A summer day with disabling chronic pain

                            I am stuck in bed yet again. Unable to feed myself. Unable to move. The sun beats outside my window. I hear people laughing as they walk by my condo building. I imagine all the things “normal” people are doing on this summer day…working, driving, exercising, playing, walking, dining out on patios, … Continue reading A summer day with disabling chronic pain

How drawing, music and photography have helped me, a non-artist, deal with chronic pain

Six years ago if you had told me that drawing or music could assist me in dealing with my pain I would have said, “no way, I am not an artist and I need medical treatment not art or music”.  Interestingly as the years passed and my pain and disability increased, I opened up to the idea of utilizing the Arts to help me deal with the … Continue reading How drawing, music and photography have helped me, a non-artist, deal with chronic pain

Have your hobbies changed since you have chronic pain?

Like most people with chronic pain or illness, I have had to say goodbye to many beloved hobbies. Gone are my world travelling days, my biking adventures, and, often, even my waterfront strolls. So I have had to search out hobbies I can physically manage. My new hobbies have slowly evolved over the past few years. There are some I tried, like sewing, that ended up … Continue reading Have your hobbies changed since you have chronic pain?

Affirmations to use during a pain flare-up

I use affirmations, on a daily basis, to deal with my pain. I seriously couldn’t function without them. In a pain flare-up they prevent me from entering a spiral of negative thoughts that in the past led to depression and even suicidal thoughts. Sometimes I only have to repeat the affirmations a couple of times, while other times I have to read them over and … Continue reading Affirmations to use during a pain flare-up

When Pain Flare-ups Cause Panic

Tomorrow my boyfriend arrives to visit me. He lives a 12-hour drive away from me and comes to visit every two to three weeks. Normally I would be very excited but I am in panic because I am having a major pain flare-up. I am mad that my pain has flared right before he is coming. My mind races about how disappointed he will be … Continue reading When Pain Flare-ups Cause Panic

Eating for Chronic Pain – what to eat and what to avoid

Recent research is showing links between certain foods and chronic pain. I have reviewed this research extensively and summarized below, what foods and drinks can ease chronic pain and what ones can increase pain.  *Please keep in mind that these are general suggestions and should be tailored to your existing health conditions.* EASE PAIN by eating/drinking: Ginger – lowers inflammation and muscle pain. Onions – contain phytochemicals that … Continue reading Eating for Chronic Pain – what to eat and what to avoid

The journey of chronic pain

I have had a life-long passion for off-the-beaten-path travelling. By the age of thirty-five I had travelled to eighteen countries and my list of future trips was lengthy and included a camping adventure in Kenya and Tanzania. In October 2008 little did I realize when I stepped off the plane from a trip to Europe that this would be my last trip overseas indefinitely. Four days … Continue reading The journey of chronic pain