Personal Story

My journey with pain, children, gardening, and spirituality

Contributed by: Sue Reviewed by: Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD, February 2013 When you’re hurting physically or emotionally, it can be hard to find meaning and purpose in everyday life. You might ask yourself, “Why me? Why now? There’s so much I want to do, but the pain is all I can think about.” Meet Sue. She’s… Read more »

Don’t let flare-ups be a pain!

Contributed by: Sandy Reviewed by: Wendy Williams, BSN, M.Ed., August 2012 Sandy says: “I am an author, a wife, mother of three, grandmother of four, at the beck and call to one dog and two cats, friend, author, wellness & lifestyle coach, facilitator for a wellness support group, collector of frogs, maker of chocolate candy,… 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 »

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 »

Taking my life back from pain, finding support

painACTION asked Max to write his biography and personal story as an example of how finding social support can help. Max lives near Detroit and runs an American Chronic Pain Association support group. I am a 53-year-old man, now divorced after 30 years, a statistic too common with chronic pain.  I have two daughters, and… 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 »

Migraine-related nausea

Contributed by: Jackie T. Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, March 2009 It was a cold winter night.  I was in bumper-to-bumper traffic on my way to my chiropractor’s office with a full blown migraine headache.  I was extremely nauseous as I had had the migraine all day but was unable to get to my chiropractor… Read more »