Year: 2010

My experience with trigeminal neuralgia

Contributed by: Larry Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2010 Larry wants to learn about new treatments for his trigeminal neuralgia. I have had Trigeminal Neuralgia for about 5 years.  My story is typical from what I’ve read.  I will have occasional periods of intense and unrelenting pain in my upper and/or lower right jaw… Read more »

Laugh for the health of it

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” -Proverbs 17:22 “Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility” -James Thurber “Laughter may be a form of courage” -Linda Ellerbee “If you can find humor in anything, you can survive it.” -Bill Cosby What’s funny about pain? If you’re thinking there’s nothing funny about being in pain,… Read more »

I came to pursue the American Dream

Contributed by: Georgina Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2010 Georgina has been a high achiever, academically and professionally, while living with CRPS.   I’m a Mexican immigrant that came to the United States ten years ago with the hope of pursuing the American dream. I’m currently 34 years old. I’ve been living with Complex… Read more »

Living with trigeminal neuralgia

Contributed by: Sarah Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2010 Sarah is a young woman with trigeminal neuralgia. Living with trigeminal neuralgia (TN) has been a lesson in patience and perseverance.  I take a tricyclic antidepressant to help lessen the pain, but I have found that there are some times when I cannot control the… Read more »

I was diagnosed with RSD after a severe fall

Contributed by: Judith Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2010 Judith writes about her many medical procedures and shares her personal coping strategy. My name is Judith and I was diagnosed with RSD after a severe fall that fractured my right arm and shoulder requiring surgery and placement of a plate and screws in my… Read more »

When you’ve had ENOUGH: Pain that won’t let go

Have you ever felt like Howard Beale in the 1976 movie Network? When Howard decided that he couldn’t take any more frustration and emotional pain in his life, he threw open a window and yelled (to paraphrase): I’m MAD and I’m not going to take it anymore!! By today’s standards, yelling from a window is pretty tame –… Read more »

My best strategy for avoiding high calorie foods

Contributed by: Margaret Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini MSW, April 2010 Margaret has fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and scleroderma.  She is 60 years old, lives in Virginia, and sent this response to the painACTION Newsletter question “My most effective strategy for avoiding high calorie foods is…” I have been dealing with chronic pain since I was 35.  I… Read more »

When your brain helps the pain: Cognitive therapy in action

As they say, the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. But what about pain? We all have that, too – although some feel it more than others. And some people with chronic pain conditions have a 24/7 pain problem that can be ruthless. How do they handle it? Medication isn’t the only answer: A person’s… Read more »