Today, without asking you to make an appointment, pack your bag and board a plane, I invite you to join me for the 2016 Heal Your Chronic Pain Summit. Over 21 health experts have come together to share tips on how to get rid of your pain for good through simple techniques, extremely efficient methods, and the newest in holistic health.Read More
In today’s post, I’m going to share some of my ongoing symptoms in hopes that you aren’t left in the dark about these realities. My only tip for this post is that at this point, Chronic Pain has no cure and these ongoing symptoms should be expected, monitored and taken seriously.Read More
Christine Miserandino is the creator of ‘The Spoon Theory’ and a cherished member of the Chronic Pain family. She has given so much of her life to helping millions communicate what it’s really like living with Chronic Illness. Her theory has been read and translated all over the world!
Christine needs our help. The Spoon Lady has had a devastating year.Read More
We can literally think more pain into reality. “What you think about your pain and how you anticipate pain in the future may actually create more of what you don’t want.”
“The more you complain, the more you summon your creative energies to attract the very thing you complain about.” In turn, if the complaint is about pain, more pain will follow. Misery loves company, right?Read More
I never expected to wear a neck brace and hand wraps or use wheelchair and a cane. There was a long period of time where I thought that this was going to be my new forever: not working, barely able to brush my teeth, unable to get dressed on my own, in constant pain, fatigued and plagued by nausea that would make anyone’s head spin. I was railroaded.Read More
Before my diagnosis, I had the vitality of the energizer bunny. I could sleep for six hours and handle weekly business trips and back-to-back meetings with no problem.
Today, I can’t even imagine what it feels like to wake up energized. Those days feel like a lifetime ago. I never realized how important sleep is until my diagnosis. So after much trial and flare, I’ve created a list of 9 tips that give me the best chance of having a restful night’s sleep.Read More
Marshall said, “I just made up my mind, I wasn’t going to let this thing radically change my life.”
Marshall and I talked about treatments that have and haven’t worked over the years. We also agreed that experimenting outside of our comfort zone is a must if we were to have a good shot at finding relief. If the experiment is a failure, we cross it off the list and move on to the next thing.Read More
Almost 33% of the population and 50% of returning veterans struggle with Chronic Pain. In efforts to manage their pain, many people (including both Michael Jackson & Prince) turn to and become addicted to opioids. So many in fact, that the Surgeon General has declared opioid addiction a national epidemic.Read More
Undiagnosed for 25 years, Marshall Field dealt with feelings of depression and hopelessness as he tried time and again to convey the pain he was experiencing in his body. At one point, when he became so weak and had lost a concerning 20 pounds, Marshall knew there was something very wrong, but no one could figure out what.Read More
"I’m ashamed to admit that for a long time I didn’t truly understand my sister’s disease. I didn’t understand that she was in intense pain every single day. It was difficult for her to communicate what was going on, and I really wasn’t educated as well as I should have been on chronic pain... "Read More
If I wanted huge results, I had to make a huge change.
I realized I had to build a better machine… a better body. With Fibro, our bodies already work overtime to fight pain and fatigue 24/7, what if I could conserve some energy by feeding my machine-body a diet that was better for me and took less energy to digest?Read More
Over 75% of people who fall in love and decide to get married are eventually driven apart by chronic illness. That’s 25%-35% more than the average divorce rate in the U.S. As if marriage wasn’t challenging enough for two perfectly healthy people.
I am committed to doing everything in my power to remain in the 25% of warriors who keep their marriage alive. And not just alive, but happy, passionate and thriving.Read More
The first time I had a flare up I had no idea what was happening with my body. Every inch of me hurt. I couldn’t sit, stand or lay down without my entire body screaming in pain. From my eyelashes to my feet to my skin, to my muscles and joints, nothing felt right.
O.M.G! What the heck is going on I thought? I was hospitalized right away and bedridden for 8 days.Read More
In this bonus edition of the Me vs. Fibromyalgia series, I’ll be taking my cue from the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association’s theme this year, “Your Voice Matters.” I’m using this platform to voice a few opinions that are rarely spoken but need to be said.
It’s fake. It’s invisible. It’s a B.S. excuse for being lazy...Read More
I had to go outside of the norm, color outside of the lines. As long as it took to finally find the best treatments for myself, the hours and years of research and appointments that didn’t end well, were worth it.Read More
So I told him. I told him how I didn’t want to be on narcotic pain medication and how I wanted to live as normal of a life as possible. This meant working at a full time job and having some semblance of a social life. I told him everything with tears streaming down my face because I felt like the chance of any of those things happening was slim to none. He listened very intently and when I finished he said, “I can help you.”Read More
Over 5 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Five million! That’s about 1 in 50 Americans, and between 80 and 90 percent of those are women. This is my story of living with this crazy and complicated condition and the purpose of my series is to educate and assist those who suffer every minute of every day and are still expected to live a “normal life.”Read More