Personal Story

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 »

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 »


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 »

Living with arthritis pain will NOT stop me from playing golf with my friends

Contributed by: Deborah Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, December 2011 Deborah has pain from arthritis. Initially she sent painACTION only the first paragraph below. We asked her to write more so that other painACTION readers could learn what she does that makes it possible for her to continue to play golf. Deborah then submitted the… Read more »

My biggest fear

Contributed by: Marianne Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, December 2011   Marianne is a 54 year old woman from Maine who has rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and degenerative bone disease.  She submitted this story to respond to the request in the painACTION newsletter for stories about how subscribers handle their greatest fears – her fear was… Read more »

Rheumatoid arthritis challenges at work and at home

Contributed by: John Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, December 2011 John is in his late 30’s and lives in New York. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2003 at the age of 30. I continue to live with waves of pain, but I am teaming up with my doctor, family, and even online for… Read more »

I am the captain of my healthcare team

Contributed by: Becky Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, December 2011   Becky has Sjogren’s Syndrome and osteoarthritis.  She has been retired for six years and enjoys vegetable and flower gardening, crafts and cooking.  Becky writes about managing several medical conditions and medical providers.   My pain journey began when I was 37, when I began to have… Read more »