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What it’s Really Like Living with a Stoma

It’s hard to believe that I’ve had a stoma for nearly 3 years now. It doesn’t feel like that long at all. Since my first surgery, my health has gone down the toilet, a...
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...
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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...
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...
common mistakes in pain management

7 Common Mistakes in Pain Management

There are only so many ways your health care team can help you with your pain management. Much of your management strategy depends on how well you treat yourself. Let's look at 7 common...
ease chronic pain

5 Simple Ways to Ease Chronic Pain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmjnI_DulLY&feature=youtu.beThe CDC recently announced that nearly 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. That’s 20% of the adult-age population. However, between the recent opioid crisis and concerns over pain medications, solving the challenge of...
women and chronic pain

Women & Chronic Pain: Talking About Pain in Daily Life

Physical pain is not the only thing that those who live with chronic pain manage on a daily basis. Over 100 million Americans coping with chronic pain know just how true this is. This seems...
chronic pain and dental health

Tips to Combat Chronic Pain and Dental Health Discomfort

Chronic facial pain is a persistent problem for many patients. It may result in psychopathologic symptoms such as depression as well as have effects on their digestive, respiratory, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, endocrine, immune and central nervous...
managing mood disorders with chronic pain

Guide to Managing Mood Disorders With Chronic Pain

Living with chronic pain certainly has its challenges and can mean you miss out on some activities you enjoy. If the pain is severe and/or long term, you may need to alter your work...
insomnia caused by chronic pain

How to Battle Insomnia Caused by Chronic Pain

Sleep is essential. It’s the time when your body gets the much-needed rest it needs to recover, heal, and stay healthy. Unfortunately, people with chronic pain know the struggle of the pain-sleep vicious cycle....
why you shouldn't ignore chronic pain

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Chronic Pain

According to the National Institute of Health, over 25 million adults in the United States (over 11%) experience pain every day for a duration of at least 3 months. What's more, almost 40 million adults in...
opioids for chronic pain

Opioids for Chronic Pain: Are They For Me?

Opioids are medications that are often prescribed by a doctor to help relieve pain. They work by reducing the amount of pain signals that your body sends to your brain, and also change the...
Joint friendly fitness ideas from Pain Resource

It’s a Family Holiday Affair: Joint-Friendly Fitness Ideas

Let’s face it: most of us don’t plan our holiday family activities around working out. Some of us might have the fleeting thought that since we are on vacation, we will have more time...
managing holiday stress with chronic pain

Tips for Managing Holiday Stress with Chronic Pain

‘Twas weeks before Christmas, and your achy body feels the pressures. Shopping, parties, family visits and emotional holiday stressors. There’s no denying the holiday season can be hard on the body and soul. Managing holiday...
drug-free ways to fight fibromyalgia

Ask the Expert: Drug-Free Ways to Fight Fibromyalgia

Many thanks to our guest writer Dr. Brent Wells for sharing his expertise on drug-free ways to fight fibromyalgia. Many people suffer from muscle and body pain, stiffness and memory problems that are too often misdiagnosed or...
National Check Your Meds Day

Here’s Why Pain Sufferers Need National Check Your Meds Day

National Check Your Meds Day is here once again (October 21), promoting the importance of reviewing our current prescription regimens. Are we taking the right medicines? Are we taking the proper doses? Are we...
Happy Holidays

Getting Through the Holidays with Chronic Pain

The holidays are filled with festive parties, decorations and big family meals. While the holiday season is fun, it can also be very stressful, especially for people with chronic pain. Coping with the stress...
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These 3 Traits Can Break the Pain Cycle

Keeping negative traits in check is important, but it's also essential to emphasize the parts of yourself that buffer against pain, encourage relaxation and discourage tension. Cultivate these three traits if you want to...
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Learning to Accept Living with Chronic Pain

Whether you’re newly diagnosed with a condition that causes chronic pain or you’ve lived with it for a long time, living with chronic pain is very challenging. Sometimes, you may feel angry, frustrated, lonely...