6 Ways I’m Managing a Weather-Caused Flare (+ 5 More Ways I Could)

All jokes aside, my symptoms are increased pain, increased fatigue, really bad jaw pain, my left foot is super veiny and sore (my calf is fine though so unlikely anything super serious). How the heck can I manage all of this?

My Experience at the World Pain Summit ’21, Part I

The World Pain Summit ’21 was free to attend for persons with lived experience, but was also for physicians and other allied healthcare professionals, so that we can deliver the best care for people with chronic pain. As a person with lived experience, here’s what you need to know from Day 1!

How well do our pain medications work?

If you’re anything like me, you may have wondered why pain medications aren’t working well. Aren’t giving the relief we’re told they should. I’ve been taken off NSAIDs because they hurt my stomach – has this happened to you to? I’ve been offered opioids after surgery but decided against it for fear of addiction even though I’ve been in a lot of pain – do you relate?

What has your pain taught you?

Our hero is on an adventure in some kind of jungle and they (or someone in their party of merry men and women) falls into what turns out to be quicksand. And they struggle and struggle and sink faster and faster. Usually in the movies the hero saves the day. Struggling in quicksand is a lot like what we do with our pain – both physical and emotional. We fight against it, struggling more and more, sinking deeper and deeper. But do you know how to actually get out of quicksand in real life?