Tag: pain

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 »

Describing your pain

Receiving good pain treatment can depend in part on how well you can describe your pain to your health care providers. Pain has a language all its own and sometimes people may find it a challenge to clearly describe their pain. One reason that pain can be difficult to describe is because everyone reacts so… 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 »

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 »

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 »

How to talk with my teenager about pain

Teenagers will sense and understand when you’re in pain, so it’s important to be honest with them about your experience. Talking about pain Teenagers understand medical facts, so you can be honest with them about what’s happening. You might tell your teenager, “My blood counts are down and I feel very tired today.” Have an… Read more »

Be kind to yourself

Contributed by: Robin B. Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, November 2008 I had fusion surgery at age 37 from T-2 – T-12 due to Scoliosis (curved spine) and chronic pain. I am still left with chronic pain to manage due to muscle atrophy, scoliosis, nerve damage scar tissue and multiple fusions. Daily anti-seizure medication for… Read more »

The link between stress and migraines

Stress is the response we have to situations that demand that we focus our minds and bodies in some way. Some stress can be thrilling, such as the exhilaration of negotiating a ski trail down a steep mountain. Other stress can be unpleasant, such as the anxiety of being late for a presentation at work,… Read more »

Making the most of your medical visits

It’s easy to become distracted, nervous, and unable to concentrate or think as clearly as usual during a medical appointment – especially one for a pain problem. Health care providers typically have busy schedules and may often be pressed for time. If you feel pressure during the appointment it may be difficult to stay focused… Read more »

Back in the game: Sports injuries

When you work hard at playing sports, you can injure your back.  As the body’s center of gravity, the back is particularly prone to injuries.  Pounding the pavement while running places considerable stress on the lower back.  Tennis shots rotate the trunk and twist the spine which can strain back muscles. Up to twenty percent… Read more »