Personal Story

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »