Self Management Skills

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 »

What I do to lessen the impact of pain on my mood

Contributed by: Jan Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2012 Jan is a 50 year old divorced woman with two grown sons and one grandchild.  She is from the Hampshire area of the United Kingdom. Since a fall in 2009, I have gone downhill pretty quick. I was medically retired in October 2011. I have… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Downsized

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 »

What I learned about living with pain that I wish someone had told me

Contributed by: Vern Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, September 2011 Vern is 55 years old, had failed back surgery and has neuropathy in both legs. He has been in chronic pain and on disability for the past 10 years. In his story Vern offers advice to help people who are new to chronic pain. One thing… Read more »