding, it’s time to actually rid your Instagram of fake followers. Here’s how.

Don’t Buy Followers

Repeat after us: I. Do. Not. Buy. Instagram. Followers.

Don’t do it. It’s simply a waste of money. There are no real advantages – and many drawbacks, as we covered above. And no, you can’t buy real followers.

However, if you still want to increase your Instagram presence but don’t have the time or know-how, there is an answer: try Kicksta! Kicksta is an entirely organic growth tool. Not only do we NOT buy fake followers, we don’t use other spammy methods either, like mass following/unfollowing or automated comments.

Instead, you’ll give us a list of target Instagram accounts that already have the type of followers you’re trying to attract. These can be complementary brands, competitors, influencers in your niche, or other similar profiles.

Kicksta will then ‘like’ 1 or 2 photos from each user that follows these accounts, shooting for around 10,000 likes per month. That means 5 to 10,000 profiles will be notified about your likes – and many will then check out your page. And hopefully, since they already like similar content, they’ll decide to follow you too.

What’s the catch? Unlike when you buy Instagram followers, because our methods are organic, we can’t guarantee you a specific number of followers. But we can assure you that you will see growth, and that’ll it’ll be from real people, with real interest in your niche, not fake accounts.

We even offer a 14-day money back guarantee.

So, if you’re serious about growing your brand, try Kicksta today!

“With Kicksta, we’re able to see the impact they have on our Instagram account based on the engagement they drive, most of which we would not be able to do on our own.”.

Ryan and Andrew Beltran

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Report Fake Followers

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One surefire way to clear your Instagram of fake followers is by reporting them. Usually, their account will be removed pretty quickly.

To do this, simply follow these steps:

  • Find the profile you want to report
  • Tap the three dots at the top right of their profile (on iOS or Android)
  • Hit ‘Report’

And boom, you’re done. Now, just sit back and wait for that sweet Insta justice.

Remove All Fake Followers From Your Account

If you simply want the fake followers gone and don’t care about reporting them, there’s a slightly faster way to do it.

Here’s the cheaper (but more time-consuming) way:

1. Use the Instagram Bot Analytics Tool or FakeCheck.co to identify the percentage of fake followers.

2. Use the tips described above to find individual fake followers.

3. While looking at your follower list, tap the ‘Remove’ button to the right of the fake follower.

And here’s the more expensive (but way faster) version:

1. Use Social Audit Pro to identify your suspicious followers.

2. Use the Follower Cleanup tool to choose exactly which followers you want removed or blocked.

Conclusion

By now, you should have a better understanding of why fake Instagram followers are such a problem for your business, along with practical steps to give them the boot. While organic growth is a lot slower than buying followers, it’s a much more effective long-term strategy.

What are your thoughts on fake Instagram followers? Let ne know in the comments. And if you liked this article, make sure to give it a share. Thanks

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Working and Studying from Home When You Live With Arthritis

Working and Studying from Home When You Live With Arthritis

When you get into a car to drive it for the first time, what do you do? You make sure you adjust the seat so you can reach the gas and brake pedals, you adjust rear view and side mirrors see the road easily

We do this to make driving safer and feel more comfortable. When you work from home and or go to school at home we need to make adjustments so we can be comfortable. Especially if living with joint pain.

Tips for Arranging a Healthy Work – Study Space

Working or studying from home during the coronavirus pandemic can put new strains on your joints. Use these expert tips to adjust any workspace to fit your needs.

Being still for long periods and doing repetitive work tasks that fatigue the same muscles over and over can strain the neck, shoulders, back, hands and wrists, and even the hips knees and legs. Here’s how we can adjust our work or study space help to avoid strain.

Move often – Get up and walk around every 20 to 30 minutes and make a habit of adjusting your position frequently. “Shifting positions and moving around are the best ways to combat pain, stiffness and fatigue,” I try to every 20-30 minutes stand up stretch and walk or march in place for 3-5 minutes.

Place your computer monitor so you don’t have to look up – Tilting your head to view a too-high screen strains the neck. Eyes should be level with the top of the screen (oversize monitors are exceptions). The center should be 15 degrees below your line of sight and approximately an arm’s length away. 

Stop bending your neck to text – Tilting your head down leads to text neck, its from leaning forward to long this can cause shoulder and neck pain and headaches. So, extend that phone out in front of you

Place your feet firmly on the floor – Use a footrest if your feet don’t touch the floor. 

