Pain Awareness Month: pain impact

Yes, September is Pain Awareness Month. A time to remind myself that other people have no idea what this chronic pain thing is all about. Drugs only help 58% of chronic pain sufferers.WebMD I suspect that people without chronic pain might know that Pain is actually the sucky part of chronic pain. The really, really … Continue reading Pain Awareness Month: pain impact

Chronic pain treatment expectations

When you were diagnosed with chronic pain what were your treatment expectations, if any? And what did the doctor or specialist imply the treatment expectations were? It is strange with some pain. With fibromyalgia my pain, back in the day, was mostly ignored and not treated or managed until I was a lot older. The … Continue reading Chronic pain treatment expectations

Sudden onset diverticulitis abdominal pain led to an ER visit

I had a recent ER visit because I got quite violently ill. It seemed like an extremely severe IBS flare since I do have IBS-D. But that has been fairly controlled since I have gone on a very high fiber diet so it was very painful and extreme for no reason I could determine. I … Continue reading Sudden onset diverticulitis abdominal pain led to an ER visit

Regulating emotions with chronic pain

We all know chronic pain brings with it a hefty emotional toll. And we know that chronic pain does alter our neurotransmitter balance. A study from UNSW Sydney and NeuRA¬†(published in the European Journal of Pain) found that people with chronic pain also have a specific imbalance of neurotransmitters in the part of the brain … Continue reading Regulating emotions with chronic pain