Year: 2009

How I get relief from back pain

Contributed by: Michael Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009 I’m 38 years old and I have been suffering from Chronic Back Pain for nearly 3 years now. It was a year and a half since it really started affecting me when I finally saw a doctor for treatment for the symptoms. Then I was… Read more »

Words that inspired me

Contributed by: Ed Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009   One of the challenges of dealing with pain is keeping a positive attitude. I personally appreciated the encouragement one of my nurses provided to me during one of those difficult moments. She shared with me her love for her work as a pain management… Read more »

My chronic pain

Contributed by: Samantha Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009 My name is Samantha and I am 29 years old. My story began in March of 2003 when a tree fell on me at a campfire. Since then, I have had Fibromyalgia, low back pain, and severe migraines. Learning to cope with pain in a… Read more »

Getting rid of unneeded medicines: Out of sight is not out of mind

When Kate agreed to help clean her grandmother’s house, she had no idea that she’d find so many pill bottles! There seemed to be prescription drugs everywhere: one for high blood pressure, one for glaucoma, another for chest pain. . . it was a long list. By the time she was done cleaning, Kate had… Read more »

What I do when I’m depressed

Contributed by: Suzie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009 Depression often goes hand in hand with pain. A person with chronic pain becomes isolated from others. To cope with depression I take my camera and get out for a walk or just a drive. I look for subjects or objects to capture on digital…. Read more »

Myth: If you cannot see the pain, it must not exist

Contributed by: Marsha Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009 Pain cannot be seen. It cannot be touched. You cannot smell it. It is an invisible disability that I, myself have suffered in silence for the past 9 years. When I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, I was paralyzed from the waist down from… Read more »

What are some things you should never say to a person with chronic pain? (Part I)

Contributed by: Three subscribers to the painACTION newsletter Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, March 2009   Here are three responses to a question in the painACTION Newsletter on March 23, 2009. Response #1 Never say, “I know how you feel.” Each person’s reaction to pain is affected by so many variables: family/friend support, pain tolerance,… Read more »

‘Off-label’ use of medication

What is a medication label? Before a new medication can be sold on the market, the law requires that the manufacturer prove to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the medication is an effective and safe treatment for a particular medical condition. This is done through months, and sometimes years, of costly scientific research,… Read more »

Interventional procedures to help back pain: Pros and cons

If you are reading this article, you probably have back pain that has not responded to conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, or medications. You are still in pain and you feel that you need more help.   The options described in this article take pain management to a higher level. They are called procedural or interventional treatments because… Read more »

Less pain with prostate cancer treatment

Contributed by: Gerry Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2009 This is about my experiences with treatment for prostate cancer. The first advice I would give you is that since I underwent 5 weeks of direct radiation therapy, is to follow the instructions on dietary restrictions, very, very carefully. If you do this I think… Read more »