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Endometriosis

Endometriosis Awareness Month: Understanding the Invisible Illness that Affects Millions of Women Each Year

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What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a painful condition that occurs when endometrial-like tissue (the tissue that grows inside of the uterus) grows outside of the uterus. It’s estimated that nearly 200 million women worldwide (about...
managing holiday stress with chronic pain

Tips for Managing Holiday Stress with Chronic Pain

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‘Twas weeks before Christmas, and your achy body feels the pressures. Shopping, parties, family visits and emotional holiday stressors. There’s no denying the holiday season can be hard on the body and soul. Managing...
living with atypical trigeminal neuralgia

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...
COVID and the Holidays

Chronic Pain, COVID, and the Holidays: You Can Do This!

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What a year, right? If you’re like most people, you’re eager to put 2020 behind you. But first, you need to get through the holiday season. And this year’s celebrations promise to be unusually...

Biofeedback Therapy: Valid Treatment or “Quantum Woo”?

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There’s a growing trend toward alternative healing methods. Some—like acupuncture, yoga, and massage—are supported by research and offered by many medical center integrative medicine programs.  Others—like energy healing—are more controversial. Read on to learn...
Natural ways to fight fibromyalgia

Natural Ways to Fight Fibromyalgia – Ask the Experts

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Are you looking for more natural ways to fight fibromyalgia? Many people suffer from muscle and body pain, stiffness and memory problems that are too often misdiagnosed or ignored.  Many have had difficulty managing...
why you shouldn't ignore chronic pain

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Chronic Pain

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Chronic Pain Overview According to the National Institute of Health, over 25 million adults in the United States (over 11%) experience pain every day for a duration of at least 3 months....
Vance Johnson Interview

Athlete Pain Management Interviews: Vance Johnson

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Former Denver Bronco Vance Johnson sat down with us recently to talk about chronic pain and his new addiction treatment center in Las Vegas: Vance Johnson Recovery Center. Vance Johnson and Chronic Pain The three-time Super...
Animal Therapy for Chronic Pain

Animal Therapy for Chronic Pain: How Fluffy Can Help Heal

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From aiding victims of disasters to sitting calmly at the bedside of those battling illness, comfort dogs can lend helping paws to those who need it most. Animal therapy for chronic pain can offer...
Surviving Covid-19 with Chronic Pain

How People with Chronic Pain Are Surviving COVID-19

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You don’t have to be an epidemiologist to know that the coronavirus pandemic has been hard on everyone. Loss of employment and disruption of routines have affected millions of people around the world. But...
Telehealth for Chronic Pain

Telehealth for Chronic Pain: Urgent in Time of Covid-19

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During the COVID-19 crisis, telehealth for chronic pain can make medical care safer and easier for patients who suffer from it. Just a few months ago, this option wasn’t available at all to pain...
Chronic Illness Blog starting a blog

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...
sports you can play with chronic pain

7 Sports You Can Play With Chronic Pain

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If you suffer from chronic pain, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. But movement is often a potent medicine. For people with certain afflictions — like degenerative disc disease — remaining...
winter with chronic pain

How to Weather the Winter With Chronic Pain: 7 Tips

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If you suffer from chronic pain, your symptoms may get worse in the winter. The weather causes physiological changes in the body that can exacerbate the effects of certain conditions.  What can you do to...
aqua yoga for chronic pain

Why You Should Try Aqua Yoga For Chronic Pain

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If you’re a chronic pain patient like me, you’ve probably had someone, under the guise of being helpful, tell you to try yoga. But if you’re one of the millions of Americans with chronic...
the suicide disease

Why We Shouldn’t Call Trigeminal Neuralgia “The Suicide Disease”

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I felt a strange sense of relief when I was finally diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). After so many years of living with facial pain, my doctor gave me a solution and reassured me...
living with a stoma, stoma bag

What It’s Really Like Living With A Stoma

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Living With A Stoma Overview It’s hard to believe that I’ve had a stoma for nearly 3 years now. It doesn’t feel like that long at all. Since my first surgery, my health has gone...
chronic illness and accessibility

Chronic Illness Patients Face Challenges With Accessibility

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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...
undiagnosed chronic illness

Tips to Thrive When You Have an Undiagnosed Chronic Illness

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“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...

Here’s What It’s Like Living With Coccydynia

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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...
pain-friendly hobbies

5 Pain-Friendly Hobbies for Any Age

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Having an active lifestyle is the key to health. Doctors have found countless benefits from reduced risk of heart attack and stroke to better mental and emotional health. However, people suffering from chronic pain...
common mistakes in pain management

7 Common Mistakes in Pain Management

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There are only so many ways your health care team can help you with your pain management. Much of your management strategy depends on how well you treat yourself. Let's look at 7 common...
ease chronic pain

5 Simple Ways to Ease Chronic Pain

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmjnI_DulLY&feature=youtu.be The CDC recently announced that nearly 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. That’s 20% of the adult-age population. However, between the recent opioid crisis and concerns over pain medications, solving the challenge of...
women and chronic pain

Women & Chronic Pain: Talking About Pain in Daily Life

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Physical pain is not the only thing that those who live with chronic pain manage on a daily basis. Over 100 million Americans coping with chronic pain know just how true this is. This seems...

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