Arthritis Pain

I’m 28 and feel like I’m 82! Rheumatoid arthritis when you’re young

At 28, you’re young – your whole life is in front of you. You make decisions and forge ahead. And then, like a hammer, it comes; the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  The diagnosis seems to ruin everything. Now, the perfect career is anything but – it’s too challenging with RA. You feel different from everyone else –… Read more »

Introduction to gout

What is gout? Who gets it? Gout is a type of painful, inflammatory (red, swollen) arthritis. It’s caused by buildup of a salt called uric acid in the joints and other places in the body. It’s the most common type of inflammatory arthritis in men over 40, and is common in men even in their… Read more »

When more than one joint hurts

When you think about arthritis, it’s very important to remember that it isn’t just one condition. In fact, there are more than 100 kinds of arthritis that can affect the joints in your body. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, affecting more than 27 million Americans. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is second most common, affecting more than 1.3… Read more »

My journey with pain, children, gardening, and spirituality

Contributed by: Sue Reviewed by: Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD, February 2013 When you’re hurting physically or emotionally, it can be hard to find meaning and purpose in everyday life. You might ask yourself, “Why me? Why now? There’s so much I want to do, but the pain is all I can think about.” Meet Sue. She’s… Read more »

Tips for getting around in the winter

Contributed by: Michael Reviewed by: Jonas I. Bromberg, Psy.D. Living with chronic pain is a daily challenge. Your doctors and other healthcare providers can help you with medicines, physical therapy, and other treatments. But for coping with everyday life, the best advice often comes from other people like yourself—people with chronic pain. Snow can be… Read more »

Bolstering your resiliency

What is resiliency? Think of being resilient as the ability to bounce back in the face of difficulties. For people with chronic pain, it means not letting symptoms interfere with living a full life. Resiliency also may make you feel better; experts have found that people with positive outlooks often experience less pain and stress…. Read more »

When chronic pain gets between you and your intimate partner

People living with chronic pain often turn to their intimate partners for emotional and physical support.  Partners may also be deeply affected by the chronic pain.   Providing support, every day, to someone with chronic pain can add a great deal of stress to a relationship. What happens between intimate partners when one is living with… Read more »

Enjoy what you love this holiday season

Contributed by: Cindy Reviewed by: Jonas I. Bromberg, Psy.D. Living with chronic pain is a daily challenge. Your doctors and other healthcare providers can help you with medicines, physical therapy, and other treatments. But for coping with everyday life, the best advice often comes from other people like yourself—people with chronic pain. For many of… Read more »

The perks and pitfalls of caffeine

Extra-large coffee, black! Grande vanilla latte! Double cappuccino! Cup of tea with two bags! Sound familiar? You might count on caffeine to keep you alert and get you through the day – but have you ever thought about the other ways caffeine might affect you? Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in many foods including… Read more »