Chronic Pain

When People Judge Me For Not Working Because Of My Chronic Pain

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  By Lauren in The Mighty.   A “friend” recently said to me, “I may have a guy for you.” She knows I’m single and have been looking for someone special for a while now. We spoke over the phone and she asked, “What do you do? What do you keep busy with? I just […]

5 Reasons We Should Never Assume Someone Isn’t In Pain

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      By Christina Carrell in The Mighty.   I was sitting in one of those canvas painting classes, waving a paintbrush back and forth in a very amateur attempt to recreate Monet’s “Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies” (spoiler: I’m not an artist and the end result bore little resemblance to the […]

Why People With Chronic Illness Can’t Simply ‘Push Through’

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  By Alicia Thompson in The Mighty.   It never ceases to frustrate me to realize how pervasive the “Just Do It” culture is. Whenever I discuss my physical limitations with others, I’m often met with the suggestion that I simply need to “push through.” Which leaves me wondering, what does this phrase really mean […]

The Differences Between Temporary And Chronic Pain

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By Krista Germanis in The Mighty. Pain and sickness are really difficult things to write about. Trying to describe things you’re feeling, but many people have never dealt with before, is essentially attempting to put pen to paper about the way butterflies feel in the beginning of a relationship to someone who still has yet […]

Why People With Chronic Illness Can’t Simply ‘Push Through’

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By Alicia Thompon in The Mighty.   It never ceases to frustrate me to realize how pervasive the “Just Do It” culture is. Whenever I discuss my physical limitations with others, I’m often met with the suggestion that I simply need to “push through.” Which leaves me wondering, what does this phrase really mean to […]

The Differences Between Temporary And Chronic Pain

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  By Krista Germanis in The Mighty.   Pain and sickness are really difficult things to write about. Trying to describe things you’re feeling, but many people have never dealt with before, is essentially attempting to put pen to paper about the way butterflies feel in the beginning of a relationship to someone who still has yet […]

The Other Side Of The Opioid Epidemic: Denying Treatment To People With Chronic Pain

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    By Kate Nicholson in The Mighty.   When I went into the office one Saturday afternoon in August 1994, I planned to spend a few hours finishing a brief that was due in federal court Monday morning. At the time, I was a civil rights attorney for the justice department. After 30 minutes […]

Please Don’t Confuse My Chronic Pain With ‘Low Pain Tolerance’

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By Alexandra Kaye in The Mighty.   “Pain tolerance” and “pain threshold” are phrases used to describe how much pain a person can handle, but they don’t actually mean the same thing. Pain tolerance is how much pain you can handle while still functioning (for me, this means how much pain I can handle without taking medication). […]

What I Wish Others Knew About Living With Chronic Pain

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  By Emily Murray in The Mighty.   You open your eyes and look at the clock. It’s 4:45 a.m. You only have about an hour left in your bed, your safe haven. Sure, maybe you could use a little more sleep. Most people do need that. But lack of sleep isn’t what drives you to hit the […]

When You Can’t Just ‘Push Through the Pain’

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  By Stacey T in The Mighty.   This post may get a little soap-box-like, but it’s something I need to talk about because it’s become a huge issue for me. So, most people have heard the phrases “pushing through pain,” “no pain, no gain” and similar ones. But when you have chronic illnesses or […]

Prescribing Mindfulness Allows Doctors To Ignore Legitimate Female Pain

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  By Sarah Yahm in Slate.   A few years ago, after a series of cascading injuries and illnesses that rendered me unable to type, drive, or sleep, I briefly became a professional patient. Like all of my professions, I took it seriously. I went to appointments armed with lists of well-researched questions written down neatly […]

6 Challenges Healthy People May Not Realize Are Caused By Chronic Pain

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By Kristen Spinola in The Mighty. Chronic pain isn’t just constant pain, though that would be more than enough for anyone to handle. The truth is that chronic pain always brings friends. These added challenges are obvious, but rarely taken into consideration by “healthy” people. Remembering that like all bullies, chronic pain travels with a gang […]

What I Really Mean When I Say ‘I’m Fine’ As Someone With Chronic Illness

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    By Lana Barhum in The Mighty.   Living with chronic illness and pain is something that isn’t easily understood by people who are not going through the same thing. Moreover, the effects of illness are an emotional and personal daily battle. Many people have this notion that if you look fine, you are feeling […]

To The Person Who Thinks Chronic Pain ‘Can’t Be That Bad’

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    By Krissy Purcell in The Mighty. I have a friend. A poisonous friend. When she is angry, she makes my days hell and my nights sleepless. She attacks me when I least expect it, especially if I’m lulled into a sense of security. She follows me everywhere, every day to the point where […]

Are Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia Related To Parkinson’s Disease?

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. The Chronic Pain Connection. From “hand-warmers” to ion channel blockers to magnetic field generators more and more different approaches to get at the chronic pain are being tried. Now comes an entirely different approach. First, studies indicated that in rodents in chronic pain neurons thought to be associated with […]

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