Support your arms – Be sure your chair’s armrests are adjustable. Set them so your upper and lower arm form a 90-degree angle and you can keep your wrists straight and fingers relaxed.

Keep your main work and study essentials within arm’s reach – Your books, pens, phone, planner, and whatever other tools you use many times during the day should be within arm’s reach. This stops you from leaning forward or contorting your body into awkward postures to reach them. 

Find the right size chair – You should have at least a one-inch gap between the edge of the seat and the backs of your knees when sitting back in the chair. Its seat should be at least an inch wider than your hips and thighs. The chair’s back should be wide enough for your back, but not so wide it restricts arm movements. Try before you buy. Visit stores and sit in many chairs before selecting one.

Pick a chair that swivels and rolls – Choose a swivel chair with a five-point base for stability and wheels for ease of movement.

Raise your laptop – Laptop risers help bring the screen closer to eye level. You’ll want a separate keyboard that can be at the proper height for that task.

Don’t work or study in bed – Not only will this wreak havoc on your posture and increase your risk for joint and back pain, it can also interfere with your sleep.

Stretch Often and Take a Break Every Hour Frequent breaks are crucial in this time. Take a break every hour to give you the mental refocus needed to complete your tasks.

Stretching is encouraged to increase blood flow, decrease stiff muscles, reset postural habits and prevent chronic issues like back pain. See in references below.

Use a headset – This will help you bypass the stress to the neck and shoulders that can come from repeatedly reaching for the phone or cradling it between the ear and shoulder.  

Try ergonomic keyboards and mice – These are designed to keep hands and forearms in a more neutral position. Vertical mice, for example, orient and support your hand in an upright, neutral position. They may be useful if you have carpal tunnel syndrome – a compression of the carpal nerve in the wrist that may sometimes be caused by repetitive hand and finger motions

References

https://www.bannerhealth.com/healthcareblog/better-me/tips-to-avoid-joint-pain-while-working-from-home

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What To Do If or When Your Doctor Doesn’t Listen To You

As a patient with a chronic pain, I know first-hand what it feels like when your doctor isn’t listening to you. S thee following post is based on my experiences, I’ve come up with a step-by-step guide on actions you can take to advocate for yourself when you feel your doctor isn’t hearing you.

As a patient with a chronic pain I understand what it feels like when a doctor or the staff are not listening to you.

I used to work for a couple doctors and they have a crazy busy life.

They face demands from insurance companies, patients, hospitals etc… I imagine balancing their life continuing education and schedule has to be difficult

When they ask you how are you doing? Don’t say meh okay : Tell the staff whats wrong Maybe that day you feel pretty good but what about last month. last week, yesterday? They cannot help you if they don’t know whats going on…so please speak up…keeping a journal helps

For example:
I’m feeling pretty good today, but there have been days where I’ve missed work due to joint pain and fatigue. Some days, I can barely get out of bed the pain is limiting me at work. I’d like to find out if there is anything that may help me have less pain, fatigue, more energy…etc

If the doctor is listening he or she should be responsive to this conversation, but If they disregard your remarks and questions and you feel your concerns are being dismissed, try one more time. Make sure you answer all the questions they have of you honestly, and at the end of your appointment, let them know you still don’t feel like you have answers or suggestions on how to have less pain, less fatigue or whatever your health concerns are.

This is your time and money so don’t let it go to waste don’t be afraid of of seeming pushy or taking up too much time. ASK QUESTIONS

Before you go to your appointment write down some questions on paper put that paper in your purse or wallet.

If I have a question on a new medication, who should I call? You or Pharmacist?

If my medication is to expensive is there something cheaper that’s just as effective?

If I’m having a flare, should I use the patient portal to contact you, or call the office?

Will this in my case bone condition get any better through physical therapy? Prp or A2M injections ?

If you do not feel like a care team member is hearing you and you have exhausted all attempts to communicate with them, it may be time seek alternative care.

If this is what you decide to do, don’t just up and leave. Make your concerns known to the people in charge. Find out who the person in charge is and give them examples of when you didn’t feel heard in writing.

When you do find a doctor that listens to you and acknowledges your concerns and health goals, be grateful that together you can both create a treatment plan that works for you. When you’re a part of the process, you may be more likely to adhere to the plan and get back to the ultimate goal:

Living The Best Life We Can

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I Respect Valerie Bertinelli- Because She Faced Her Hater

I was so sad to see the rudeness of some people saying that Valerie Bertinelli gained weight-needed to lose weight etc…

You would think by now we would be past the days when a woman’s body was her ownand not be subjected to trolls and ridicule but no sadly we are not. Some feel the need to comment on, judge, shame others for how they look how small or big they are.

