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Your Chronic Pain Has Finally Been Diagnosed. Now What?

Your Chronic Pain Has Finally Been Diagnosed. Now What?

We all respond differently to information about our health. After learning what condition is causing your chronic pain, you might be stunned, scared, or even relieved to have answers. Your diagnosis may bring with it hope about possible treatments...
Posted 10/16/2019
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How Good Boundaries Make Life With Chronic Pain Easier

How Good Boundaries Make Life With Chronic Pain Easier

There is an old saying: “Good fences make good neighbors.” Having healthy boundaries in relationships is important for everyone, especially for people living with chronic pain. Setting and defending boundaries allows you to protect your physical...
Posted 09/11/2019
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Tap Into the Power of Directness: Use "I"

Tap Into the Power of Directness: Use "I"

Living with chronic pain can mean having limited energy, time, and bandwidth. You may find yourself needing to say "no" more often than you did before you developed chronic pain. Do you have a tough time being direct with others about how you...
Posted 08/15/2019
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Who's the One Person You Should Always Keep Your Promise To?

Who's the One Person You Should Always Keep Your Promise To?

Keeping promises to yourself is a way to focus on self-nurture. This could mean making a commitment to "you" time on a regular basis to tend to yourself. Keep a regular date with yourself to focus on whatever helps you feel calm and centered in...
Posted 07/16/2019
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Fighting For Your Quality of Life

Fighting For Your Quality of Life

When I first began to develop symptoms of my disease, they were very similar to the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. I was referred to a neurologist who did one brain MRI test. No lesions were present, so he dismissed me and just prescribed an...
Posted 07/02/2019
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Telling White Lies

Telling White Lies

Have you ever told a white lie to be kind, to protect the feelings of others, or maybe to simply avoid stigma? You're not alone.For some living with a chronic condition, telling a white lie can be a way to save one's strength. Sometimes it's...
Posted 06/26/2019
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What Carrie Ann Inaba's Chronic Pain Reveal Does for the Rest of Us

What Carrie Ann Inaba's Chronic Pain Reveal Does for the Rest of Us

When Carrie Ann Inaba, "Dancing with the Stars" judge and new co-host of "The Talk," revealed she has suffered from chronic pain since her 2007 diagnosis of spinal stenosis, a wave of empathy and validation washed over the chronic pain community....
Posted 06/11/2019
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Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Saying "no" with grace and honesty can be challenging. Sometimes our fear of ending a conversation awkwardly or letting a friend or relative down can nudge us into saying "yes" to things that are difficult for us. When managing chronic pain,...
Posted 06/05/2019
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Putting Yourself First

Putting Yourself First

Have you ever put someone’s else’s needs ahead of your own? We all do it - we’re human, after all. There is a name for this generous tendency. Economists refer to this situation, when one person's well-being cannot be improved without making...
Posted 05/16/2019
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Are You Afraid To Say No?

Are You Afraid To Say No?

Yes. No. I mean – maybe? Well, okay. Have you ever wanted to be able to say "no" without feeling guilty? Without feeling you're letting someone down? Many of us struggle with disappointing anyone with a 'no.' At the same time, those two letters,...
Posted 05/01/2019
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