Chronic Pain

Bringing Local Communities Together To Raise Awareness Of Arthritis

Shantel Irwin | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shantel Irwin

Arthritis is a condition that causes stiffness and swelling in the joints. One in six of us have arthritis and one in five will consult a GP about a musculoskeletal problem each year. It is the leading cause of pain and disability in the UK.

Six 'Socially Unacceptable' Things I Do Because Of My Chronic Illness

Amani Omejer | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

everybody banner One of the most frustrating things about chronic illness is the unpredictability of it -- I never know how I'm going to feel. Sometimes I can do stuff, sometimes I can't, and it's so bloody confusing. Even after almost 10 years of health stuff, I still haven't figured it out, and I don't think I ever will.

Medicinal Cannabis - The Solution To An Opioid Crisis?

Melanie Haynes | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Melanie Haynes

There has already been a lot of research worldwide on cannabis sprays and their effectiveness. Denmark will embark on trials for those with Multiple Sclerosis and three other types of patients in 2018 -- spinal cord injuries, chronic pain, Multiple Sclerosis and terminal cancer. These are the main areas where it is thought that medicinal cannabis can be effective.

A Chronic Pain In The A**

Susie Reddy | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Susie Reddy

everybody banner You know how sometimes, when you're sick or badly injured and you feel like you won't survive the experience? Those few days, or even weeks, of physical/emotional drain and torture can seem endless... But what if the nausea/ urging pain/all consuming fatigue isn't temporary? What if it genuinely can't be fixed and you know that you're going to pretty much feel like crap for the rest of your days?

Five Ways Chronic Illness Has Improved My Life

Kate Jackson | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Jackson

There's no doubt about it, having a chronic illness can be shit. And to write a blog post, 'five ways that chronic illness has made my life shit' would arguably be a lot less of a challenge, in fact stopping at five may be the hardest part.

Five Ways To Support Someone With Chronic Illness At Events

Amani Omejer | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Today I have a wedding of one of my oldest friends, but I woke up in blinding abdo pain and with a crippling UTI. I should just stay in bed, but last year I missed 3 really good friends weddings because I was in hospital, so there is no way I am missing out on this one!

It's Not All In Our Head: Physical Symptoms Of Depression

Naomi Barrow | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Depression may impact other parts of our bodies, too - including our blood glucose levels, bone density, menstrual cycle, sex drive, and sleep. Additionally, any medication we take for depression can also have physical side effects.

Caffeine Could Be A Better Painkiller Than Ibuprofen And Morphine

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Tech

Your coffee habit may be wreaking havoc on your wallet, but scientists say that your daily caffeine could actually be also doing a job as a pain relie...

Living With Chronic Pain Isn't Just About Living With Pain

Elizabeth Sirrell | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Sirrell

Families can become frustrated. Sometimes they can't understand why the pain can't be cured with some extra strong headache pills. Sometimes they can't cope with seeing them in pain. Sometimes they might not believe that the pain can be so controlling. And sometimes they want a more 'reliable' relative. Sometimes they too just drift away.

10 Things You Should Know if Your Other Half Has Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Anna Gaunt | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

There seems to be few people in this world who can deal with having a partner with a chronic illness. Thank you for making us feel like less of a burden. Thank you for making us feel like the amazing people that we actually are! Thank you for loving us. We will love you endlessly in return.

Please Don't Endo Our Friendship

Holly Leppard | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Leppard

I am absolutely thrilled to see the recent media exposure of Endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects nearly two million women in the U.K. My...

Woman With Mystery Illness Records Emotional Video Begging For Someone To Diagnose Her

Caters News | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A woman suffering with an unknown yet debilitating condition has created a moving video in a desperate bid to find someone who can identify her myster...

What People Say When They Realise I'm Not Going To Get Better, And What I Want To Say In Return (But Rarely Do)

Dave Meldrum | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dave Meldrum

I live with the debilitating and incurable Ankylosing Spondylitis. It's a chronic disease which means it's not going anywhere, isn't going to kill me but does make life very, very hard. My pain can, on a very bad day, reach the level of childbirth without the obvious prospect of new life at the end of it

What Chronic Illness Looks Like Behind Closed Doors

Amani Omejer | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Living with chronic illness is lonely as fuck. I spend so much time on my own -- more time than I ever expected to spend on my own, or have ever wanted to. There is so, so, much of my life that people don't see.

Mind The Gap: How Descartes' Philosophy Is Hurting Healthcare

Laura Elliott | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Laura Elliott

It's fair to say that most of us don't consider René Descartes to play an important role in our day-to-day lives. Yes, he gave us 'I think therefore ...

I Wish I Had Cancer

Dave Meldrum | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dave Meldrum

A.S. is a chronic, incurable, probably degenerative disease in the arthritis family affecting my spine, neck and other joints. It leaves me with daily flu-like fatigue. I have had these symptoms sporadically from the age of 20. Every day since I was 27, my first year of marriage. I am 43 years old.

Living With Chronic Illness: Why The Holidays Are Hard

Amani Omejer | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

There's something particularly challenging about Christmas time. It's a marker in the calendar that is unavoidable. I can dodge (well kind of dodge) other times of year that are particularly difficult.

Living With Chronic Illness Is Relentless

Amani Omejer | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Waking up and being in pain straight away is beyond depressing and demoralising, but I'd always pick this one over being woken up by the pain. Both options are so tough, lonely, and exhausting, though. They also feel indescribable. Words somehow just don't do being-in-constant-severe-pain justice at all.

On Being A Vicar With Chronic Pain And Depression. And A Man

Dave Meldrum | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dave Meldrum

bmm banner.jpg I'm a man in a fairly patriarchal culture, in a stream of the Christian church that has often overtly pushed the idea of 'strong' masculinity; where male Christians are routinely referred to as 'warriors' and the 'head of the family'; where a mega-church pastor once spoke of not wanting to worship a Jesus that he could beat up.

Arthritis Attacks What it Means to Live

Liam O’Toole | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK
Liam O’Toole

This year, we want even more people like Nora to share their everyday experience of living with arthritis. With everyone's support, we can continue to invest in breakthrough treatments, the best information and vital support for everyone affected by arthritis today, and in the future.

A Nation in Pain

Liam O’Toole | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Liam O’Toole

Chronic pain is also often invisible, and as such it can be difficult for people to explain to their loved ones or health care professionals, putting up a barrier to getting the right support and treatments.

Life Lessons Disability Taught Me No.1 - Addiction

Mik Scarlet | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

OK, this isn't an in-depth account of how to beat all addiction, but it a brief exploration of how I have made sure I am not a slave to it's effects. I cannot avoid addiction entirely as my pain will remain with me for all my life, but I hope my experiences as a disabled person can help others.

Why the F**k Should I Have to 'Perform' My Disability to Be Believed? And Other Thoughts

Natasha Lipman | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

Because sometimes a sweary list is what's needed when living with a chronic illness gets too much... Why the fuck should I have to "perform" my disability for someone to believe me?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is In Your Gut Not Your Head

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Tech

Scientists have discovered “further evidence” that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not psychological and could actually be caused by bacteria in the g...

Lyme Disease - Just A Minor Bite Or A Major Epidemic?

Janice Haddon | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Janice Haddon

You can try to protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers tucked into socks if you are out in nature. Use a good repellent and carry a tick remover with you. There is more advice on the Lyme Disease UK site.