They are the exact reason why so many women young women and little girls and boy and grown men have a complex and isn’t it time we just stop and mind our own damn business!!

Do people follow others just to be rude and shame them?

Have they nothing better to do with their sad little lives than pick on others?

We can always hope that some day people will just be kind and remember if you dont have anything nice to say , then just be quiet.

This week Valerie Bertinelli, who, thanks to the internet, has become the latest victim to the trolls .

Who are we as a society to feel the need to constantly criticize and give advice, opinions especially unsolicited advice to others.

Did this person that commented on her weight not realize that she may be struggling in some way? I believed she helped to take care of her mom until she passed away and then buried her mom in 2019 and then her ex husband , friend and father to her son Eddie Van Halen died in 2020. That is a lot of sadness and loss in a short amount of time. Trying to be strong for her family and for the public and paparazzi is not easy I’m sure. Grief and Sadness can take its toll and everyone processes things differently and its not our job to point out others flaws.

I understand exactly where she is coming from. And I applaud her for sticking up for herself. I appreciate when she said when she sees someone that has gained weight- she feels as if they are going through something.

Matthew 7 :: NIV. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

John 13:34 says So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.

Why cant we just be kind? Is being hateful and angry that easy ? but to be kind is it really that hard? or are we just so full of ourselves we cannot see that we are hurting someone else’s feelings.

I love what Valerie said – ” when you see someone that put some weight on , they must be going through some things”

She is so right…… being fat and being thin and then fat again I can tell you I never wanted to get fat…I didnt enjoy being fat, its no easy to just lose weight. So I get where she is coming from.

My first marriage was abusive-I ate to bury my feelings of self ;loathe , shame, sadness, I was mentally and physically as well as financially abused in my 1st marriage, so I felt like a failure,and unworthy of love. I mean if the person who says they love you beats you and is mentally cruel to you it must me me right??? WRONG, but I took me years to recognize this and get out. Point is I was going through something and ate my feelings. When I went to my church for guidance I was shamed for wanting a divorce….and shamed by others for staying.

My dad died in 1988 I was 25, we were close. The first man I ever loved and he was a great man, a really good dad. My dad the man I loved , argued with, got advice from, is now gone from my life forever. My mother was lost with out him. They were sweethearts from a young age and my dad died at 56.

I now had to step up and help take over the books by managing and balancing the books of the small family magazine business my parents had; at least until my mom decided what to do with it. on top of going through a long dragged out divorce. So I again stuffed my feelings. I didnt gain weight but I did eat my feelings. My mom sold the 3 story 4 bedroom home and wanted to go live in an apartment asked if I was ok with that or did I want the house,

I wanted what was best for her, sell the house so her and my gram could have less expenses. I would have liked to see her go to a smaller home, but I understand why she did this…it was cheaper to go to an all utilities included apartment, sell the house and lower all her expenses

1998-1999 the years of diagnosis for me, my hypothyroidism is now Hashimoto Thyroiditis and add osteoarthritis in my knees , right hand and arthritis in my left hand right wrist back…all this and under 40

2000 my mom suddenly passed away and I was stuck to go through 60 plus years of paperwork, figuring out what to do with her things like sofa, chars, clothes etc….while my FT job harassed me to get back to work after my 3 day bereavement, I asked if I could take my vacation to take care of all her things etc…. was told no, again explained the situation I’m an only child, no help have limited time or I will need to pay her rent for February as she passed away January 26.2000. Again was told no. In fact I was told to turn n my management keys if I wasn’t back buy January 30,2000.

So I said screw it, turned in my keys and filed a complaint with corporate and filed for unemployment and I won. But again all that stress and extra stress was followed by eating to bury my feeling, while I buried my mother. Over 1 year I gained 19 lbs.

In 2001 I was rear ended while at a stop sign hit and pushed into the car in front of me that was also stopped. I had neack and shoulder injuries that kept me in pain, and unable to work. I ate my feelings and yep gained about 45 lbs in 2 years on top of the 19 I gained when my mom died.-64 lbs is a lot on someone 5’1. After I had my shoulder repaired, i tried to lose weight……not happening. I tried for years didn’t gain and lost the same 15 lbs over and over.

