How to cope when you are judged because of pain or illness. Yellow flowers.

How To Cope When You Are Feeling Judged

People who live with chronic pain or a chronic illness are often put under scrutiny. Most have felt judged at some time in their lives. Being Judged is Demoralising Friends, families, colleagues, doctors, social security and even strangers can all be guilty of judging people who live with chronic pain or illness. It's not helpful …

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Pain can steal a sense of purpose. Cactus plants

Pain Can Steal A Sense Of Purpose

Everyone who lives with chronic pain or illness knows how much it takes away. I could write a long list. Their health condition can just sneak into their lives like a thief and steal so much away from them. One thing it can often take is a sense of purpose. I am sure that I …

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How to be positive despite pain

How to be Positive When Living With Pain

It can be extremely difficult living with chronic pain. It's very easy to become down and despondent at times and focus only on the negativity of the situation. Can Positivity Help Pain? We need to be honest about our pain and say how we feel at times. But can being more positive actually help our …

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Doctors : the good, the bad and the ridiculous. Stethoscope.

Doctors – the Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous

Doctors - we all need them at times. Good doctors are there to help, listen and support us. And thankfully, there are many good doctors in the world. There are doctors who are always prepared to go that extra mile for their patients.But unfortunately, not all doctors are good. Bad Medical Advice From Doctors Some …

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The problem when you become used to pain or illness

The Problem With Being Used to Pain or Illness

When living with chronic pain or a chronic illness, patients are sometimes unaware of other health problems because they are so used to pain and feeling unwell.For example, someone could have a dental abscess or an ear infection, but they think their trigeminal neuralgia is flaring up. Or a back pain sufferer might not realise …

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Eating and cooking tips for people living with pain, illness or disability

Eating and Cooking Tips For People With Pain Or Illness

It is so important for people to eat well, but especially so when living with a health condition. Food is Fuel For Our Bodies The medical advice is to to have a varied diet with a wide range of nutrients. Food is like fuel, providing us with energy and helping our bodies work to the …

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Use a pain diary to find what triggers or worsens pain

How to Find Out What Triggers or Worsens Pain

I say it often - pain can be unpredictable. Sometimes there is simply no rhyme or reason as to why my pain flares up.Last week when I was chatting to my friend online, my back suddenly became excruciatingly painful and I had to go to bed mid conversation. There was no apparent reason for that …

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There is more to chronic pain than just pain

There is More to Chronic Pain Than Just Pain

Most people understand pain. Whether it's from an occasional headache, a broken leg or a stubbed toe, most people understand what pain feels like. But chronic pain? Not everyone will understand what that is like. When does pain become chronic? Chronic pain is defined by NHS Inform as pain that carries on for longer than …

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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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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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