Tag: pain support

Alternative treatments for pain: Telling fact from fraud

You’ve seen the ads on TV, online, in magazines, or even at the drugstore. They promise to end your back pain, stop your headaches, or fix your sore joints. The treatments they’re selling may be “traditional” and “natural,” or “the latest scientific breakthrough”– and all available without a doctor’s prescription. You may be tempted to… 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 »

Downsized

Contributed by: Rand Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January, 2012 [Rand is 60 years old and he lives in Colorado.] I’ve always viewed my body as my enemy. I was a shy, dreamy, chubby boy, and my strong, aggressive older brother harassed me constantly for being fat and weak. As an adult, I worked at… Read more »

Get moving with the whole family

Most health care providers agree that staying physically active is a good thing for people who are living with chronic pain.   While people may think “if it hurts, rest it,” many pain specialists advise that people with chronic pain participate in some form of regular physical activity.  This is because when the parts of the… Read more »

Getting control of panicky feelings

Barbara is pleased with how she manages her chronic pain by using medication, exercise, and meditation.  But at times she will have a sudden feeling of panic, causing her heart to race.  When this happens, Barbara struggles to regain control. It’s not unusual for some people who cope with chronic pain, to feel occasional, sudden… Read more »

What makes neuropathic pain different from other pain?

Amy is usually a multi-tasking whiz, but one day her multi-tasking talents let her down. While Amy was stirring soup on the stove with a metal spoon, she decided to rinse off one of her hands. She turned on the water faucet with one hand and kept stirring with the other – and got a… Read more »

Diabetic neuropathy: Prevention and treatment

You need to know: Up to 70% of people with diabetes may get diabetic neuropathy Diabetic neuropathy may cause tingling, numbness or pain in the feet and/or hands Other parts of your body may have different symptoms If your feet or hands are numb, check them daily for cuts or signs of infection Approximately eight… Read more »

Pain and the brain

Pain is complicated. It is a result of much more than the initial disease or injury that set it off. In the past, people believed that pain signals traveled only one way – from a nerve injury up to the brain. Scientists have now learned that the brain has the ability to act like a… Read more »

Myth: If you cannot see the pain, it must not exist

Contributed by: Marsha Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009 Pain cannot be seen. It cannot be touched. You cannot smell it. It is an invisible disability that I, myself have suffered in silence for the past 9 years. When I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, I was paralyzed from the waist down from… Read more »

School age children: How much to say about cancer?

Having chosen to talk with your children honestly about your cancer, you may now be worried about how much information you can and should give children who are ages 6 to 12. Keep the following in mind when deciding how much to share. What your child needs to know Even if you do not have… Read more »