Category: Chronic Pain Musings

Coronavirus and Chronic Pain

Coming Home to the Coronavirus We came home from the beach to the Coronavirus!!! My husband and I were at the Oregon Coast for our yearly vacation in early March. The decision was made to stay off the Internet while in our room and… Continue Reading “Coronavirus and Chronic Pain”

I Believe in Spring

Purple and pink crocuses dot the grass. Daffodils push up through the rain-soaked earth. The daphne’s fragrance permeates the air. The next day I woke up to a light dusting of snow. Then a mighty deluge of Oregon rain for a few days. And… Continue Reading “I Believe in Spring”

Shapeshifting Relieves Chronic Pain

What? Really? How? Shapeshifting? In mythology, fairy tales, or shamanic lore, shapeshifting is typically defined as when humans change into someone or something else. One of the most common examples in movies and books is a werewolf. If you were bitten by a werewolf,… Continue Reading “Shapeshifting Relieves Chronic Pain”

Brain Surgery

I recently had brain surgery to cure Trigeminal, Occipital and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia. My husband and I had the luxury of going to the beautiful Oregon Coast for five days just before my procedure. The night before, we went to the Oregon Symphony with my… Continue Reading “Brain Surgery”

Track Your Chronic Pain Health History

Without any notice, my neurologist of nearly three years quit. I was assigned to a new one and six months later the entire practice was no longer covered by my health insurance plan. I had to find a new neurologist! The doctor did not… Continue Reading “Track Your Chronic Pain Health History”

I Retired From Who I Was Because of Chronic Pain

I retired from being me At the beginning of the pain, I was just trying to get through each day. I went from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was wrong with me while still living, working, volunteering, partnering, laughing and doing… Continue Reading “I Retired From Who I Was Because of Chronic Pain”

Comparison and Chronic Pain

“How is your body these days?” I asked a good friend. “I know it’s nothing compared to what you’re going through, but,” she said. My Pain is Nothing Compared to Yours Argggghhhhhh. I am so sick of hearing “it’s nothing compared to your pain”… Continue Reading “Comparison and Chronic Pain”

Pain Does Not Equal Harm

Pain does not equal harm. What? I admit that this was one of the hardest things for me to understand. How can that be? But I have nerves that are spasming. How is this not damaging them? Are you sure they are not getting… Continue Reading “Pain Does Not Equal Harm”

September is National Pain Awareness Month

You don’t have to do much searching on the Internet to find good pain resources for most diseases. Leaving the comfort of your home to find credible information and support is difficult if you are in the midst pain flares. What a gift to… Continue Reading “September is National Pain Awareness Month”

Hearing “You Manifested Your Illness” Causes More Pain

I have heard the following clichés during my years with chronic illnesses: You attracted this for a reason. Think positive. Think happy thoughts. God never gives you more than you can handle. When one door closes another one opens. Your pain can be a… Continue Reading “Hearing “You Manifested Your Illness” Causes More Pain”