Self Management Skills

I was diagnosed with RSD after a severe fall

Contributed by: Judith Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2010 Judith writes about her many medical procedures and shares her personal coping strategy. My name is Judith and I was diagnosed with RSD after a severe fall that fractured my right arm and shoulder requiring surgery and placement of a plate and screws in my… Read more »

My best strategy for avoiding high calorie foods

Contributed by: Margaret Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini MSW, April 2010 Margaret has fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and scleroderma.  She is 60 years old, lives in Virginia, and sent this response to the painACTION Newsletter question “My most effective strategy for avoiding high calorie foods is…” I have been dealing with chronic pain since I was 35.  I… 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 »

Searching for a support system

Contributed by: Kelly Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2010 Kelly has a wife and family but needs more support for his chronic pain.   I would love to see some information on Chronic Pain and the support system. I am talking about how effective a good support system is to a person with chronic… Read more »

Losing the support of family and friends

Contributed by: Gillian Reviewed by: Kevin Zacharoff, MD Gillian developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 8 years ago as a result of a fractured elbow. I have RSD/CRPS – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, also called – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.. I never stay in bed with this extreme pain I’m in and do go for long walks… Read more »

My personal experience with handicapped placards

Contributed by: Jackie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, August 2009   I first received my handicapped placard when I was only 32 years old; needless to say the ugly, critical stares and comments began immediately.  Here are a few:  they usually all started with “Do you know that that is a Handicapped parking spot?”  When… 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 »