Chronic Pain

6 Things You Should Know: The Science of Chronic Pain and Complementary Health Practices

Reviews of research on acupuncture, massage, and spinal manipulation forchronic low-back pain have found evidence that these therapies may be beneficial. There is also some evidence that mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive-behavioral therapy improves pain and functional limitation compared to usual care. Spinal manipulation: The most recent guidelines from the American Pain Society...

6 Things I Want Other Chronic Pain Moms To Know

I’d already lived with chronic migraine, thoracic outlet syndrome, and occipital neuralgia for seven years. When I learned I was pregnant, I knew my pain would affect my parenting, but I didn’t realize just how significantly. I remember one night in particular so vividly when my son was just a couple months old. It was around 3...

Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain (CMP)

Get better pain management by dispelling common misconceptions about chronic pain. Be careful not to fall for any of the common chronic pain myths. These so-called "facts" can undermine your pain management plan before it ever gets off the ground. How? They convince you that your chronic pain is in the driver's seat and that there's...

10 Things I’ve Learned From Living With Chronic Pain

1. Getting all of the rest that I need does not make me lazy. Even when I’m not moving, my body is expending a huge amount of energy on powering its overactive immune system, and on defending itself from the subsequent pain and inflammation. So while many times it might look like I’m not...

Dealing With Chronic Illness: How to Feel Better When You Aren't Better

A few weeks ago, when I walked into the bathroom at work, I was greeted by sticky notes all over the mirror. They bore messages like "Good Morning Gorgeous! Go Get 'Em!" and "You Are Good Enough. Accept Yourself." and "Smile!" and "Hello, Lovely!" and many more. Even though I know that whoever put up...

Interesting Facts and Tips About Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is real. I suffer from it myself every day. I currently treat mine with heat, ice, stretching, and meds. But what’s right for me might not be right for you. In the past I’ve done traction, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, and acupressure. Each has provided the proper relief at the time as...

The Stigma Around Aging And Chronic Pain

"Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself." - Physician and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) When you're in pain, nothing else seems to matter. And if you're an older adult, you are not only more likely to have pain, but also to get less help for it than younger people are. Chronic pain...

Problems Showering with Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A morning shower -- it helps you start the day invigorated and refreshed, right? Um, no, not so much for many of us. A shower seems like a basic, simple thing, but it can pose major problems for someone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.I've seen a lot of comments here about how exhausting...

Top 12 Ways To Manage Chronic Pain Illness

Top 12 Ways To Manage Fibromyalgia For the five million people in the U.S. with fibromyalgia, each day can be a struggle. The most commonly reported symptom of this chronic condition is pain focused on nine tender points in the body (mirrored on each side of the body, so 18 points total), but fibromyalgia sufferers...

What You Say To Someone With Chronic Pain And What They Hear

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