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One Simple Idea to Ease Pain: Find a Fitness Tribe

When it comes to staying healthy or regaining your well being if you have a chronic pain condition almost nothing is as helpful as regular physical activity.One way to get motivated to move is to exercise with others.Sign up for a workout with the...

Pain Profile: Rob Saffer Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Rob Saffer runs two nonprofit organizations and lives in Woodstock, New York.Pain Resource: What do you do for a living? Rob Saffer: I work from home as the executive director of a nonprofit, the Creative Music Foundation, and I also founded another education and conservation...

Painful Lessons Forge Path to Helping Others

Helping Others
Angela Wice, 35, has been through a lot. She was diagnosed with TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) at 15 and had surgery to reconstruct the articulating disc that had shattered because of her grinding and clenching her teeth.Two years later, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia,...

The Art of the Ache

We hear all the time that pain is subjective, personal, highly individual. The invisibility of our pain is what sometimes hurts the most, since too often it means that others, even those closest to us, don't understand what we're going through.It's natural that people...

Don’t Put Your Sex Life on Pause

Sexual Health
Actress Virginia Madsen wants to help women find the words to talk to their doctors about pain during sexual intercourse, a problem that affects nearly half of all post-menopausal women. Virginia Madsen isn't a doctor. As far as we can tell, she's never played one...

One Thing to Give a Friend: A Hug

Do you know someone who's hurting? A hug might be the perfect way to nurture and share a caring sense of compassion with your friend.Knowing the power of a loving embrace, you can share this gift willingly with family and friends and even acquaintances,...

Sleep Well: 5 Ways You Can Get Better Rest

Sleeping Well
Getting a good night's rest is particularly difficult when you have pain. Conditions such as migraines or arthritis interrupt sleep, and lack of proper sleep can exacerbate pain. It becomes a vicious cycle.To help Pain Resource readers rest better, we interviewed sleep expert Nancy...

One Thing to Do: Take a Volunteer Vacation

'The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -GandhiThat's good news for pain sufferers, since researchers have discovered that helping others can relieve your pain. Consider including volunteerism, (a volunteer vacation), on your bucket list of things...

Profile: From Marathon Runner to Pain Patient to Health Coach

Runner with arthritis
For most of her life, Angela Gaffney, 41, was an athletic person. She played sports in high school and college, ran 5K races, and completed a marathon on her 25th birthday. She married and had two children. The family loved biking and hiking together...