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Pain and Control


Right now, I feel like my life has spun out of control.  I am in the midst of a personal crisis, not completely related to my chronic pain, but a definite result of it to some extent.  It is just one of the many things that are controlling me, silencing me.  Other things I often feel control me are:



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Fearing the Future

Recently I had a major life change in addition to the chronic pain that has left me fearing my future.  It is natural for anyone to fear their future when something happens that drastically changes their lives.  However, when you live with a disability or chronic pain, the future can seem even more terrifying.



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Fibromyalgia Flares and Chronic Pain


Many people who live with chronic pain are also dealing with Fibromyalgia, or their pain is the result of it.  Fibromyalgia is a nasty invisible illness.  Many people who live with chronic pain are diagnosed with “fibro” when repeated attempts to find the cause of their pain prove unsuccessful.  In my case, I was diagnosed after my back surgery because the pain was not improving.



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Stress and Its Affect on Physical Pain

Emotional pain can be more excruciating than physical pain.  Having been going through a very difficult time, I have realized that the pain in my body is a welcome change to the one in my heart and mind.  But what kind of toll can the stress of emotional upset take on the body?


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When Pain Defines You

Since my back surgery 2 years ago, to the day, pain has defined who I am.  I have made a hobby and attempted career out of writing about it.  I have been unable to work.  I have suffered and bitched about it.  The worst thing is, before chronic pain, I was SO much more.  I was a wife, a happily working social worker who one week before the incident had received a pretty great promotion. I had a life, a job, a purpose.



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Anger and Chronic Pain


Okay, my blogging buddies, I am going to tell it like it is tonight. I am pissed. Today is an Angry at the World Day. Those of you who have been following my blog (thank you) know what I have been going through this past year. I will spare you the repetition of listing what stinks about my life, but today is about how I feel about what is happening. And I am ticked off.



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Living with Opioids- Part 2

I apologize for the absence.  Unfortunately I had a lot of pain and back issues following my car accident a few weeks ago, which landed me in the hospital for 6 days.  It was a less than optimal way to spend my birthday, to say the least.

In any case, here is Part 2 of Living with Opioids.  For a recap, visit http://blogs.psychcentral.com/chronic-pain/2013/06/living-with-opioids-part-1/



I’ll be back

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, the car accident led to . Issues and I was in the hospital for 5 days and have to take it soon as I can tolerate the sitting to type I have plenty new topics...


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Living with Opioids- Part 1


This is a long post, so I have broken it into two parts for easier reading.  In the first part we will discuss opioids and common side effects and in part two, we will look at the medical society’s “crack down” on prescribing narcotics, as well as the effect of opioids on the human body when used for long-term pain management.

When you live with chronic pain and have surpassed the point...


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Narcotics and Poor Treatment in an Emergency Setting

This week I had planned to do a few articles about living on narcotics. Before reading this weeks series, check out the last post I wrote about narcotics, "Chronic Pain and Narcotic Use" at
What sparked this article is my most recent unfortunate luck. Yesterday I was driving to my acting class, the only thing I do in my life to try to bring some enjoyment, when I was rear-ended on...