Tagged: chronic pain

A spoonful, a spoon less

6Oct

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“Day in bed for me it seems…#spoonie.” You may have seen tweets or posts similar to this pop up on your social media news feed which include #spoonie. For many of you that do know what it means, it’s probable … Continue reading

  

Arthritis Awareness Month

24May

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During the month of May, people around the country have been doing their part to raise awareness and sharing their experiences for National Arthritis month.   Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common forms of arthritis in the … Continue reading

  

Depression and Pain: Are They Really Linked?

5Jan

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It is estimated that 1 in 4 of us will experience some kind of mental health problem during our lives, with depression being the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in the United Kingdom. Mentally and physically draining, depression can seriously … Continue reading

  

Pain Management and TCM

1Oct

  As a traditionally trained Acupuncturist I regularly get people coming to me for the treatment of pain; often as a last resort but also as part of a holistic pain management strategy working in partnership with other health professionals … Continue reading

  

16 Things You Know When Living With A Chronic Illness (Or Three) In Your 20s

14Aug

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Living through your teens and your 20s can be a particularly difficult experience when you’re chronically ill. There are so many things that you want to be able to do and experience, but your body simply won’t cooperate. I know … Continue reading

  

Are You Addicted to Your Chronic Pain Medication? Here’s How to Tell

17Mar

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If you suffer from chronic pain, the risks of not managing it properly can include anxiety, depression, and increased likelihood of suicide. You could even suffer from hormonal complications as a result of uncontrolled pain. But if you’re using prescription … Continue reading

  

No Pain, No Gain? Keeping Fit with Tietze syndrome

1Aug

I know that almost all gyms and fitness instructors have long-since moved away from the die-hard dedication to “No pain, no gain” but it can still be a psychological issue for someone with a chronic pain condition. Depending on what … Continue reading

  

Surprising Responses to Chronic Conditions

24Jun

It never fails to amaze me how people can instantly become Drs and start prescribing you treatments, no matter what the condition. Some people will offer you home remedies, some will tell you about an amazing new treatment they heard … Continue reading

  

The Things We Give Up For Our Conditions

19Mar

It’s been a long time since I’ve breathed as confidently as I do now. My chronic pain condition seems to be fading away of its own accord and I’m left dumbfounded at the grip it has had on my life … Continue reading

  

Tackling chronic pain – it’s like learning a new language..and unlearning an old

7May

Tackling chronic pain is a challenge. Undoubtedly our understanding of pain, the role of the nervous system and other body systems, has advanced to permit a reconceptualisation of the experience and how we can approach it. The knowledge that there … Continue reading

  

Reconceptualising pain for better treatment – a revolution? A revelation?

7May

Traditionally pain is understood to be an unpleasant experience in the body where a problem exists, and is something to be got rid of as quickly as possible. The so-called ‘biomedical model’ considers which structures require treatment or surgery, stopping … Continue reading

  

Teaching an old dog new tricks

7May

Not that I am calling anyone an ‘old dog’, ’you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’  is a universally understood phrase implying that once we are set in our ways, change is impossible. This is simply not the case. I am … Continue reading

  

Denial is not a river in Egypt

11Apr

There is no magic pill, drink or technique that will cure you of having a chronic health condition. Well-meaning people will say in the early days, “Oooh try this thing”.  Or, “I’ve heard if you cut out bread, wheat and … Continue reading