With so much information scattered across the internet, it can be hard to focus attention on only the most pertinent, helpful knowledge. Thankfully, some bloggers have pulled this information together in beautifully written, informative sites that include tips for daily life, pain management, or recipes for healthy eating. In no particular order, here are our top ten favorite chronic pain bloggers.
This blog’s play on words brings a little romance into the kitchen as husband and wife Alex and Sonja create vegetarian and vegan recipes that focus on delicious whole foods. What started as a personal decision to try to eat healthier and to cut out processed foods turned into a beautifully photographed and deliciously developed chronicle of their successful creations. Their recipes are simple and call for easy-to-find ingredients that everyone can enjoy.
Sometimes a blogger pops up online and you can’t get their words out of your head. Maybe it’s the personality. Maybe it’s the well-crafted writing. Maybe it’s that the blog speaks to you and tells their story like it’s yours. We have found one such blogger we love: ChronicBabe. Starting at the landing page, this blog immediately pulls the reader in and makes them feel welcome. Jenni Prokopy was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1997 when she was just 25. Shortly after that, the long list of chronic illness diagnoses began: asthma, anxiety, Raynaud’s phenomenon, GERD, and thyroid disease. She started ChronicBabe in 2005 to offer support and resources to others suffering from any kind of chronic illness.
Dr. Wolf is a teacher of mindfulness meditation who writes extensively on the power of meditation to re-wire our brains to reduce tension, stress, and even illness in the body. Her meditation practice has spanned 25 years and continues to grow through her work at the non-profit meditation center InsightLA that she founded with Trudy Goodman, another teacher of mindfulness meditation for stress reduction.
Shauna James Ahern frequently teams up with her partner, Daniel Ahern, to create delicious, easy, gluten-free food for anyone’s diet. We love the sidebar on her landing page with subjects like “New to Gluten-Free?” and cooking videos. Shauna’s new book Gluten-Free Girl: American Classics Reinvented hit stores in July 2015 and promises to be just as delicious as her blog!
5. Hurt Blogger
At 29, chronic pain blogger Britt suffers from a complex mix of conditions that include undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy, rheumatoid arthropathy, Sjogren’s syndrome, scoliosis, and complex migraines. These are further complicated by the fact that most of them are considered invisible illnesses which come with their own set of problems. Britt started her blog to combat the isolation and fear she was feeling as she tried to figure out what was happening to her. Her blog is frank and honest and offers a glimpse into her daily struggle.
Gluten-free cooking and baking can be an expensive prospect, especially if the cook is inexperienced. Danielle S. LeBlanc started her blog to help the inexperienced cook navigate the treacherous (and potentially expensive) waters of going gluten-free. Her site also offers tips and tricks on how to live more frugally in general, including tutorials on DIY projects to help create a smaller overall footprint on the earth.
Run by registered dietician Nicole, this blog provides research-based nutrition information while still managing to create some of the most delicious food to help manage chronic pain conditions. In addition, Prevention RD offers tips and recipes for diabetes management and cardiovascular health. Nicole’s food philosophy focuses on eating well without sacrificing taste and pleasure:
“My food philosophy is all about balance: love what you eat and be what you eat to live a long, healthy life. What I serve up in my kitchen could be scaled back even further to include less calories, less fat, and a whole lot less of a lot…but I have learned that less is not always more when you’re talking about food. Loving what you eat at every meal should not only meet the needs of your body (without excess), but of the mind, and heart, and soul. If you don’t love what you eat today, why would you continue eating the same tomorrow?”
If you are one of the thousands of people suffering from migraines, Sarah Hackley is the blogger for you. Sarah writes and publishes regularly on several different migraine sites, offering practical, realistic advice for migraine sufferers (and their loved ones). Some of Sarah’s best posts are those on her personal site that deal with the day-to-day realities of parenting with migraines.
What do Ehlers Danlos syndrome, chronic myofascial pain syndrome, and mast cell activation disorder all have in common? Besides being a compendium of chronically painful conditions, their other most common denominator is Erica Siegel, a blogger we love. She is the author of the blog Slightly Distressed Damsel, and her “ultimate goal is to advocate for chronic pain sufferers and spread awareness.”
For anyone who has ever been disappointed when they pulled out their first batch of homemade gluten-free cookies, this blog is for you. This site is arguably the final authority on gluten-free baking. Jeanne began learning about gluten-free baking after she was diagnosed with a life-threatening wheat allergy. She specializes in baking that is delicious, not just “pretty good for gluten-free.” Her gluten-free flour recipe is not to be missed and makes daily gluten-free baking a snap.