Miss Understood: My Invisible Support Group

I recently attended the 7th annual “Women in Pain” conference. I had been asked to participate in a panel of fellow pain sufferers to discuss how we reached acceptance and a new normal. I didn’t think anyone would care to…

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A Pained Life: Awareness Month Misses Awareness

September is National Pain Awareness Month. Unfortunately, few people seem to know or, honestly, care. I think the reason for that is simple. I appreciate the American Chronic Pain Association’s efforts at creating the first Pain Awareness Month in 2001….

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Living with Pain: Collagenous Colitis and the Devil

It always comes with little warning, but even when I recognize the Klaxon has sounded it may already be too late. And too late is out of the question. It’s not really a “question” though — it’s a condition over…

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Marijuana Rated Most Effective Alternative Treatment for Pain

Medical marijuana has been rated the most effective alternative treatment for relieving chronic pain, according to the results of a new survey that also gave high marks to massage and chiropractic therapy. The most widely used non-drug alternative treatment –…

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Childhood Trauma and Adult Pain: Is There a Connection?

Seven out of 10 women with chronic pain report having one or more incidents of childhood trauma, according to the results of a survey that found nearly half the women had experienced emotional abuse as children. The online survey of…

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