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itp diagnosis journey

My Difficult ITP Diagnosis Journey That Made Me An Advocate

I don't really remember a day of my childhood where I felt “good”. Of course, at the time, I had no frame of reference for what “good” was supposed to feel like. I didn't...
chronic illness and accessibility

Chronic Illness Patients Face Challenges With Accessibility

The CDC recently reported 90% of the $3.3 trillion spent on health care in the U.S. annually goes to the treatment of chronic and mental health conditions. For all this money, however, there’s not...
undiagnosed chronic illness

Tips to Thrive When You Have an Undiagnosed Chronic Illness

“Teacher, you’re walking like a tipsy woman. Why are you swaying?”“Are you a grandma? Why do you climb the stairs like that?” (Then, copies my posture).“What’s wrong? Are you okay?” (After jerking and accidentally...
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My Fight With Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia

My chronic pain started as a teenager. I’m 53 now. Mostly, I suffer from back pain, rib pain, joint pain, migraines, and facial pain. Ten years ago, my doctor told me my facial pain was...

Here’s What It’s Like Living With Coccydynia

About a year ago, I began to notice pain around my coccyx while sitting down. At 52, I'm no stranger to back pain. I've suffered from it for years - including in my lower...
government scrutiny on opioids

Government Scrutiny on Opioids Impacts Chronic Pain Sufferers

In 2016, more than 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses — a fivefold increase from 1999. Overprescription and easy access led to the skyrocketing epidemic in the United States. There's a new level of government...
Chronic Illness Blog starting a blog

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...
pain-friendly hobbies

5 Pain-Friendly Hobbies for Any Age

Having an active lifestyle is the key to health. Doctors have found countless benefits from reduced risk of heart attack and stroke to better mental and emotional health. However, people suffering from chronic pain...
animal therapy for chronic pain

Animal Therapy for Chronic Pain: How Fluffy Can Help Heal

From aiding victims of disasters to sitting calmly at the bedside of those battling illness, comfort dogs can lend helping paws to those who need it most. Animal therapy for chronic pain can offer...
art therapy for chronic pain

4 Benefits of Art Therapy for Chronic Pain

Have you ever found yourself lost in a song? Or so absorbed with dancing that your problems - and your pain - fall away? Art therapy for chronic pain aims to harness that feeling...
Traits in a Good Pain Doctor

Look for These 5 Traits in a Good Pain Doctor

Choosing the right pain doctor can be a challenging and tedious process. You should consider more than where they went to medical school. It's also about choosing someone with specialized training for chronic pain...
reclaim life with chronic pain

6 Tips to Help Reclaim Life with Chronic Pain

When you live with chronic pain, you likely keep an eye out for new and unique ways to manage your pain. From distracting yourself from the pain to experimenting with relaxation techniques and natural...
apps to help manage chronic pain

Top 3 Apps to Help Manage Chronic Pain

Many thanks to guest contributor Sophia Madison for providing this helpful list of resourceful apps to help manage chronic pain. Living with chronic pain includes finding resourceful tools, tips and support systems that help you...
exercises for chronic pain

Try These Quick Exercises for Chronic Back Pain

Struggling with chronic back pain doesn't exactly inspire you to get your body moving in the gym. But exercises that focus on your back can strengthen your muscles and may provide relief, particularly resistance...
Woman wants to improve her anxiety while battling chronic pain

5 Tips to Improve Your Anxiety While Battling Chronic Pain

When you know firsthand what it's like to be in constant pain, you have likely adopted an array of practices to help you manage everyday life. The physical pain, the emotional toll and the...
Woman getting trigger point injections for fibromyalgia

Can Trigger Point Injections Break the Cycle of Pain?

Fibromyalgia is a devastating chronic illness that causes widespread – and often unexplainable – pain and tenderness all over the body. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the condition affects more than 4 million...
Lady Gaga speaks out about fibromyalgia

Living With Fibromyalgia: Lady Gaga Continues to Raise Awareness

In her lead role in A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga brings Ally to life on the screen for the fourth remake of the iconic story. Much of Ally's story centers on the fact that...
what life is like with chronic pain headache

10 Must-Knows: What Life is Like with Chronic Pain

September is Pain Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of chronic pain and common management practices. It's also a time for those of us who live with it to illustrate what life is like...
Loneliness and Chronic Pain

The Isolating Loneliness of Living with Chronic Pain

For people living with chronic pain, every day can feel like an uphill battle. Chronic pain is often caused by an underlying condition, such as autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia, back problems and many other chronic...
morning ritual

The Silent Power of a Morning Ritual

Many people know that having a morning routine is beneficial. However, it can be hard to find the time and energy to develop that routine, especially for someone living with chronic pain. Chronic pain...
meal prep

Meal Prep Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet

Eating a healthy diet is important, especially when you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, joint pain stiffness and swelling can make cooking feel nearly impossible. Nobody living with RA wants to stand at the...