Although chronic pain is common, affecting about 100 million people in the U.S, the experience can be incredibly isolating. Patients may not know other people who are living with the same issues and daily life troubles. Reading about the experiences of another person in a memoir or fictional chronic pain [...]
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Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for three months or more, beyond the expected range of recovery for a specific illness or injury. A 2015 National Institutes of Health study reported that 11% percent of people in the U.S. (more than 25 million) experienced pain every day for [...]
Celiac disease affects more than two million people in the United States. This condition is an autoimmune disease that leads to damage of the small intestine (small bowel) and may interfere with nutrient absorption. If you think you're suffering from celiac disease, read on to learn more about its [...]
The challenges that a mom with chronic pain faces are increased exponentially by that pain. In addition to keeping up with kids, household chores, school volunteering, and errands, more and more stay-at-home moms are opting to work from home to help supplement the family income. Moms who work out of [...]
Chronic pain patients are often reminded that tracking their pain is a good way to predict flare-ups or to pinpoint causes. Other than keeping a pen-and-paper record of everything eaten and all activity, there are few effective ways of tracking episodes of chronic pain. Additionally, it can be hard to connect [...]
Trigger warning: This article contains material regarding sexual abuse and sexual trauma that some readers may find upsetting or disturbing. Every 98 seconds someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, usually by someone they know well. The statistics on sexual assault are only part of the picture. What numbers and [...]
As the U.S. continues to struggle with issues in equity for people of all races, it’s no surprise that there are similar inequalities in terms of health. Anyone who suffers from chronic pain deserves the same compassion and treatment options that all other patients receive. We've talked before about some [...]
The importance of a good night of sleep cannot be underestimated. Sleep deprivation has been linked to increased obesity and body fat, a compromised immune system, and serious chronic illness such as diabetes. It has even been used as a torture technique. A full night’s rest is essential to help [...]
The terms “chronic” and “acute” are used to describe pain. So, what are the differences when it comes to acute vs. chronic pain? The main difference comes down to how long the pain is experienced. Acute vs. chronic pain explained A simple way to understand chronic versus acute pain is [...]
The biggest stories in chronic pain research from the first part of 2017 have questioned our assumptions about pain medications, looked at how our spouses affect our pain levels, and more. Read on to learn more about the top pain research stories from the first half of 2017. With such [...]