What it's like to live with chronic pain. A - Z

What is Life Like with Chronic Pain?

If you read my distractions post, you'll know I'm keen on A - Zs, so I decided to make an A - Z to describe life with chronic pain. Counteracting Negatives with Positives Part way through, I realised that the A - Z was quite negative, and since I prefer a positive outlook I tried …

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Disability Blogger Award by Chronillicles

On Friday afternoon, I was told that I had been nominated for an award. Cheshire cat grin here!The award is a disability blogger award, which was created by Georgina from the Chronillicles blog. Georgina decided that chronic illness bloggers need more recognition, so decided to start a new award - The Disability Blogger Award. This …

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Writing can be therapeutic when you live with chronic pain or illness

Writing About Your Pain Or Illness Can Be Helpful

I first started writing after retiring from work due to my health when I was 28. I enjoyed it. It was a good distraction. I wrote poems and stories which took me to another world away from my pain. A couple of poems were published in anthologies and some others were published in newspapers. My …

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Chronic pain is unpredictable. Scotland. Scottish Mountains. Bad weather

Chronic Pain is Unpredictable, Just Like Scottish Weather

Spring is upon us. At least, it should be. I live in the hills of the Scottish Borders and because we sit quite high (1150 feet above sea level), Spring always comes to us a little bit later than elsewhere. Even just a few miles down the valley, we notice daffodils blooming, while ours are …

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Ill Health Retirement After Years of Struggling to Work

Very often, people with ill health or disability struggle to work and have to face early retirement. It’s not a decision that anyone takes lightly. My Own Struggle I had to take early retirement through ill health 25 years ago, in 1994.I didn't want to take sick leave due to my pain, but at the …

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Failing, succeeding, pausing, deciding, thriving. A Chronic Voice Linkup

Feeling Like A Failure Was One of My Failings

If someone is well off, has a fancy car and a five bedroomed house in a nice area, they're considered successful. If they have fulfilled their hopes and dreams, they're considered successful. Qualifications, careers, acquired wealth, sporting victories and acting awards can all measure a person's success. But when people live with chronic pain or …

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20 Ways to Try to Distract Yourself From Pain

Very often we need to learn coping skills when living with chronic pain. One coping skill which should never be overlooked is distraction. Finding a distraction is so important. Depending on pain levels, I might not manage to spend twenty minutes painting, but I might be able to enjoy watching a favourite television show. My …

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Silent Symptoms of Chronic Illness – Loneliness and Isolation

Living with chronic illness of any kind is difficult. Obviously, the physical symptoms are difficult to cope with. There are often lots of emotional symptoms to deal with too, like depression, grief, guilt, stress and anxiety. But there are two other symptoms which are often overlooked - loneliness and isolation. Those symptoms can have a …

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Supporting People on Rare Disease Day

It can take a lot of courage to discuss health issues with friends and family, but sometimes people put their own health in the public spotlight to help others. Sharing Matters When someone has a rare disease, there is often very little information and support, therefore, what these people do really matters so much to …

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Why We Need to Support Rare Disease Day

Rare Disease Day (28th of February) was first set up in 2008, with awareness events taking place in just eighteen countries. Last year, 90 countries took part.There are well over 6000 rare diseases in existence. Some are difficult to diagnose and most are difficult to treat or, in some cases, untreatable. Without awareness, there is …

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