Personal Story

My best strategy for avoiding high calorie foods

Contributed by: Margaret Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini MSW, April 2010 Margaret has fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and scleroderma.  She is 60 years old, lives in Virginia, and sent this response to the painACTION Newsletter question “My most effective strategy for avoiding high calorie foods is…” I have been dealing with chronic pain since I was 35.  I… Read more »

Searching for a support system

Contributed by: Kelly Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2010 Kelly has a wife and family but needs more support for his chronic pain.   I would love to see some information on Chronic Pain and the support system. I am talking about how effective a good support system is to a person with chronic… Read more »

My best strategy for dealing with anxiety

Contributed by: Diane K. Reviewed by: Kevin Zacharoff, MD Diane has had fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue for over ten years. She writes that she is slowly learning to live with it and has recently been able to start work as a volunteer six hours a week.  This is her answer to the painACTION newsletter question… Read more »

I have a dream

Contributed by: Cindy Steinberg Reviewed by: Kevin Zacharoff, MD   Cindy Steinberg is the American Pain Foundation’s (APF) Pain Community Council representative to the Board of Directors, the Power Over Pain Action Network Leader for Massachusetts, New England  Director of the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA), Leader of the Boston-area Chapter of the ACPA, and… Read more »

Losing the support of family and friends

Contributed by: Gillian Reviewed by: Kevin Zacharoff, MD Gillian developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 8 years ago as a result of a fractured elbow. I have RSD/CRPS – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, also called – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.. I never stay in bed with this extreme pain I’m in and do go for long walks… Read more »

My personal experience with handicapped placards

Contributed by: Jackie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, August 2009   I first received my handicapped placard when I was only 32 years old; needless to say the ugly, critical stares and comments began immediately.  Here are a few:  they usually all started with “Do you know that that is a Handicapped parking spot?”  When… Read more »

Success in back pain management

Contributed by: Jerry Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009   I was asked if I would be interested in helping others achieve success in BACK PAIN MANAGEMENT. My answer is…absolutely!!! I wish to make it clear that successful pain management does not come exclusively from a pill bottle; too many expect that “microwave” cure!… Read more »

My pain and my desk job

Contributed by: Mark Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009 I have a desk job so I’m subject to chronic neck and back stiffness and pain. I try to keep a positive mental attitude first of all because I’ve learned that worrying and getting upset over things only makes my pain and life worse, so… Read more »

I won’t let this pain stop me from doing the things I love!

Contributed by: Dolores Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009   I am a 75-year-old woman, in pretty good overall health, but I have experienced chronic back pain which started about five or ten years ago. I’ve been taking care of it with rest, some physical therapy and some trigger point injections, but on one… Read more »