Living With Chronic Pain

How Do We Survive A Vacation?

Like most patients who live with chronic pain and all the ways it impacts our lives, I always ask, "Is a trip worth the recovery I’ll have to deal with to survive?" Or, in effect: How do I survive my vacation? We all need time off, away from everyday worries, responsibilities and strife. It’s a… Continue reading How Do We Survive A Vacation?

Living With Chronic Pain

Intermittent Pain

Previously, I defined chronic pain as any pain lasting longer than the reasonably expected healing time for the tissue involved. Most consider it to be after 3-6 months. But a variation of chronic pain is the type that's intermittent, which is when pain-free times alternate with weeks or months of daily pain. In some ways. I think intermittent pain is… Continue reading Intermittent Pain

Living With Chronic Pain

Defining Chronic Pain

According to multiple studies, it's estimated that between 20-30% of people in this country suffer from what the CDC terms "high-impact chronic pain," which is pain severe enough that it frequently limits life or work activities. But chronic pain syndrome (CPS) is a common problem that presents a major challenge to health-care providers because of its complex natural history,… Continue reading Defining Chronic Pain

8 seated stretches for travelers
Living With Chronic Pain

8 Seated Stretches To Help Travelers Ease Tension and Pain

Every Tuesday, we post a new weekly exercise to help add ideas and motivation to your exercise regimen. We have posted many exercises that utilize a chair- making them easy for air travel or road trips- anywhere you may need to relive some tension, ultimately also helping relieve pain. Here are 8 exercises to get… Continue reading 8 Seated Stretches To Help Travelers Ease Tension and Pain

Living With Chronic Pain

15 Ways To Deal With Pain During The Holidays

The holiday season is filled with excitement, anticipation and a multitude of activities. But for those of us living with chronic pain, they can also be filled with anxiety, fear and concern for our survival. Every year I used to privately worry, will I make it through another one? Will I be able to give… Continue reading 15 Ways To Deal With Pain During The Holidays