Tag: pain patient

Using chronic pain as an opportunity for personal growth

Chronic pain is not something you have to experience passively.  Part of taking an active role in coping with your pain is finding a way to use it to learn more about yourself. How do you begin to make sense of what it means to live in pain?   For many people, living with chronic pain… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Be kind to your skin

Unfortunately, when nerves don’t work right due to conditions like diabetic neuropathy, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), post-herpetic neuralgia, and chemotherapy related peripheral neuropathy, this can lead to skin problems: rashes, sores, itching, burning, and redness. You may not think this is very important, but if this applies to you, this article will point out… 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 »

Sharing stories: Understanding our differences

Have you ever felt like there were invisible barriers between you and your health care provider?  Dealing with chronic pain is difficult enough, and it gets even harder when you feel like your provider doesn’t understand you.  In an ideal world, everyone understands each other and everyone gets equal treatment, but this is not always… Read more »

The emergency department: A last resort?

Lisa had been dealing with chronic pain for years, but her medication and other treatments usually kept it under good control.  One Sunday, Lisa’s pain began getting much worse. She panicked, thinking that something really bad was happening to her and that the pain would continue to get worse.  When she couldn’t reach her health… Read more »

Understanding fibromyalgia

Have you been told that you might have fibromyalgia? If so, then you could be one of the more than five million Americans who suffer from this chronic pain condition. Chronic pain is no laughing matter. According to the World Health Organization, one out of every five people around the globe has some type of… Read more »