To Everyone Who Lives Pain-Free, From a Girl With Chronic Pain

I didn’t ask for this and believe me, I don’t want it. I know you roll your eyes, even when you try and hide it. I know you think I’m exaggerating or being dramatic. But this is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. You’re used to seeing me work and cook, clean, walk, go shopping...

Battling the worst pain of his life, Big Island man asks for help

A Big Island Man is asking for help to get relief from what he calls the worst pain of his life. Kana Mook suffers from CRPS and will need to travel to Arkansas for treatment Burning, swelling, painful to the touch: a Big Island Man is asking for help to get relief from what he calls the...

Rare case of CRPS, two sons, and the South Korean army

I do not know anyone who has not taken my mother's heart. The pain of a mother who can not do anything for her child is beyond pain. Through Facebook, a mother appeals to the unjust suffering and the circumstances of two children who spend the same hellish days as the rare intractable disease...

27 Things Chronic Pain Is Not

When you’re explaining chronic pain to someone who is not familiar with what it’s like, it may be natural to talk about what chronic pain involves, or how it affects your day-to-day life. While these strategies can certainly be effective, sometimes it’s also helpful to define chronic pain by explaining what it’s not. After all, there are so...

The Secret to Getting Rid of Back Pain Is in Your Feet: 5 Exercises That Will Fix Everything

5 Foot Exercises to Help Relieve Back, Hip, and Knee Pain It all starts from the ground up. Your feet might not seem like significant contributors to your overall health. However, when it comes to the external aspects of your body, there are no harder working parts than your feet. They keep you moving and...

Social Media Is A Lifeline For Patients With Rare Diseases

This weekend marked Rare Diseases Day 2015, a name that belies the pain and courage of patients who suffer from many of these illnesses. While each of these rare diseases is uncommon, occurring in less than 200,000 people in the U.S., together they affect about 1 in 10 people. Last year, I focused on two aspects...

Lady Gaga Shares What It’s Like to Live With Trauma, Mental Illness and Fibromyalgia

Ahead of the release of the film “A Star Is Born,” which stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, the singer opened up in a new interview with Vogue about living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and fibromyalgia. In the interview, which was published  Monday, she described how she experiences trauma. “I always say that trauma has a brain,” she said....

Potential CRPS cure now available in the UK

In two years of blogging about anything and everything to do with living with CRPS, this is probably the most exciting article I’ve ever written. Truly. This is news that could potentially be life-changing for CRPS sufferers everywhere. Some history first: almost exactly two years ago, I wrote about a new CRPS treatment available in...

What It’s Like Living With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, the ‘Suicide Disease’

It’s 4 a.m., and once again I’m unable to sleep. As I sit alone in my living room, guided meditation for pain streaming though my iPhone and sounds of my husband and dog’s snores hovering in the background, I attempt to choke back the tears. I am on fire. There are no flames, smoke or alarms...

Letting your dog sleep with you is good for chronic pain sufferers, new study shows

For chronic pain sufferers, it may be smart to let sleeping dogs lie, a new University of Alberta study suggests. Contrary to blanket medical advice, shooing Fido out of the bedroom may not help people with long-term pain get a better night's sleep, said researcher Cary Brown of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. "Typically, people who have...
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