Chronic Pain

Why I am Learning CPR and First Aid

As we all know, when you live with chronic pain, it can be difficult to get out and DO things in life.  As a social worker, former daycare teacher and former Emergency Medical Technician, I have always maintained my CPR certification.  Unfortunately, after getting injured a couple years ago, I let it lapse for the first time in over a decade.  Sitting in class, however, can prove to be difficult for...

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Sex, Intimacy and Chronic Pain

Sex and chronic pain are not exactly synonymous.  And talking about the effect of chronic pain on one’s sex life and intimate relationship is what you might call a “hush, hush” or taboo topic.  However, many people living with chronic pain may feel alone, confused or even embarrassed by the issues that pain has on their intimate relationships.  So, here goes…the sex talk!

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Common Responses to Major Life Transitions

There are many transitions that we go through in the course of our lives.  Some are good, like going off to college and gaining independence, getting married, getting a new job or having children.  Others are harder to deal with, like becoming ill, dealing with chronic pain or having a disability.

The following are “common” responses to major LIFE TRANSITIONS, but they can vary by person.  You may not necessarily experience these responses in this order and some may be omitted altogether.

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Living with CHRONIC PAIN: A Personal Perspective

Welcome to “Living With Chronic Pain!”  As a new blogger at PsychCentral, I wanted to take a beat to properly introduce myself and tell you a little bit about how I became a Chronic Pain blogger.

First and foremost, I must say that it is an honor to be writing for PsychCentral…as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), PsychCentral has been one of my go-to sites since graduate school, and being asked to host my own blog here is exciting.  It’s like asking a music professional to write for “Rolling Stone!” In other words, for me, this is a big deal for me!

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Focusing on the Positive and Learning to Accept Compliments

“Thank You.” Why is that so hard to say? Why is a compliment so hard to accept? I have never been great at taking a compliment, but since my surgeries, I am even less able to simply say, “Thank you.” I have difficulty taking credit for my accomplishments and yet find it astonishingly easy to beat myself for my perceived failures. No more.

Since my second surgery, I have lost 149 pounds. With a bionic back, I have dropped 20 clothing sizes, eliminated my high cholesterol and hypertension, lost almost 50% of my weight and more than 40% of my body fat. Yet, ironically, when I weigh-in each week, rather than look at the incredible accomplishment I have achieved, I concentrate on the weeks when I do not lose, or the fact that my underarms still have some jiggle to them. When complimented on my weight loss, I downplay my accomplishment, offering explanations along with a healthy dose of self-deprecation. No more. The next time I am complimented on my weight loss, or told I look good, I shall say, “Thank you.”