Category: Pain Management

  • Guilt-Free Self-Care Tips for Introverts

    Guilt-Free Self-Care Tips for Introverts

    These guilt-free self-care tips for introverts explain options for people with social anxiety, chronic pain, or who just need alone time.

  • Gift Guide For Chronic Pain, Part 1 — UPDATED!

    Gift Guide For Chronic Pain, Part 1 — UPDATED!

    Christmas is coming! (And my birthday too… just sayin’) and that’s got me thinking about all the little gadgets I continually recommend to my friends. Some of this stuff took me 20 years to learn about (theracane, where were you all my life?!) and some are old standbys that can help a surprising amount. Here’s…

  • Pain Scales (1-10): How To Explain Your Pain

    Pain Scales (1-10): How To Explain Your Pain

    Pain scales are an imperfect attempt to objectively classify something that resists that categorization. There are so many types of pain, but even if you only have one (“only”), pain isn’t neat and tidy. So as you answer pain scale questions, keep the bigger picture in mind.

  • How Selma Blair’s Canes Support Me Too

    How Selma Blair’s Canes Support Me Too

    When i saw a picture of Selma Blair on the red carpet wearing this absolutely stunning gown and a cane, it blew me away. The cane didn’t distract from the outfit: the cane fucking MADE the outfit. She rocked it head to toe– and as somebody who really struggles with staying sexy and staying myself…

  • So Much More Than a Headache: What’s Your Migraine Routine?

    So Much More Than a Headache: What’s Your Migraine Routine?

    I have been coping with chronic migraine disease since my teens. Although I get sinus headaches and tension headaches, a migraine is an entirely different animal. If you’ve never had one, it can be hard to explain what they feel like (and they’re different for everyone, of course). What causes my migraines? Stress, allergies, changes…

  • Chronic Pain, Weight, & The Challenge of Getting Through The Damn Day

    Chronic Pain, Weight, & The Challenge of Getting Through The Damn Day

    Chronic pain and weight concerns can be really hard to communicate to people who haven’t dealt with similar issues. It’s not just about hurting all the time. It’s about the pain taking up so much of your being, so much of your energy, and so much of yourself that you just don’t have enough to…

  • Complementary Medicine That Works: Biofeedback –Migraine Update!

    Complementary Medicine That Works: Biofeedback –Migraine Update!

    “Biofeedback” is today’s actually helpful complementary medicine for chronic pain My pain started when I was 15: nobody knew what was wrong or how to fix it (I didn’t get a diagnosis or explanation for well over a decade), and soon we were grasping at straws. My mother, bless her, dragged me to everything she…

  • Complementary Medicine: What Works and What Doesn’t

    Complementary Medicine: What Works and What Doesn’t

    Over the last 20 years, I’ve tried (and retried) many more options. Some of them helped; most of them didn’t. The majority of complementary treatments I’ve tried have been an expensive way of pissing money away. But there ARE things that can really, truly help. Everyone is different, and everyone’s pain is different. But here’s…