Year: 2010

Help, I’ve fallen and will get up

Contributed by: Karen Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, August 2010 Karen is 47 years old and lives in Arizona.  Thirteen years ago, she slipped and fell on icy steps, injuring her lower back and sacrum. She then had two surgeries.  Prior to her fall Karen rode horses daily.  Now, in spite of her pain, she… Read more »

I’ve decided that the only person that can help me is me

Contributed by: Omega Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July 2010 Omega is 22 years old and lives in Tennessee.   I developed CRPS last year after a shoulder surgery gone bad. [Complex regional pain syndrome, also known as CRPS, is a painful neuropathic pain condition]. I never thought that I would develop chronic pain.  Now nine months later… Read more »

How I convinced myself that my body was not injured

Contributed by: Sherri Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July 2010 Sherri is a 49-year-old medical writer from Utah with neuropathic pain (complex regional pain syndrome). I’m replying in response to your question about how people with neuropathic pain have convinced themselves that their bodies are no longer injured. I developed CRPS after a wrist break/surgery;… Read more »

It was important to push myself as much as I could

Contributed by: Kathryn Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July 2010 Kathryn is a 48-year-old woman from Minnesota.  She describes her approach to two chronic pain conditions, reflex sympathetic dystrophy/ complex regional pain syndrome, [RSD/CRPS], a neuropathic pain condition, and post-chemotherapy neuropathy, by knowing that her pain does not mean that her body is continuing to be injured. I’ve… Read more »

Oh, my aching back: Learning about spinal osteoarthritis

For many of us, pain is a big part of the aging process: Our joints may get stiff and achy, and we may have trouble moving around the way we used to. Since the back has joints just like the other bony parts of the body (such as your hips and knees), it’s no surprise that your… Read more »

My motivations and goals

Contributed by: Connie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, June 2010 Connie is a grandmother from Nebraska. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in November 2001. During this time I have been able to control my glucose level with diet. In the early years I was able to walk for exercise. Since that time I… Read more »

Sometimes I feel my life goes on without me

Contributed by: Mary Ann Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, June 2010 Mary Ann is 65 and lives in Georgia.  She submitted the two stories that are here.  She wrote the second after she had an accident. Part I When the pain started on the left side of my face I felt like a really bad… Read more »

Be kind to your skin

Unfortunately, when nerves don’t work right due to conditions like diabetic neuropathy, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), post-herpetic neuralgia, and chemotherapy related peripheral neuropathy, this can lead to skin problems: rashes, sores, itching, burning, and redness. You may not think this is very important, but if this applies to you, this article will point out… Read more »

My life with one leg

Contributed by: Tonya Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, June 2010 Tonya is 36 years old and lives in Oregon.   Almost three years ago at the age of 33 I was hit by a car while waiting for the bus. The impact of the car shattered half my leg and foot bones into a thousand… Read more »