Chronic Pain

Why I Trust My Consultant

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

We can all be a little more compassionate at work, with people around us, it makes life so much better. Compassion is catching, when you radiate it, it generally comes back to you. Its the compassion that can make all the difference. Life is richer with kindness.

Pain - A Personal Perspective

Mik Scarlet | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

I know many people who live with pain similar to mine, and many others whose pain manifests itself totally differently. However pain touches them, it needs treating to allow them to live anything near a normal life.

To Those Who Doubt Chronic Illness in Young Adults...

Nancy Mc | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nancy Mc

Every day is a challenge and we deal with it as it happens, as best we can. We do not have the beauty and joy in life to be completely spontaneous, to set time limits and to do as we please because pain, head to toe is a part of our package.

Life With Chronic Illness Is What You Make It....

Nancy Mc | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nancy Mc

Life is what you make it, despite the cards you may have been dealt. Life isn't always fair but it is a gift. My physical pain could allow me to stay hidden away in bed for my entire life if I allowed it to, yet I know this will not bring me joy in the long run or in my present...

No End to Endo

Tracey Morgan | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Morgan

I suffer from Endometriosis. For those of you who don't know what that means it is usually a very painful and debilitating illness that affects over 1.5 million women in the UK alone, caused by the endometrial lining in the uterus migrating and growing elsewhere in the body.

How Can We Change the Experience of Pain?

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Researchers studying neuroscience have shown that just a weeks worth of sitting with awareness of pain and engaging with meditation (following the breath), changes the brains response to pain.

Does Jennifer Aniston's Cake Really Show Life With Chronic Pain?

Jayne Stephens | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jayne Stephens

It's not the most exciting or action-filled film, and there isn't a big special effects scene or rosy romantic ending, but in its own way it keeps you gripped, rooting for the characters and watching until the very end.

MediPen: A Refreshing New and Legal Way to Experience the Benefits of Cannabis in the UK

Rob McDowall | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Rob McDowall

As someone who has lived with chronic pain and associated conditions since my early adulthood, I have tried scores of aids, medications, complementary products and stimulation devices in order to try and reduce my pain and allow me to live a fuller life. I've had the pleasure of discovering the MediPen recently and I've never tried anything quite like it!

Twelve Things I've Learned About Having a Bad Back

Jody Thompson | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jody Thompson

I've had people I've dated, asking (as a first question after the topic has come up) in a panicked manner: "But you can still have sex, right?!" Yes, I can, but seeing as that is the first thing you thought to ask, NOT WITH YOU.

The Balancing Act of Living With Chronic Pain

Jade Hamnett | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jade Hamnett

Once someone has exhausted the over-the-counter options, it can be a difficult decision to go to the doctor to ask for something different. It shouldn't be. Pain deserves to be managed as well as any other symptom of a condition, but there seems to be far more judgement intrinsically linked.

Four Reasons Chronic Illness Helped to Make Me Successful In Business

Jo Gifford | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

Endometriosis has been at my side for 20 years, chronic fatigue for a decade, and fibromyalgia has joined the party more recently. Rather than be held hostage by symptoms which can sometimes be crippling, I am aware that my business successes have my circumstances to thank, in part, for my ability to succeed.

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.