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This Is The Heartbreaking Reality Of Being A Mom With Chronic Pain

The evening before my 4-year-old daughter, Hannah, and I went to Philadelphia, she carefully chose her favorite stuffed animal, coloring books and bathing suit. I carefully chose the right mixture of medications to ensure I’d get enough pain relief to sleep, but not so much that I’d keep sleeping if she needed me in the […]

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We’ve failed in chronic care management It’s time to change course.

The way we manage chronic disease in the United States is fundamentally flawed, and even counterintuitive. There are different paths an individual can take when treating, managing, or preventing chronic illness. The first is one with which we’re most familiar, where health visits end in prescriptions and pamphlets outlining what to do next. It takes […]


Chronic Illness Prepared Me for Coronavirus Social Isolation

Another cancer survivor I spoke to, Jessica Mollie Lauren, was diagnosed with stage 3A melanoma in 2011 when she was 20 years old. Right now, she says that she’s been feeling something similar to survivor’s guilt as she watches so many typically healthy people being abruptly forced into isolation. “It’s so surreal seeing the masses […]


I’m a Scientist With Chronic Illnesses. Here’s How I’m Handling My Worry About Coronavirus

Take from this some perspective on how I personally am approaching my health and my sanity amidst a looming global disaster, my prescription bottles, and stacks of peer reviewed papers. Before diving head first into all of these statistics, please take a deep breath and remember: people with all the risk factors can still recover. […]


My Chronic Pain Took Almost a Decade to Diagnose

The first time my body rages against itself, it’s 2009. I’m just out of college, and I have awoken to what feels like an explosion inside my skull. Oh god, it’s my eye, I realize. My little studio’s two windows become my enemies, pouring intense white light into the room. The light is a dagger. […]

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Long-term Lyme disease ‘actually chronic fatigue syndrome’

The majority of people who believe they have a chronic form of Lyme disease are more likely to have chronic fatigue syndrome, experts suggest. There are around 3,000 cases of Lyme disease, caused by tick bites, in the UK each year. Most of those who take antibiotics make a full recovery within months. But infectious […]


Sia Reveals She Is Suffering from a Neurological Disease and Chronic Pain

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6 Things You Should Know If You Live With Chronic ITP

A lot of people aren’t even aware there’s a condition that can cause your body’s immune system to go kind of haywire and attack the platelets that help your blood clot. Then there are people with chronic immune thrombocytopenia (also known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, or the short and not-so-sweet ITP) who know this very […]


Antidepressants: Another Weapon Against Chronic Pain

Some of the more effective and commonly used medications for chronic pain are drugs that were developed to treat other conditions. Although not specifically intended to treat chronic pain, antidepressants are a mainstay in the treatment of many chronic pain conditions, even when depression isn’t recognized as a factor. Types of pain relieved Antidepressants seem […]

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Lena Dunham Cannot Speak For All Women With Chronic Illness

In Allison P. Davis’ recent Lena Dunham profile in The Cut, which focused heavily on the “Girls” creator’s chronic health issues, Dunham told the writer at one point that she’d “like to be the face of” the fibromyalgia drug Lyrica. This comment, among others, left me wondering: Is Dunham capable of being part of a […]

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Disabled People With Chronic Health Issues Face A World Of Inaccessibility

I visit my pain doctor on a monthly basis. Sometimes I get trigger point injections ― shots of lidocaine into my muscles to stop them from spasming, a frequent occurrence due to my degenerative collagen disorder. Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome also causes my joints to frequently dislocate, randomly and without warning, causing severe and constant pain. […]

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Kratom Tea Is Being Used to Treat Anxiety, Chronic Pain, and Even Opiate Withdrawal—but Is It Safe and Effective?

What is Kratom tea? This buzzy tea is made from the leaves of the kratom tree, which is native to Southeast Asia. Kratom is thought to act as a stimulant in smaller doses. In larger amounts, it has a sedative effect. Some people even use kratom to ease symptoms of opiate withdrawal. It’s marketed as a “natural high” and is illegal in many […]