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Taking Your Chronic Pain Seriously Enough?

By on September 22, 2015

I seem to be in some kind of pain all of the time. Mostly, I block it out. Until Sunday.

I have been eating gluten free for 8 months. Saturday was my Dad’s birthday and we went to Red Lobster. They have the best rolls in the entire world (ok, in my opinion.) Garlic and cheese. Mmmm. I decided to see if the migraines were really triggered by the gluten or not. I ate 3.   For lunch.

By 5 PM the Migraine had started.

Sunday, the Fibromyalgia kicked my butt.

I was not expecting that.

I was Not looking for a reaction from the Fibro. But there it was.

This is Monday and I am still in pain. My massage therapist could not get any of the muscles to relax today. She is an expert on Fibro.

Everyone’s body is different. Find your triggers and avoid them. Test it again after a long time. This convinced me that Gluten Free is what I will be sticking with. Sigh.

You are your best advocate.

Keep track. Of what you eat. Of what meds you have tried. Of what annoyed you.

It all works together.

Like my website says, Mental, Spiritual and Physical.

It all goes together to make a better you.



By Alex Rood (   
Chronic pain, defined as persistent pain over a long period of time, isn’t a rare occurrence in the population. With arthritis affecting around 10 million people in the UK, plus long-term conditions such as fibromyalgia where pain is felt all over the body and a variety of other chronic illnesses, many people’s lives are disrupted by ongoing pain. Yet, despite it being relatively common, it can be extremely difficult to get appropriate treatment and support. This can leave many sufferers feeling alone and struggling to get their concerns heard.

So why aren’t chronic pain sufferers getting more support?Some potential reasons include the difficulties in diagnosing chronic pain conditions. This can be due to varying symptoms that are hard to define or find an underlying cause to explain them. Symptoms may also overlap with other conditions, leading to initially incorrect diagnoses; or it could simply be that medical staff don’t know, leading to a variety of tests and medications that can make patients feel a bit like guinea pigs.

However, research is a long process and we still have a lot of work to do before we can begin to understand many illnesses.There can also be a big psychological element to it – stress, anxiety and depression can play a role in both the development of conditions and how we handle them.

Unfortunately there can still be a lack of understanding in this area, from both doctors and patients alike, meaning referrals to appropriate professionals may not be made and patients can feel like they are being dismissed as the problem is ‘all in their head’.Yet when it comes to chronic pain, looking at both the physical and psychological sides for treatment may be much more beneficial. The fact that multiple treatments may be required can also add to the difficulty of supporting a chronic pain patient. There have been big steps made in understanding chronic pain over recent years, but…..

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