Personal Story

Help, I’ve fallen and will get up

Contributed by: Karen Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, August 2010 Karen is 47 years old and lives in Arizona.  Thirteen years ago, she slipped and fell on icy steps, injuring her lower back and sacrum. She then had two surgeries.  Prior to her fall Karen rode horses daily.  Now, in spite of her pain, she… Read more »

I’ve decided that the only person that can help me is me

Contributed by: Omega Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July 2010 Omega is 22 years old and lives in Tennessee.   I developed CRPS last year after a shoulder surgery gone bad. [Complex regional pain syndrome, also known as CRPS, is a painful neuropathic pain condition]. I never thought that I would develop chronic pain.  Now nine months later… Read more »

How I convinced myself that my body was not injured

Contributed by: Sherri Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July 2010 Sherri is a 49-year-old medical writer from Utah with neuropathic pain (complex regional pain syndrome). I’m replying in response to your question about how people with neuropathic pain have convinced themselves that their bodies are no longer injured. I developed CRPS after a wrist break/surgery;… Read more »

It was important to push myself as much as I could

Contributed by: Kathryn Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July 2010 Kathryn is a 48-year-old woman from Minnesota.  She describes her approach to two chronic pain conditions, reflex sympathetic dystrophy/ complex regional pain syndrome, [RSD/CRPS], a neuropathic pain condition, and post-chemotherapy neuropathy, by knowing that her pain does not mean that her body is continuing to be injured. I’ve… Read more »

My motivations and goals

Contributed by: Connie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, June 2010 Connie is a grandmother from Nebraska. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in November 2001. During this time I have been able to control my glucose level with diet. In the early years I was able to walk for exercise. Since that time I… Read more »

Sometimes I feel my life goes on without me

Contributed by: Mary Ann Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, June 2010 Mary Ann is 65 and lives in Georgia.  She submitted the two stories that are here.  She wrote the second after she had an accident. Part I When the pain started on the left side of my face I felt like a really bad… Read more »

My life with one leg

Contributed by: Tonya Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, June 2010 Tonya is 36 years old and lives in Oregon.   Almost three years ago at the age of 33 I was hit by a car while waiting for the bus. The impact of the car shattered half my leg and foot bones into a thousand… Read more »

My experience with trigeminal neuralgia

Contributed by: Larry Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2010 Larry wants to learn about new treatments for his trigeminal neuralgia. I have had Trigeminal Neuralgia for about 5 years.  My story is typical from what I’ve read.  I will have occasional periods of intense and unrelenting pain in my upper and/or lower right jaw… Read more »