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    How My Chronic Illness Blog Helped My Chronic Pain

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    My journey with chronic illness has spanned over half my life. As a young teen, I received diagnoses for multiple mental health issues, including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), major depression and anxiety. To this...
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    What Is Your Pain Personality?

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    Not too long ago, doctors believed in one pain-prone personality. If you possessed certain characteristics, then you might feel pain more intensely and stay longer in the cycle of suffering. Nowadays, those in the...

    Things NOT to Say to Someone with Chronic Pain

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    Just the right words can help ease someone's chronic pain. Of course you mean well. You see a friend or family member who's suffering from chronic pain and you want to offer advice and encouragement....
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    10 Tips for Taking Care of a Loved One with Chronic Pain

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    When your loved ones are feeling the pain, they are simply not themselves. Follow these tips to help take the best care of them, without straining your relationship. 1) Keep communication open. Perhaps the most important...
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    Healthy Food Choices Can Reduce Chronic Pain & Fatigue

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    It's a classic chicken-and-egg question: Which came first, the pain or the fatigue? As many as three out of four people living with chronic musculoskeletal pain complain of being tired, while 94 percent of...
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    Take Off on a Pain-Free Vacation

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    Vacations are a great way to refresh and reset your body and mind. However, when you live with pain, jockeying for a spot at the beach or squeezing onto another overbooked flight are more...
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    Talking to Kids About Your Pain

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    Here are 6 ways to start and keep the conversation going: If you're a parent living with pain, it's easy to clam up around your children about how much and why you hurt. But that's...
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    10 Tips to Help You Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

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    Some like it hot. If you're not one of the heat-tolerant, here are some great tips to help you keep your cool when the heat is on ... and on and on. Stay hydrated...
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    Neckties and Migraines: What You Should Know

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    This Father's Day, please send migraine relief for my wife, in lieu of flowers (or neckties)
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    Don’t let chronic pain keep Dad from playing the sports he loves

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    This Father’s Day, we round up the best fitness tips and apps to help men stay active
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    One woman’s journey to relieve the emotional pain of losing a spouse

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    A partner's death leaves a profound void, but it can be healed By Lisa Davis When I asked Shannon M. Regan what she experienced right after her husband Mike (fondly known as Boomer), passed away, she...
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    Jeanine’s joints

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    By Margaret Jaworski Photo Courtesy of Jeanine Yutani: Jeanine Yutani (far right) with fellow riders Justin Baker and Laurie Miller Three years running, Jeanine Yutani biked from San Francisco to Los Angeles, one of 200 participants...
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    Disaster Distress Helpline Open to All Around the Clock

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    Stress, anxiety, stomach ache, headache, anger, sadness all of these are indicators of the emotional distress that we may feel as we struggle to make sense out of senseless acts like the Boston Marathon...
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    Courage by Design

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    A Daughter's Caring Creates A Gem of an Idea By Margaret Jaworski When Stephanie Hansen first learned that her mother, Sue, had breast cancer, she struggled to control her emotions, to stay calm and project strength....
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    Volunteer Vacations Can Help Relieve Your Pain

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    Gandhi believed the best way to help yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. But when faced with your own pain, the needs of others might be among the last things...
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    Chronic Pain Sufferers: Take Heart!

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    Five tips for sharing the love, and keeping pain at bay. Love is in the air and you are hoping for a romantic evening with your significant other? But are you stressed that your chronic...
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    Ask Yourself: Does My Lifestyle Affect My Pain?

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    Making the connection between your pain and your lifestyle. Medication plays an essential part in easing your aches, but lifestyle choices can be key to controlling them. Using this guide, take a few moments each...