Year: 2012

I live everyday dealing with diabetic neuropathy

Contributed by: Kristen Marie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, June 2012   Kristen Marie is 23 years old and lives in Illinois where she is an office worker and attends a community college.    I live everyday dealing with diabetic neuropathy. I have a twin sister who has had Type 1 diabetes since she was… Read more »

Safe driving with arthritis

Driving is an important part of daily living. It allows us to stay active, be independent, and connect with other people. If you have arthritis, you know that driving can be difficult. Arthritis can make it hard to reverse, steer, turn, press the gas and brake pedals, and sit for long periods of time. It’s… Read more »

What I do to lessen the impact of pain on my mood

Contributed by: Jan Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2012 Jan is a 50 year old divorced woman with two grown sons and one grandchild.  She is from the Hampshire area of the United Kingdom. Since a fall in 2009, I have gone downhill pretty quick. I was medically retired in October 2011. I have… Read more »

Avoid the pain of shingles

Contributed by: Juanita Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2012 Juanita is 81 years old and lives with her husband in California.  My biggest gift to anyone is to spare them the shingles.  I want people to know just how serious this can be, no matter the cost of the shot, if I had only… Read more »

Why I found a new primary care provider

Contributed by: Christi Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2012 Christi is a 43 year old woman from the state of Washington who wrote this Personal Story in response to the question “Have you ever had to fire a doctor or other healthcare provider?”  I have a type of inflammatory arthritis that is part of… Read more »

Becoming part of a chronic disease community

Contributed by: Ali Published: Thursday, May 10, 2012 Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, February 2012   Ali has Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.  She is 22 years old and lives in New York City. I was born and raised in South Florida and I went to college in Baltimore. I was a very athletic kid and… Read more »

My experience trying to get help for pain control

Contributed by: Debbie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2012   Debbie is 58 and lives in Indiana. She has a number of health problems causing pain including arthritis, neuropathy, sarcoidosis, and degenerative and bulging discs.   My experience trying to get help for pain control is to never go to a pain doctor again. … Read more »

Being realistic when dealing with pain management doctors

Contributed by: Lori Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2012 Lori is 48 years old and lives in Massachusetts with her husband.  She worked in biotechnology and law enforcement for over 20 years but is unable to work now due to unpredictable pain. Her chronic pain is a result of rare genetic anomalies, worsened by… Read more »

Knowing when to find a new healthcare provider

Your primary care provider (PCP) is the person you see for yearly physicals and when you’re sick. Your PCP also sends you to see specialists and other care providers. The relationship that you have with your primary care provider is important. You want someone who understands you and the health issues you’re facing. In a… Read more »