Join the 21-Day Chronic Pain/Illness Photo Project

I am hosting a 21-Day Chronic Pain/Illness Photo Project in a closed Facebook group starting Monday, April 27, 2015. Each day there will be a photo prompt related to chronic pain/illness. Participate as much or as little as you would like. No experience necessary. Just use your phone-camera, snap away and share in the group. If you are interested in joining the project click on … Continue reading Join the 21-Day Chronic Pain/Illness Photo Project

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

Vitamins and Supplements for Chronic Pain

Although there are no vitamins or supplements to “cure” chronic pain there is increasing research showing some vitamins and supplements may ease pain for some individuals and for some types of pain. I have summarized the research below. Fish Oil (2-4 grams of DHA + EPA/day) – major anti-inflammatory and helps with all types of pain Magnesium Citrate – helps with muscle spasms and weakness … Continue reading Vitamins and Supplements for Chronic Pain