Time passed I got used to being fat and felt horrible about it everyday, my husband never said anything bad to me but i always wondered what was he thinking his once 110 lb wife now 180 lb. you will rarely see me in photos in fact try to find one of me from 2005 until 2018… it will be rare and only for certain people.

2013 i tried again to lose weight started exercising, it was hard on all my bones, I was actually dropping a few lbs exercising to videos and walking, I felt this sudden stabbing hot poker pain in my right knee, it almost took me to the floor…..called my doctor had to stay off feet for a couple weeks and then mri shown I tore my medial meniscus and besides that and osteoarthritis I can add osteonecrosis in the right knee as well.

COME ON ALREADY…….will this shit ever end!!! I lose 15 lbs and then get injured and yep……you guessed it gained it back plus 15 more….

now in 2017 I am the biggest I have ever been 291 lbs

You see people are not wanting to be fat…… as Valerie stated people are usually going through something

I am trying to lose weight and have lost about 80-90 lbs over 3 years….but I still have a way to go and it is NOT easy……

So please when you see someone fat or thick or too skinny dont judge them and please dont tell them what they need……..WE KNOW

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I have been nominated and need your help.

I have been nominated in the 10th annual WEGO Health Awards 2021 and would appreciate if you could take 1 minute of your time and endorse me.

I have been an advocate for over 30 years.

My journey began by advocating for survivors of Domestic Violence

I worked in a Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center for over a decade and went from monitoring the crisis line to becoming a DV shelter manager that ran a support group for women in and out of shelter. I spoke to women in correctional facilities, because often they have been abused at some point in their life.

I spoke to high schools so teenagers boys and girls would know the signs of being in a potentially abusive or controlling relationship.

I also explained date rape etc and how important it is to tell someone what happened and also tell them it was not their fault.

I also began advocating for bone and joint pain and joint health after I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis at age 35 and at age 51 after a meniscus injury landed me with yet another painful diagnosis; Osteonecrosis in my knee.

I am a fairly new facilitator for the Arthritis Foundation LiveYes Connect group in Boardman, Ohio , I also am a Arthritis Ambassador for the AF as of March 2021.

After my Osteonecrosis-aka Avascular Necrosis diagnosis I felt alone and afraid with yet another bone and joint condition was scary , I was told I had bone death. The Ortho told me there was nothing that can be done just live in pain until the knee collapses then he would replace it. I was definitely getting another opinion.

Whatt was even more scary was that many of the orthopedic doctors I saw rarely heard of it and never or rarely treated it. This left me even more concerned. You cannot have a good quality of life if you cannot find good medical care.

So I started my own support group which is worldwide and has over 1500 people in it from all over the world.

Each of those members is offered a free booklet that I wrote about Osteonecrosis so they and their family can understand that there is hope, there is treatment and unfortunately there often times is disability. But they need to know they not alone and their family can also educate themselves on the condition.

I joined WEGO Health about 7 years ago, because it was a great organization and it allowed me to advocate on a different platform. I also educated myself on other conditions and I have met some fantastic individuals, who work so hard in their advocacy.

The link below is so you can scroll and click endorse also there are several awareness links that I also have for you to view and feel free to follow me.

https://www.wegohealth.com/Chronicallygratefuldebla/awards

I appreciate your support

Thank you so very much.

Deb Andio

Posted in Awareness

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day June 19, 2021

This World Sickle Cell Day (observed every year on June 19), find new stories and resources about sickle cell disease!

So many people I have met that have sickle cell disease also have Osteonecrosis aka Avascular Necrosis.

Sickle Cell is an inherited blood disorder that causes “sickle” shaped red blood cells that can stick together, blocking blood flow and oxygen from reaching all parts of the body. People with SCD can experience pain, anemia, infection as well as many other health issues like Osteonecrosis, Vision Loss , Anemia,DVT and Extreme pain.

According to some of my Osteonecrosis group members : Living with sickle cell disease can be a challenge. But there are steps you can take to live the healthiest best life possible.

Here are some tips from the CDC web page

It is very important that every person or family with a young child with sickle cell disease have a plan for how to get help immediately, at any hour, if there’s a problem. Be sure to find a place that will have access to your medical records or bring a copy.

Go to an emergency room or urgent care facility right away for:
  • Fever above 101° F
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal (belly) swelling
  • Severe headache
  • Sudden weakness or loss of feeling and movement
  • Seizure
  • Painful erection of the penis that lasts more than 4 hours
Call a doctor right away for:
  • Pain anywhere in the body that will not go away with treatment at home
  • Any sudden problem with vision

People with sickle cell disease can live full lives and enjoy most of the activities that other people do. The following tips will help you, or someone you know with sickle cell disease, stay as healthy as possible.

