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 »

Making your Windows computer easier to use: type sizes, sound, and security

How do you feel about computers? Or is that a loaded question? Maybe some of these problems sound familiar to you: The type on the screen is too small to read. You’re not sure how to turn the sound up (or down). Your computer is acting strangely. Don’t worry – there’s hope! Everybody who uses… Read more »

When a parent’s migraine interferes with family life

The family prepares for a summer vacation It’s a humid summer day and an approaching thunderstorm triggers a rapid change in barometric pressure.  Inside the house, Christine feels what will become a full-blown, two-day migraine that  will put her family’s life on hold, just as they are about to start their annual summer vacation. Instead… Read more »

Pain, sleep and healing

Contributed by: Sandy Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2012 Sandy is a wife, mother, and grandmother, now retired, who lives in Ohio.  She is a facilitator for a wellness support group, wellness coach, frog lover, makes chocolate candy, knits for charity ,and loves puzzles, games, singing and poetry. My experience with Fibromyalgia, Restless Leg… Read more »

Sleep struggles and strategies

Contributed by: Night Owl Connie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2012 [Connie is 68 years old and she lives in the state of Washington] I have arthritis, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, a fused neck (C2 to T1), depression, allergies, celiac disease, & more. I’ve had trouble sleeping all my life, but the increasing health issues have… Read more »

Intractable pain: The well-kept secret

Contributed by: Joan Reviewed by: Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD, April 2014   [Joan is a 60 year old married woman who lives in a small farm community in Florida. When she could be more active, she worked as a bookkeeper, taught Sunday school and loved to camp, garden and quilt.] I developed double major scoliosis… Read more »

Ways I keep my spirits up

Contributed by: Brooke Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2012   [Brooke is 41 years old, lives in Colorado and has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, bipolar depression, and anxiety.] I have been a single mother for 22 years and have been living with chronic pain as well as Bipolar Disorder… Read more »

Downsized

Contributed by: Rand Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January, 2012 [Rand is 60 years old and he lives in Colorado.] I’ve always viewed my body as my enemy. I was a shy, dreamy, chubby boy, and my strong, aggressive older brother harassed me constantly for being fat and weak. As an adult, I worked at… Read more »

Parenting with migraine: Children, pain and disability

People with migraines may have other family members who also have migraines.  If you’re a parent with migraine it’s possible that these family members will be your children.  Parenting a child with migraine can be difficult and stressful.   You may think that having migraines yourself will make it easier for you to help your child,… Read more »