Arthritis Pain

Alternative treatments for pain: Telling fact from fraud

You’ve seen the ads on TV, online, in magazines, or even at the drugstore. They promise to end your back pain, stop your headaches, or fix your sore joints. The treatments they’re selling may be “traditional” and “natural,” or “the latest scientific breakthrough”– and all available without a doctor’s prescription. You may be tempted to… Read more »

Using acupuncture to treat pain

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world, and it’s now a popular treatment for all kinds of pain. In traditional Chinese medicine, it’s believed that acupuncture can reduce pain by changing the flow of energy in the body. This energy, known as qi (pronounced like “chee” or “kee”), travels along… Read more »

When caregivers need care: Supporting the people that you rely on

If you’re living with chronic pain, you might need someone to help you take care of your everyday needs – a caregiver. Caregiving can include anything from shopping, cooking, doing household chores, and driving to appointments, to being a companion and providing emotional support. It’s tough knowing that your health problems might affect the people… Read more »

Don’t let flare-ups be a pain!

Contributed by: Sandy Reviewed by: Wendy Williams, BSN, M.Ed., August 2012 Sandy says: “I am an author, a wife, mother of three, grandmother of four, at the beck and call to one dog and two cats, friend, author, wellness & lifestyle coach, facilitator for a wellness support group, collector of frogs, maker of chocolate candy,… Read more »

The facts about prescription monitoring programs

A lot of states are fighting prescription drug abuse by setting up prescription monitoring programs (PMPs). You might want to know how this type of program affects you or the people you care about. If you’re in a lot of pain, you may wonder if PMPs will make it harder for you to get your medicine when… Read more »

Day to day living with difficult pain

Contributed by: Julianne Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July 2012 Julianne is a 51 year old woman who lives in Florida.  Before an accidental fall she worked as a nurse. I live in Florida and was injured 13 years ago at work. I am an RN and fell down a flight of cement stairs and… Read more »

It might not be safe to drive WITHOUT your pain medicine

Contributed by: Sue Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July 2012 Sue is a 52-year-old woman who lives in Colorado. She has had chronic pain for 8 years due to fibromyalgia, back pain, neuropathy, and arthritis. She finds every day a challenge. I learned that a person with chronic pain should not drive when not taking medication to… 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 »

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 »