New Headache & Chronic Pain Resource, a new website in the vein of WebMD, offers comprehensive resources on headache and chronic pain. Resources include original articles as well as recommendations for other sites. The Daily Headache is featured as one of the best sites for headache support and I was interviewed for a story on sex and chronic pain.


Invisible Illness: Strength Through the Struggle

Guest Post by How to Cope With Pain Blogger

The writer of this post blogs anonymously as she is a practicing psychiatrist. Her practice focuses mostly on patients with chronic pain. Having chronic pain herself, her practice and blog reflect a deep understanding of its challenges. –Kerrie

As we all know, there are many challenges and difficulties when living with an invisible illness. However, the experience can also allow wonderful attributes such as patience, strength, humility, trust and perseverance to flourish. Encouraging these virtues –- also invisible– to grow within us is a way to take advantage of adversity

Patience is needed to wait for healing, to respect your own and others’ limitations, and to learn to live with chronic illness.

Strength is needed to carry the burden of illness, to be stoic for others when necessary, and to stand up for yourself.

Illness can teach us humility, that we have limits, that we do get sick, and that we need to learn to ask for help.

Illness can teach us trust, trusting others, trusting ourselves, and trusting in our spiritual beliefs.

Perseverance is needed to stick with treatments, to tolerate pain, and to live fully despite illness.

Thanks to Simon Davison (patience) and Lollie-Pop (strength) for the photographs at Flickr.

This week at Help My Hurt

Hi folks, here are some posts from Help My Hurt that you may find interesting. Thanks for stopping by!

Marijke has volunteered to keep The Daily Headache running while I’m on vacation. An RN turned writer, her excellent blog is called Help My Hurt. -Kerrie

Pain Scales: Quantifying the Subjective

Whenever a health care provider asks my pain level on a scale of 1-10, I start with a disclaimer. Pain levels are entirely subjective and it is nearly impossible to assign numbers to vague concepts that vary from one person to another. This comparative pain scale is one of the best I’ve found, but my level 3 is a 6 on this scale

Putting numbers into words makes an ill-defined, fuzzy scale into perspective. Detailing what the numbers mean to you may help you track your pain more consistently. Some people recommend sharing the detailed chart with your doctor. Not a bad idea, except few doctors have the time to sort through all that. And he or she can’t keep track of what your scale means compared to Jenny’s or Lucy’s or Dave’s. It may be too much information to expect them to digest.

Instead of trying to assign numbers, researchers usually use a simple scale of none, moderate and severe. I use a more detailed version with mild, mild-moderate, moderate, moderate-severe, and severe. I still refer to numbers sometime, but they are always within the context of this classification. For example, 6 is moderate, 7 is moderate-severe.

What’s your pain scale? How have you communicated it to your health care providers?

Some posts you may find interesting over at Help My Hurt

Hi folks, here’s a weekly round-up of some posts from Help My Hurt that you may find interesting or helpful:

Video: Yoga for Your Pain

A helpful tip – taking night time pills

Study Finds Oral Cannabis (Marijuana) Ineffective In Treating Acute Pain…

Can children get CRPS?

Call for Artistic Submissions for Creativity and Pain Exhibit

People with arthritis not taking their medications – and a poll

How to find free health/medical care in your area

6 tips for taking medications

Migraines – myth or fact?

Marijke has volunteered to keep The Daily Headache running while I’m on vacation. An RN turned writer, her excellent blog is called Help My Hurt. -Kerrie

This week (and last!) over at Help My Hurt

oops, I really dropped the ball last week. I did write out a post as I’d promised I would, but it disappeared. I couldn’t find it in the draft section – it was gone. To tell you the truth, I didn’t have the energy to write another so I let it go. Anyway, Megan found it yesterday. How weird. So, today’s post is the best from Help My Hurt over the past two weeks.

June: Living with Pain Blog Carnival

Heroes actor Jack Coleman spreads the word about women and pain

Poetry to ease the pain? (and a poetry book give-away)

Painful dry mouth from medicationsThis is a great post by a guest poster on how she deals with the horrible “Sahara mouth” as she calls it – caused by her medications.

Traveling and migraines

Children with migraines have higher risk of sleep apnea and other disorders

Pregnancy and migraines

Have chronic pain? You can still have sex.

An extra back pain question answered- This question has to do with migraines and back pain.

Company’s calling – a different type of visitor Serena Wadhwa Psy.D., LCPC, CADC talks about working with people who have chronic pain.

10 things people do when they have pain

FDA Recall: Morphine Sulfate 60 mg Extended Release Tablets – Recall of a Single Lot

Help My Hurt continues to follow Olympic cyclist Kristin Armstrong

Company’s calling – Janine Shepherd

Press Release from NIH about complementary & alternative medicine

Marijke has volunteered to keep The Daily Headache running while I’m on vacation. An RN turned writer, her excellent blog is called Help My Hurt. -Kerrie

Recent Posts on Help My Hurt

Hi again, this week posts on Help My Hurt include:

Guest article: Spinal stimulation – a guest writer describes what is involved with spinal stimulation Cynthia

The back expert answers questions – a follow up to the post asking visitors for questions for our back expert

Company’s calling: For Grace’s founder, Cynthia Toussaint speaks out – Cynthia has RDS (CRPS) and talks about her struggles being diagnosed. She’s also the founder of the Women in Pain conference.

I hope that some of these posts are useful. – Marijke