Find Good Medical Care

Sickle cell disease is a complex disease. Good quality medical care from doctors and nurses who know a lot about the disease can help prevent some serious problems. Often the best choice is a hematologist (a doctor who specializes in blood diseases) working with a team of specialists.

Get Regular Checkups

Regular health checkups with a primary care doctor can help prevent some serious problems.

  • Babies from birth to 1 year of age should see a doctor every 2 to 3 months.
  • Children from 1 to 2 years of age should see a doctor at least every 3 months.
  • Children and adults from 2 years of age or older should see a doctor at least once every year.

Osteonecrosis is common in patients with sickle cell disease, with an incidence ranging from about 2 to 4.5 cases per 100 patient-years. Patients with the hemoglobin SS genotype and α-thalassemia and those with frequent painful crises are at highest risk. The overall prevalence is about 20-30 percent.

Osteonecrosis, a form of ischemic bone injury that leads to degenerative joint disease, affects ∼30% of people with sickle cell disease. Although osteonecrosis most commonly affects the femoral head (often bilaterally, with asymmetric clinical and radiographic progression), many people with sickle cell disease also present with multifocal joint involvement. Meaning it can be in the femoral head or hip as well as knees, shoulder, ankle etc…

Eat healthy with sickle cell more fruit and vegetables less processed junk and stay hydrated

References

CDC https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/index.html

Ash Publications https://ashpublications.org/hematology/article/2019/1/351/422583/Osteonecrosis-in-sickle-cell-disease-an-update-on

Eat right . Org https://www.eatright.org/health/allergies-and-intolerances/food-intolerances-and-sensitivities/nutrition-for-the-child-with-sickle-cell-anemia

Boston Medical Center https://www.bmc.org/sites/default/files/About_Us/Features/Sickle_Cell_Disease_Treatment_at_BMC/field_Attachments/SickleCellDisease-EatingHealthy.pdf

Posted in Awareness, Eat Healthy, exercise, Family Time

What will you be doing June 12,2021

Family Health & Fitness Day will be held on June 12, 2021! Celebrated the second Saturday in June each year, this special day promotes the importance of staying fit and getting outside the entire family!!

The day promotes family involvement in physical activity

When families strive to be healthy together, the success rate increases.

Get out and play as a family. It’s important to do something physical every day. Whether the family goes for a walk, throws a Frisbee, or plays with the dogs, get the heart rate up. Another thing to do is learn portion sizes. Then go through the house and reduce or eliminate the unhealthy snacks in the house. Replace them with fruits and vegetables. Start cooking together. Aim for at least one meal week and work up to cooking every day together.

Posted in Advocate, Awareness, Bone Health

VIM Pain Mgmt App from The Arthritis Foundation

This is a really good app, it’s new released by the arthritis foundation just a couple weeks ago. 

It’s a great way to connect with others that understand what it’s like to live with pain. 

It provides tips to help ease the stress and anxiety that come with chronic pain. 

Discusses various treatments from diet to meditation, to acupuncture to prp and stem cell injections to joint replacement .

The app tries to help those living in pain have options to have a better quality of life. It helps track your pain so you can discuss this with your doctor or surgeon.

It also gives you ways to register to get connected with National and at Some point Local connect groups in your area . All this is free. Ypu can even link to the podcast. 

I am the Facilitator for the Boardman Ohio LIVE Yes Connect. I try to provide support, and patient education via information as well as guest speakers as well as group interaction. 

Right now we are on zoom, but will be at some point back face to face as well as remain on zoom also. I think zoom is good because you can attend right from your hone or work or pulled over in your can. 

That’s why I volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation, they provide so much to so many. 

Give it a try…. one of the best apps I have. 

If you use it. Use the same email as your arthritis.org email for Live Yes Connect. That way you can be up to date and linked to all great things the AF has to offer in one easy app. 

Wishing you all a pain free day

Deb

Posted in Awareness

What’s the Right Injection for My Joints?

I love modern medicine, new ways to help joint pain, inflammation and help us all have a better quality of life.

But we don’t always get the cons on a treatment and we always get the pros. Like to know both and make an informed decision so today I’m gonna share the cons on a few treatments.

