REMEDY 

Welcome to Remedy, a blog by U.S. Pain Foundation. Remedy features information about promising treatments, tips and strategies for self-management, unique perspectives from patients, clinicians, and caregivers–and much more. To submit an article idea, email emily@uspainfoundation.org and michaela@uspainfoundation.org.

Please note: U.S. Pain Foundation does not endorse any specific treatment options; blog posts are educational only. Views expressed by authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the organization.

The athlete

The athlete

By: Sheila Borgman The rollerblades were not to blame. It’s true they played a key role in my injury, but it was hardly their fault. They’d been buried in our garage for nearly three decades. In October of 2018, I was on vacation in Borrego Springs, California, where my husband, John, and I had...

10 best apps for people with chronic pain

10 best apps for people with chronic pain

By: Janet Jay There is an incredible range of options available when it comes to phone or tablet apps that can help you better live with chronic pain. It can be daunting to face an app store with a hundred different variations of the type of app you want–even worse, there might be something that...

Six emotions that drive chronic pain

Six emotions that drive chronic pain

By: Cindy Dawson Pain is meant to protect us by alerting us to make necessary adjustments to alleviate or tend to a problem within our bodies. But sometimes chronic pain goes into overdrive, escalating to an unbearable eight or nine, even when there is not a specific, physical catalyst. Looking...

Have you been judged, too? Can we forgive?

Have you been judged, too? Can we forgive?

By: Ellen Lenox Smith So many coping with an invisible chronic condition not only have to face how to adjust to pain and disability but also how to cope with the judgmental comments we experience. “Gee, you look fine; Go take a walk; Stop stressing; What a whiner;” etc. I have not met a person...

The caregiving conundrum: Who is a caregiver?

The caregiving conundrum: Who is a caregiver?

By: Malcolm Herman One day I’ll write the definitive best-selling book about caregiving (yes, another one!) full of helpful tips, like take care of yourself, accept offers of help, eat your veggies, and so forth. But after thinking about the subject one way or another for 25 years, I have come to...

Jumping through hoops: Expectation vs. reality

Jumping through hoops: Expectation vs. reality

By: Angelica Heidi Brehm When I was a child, I was often told, “Life isn’t fair!” I think the intent of the comment was to provide me some comfort while dealing with life’s hardships or to connect me with the rest of humanity, who were also experiencing difficulties. The result, however, was a...

My IC journey: Finding hope in community

My IC journey: Finding hope in community

By: Nina Torres In 2016, I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as bladder pain syndrome. I was diagnosed at 24 years old; however, I have felt this pain since childhood. Interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder illness that affects 3-6% of women in the United States. It...

A pharmacist answers your OTC questions

A pharmacist answers your OTC questions

In October, U.S. Pain hosted a webinar, “Pain relief in your pharmacy aisle: A pharmacist discusses OTC options,” with Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD. The discussion covered different classes of over-the-counter (OTC) medications, what may work best for certain types of pain, the pros and cons of various...

The pandemic, chronic pain, purpose, and hope

The pandemic, chronic pain, purpose, and hope

By: Ellen Lenox Smith We are all coping with different issues as a result of the pandemic. These issues range from housing and living situations, reduction or loss of employment, child care, education with some experiencing virtual learning, financial issues, and isolation from family and friends...

No pain, no gain

No pain, no gain

By: Michaela O'Connor There's a saying in the chronic pain community, "whoever said no pain, no gain never had chronic pain." At first, I fully and whole-heartedly agreed with the quote. As a chronic pain patient, I could not see anything I had gained from the constant pain I lived with. I saw...

Generational pandemic losses

Generational pandemic losses

By: Ellen Lenox Smith As we attempt to stay safe, we also are hoping to see the light at the end of this long tunnel with hopes of returning to some form of normalcy. My husband and I are in our 70s and have faced issues that the younger generation has not and vice versa. We are clearly all...

My disease no longer controls me

My disease no longer controls me

By: Brandy Garcia At 16 years old I had no idea that I would be battling chronic pain for more than 10 years. At that point, my migraine headaches were just annoying and bothered me when I wanted to have fun. Little did I know I was in for a battle of a lifetime with my pain and mental health. I...