Communication Skills

Explaining short-term disability to your family and friends

What is short-term disability? Employees may quickly “use up” their paid sick days if they suffer a debilitating illness or injury. Short-term disability plans are intended to replace a percentage of your salary when you have used up your paid sick time, but cannot return to work. Some employers and government agencies fund these plans… Read more »

Communicating with your employer about your absence from work

What Is Family Medical Leave Act? The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 work weeks per year of job protected leave, , with continuation of group health insurance coverage, under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. You can… Read more »

When chronic pain gets between you and your intimate partner

People living with chronic pain often turn to their intimate partners for emotional and physical support.  Partners may also be deeply affected by the chronic pain.   Providing support, every day, to someone with chronic pain can add a great deal of stress to a relationship. What happens between intimate partners when one is living with… Read more »

When caregivers need care: Supporting the people that you rely on

If you’re living with chronic pain, you might need someone to help you take care of your everyday needs – a caregiver. Caregiving can include anything from shopping, cooking, doing household chores, and driving to appointments, to being a companion and providing emotional support. It’s tough knowing that your health problems might affect the people… Read more »

Knowing when to find a new healthcare provider

Your primary care provider (PCP) is the person you see for yearly physicals and when you’re sick. Your PCP also sends you to see specialists and other care providers. The relationship that you have with your primary care provider is important. You want someone who understands you and the health issues you’re facing. In a… Read more »

When a parent’s migraine interferes with family life

The family prepares for a summer vacation It’s a humid summer day and an approaching thunderstorm triggers a rapid change in barometric pressure.  Inside the house, Christine feels what will become a full-blown, two-day migraine that  will put her family’s life on hold, just as they are about to start their annual summer vacation. Instead… Read more »

Parenting with migraine: Children, pain and disability

People with migraines may have other family members who also have migraines.  If you’re a parent with migraine it’s possible that these family members will be your children.  Parenting a child with migraine can be difficult and stressful.   You may think that having migraines yourself will make it easier for you to help your child,… Read more »

Parenting with migraine: Preventing medication-overuse headache in teens

If you have migraines and you are a parent, it’s possible that one of your children also has migraines.  If both parents have migraines the chances may be increased that their child will have migraines. As a person with migraines, you may have learned that overusing your medication can actually lead to more headaches. How… Read more »

Describing your pain

Receiving good pain treatment can depend in part on how well you can describe your pain to your health care providers. Pain has a language all its own and sometimes people may find it a challenge to clearly describe their pain. One reason that pain can be difficult to describe is because everyone reacts so… Read more »