Chronic pain blogs are one of our favorite ways to connect with other people who really get what it means to be in pain. Here are our 25 favorite pain blogs, with a few reasons why we love them!
Our 25 favorite chronic pain blogs
Hypothyroid Mom’s mission is to bring awareness and attention to this mysterious condition that takes formerly healthy people and floors them with a wide assortment of symptoms. When improperly diagnosed, hypothyroidism can lead to serious complications that can be life-threatening. Dana wants to help others who suffer find the help they need.
The Sticky Apron is a blog brought to you by a mom who has multiple pain conditions – hypothyroidism, endometriosis, and fibromyalgia. Cher emphasizes putting on your own oxygen mask first (caring for yourself) so that you can care for others.
3. Chronic Mom
Shelley of Chronic Mom also suffers from multiple chronic pain conditions. Her chronic pain blog focuses on the positive aspects of parenting in pain. She believes that kids who grow up with a parent in pain become more compassionate and kind. Her advice is straightforward and reflects her commitment to her family.
The author of this pain blog is an Army wife with four kids and the condition dysautonomia. This condition affects the central nervous system and comes with a host of medications with side effects almost as bad as the condition itself. This doesn’t stop the author from being a strong advocate for herself and others with her condition.
This pain blog is packed full of practical advice for managing a chronic condition in a house packed with small children. Tanya focuses on gratitude for the little victories that add up to a happy life.
Remicade Infusion days for my Rheumatoid Arthritis are normally tough, emotionally and physically. My coping mechanism today is spending some quality time with my blog planner, jotting down ideas and layouts for how I can help patients liks me cope with this beast of a disease. I know I am one of the lucky ones because my RA is well controlled by these strong meds coursing through my veins. I know I am one of the lucky ones with an amazingly incredible support system of family, friends and blog readers. I know there are also many RA and chronic illness patients who are not like me. They need better treatment options, they need a support system, they need to live with less pain or dare we dream of no pain at all. It is these patients that I am thinking of now as I write plans for my blog. So tell me what you would like to see? What would help you cope with RA, autoimmune or chronic illness? What part of my RA story would you like to hear? How can I help you keep a positive mindset during your journey with chronic illness? Rest well, RA friends, may your days be filled with less pain and more small victories. #momssmallvictories #rheumatoidarthritis #rheum #plumplanner #chronicillness #chronicpain #curearthritis #ncblogger #planneraddict
Stacy of Chronically Whole is living with common variable immune deficiency (CVID), Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and three active kids. Her chronic pain blog is reflective and offers gentle encouragement, even on her most painful days.
This pain blog is one of the few written by an older (grand)mother suffering from multiple chronic illnesses. Shari lives with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Hashimoto’s, and dysautonomia and writes about the challenges of staying active with grandbabies.
Yes, we do appreciate the salty language and straightforward approach of Erin Clough, the author behind this pain blog. She may not blog as often as some of our other favorite chronic pain blogs, but what she writes is spot-on.
Erica Siegel is the blogger behind Slightly Distressed Damsel. She suffers from Ehlers Danlos syndrome, chronic myofascial pain syndrome, and mast cell activation disorder, three conditions that are bad enough on their own. In combination, we aren’t sure how she still maintains being only “slightly” distressed! Erica offers great advice, encouragement, and resources on her blog.
This mom not only lives with chronic pain herself but is also parenting kids in chronic pain. This double whammy doesn’t stop this pain blog from maintaining a sense of humor and practicality that we love. Pro tip: skip to the end of each blog for her quick tips if time is short.
JessMar writes anonymously about her struggles as a mother living in chronic pain. Many parents in pain struggle with their feelings about their pain as it relates to their family. JessMar treats this chronic pain blog as a private, reflective place to help her process these internal conflicts to be a better person and parent.
We love the fighting spirit and will of The Unbroken Smile. In Elizabeth’s own words:
“Living in chronic pain has brought many obstacles to my family as well as taught me many things along the way. When faced with this life change two choices presented itself, either lay down and let it win or fight like hell to at least be the mom and wife I desperately wanted to be.”
Dr. Wolf doesn’t suffer from chronic pain herself, but the information she provides in her blog is invaluable for those who do. She is an expert in mindfulness meditation and believes that this practice can help heal illness in the body.
Jenni Prokopy is the author behind ChronicBabe. She uses her story of multiple chronic illnesses to offer support and encouragement to others who are suffering. In her chronic pain blog, she talks candidly about her treatment plan, which includes not only traditional treatments but also complementary therapies.
The sense of humor and raw honesty in this blog can be difficult to read at times, but Rosemary Lee approaches her struggles with depression and fibromyalgia in a way that many pain blogs might not: head-on.
We love chronic pain blogs that just come out and tell it like it is. Jenny Ryan uses humor and sarcasm to make light of the most difficult parts of chronic pain. She offers candid advice to family and friends:
“Please believe us when we tell you that the progression of our illness and/or our recovery is not linear. And often there is no visible cause and effect between what happens in our life and the symptoms we do (or do not) experience. Trust us when we tell you that if we ever do determine a consistent, repeatable pattern, there will be a party. And you will be invited. We promise-if that ever happens, you will know.”
17. My Foggy Brain
My Foggy Brain is one of those chronic pain blogs that does a great job covering a common side effect of chronic pain: depression and other mood disorders.
18. A Couple Cooks
While not a blog specifically about chronic pain, A Couple Cooks is a beautiful blog that makes cooking for chronic pain healthy and delicious. This focus here is on whole and vegan foods, both of which are often recommended for those in chronic pain.
Don’t let the title fool you: this in one of those chronic pain blogs that discusses multiple chronic pain conditions. Dawn uses her blogs to document her many different approaches to treating her multiple illnesses, including some fairly unorthodox methods (bellydancing?!).
A relatively new entry into the world of pain blogs, the Mummy Whisperer pain blog focuses on the complex feelings that come with chronic pain, including anger, lack of appreciation, and struggles with partnerships.
21. Hurt Blogger
Pain blog author Britt suffers from a complicated and challenging mix of conditions that include undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy, rheumatoid arthropathy, Sjogren’s syndrome, scoliosis, and complex migraines. Her blog addresses the challenges of living with an invisible illness in a frank and honest way.
22. Sarah Hackley
Sarah writes about chronic migraines on a variety of sites, including practical tips and advice for sufferers and their families.
— Sarah Hackley (@SarahHackley) August 24, 2016
This blog is co-authored by two friends who share their daily challenges in living with chronic pain. It’s like going out for coffee with your best friend.
Changes in diet for chronic pain often include the recommendation to go gluten-free, but this can be an expensive option. We love this blog for its practical advice for inexperienced cooks.
Counting My Spoons curates guest posts from other chronic pain blogs to help people understand what it’s like living with chronic illness. This provides multiple perspectives and helps family and friends to understand.
These are our favorite chronic pain blogs. What are yours?