Chronic Pain

Living With Chronic Pain

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Sherriff

Some days I can forget about it. I don't have to double up on ibuprofen and paracetamol, stick menthol heat patches over my neck or wear a hot water bottle draped on my shoulders. Unfortunately, those days are few and far between.

Why Running Towards Your Fears Might be the Best Thing You Ever do

Roberta Verdant | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

was a really scaredy child. I was terrified of so many things: wolves, being struck by lightning (I'd set up contingency plans for both) and other, more immediate things. I first began to have panic attacks when I was ten years old.

Acceptance of Chronic Illness

Hafsa Momin | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hafsa Momin

It is known that acceptance of long-term chronic illness is seen as a substantial problem in patients with chronic illnesses. Absence of acceptance can lead to clinical improvements being delayed considerably. It can also lead to poorer adherence to the current and ongoing medical treatment. They may be branded and judged by others as being in denial.

The Diary of a Hermit: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME

Sophie Eggleton | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Eggleton

The frequency of brain fog and general lethargy has made the task of writing this feature an arduous one, so on this occasion you will have to absorb my story from my video tale. Rather than a finely-tuned scripted speech, I decided to just press record and see what came out on the subject.

What Makes My Blood Boil?

Elaine Benton | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

A person suffering a degenerative disease, no matter how well they cope, cannot in reality be upbeat and happy every single moment of each day. This would be impossible and an unrealistic expectation.

Assisted to Die or to Live?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Today the Supreme court ruled against right to die campaigners Paul Lamb and Jane Nicklinson in their latest attempt to change the current laws on assisted suicide, and I must admit I am relieved. I know that might sound heartless, and there are many voices who cry about their suffering and choice, but a recent stay in hospital made me realise that there is a wider issue behind the assisted suicide debate.

Make Time Stand Still

Elaine Benton | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I would like to dedicate this article to a good friend who is battling Parkinson's and will hopefully be undergoing surgery soon. May you have a speedy recovery, resulting in an improved quality of life. This article is for you - one of the many unknown heroes, whose private story goes unsung but who inspires me with your bravery, insightful words of wisdom, a great sense of humour and wit.

Understanding Chronic Pain

Elaine Benton | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

In many ways I depend on people who are not sick. I need you to visit me when I'm too sick to go out. Sometimes I need help with shopping, cooking, cleaning, or taken to the doctor. You are my link to normalcy and help me to keep in touch with parts of life I miss.

Endo What?

Emma Watts | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Watts

I'd tell you not to google it and spare you the gruesome photographs but I want you to google it, because endometriosis is a disease that affects one in 10 women. That is almost as many as breast cancer and I am pretty sure that most people reading this will have absolutely no idea what it is.

Fighting for Our Freedom to Be Healthy

Tony Lobl | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

What might be the basis for not accepting second class health? Perhaps because its as innate to our spiritual sense to feel health is natural as it is politically to demand equal rights. "In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties," mused Swiss poet and philosopher Henri Frédéric Amiele.

Mindfulness Meditation Can Reduce Physical Pain by 90 Percent, Week Two of Our Course Shows You How

Danny Penman Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Penman Ph.D.

Pain creates tension in the body, which feeds back into the brain, which responds by turning up the 'volume' on its pain amplifiers, creating even more suffering.

Can Mindfulness Meditation Really Reduce Pain and Suffering by 90 percent? This Three Week Course Shows You How To Begin.

Danny Penman Ph.D. | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Penman Ph.D.

Imaging studies show that mindfulness soothes the brain patterns underlying pain and, over time, these changes take root and alter the structure of the brain itself, so that patients no longer feel pain with the same intensity. Many say that they barely notice it at all.

On a Scale of One - 10

Elaine Benton | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

How many times have you been asked by a doctor; "On a scale of 1 - 10, how bad is the pain?" Unfortunately I've been asked this question too many times to count. I realise a doctor needs some indication, a clue as to what he/she is dealing with, but I wonder how helpful this unreliable approach really is.

The NHS: Ever Been Let down?

Clark Russell | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Clark Russell

I realise many people have a sacrosanct attitude towards the NHS. However once you scratch under the surface you realise all is not well. With a budget of £130 Billion, there has to be more accountability and improved quality of service delivery.

Can We Lean On "Sweet Love" to Beat Chronic Pain?

Tony Lobl | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

A rumour going around for, oh, several millennia, is that God's divine m.o. includes sending suffering to teach us to love Him. That view has always mystified me.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Great Progress Made But We Need to Do More

Alan Silman | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Silman

One of the biggest success stories in modern medicine of the past 20 years or so has been the development of a new class of drugs for severe rheumatoid arthritis called anti-tumour-necrosis (TNF) therapy.

Living with Hypermobility Syndrome

Rebecca Allen | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Allen

Discovering you have a chronic health condition can be scary, but it's like finally having the light switched on after wandering around in the dark for years. I no longer felt like a crazy person, I had a reason to be tired all the time, I wasn't imagining more joint pain.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: My Invisible Illness

Natasha Lipman | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

"EDS is considered a rare disease...and it is incredibly discouraging when no one has ever heard of it, when you have to spell it for your doctor and watch him Google it to find out how to treat you, when no one you know has it, and you are forever the weird one. It makes for a very challenging, lonely journey."

Disabled Man Deserves the Benefits He Receives

Stef Benstead | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

Appearances are deceiving. You can't judge a person's eligibility for sickness benefit by looking at him or her. So don't do it.

There's Help Out There for People With Chronic Pain - Don't Suffer in Silence!

Ian Semmons | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Semmons

I have first-hand experience of the impact pain can have both physically and emotionally. Also many members of my charity regularly tell me that chronic pain is dominating their life, affecting not only their social life and family time, but even their ability to hold down a job.

When Even Your Headache Pills Give You a Headache is There a Way Out of the Medical Maze?

Tony Lobl | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

So you've got a headache and you want to be rid of it. It's simple, right? You take a tablet. Or is it? As the Global Year Against Headache draws...

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Why Chronic Pain Could All Be In Your Head

HuffingtonPost.com | Kyrsty Jade Hazell | Posted 02.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Emotions may determine why some people are more likely to suffer chronic pain than others, a study has found. The emotional state of the brain can ...

Off On Holiday? How To Tackle Travel Fatigue (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Do you arrive on your holiday rumpled rather than ready for your trip and return from your getaway feeling frazzled rather than refreshed? It's lit...

The Cure for Economic Pain is Pain Itself

Sean McDougall | Posted 13.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sean McDougall

Across Europe, 500 million working days are lost each year as a result of chronic pain. The economic effect is equivalent to paying half the working population of Portugal to sit at home doing nothing, while asking the rest to make up the difference via impossibly inflated sales targets.

Does Keeping Busy Combat Pain?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 17.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Mental distraction really can reduce pain, and the effect is not just in the mind, research has shown. Scientists carried out scanning studies whic...