Tag: patient story

My experience trying to get help for pain control

Contributed by: Debbie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2012   Debbie is 58 and lives in Indiana. She has a number of health problems causing pain including arthritis, neuropathy, sarcoidosis, and degenerative and bulging discs.   My experience trying to get help for pain control is to never go to a pain doctor again. … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

How I get relief from back pain

Contributed by: Michael Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009 I’m 38 years old and I have been suffering from Chronic Back Pain for nearly 3 years now. It was a year and a half since it really started affecting me when I finally saw a doctor for treatment for the symptoms. Then I was… 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 »

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 »