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How My Chronic Illness Blog Helped My Chronic Pain

My journey with chronic illness has spanned over half my life. As a young teen, I received diagnoses for multiple mental health issues, including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), major depression and anxiety. To this...
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What Is Your Pain Style?

If you recognize yourself in one (or more) of these five types, read on for advice on how to break unhelpful old habits and start healthier new ones.Once upon a time, not so long...

Things NOT to Say to Someone with Chronic Pain

Just the right words can help ease someone's chronic pain.Of course you mean well. You see a friend or family member who's suffering from chronic pain and you want to offer advice and encouragement....
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10 Tips for Taking Care of a Loved One with Chronic Pain

When your loved ones are feeling the pain, they are simply not themselves. Follow these tips to help take the best care of them, without straining your relationship. 1) Keep communication open. Perhaps the most important...
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Healthy Food Choices Can Reduce Chronic Pain & Fatigue

It's a classic chicken-and-egg question: Which came first, the pain or the fatigue? As many as three out of four people living with chronic musculoskeletal pain complain of being tired, while 94 percent of...
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Take Off on a Pain-Free Vacation

Vacations are a great way to refresh and reset your body and mind. However, when you live with pain, jockeying for a spot at the beach or squeezing onto another overbooked flight are more...
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Talking to Kids About Your Pain

Here are 6 ways to start and keep the conversation going: If you're a parent living with pain, it's easy to clam up around your children about how much and why you hurt. But that's...

10 Tips to Help You Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

Some like it hot. If you're not one of the heat-tolerant, here are some great tips to help you keep your cool when the heat is on ... and on and on.Stay hydrated...
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Neckties and Migraines: What You Should Know

This Father's Day, please send migraine relief for my wife, in lieu of flowers (or neckties)
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Don’t let chronic pain keep Dad from playing the sports he loves

This Father’s Day, we round up the best fitness tips and apps to help men stay active

One woman’s journey to relieve the emotional pain of losing a spouse

A partner's death leaves a profound void, but it can be healed By Lisa DavisWhen I asked Shannon M. Regan what she experienced right after her husband Mike (fondly known as Boomer), passed away, she...

Jeanine’s joints

By Margaret Jaworski Photo Courtesy of Jeanine Yutani: Jeanine Yutani (far right) with fellow riders Justin Baker and Laurie MillerThree years running, Jeanine Yutani biked from San Francisco to Los Angeles, one of 200 participants...

Disaster Distress Helpline Open to All Around the Clock

Stress, anxiety, stomach ache, headache, anger, sadness all of these are indicators of the emotional distress that we may feel as we struggle to make sense out of senseless acts like the Boston Marathon...

Courage by Design

A Daughter's Caring Creates A Gem of an Idea By Margaret JaworskiWhen Stephanie Hansen first learned that her mother, Sue, had breast cancer, she struggled to control her emotions, to stay calm and project strength....
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Volunteer Vacations Can Help Relieve Your Pain

Gandhi believed the best way to help yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. But when faced with your own pain, the needs of others might be among the last things...
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Chronic Pain Sufferers: Take Heart!

Five tips for sharing the love, and keeping pain at bay.Love is in the air and you are hoping for a romantic evening with your significant other? But are you stressed that your chronic...

Welcome, Pain

In February 2009 Dina Mishev set a world record for the most vertical feet skied uphill by a woman in 24 hours.My legs buckled beneath me whenever I tried to sit down. When I...
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Weary to Wonderful

Health & beauty solutions for the slumber-challenged.Chances are good that if you're living with pain, you're losing precious shut-eye. A recent survey of 400 chronic pain patients in Brazil found that 93 percent reported...
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Ask Yourself: Does My Lifestyle Affect My Pain?

Making the connection between your pain and your lifestyle.Medication plays an essential part in easing your aches, but lifestyle choices can be key to controlling them. Using this guide, take a few moments each...
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Out of Pain, Beauty

How two men used a health crisis to build a successful company.Francesco Clark, author of Walking Papers, A True Story Founder of Clark's Botanicals, clarksbotanicals.comThe sun shone brilliantly on June 1, 2002. Twenty-four-year-old Francesco Clark...
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De-Stressing Dos and Don’ts

Six Steps for a Stress Free Life.Don't Catastrophize: Try to focus on the here and now not on how bad your pain might be tomorrow.Do Use Distraction: Consider trying mindfulness meditation or guided imagery....