How to help doctors treat patients better

How to help doctors listen and understand better

When we live with chronic illness, the relationship we have with our primary care doctor is one of the most important relationships in our lives. We rely on them to help us. But what happens if we feel the doctor is not listening to us or understanding our problems?That leaves us feeling as though we're …

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Ten Good Intentions to Carry into the New Year

As we stroll, or possibly limp, into 2019, I'd like to wish you a happy new year with better health and less pain.It seems like no time at all since we were celebrating the start of 2018. Actually, for me, it seems like no time since we were celebrating the start of the new millennium. …

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Guilt often accompanies chronic pain/illnes. Ditch the guilt.

Chronic Pain – How Can We Overcome the Burden of Guilt?

We struggle with pain. We struggle with the stress of living with pain. And sometimes, we struggle with all-consuming guilt, which can ultimately affect both our mental and physical health. Sometimes our guilt makes us believe we are a burden to our families. And very often there is only one person who is pointing the finger and making us feel guilty - ourselves.