Having osteoarthritis and osteonecrosis in my right knee and OA in left, arthritis in hands and Spondylolisthesis in my back I want to be aware of my options when it comes time for pain relief.Especially when we are taking injections.

For me injections are a no no for my back, had them years ago trigger points injections and I swear it weakened my back and leading me to develop bilateral pars fractures and spondylolisthesis. So unless my life depends on it steroids are a no for me.

I had a couple of these injections in my back and knee and honestly I felt worse after, my pain was no better and steroid injections in my opinion mask the pain and can cause Osteonecrosis and according to many articles they can have many side effects

This post is to raise awareness about all injections and make you aware that everything has possible side effects.

Cortisone shots are injections that can help relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. They’re most commonly injected into joints such as your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine or wrist. Even the small joints in your hands or feet might benefit from cortisone shots. But they have many potential side effects.

Steroid Injections Most notably, cortisone is known to break down tissues, such as articular cartilage in the joint.1-3 Cartilage is crucial to joint health, acting as a shock absorber and reducing friction between bones when a person moves.

All patients need access to all the information and told the advantages and disadvantages so we make a better decision and voice our concerns to our physician.

Injections are no cure all, although some doctors seem to use steroids for every thing. It’s been said it’s the go to drug.

But you can end up with other conditions like

Side effects of cortisone injections can include:

• Cartilage damage.

• Death of nearby bone aka Osteonecrosis aka Avascular Necrosis

• Joint infection.

• Nerve damage.

• Temporary facial flushing.

• Temporary flare of pain and inflammation in the joint.

• Temporary increase in blood sugar.

• Thinning of the skin near that area

• Tendon weakening or rupture.

PRP Injections Platelet Rich Plasma

When treating osteoarthritis with platelet-rich plasma, a doctor injects PRP directly into the affected joint area. The goal is to:

• Reduce pain

• Improve joint function

• Possibly slow, halt, or even repair damage to cartilage

Platelet-rich plasma is derived from a sample of your own blood. The therapeutic injections contain plasma with a higher concentration of platelets than is found in normal blood. Because it’s using your own blood no or less rejection chance.

Platelet-rich plasma injections may not be appropriate for a patient who: Has a medical condition that could worsen or spread with injections, such as an active infection, a metastatic disease, or certain skin diseases. Has certain blood and bleeding disorders.

Hyaluronic Acid Injections Not all studies conducted to test the effectiveness of hyaluronic acid injections in treating knee osteoarthritis have reported positive results. That is way some doctors may not recommend this treatment.

Research suggests that hyaluronic acid injections may work in several ways to reduce knee osteoarthritis symptoms.For example, hyaluronic acid injections may reduce inflammation and friction; and the slow the degeneration of cartilage and bone.

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

• Allergy to bacterial proteins, gram positive or

• Allergy to hyaluronate preparations or

• Skin or knee joint infections or other problems at the place where the injection is to be given Should not be given in patients with these conditions.

• Joint effusion (too much fluid in the knees)—Patients with this condition should be treated first before receiving this medicine.

Stem Cell Injections known as the gold standard Stem Cell Therapy Safety

Most stem cell therapy using adult stem cells are considered safe because the stem cells are collected from the patient, minimizing the risk of an unwanted reaction. The most common side effects are temporary swelling and pain.

Our own stem cells is a cell or group of cells which have the capability or potential to differentiate themselves into any specialized cell of the human body and that those new cells perfectly fulfill the functions that correspond to them. These cells are very important in the early stages of life because, thanks to their differentiation, the different organs and systems can be properly formed and the human body can grow.

But injections gave the pros and cons

Other potential safety concerns for unproven treatments include:

The cost is expensive and most often not covered by insurance

• Administration site reactions,

• The ability of cells to move from placement sites and change into inappropriate cell types or multiply,

• Failure of cells to work as expected, and

• The growth of tumors.

Even if stem cells are your own cells, there are still safety risks such as those noted above. In addition, if cells are manipulated after removal, there is a risk of contamination of the cells.

There are risks in all treatments, I wish when doctors were explaining all the great benefits of something they would also inform us of the cons.

I hope this helps

References

Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cortisone-shots/about/pac-20384794

Arthritis-health https://www.arthritis-health.com/treatment/injections/potential-pros-and-cons-prp-injections

Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/hyaluronic-acid-injection-route/description/drg-20074557

Cleveland Clinic https://health.clevelandclinic.org/stem-cell-injections-emerging-option-for-joint-pain-relief-2/

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