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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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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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How to support someone who has an invisible illness

Some illnesses are obvious to the naked eye. If someone is hobbling around with a plaster cast on their leg, we can tell they have a broken leg. If they have misshapen fingers, we can normally presume that they have painful arthritis.But so many people have health conditions which can’t be seen. Those conditions are …

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How to Cope with Medication Side Effects

For the majority of people with chronic health problems, medication is a necessity. But unfortunately, medication often comes with side effects. Some can ease off after a short adjustment period, but sadly, some like to linger. We often get used to living with them, but some side effects are too difficult to cope with and …

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How to Manage Medication More Effectively

You probably know the script - meds for breakfast, meds for lunch and meds for dinner...but they don't always help and they often come with side effects.If we can manage our medication more effectively, they might help us more and the side effects might decrease.Here are some suggestions to try : Learn about your meds …

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