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My Difficult ITP Diagnosis Journey That Made Me An Advocate

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I don't really remember a day of my childhood where I felt “good”. Of course, at the time, I had no frame of reference for what “good” was supposed to feel like. I didn't even realize other children didn't deal with the same problems...

Chronic Illness Patients Face Challenges With Accessibility

chronic illness and accessibility
The CDC recently reported 90% of the $3.3 trillion spent on health care in the U.S. annually goes to the treatment of chronic and mental health conditions. For all this money, however, there’s not much to show. Although spending is higher than ever, tangible...

Tips to Thrive When You Have an Undiagnosed Chronic Illness

undiagnosed chronic illness
“Teacher, you’re walking like a tipsy woman. Why are you swaying?”“Are you a grandma? Why do you climb the stairs like that?” (Then, copies my posture).“What’s wrong? Are you okay?” (After jerking and accidentally pushing my desk). Over the years, I've endured these embarrassing comments...

Don’t Ignore Tingling and Numbness in Hands and Feet

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If you’ve ever experienced tingling and numbness in your hands and feet (or wrists and elbows), you know it feels a lot worse than it sounds. There are many reasons why you could be having these sensations, so it's extremely important to identify the...

13 Facts About Gout: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

facts about gout
Experiencing extreme pain and burning in your joints may lead you to believe that you have arthritis. But what you may have specifically is a condition called gout. It is one of the more painful forms of arthritis. Let's look at facts about gout...

My Fight With Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia

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My chronic pain started as a teenager. I’m 53 now. Mostly, I suffer from back pain, rib pain, joint pain, migraines, and facial pain. Ten years ago, my doctor told me my facial pain was caused by a condition called atypical trigeminal neuralgia. But getting...

Quick Tips to Protect Your Skin from Sunburn

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Summer may not officially be here till June 21st, but temperatures across much of the United States say it has already arrived. With the sun comes the fun: pool parties, beach days, outdoor sports and much more! But with it also comes the need...

Here’s What It’s Like Living With Coccydynia

About a year ago, I began to notice pain around my coccyx while sitting down. At 52, I'm no stranger to back pain. I've suffered from it for years - including in my lower back just above the waist and my upper back around...

How Marijuana Legalization Impacts Pain Management

marijuana legalization and pain management
In the court of public opinion, the use of marijuana has rapidly changed over the past decade. A 2018 Pew report found that 62% of Americans favored legalizing marijuana. That's double the rate of approval from 2000. However, current legislation - especially on the...

4 Most Common Causes of Abdominal Pain and Bloat

abdominal pain and bloat
Abdominal pain and bloat may stem from a variety of factors. For many people, this uncomfortable and embarrassing problem may happen infrequently. However, if you find yourself experiencing digestive system discomfort regularly, it may be a sign of a more serious problem.Let's look at...

How to Connect with Chronic Pain Support Groups

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Living in chronic pain can be isolating. Pain can restrict your daily activities, drain your energy, and leave you feeling disconnected from the rest of the world. Connecting with chronic pain support groups can help you to better understand chronic pain, find new coping...

Your Complete Runner’s Guide to Prevent Pain

runner's guide to prevent pain
No runner wants to deal with pain, but it comes with the sport. As a runner, you know that physical pain from sore muscles, overuse injuries, poor foot strike or other common strains often rears its head at the most inopportune times. In honor...

Government Scrutiny on Opioids Impacts Chronic Pain Sufferers

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In 2016, more than 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses — a fivefold increase from 1999. Overprescription and easy access led to the skyrocketing epidemic in the United States. There's a new level of government scrutiny on opioids, but one of the unintended consequences is...

How To Reduce Pain in Vulnerable Populations

pain in vulnerable populations
If you have ever experienced chronic pain - or if you support someone who has - you know how debilitating it can be. It affects every part of your life - from your career to your social life and even to carrying out everyday...