General, chronic pain with emphasis on a variety of specific conditions including Lupus, RSD, CRPS and more.
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Though you might feel isolated in the midst of a pain experience, those around you are likely deeply impacted by what you are going through – and there’s a good chance that they really want to be with you in this experience. They may just not know how to get in.Here are a few ways you can share your pain experience with people who care about you.
Add it all up, and the most tragic consequence of pain for millions is loss, and in particular, the loss of love in their daily lives. This is precisely what needs more attention when it comes to how we treat pain. You can start this change today by directing the narrative about your pain management toward ways of bringing more love into your life. Let your doctors know that this is important to you and an area where you’d like them to put their focus. Our latest from Dr. Abaci.
What are the best jobs for chronic pain sufferers? The reality is that it’s in the employee and the employer’s best interest to have a good job fit for pain sufferers. So to get the right “fit” and stay gainfully employed, what should you be looking for in a job? Here are a few things to look for in employment if you have some form of chronic pain - only online at PainPathways.org
7 Things It's OK to Do When You're Chronically Ill - this is an excellent list and a good reminder when you feel guilty about being a chronic pain sufferer. Feel the guilt no more!
Does the thought of holiday travel overwhelm you—even cause you to decline an invitation? These tips could help you ADAPT with less stress and pain.
Time management is so important, especially when you have a chronic illness. Here are my top tips for managing your time with a chronic illness!
Check out When Chronic Pain Pushes Me to Take My Anger Out on Loved Ones - I don’t like the person I am when I take my pain out on those I love. It isn’t fair, and they deserve better. Afterward, they usually tell me it’s OK, because they know I’m in pain. But in my eyes it’s not OK – just because I am in a lot of pain doesn’t warrant me treating my loved ones terribly.
Our Little Zebra - I’ll quickly note that I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), in 2015, five years after the true onset of my chronic pain. We weren’t new to this genetic connective-tissue disorder. In fact, I married into a family of EDS gurus; my mother-in-law also has EDS and has been instrumental in providing us with information. And now we were told it was possible that our son, Landon, has EDS...read the rest of this story from our Fall 2017 issue on our website.
Knowing what to say...and what not to say when you are trying to support someone with a chronic pain condition, be it fibromyalgia, back pain, migraines or other illnesses is a challenge. This infographic provides some great advice for doing a better job in the support area.
When you have a chronic illness and/or are taking certain medications, you may start to develop a symptom known as “brain fog.” Brain fog can affect your cognitive abilities and make it challenging to remember even simple information or communicate effectively with others. To cope with these challenges, people find themselves picking up “habits” or engaging in routine behaviors that help them through the frustrating cognitive impairment brain fog can cause. Here are 33 ideas that can help.
People with chronic pain are signiﬁcantly more likely to be cigarette smokers than those without chronic pain. Some smokers with chronic pain use smoking as a pain-management strategy. However, smoking is not an effective coping strategy and has been associated with greater pain intensity, more pain interference and more fear of pain. It turns out that quitting smoking may also improve your ability to manage your chronic pain.
Overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - there are natural ways to work on your chronic fatigue syndrome, starting with eliminating food allergies, then increasing vitamin B, increasing potassium and magnesium and finally by incorporating more peace and relaxation into your life. This infographic maps out the basics - and you can come to Dr. Axe's website for more details.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS)—used most commonly to treat advanced Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor but also for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), dystonia, pain and, recently, depression—is brain surgery performed while the patient is awake. And it begins with a hole drilled into the patient’s skull.But it’s a lot less terrifying than it sounds. Learn more about this approach and see if it could be right for you. ~ From our Summer 2017 print edition, now online.
Chronic Inflammation - Twenty Tips Chronic inflammation may be caused by a handful of diseases and conditions, including: asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, and more. Environmental and lifestyle factors, such as excess weight, poor diet, stress, and lack of exercise, can also cause chronic inflammation. Try some of these twenty tips to reduce and prevent chronic inflammation and see what works best for YOU.
11 Confessions of Living with Chronic Invisible Illnesses - like fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression, etc.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome effects many who already suffer from another chronic pain condition. Dealing with its symptoms and finding ways to combat it is a challenge. This infographic explains the condition and provides some guidance for those looking for way to live well in spite of it.
Sitting can effect many parts of the body - even ones you didn't think would be effected. This infographic explains where those impact occur and what that could mean to you. Stretching several times during the day, standing more, moving around are all good counters to the downside of sitting.
Lifestyle Management with a chronic pain condition or chronic illness - this infographic steps you through some statistics about chronic pain and areas of your lifestyle that you will need to modify and/or monitor.