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 us.

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.

Use Your Voice: Advocating

Use Your Voice: Advocating

Co-Director of U.S. Pain Foundation’s Medical Cannabis Advocacy program Ellen Lenox Smith shares how you can use your voice to be an advocate for causes that matter to you.

The emotional trauma from enduring the pandemic

The emotional trauma from enduring the pandemic

By: Ellen Lenox Smith My family is so lucky, we are all here today! My husband and I are fully vaccinated, and our four sons are eligible to receive theirs. We have kept connected for months from our homes by Zoom, Facetime, or phone calls. Our conversations tended to be upbeat, but as we are...

A letter to healthcare providers: Help complicated patients

A letter to healthcare providers: Help complicated patients

By: Ellen Lenox Smith I would like to make some suggestions for the doctors and nurses out there that are frequently meeting complicated patients like me.  I hope you consider these suggestions so you can better learn how to help us. None of us asked for these conditions that are inflicting our...

Life after vaccination

Life after vaccination

By: Ellen Lenox Smith As my husband and I get closer to receiving our second of our two-dose COVID-19 vaccination, we are beginning to accept that we might just have been the lucky ones to return to living a “new” normal. Over 500,000 have lost their lives, but I can’t help but feel grateful along...

Let’s reconsider how we evaluate nontraditional therapies

Let’s reconsider how we evaluate nontraditional therapies

By: Malcolm Herman The National Institutes of Health is comprised of 27 institutes, all of which deal with specific disease conditions and general health. There is no institute for chronic pain. One of the institutes is the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). NCCIH...

Service dog separations

Service dog separations

By: Ellen Lenox Smith We were recently enjoying watching the new show “Transplant” when in one scene, my heart sank and tears began to flow. They showed a scene in the hospital with a young man and his parents getting the news that he was nearing the end of his life due to cystic fibrosis. And if...

Support groups and feeling understood

Support groups and feeling understood

By: Mary Beth Lewis As a person with chronic pain, it’s hard to find other people who understand my life. My daily challenges include pacing my activities, managing medical appointments, trying to find the energy to make a meal, as well as many others. My healthy friends don’t live in this world. ...

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...

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...