It is widely reported that chronic pain affects nearly 100 million people in the U.S. annually – more than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. While this figure is high, it is still not quite accurate. Chronic pain affects more than just the patient – millions more are affected by [...]
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When we talk about chronic pain sites we love, often we choose those sites that highlight one person’s experience with chronic pain. This puts a face to the pain to build connection and offer people with similar conditions hope and support. This connection to a larger community helps people cope. [...]
The April 21st death of Prince Rogers Nelson, the revered music icon more popularly known as Prince, sent shockwaves across the world. His contribution to music spanned five decades and inspired generations of musicians. Comfortable playing guitar, keyboard, and drums, Prince was also a prolific songwriter, writing not only for [...]
Chronic pain patients know the drill. Family and friends, try as they might, just don’t quite get it. They don’t understand what chronic pain feels like. Sometimes they don’t even quite believe that the chronic pain patient is ill. “But you don’t look sick!” is a common refrain. For an [...]
Chronic pain and anxiety are deeply connected conditions that often feed upon each other. While researchers found that those with chronic pain are more likely to have anxiety, new studies are also looking at the prevalence of anxiety in general in the U.S. and how that might even be causing [...]
Chronic pain can be a very isolating condition. Friends and family members may not be able to understand the daily struggle to complete the simplest of tasks, and they may be worn down from caregiving. It is essential that chronic pain patients get the support they need as part of [...]
In the U.S., nearly 100 million people suffer from chronic pain. Regardless of how it begins, chronic pain is defined as pain that is refractory, lasting longer than three months. There are many side effects of chronic pain, but one that seems to exponentially worsen symptoms is depression. Researchers have [...]
On the very worst days with pain, just putting your feet on the floor and getting out of bed can be a challenge. On days like this, we find that chronic pain quotes and sayings can be of tremendous benefit. Sometimes these reminders help us find the strength to move [...]
“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a [person] being unapologetically [themselves]; comfortable in [their] perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience In the ongoing debate about weight, fitness, and what it [...]
Eating with chronic pain can be a minefield of potentially painful foods. Many of these pain-causing foods are common and used in some of our favorite dishes. Here are 13 foods to avoid if you have chronic pain and five delicious alternatives. Foods to avoid if you have chronic pain [...]