Personal Story

How I get relief from back pain

Contributed by: Michael Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009 I’m 38 years old and I have been suffering from Chronic Back Pain for nearly 3 years now. It was a year and a half since it really started affecting me when I finally saw a doctor for treatment for the symptoms. Then I was… Read more »

Words that inspired me

Contributed by: Ed Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009   One of the challenges of dealing with pain is keeping a positive attitude. I personally appreciated the encouragement one of my nurses provided to me during one of those difficult moments. She shared with me her love for her work as a pain management… Read more »

My chronic pain

Contributed by: Samantha Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009 My name is Samantha and I am 29 years old. My story began in March of 2003 when a tree fell on me at a campfire. Since then, I have had Fibromyalgia, low back pain, and severe migraines. Learning to cope with pain in a… Read more »

What I do when I’m depressed

Contributed by: Suzie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009 Depression often goes hand in hand with pain. A person with chronic pain becomes isolated from others. To cope with depression I take my camera and get out for a walk or just a drive. I look for subjects or objects to capture on digital…. Read more »

Myth: If you cannot see the pain, it must not exist

Contributed by: Marsha Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009 Pain cannot be seen. It cannot be touched. You cannot smell it. It is an invisible disability that I, myself have suffered in silence for the past 9 years. When I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, I was paralyzed from the waist down from… Read more »

What are some things you should never say to a person with chronic pain? (Part I)

Contributed by: Three subscribers to the painACTION newsletter Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, March 2009   Here are three responses to a question in the painACTION Newsletter on March 23, 2009. Response #1 Never say, “I know how you feel.” Each person’s reaction to pain is affected by so many variables: family/friend support, pain tolerance,… Read more »

Speaking up: If one doesn’t work, try another

Contributed by: Brian C. Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW. November 2008 In December 2007, I underwent gastric bypass surgery to help me reduce my weight. Although weight-loss surgery has been around for quite a while, it’s only in the last few years that surgeons have been able to perform it without making a long (6-7… Read more »

Be kind to yourself

Contributed by: Robin B. Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, November 2008 I had fusion surgery at age 37 from T-2 – T-12 due to Scoliosis (curved spine) and chronic pain. I am still left with chronic pain to manage due to muscle atrophy, scoliosis, nerve damage scar tissue and multiple fusions. Daily anti-seizure medication for… Read more »

Being pain free, just for a moment

Contributed by: Lori S. Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, November 2008   My husband wakes me up with a kiss on my forehead to say ‘goodbye’ before he leaves for work. He is smiling and asks me how I am feeling. This is the hardest question for me to answer. My lower back is stiff… Read more »