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How am I? I'm awful, how are you?

A question about niceties when you suffer from chronic pain. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands on Sep 3, 2014 - 33 answers

Friends, Romans, Healthy People, lend me your experience!

I just started running, and just started using a Total Gym for upper body workouts. Should running cause pain in the medial collateral ligament in your knees? What about in the tibalias anterior? (Not shin splint pain - I know that one well. This is more like a high ankle sprain.) Should lat pulldowns cause pain and stiffness in the side of your neck going down into your shoulder and trapezius? Or crunches cause low back pain? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Jul 12, 2014 - 6 answers

dating with chronic pain

I have chronic crippling body pain that can strike at any time. I am doing all the things I can to learn to live with it and ease it when it strikes but I have a hard time being with people sometimes because I get snappy when I feel like they don't understand how much energy it takes. Now I have a new girlfriend and it is going to cause problems. Have you lived with pain and relationships? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jun 26, 2014 - 19 answers

Would you pay an extra $1K/yr to be able to choose your own doctors?

How much is it worth to you to have (relative) freedom of choice? Enrolling in health insurance and I'm debating between an HMO and a PPO (both under Blue Shield of CA). The difference in cost is roughly $1,000. I'm a 26 year old female but I'm not exactly "healthy". I have mysterious, debilitating, chronic joint pain all over (undiagnosed as of yet), a couple car accident-related injuries that flare up every now and then, and I need to get a pap smear every 3 months due to a recent scare. So acupuncturists, chiropractors, internists, rheumatologists, and gynecologists must all be within easy reach for me. [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on Jun 19, 2014 - 23 answers

Pain - it got good to me?

I've been in chronic pain--rarely acute, but constant, flitting about different parts of my body--for years: diagnosis: early Fibro. In early spring, I started getting really bad headaches from clenching my teeth. Not the first time I've had the problem, but never before this intense and for this long. Then about a month ago, I developed lower-back/sciatic pain--again, I've had it before, but never so badly or for so long. The two things didn't overlap much, but they sort of drowned out my regular aches and pains. Now my back problem is clearing up, and I find myself in a panic about not being in pain anymore [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: medical system edition

I think I need to dump my primary care doctor under bad circumstances. He's abrasive, no longer coordinating my healthcare and has been suddenly unwilling to perform the services I pay for as part of a $3k+ yearly concierge program. After being a real boon to my healthcare as somebody with a rare disease for years, his treatment of me changed on a dime this fall. I blamed myself initially -- or thought he was just having a difficult day/week/month. It turns out he's being disciplined for severe incompetence (like, jaw dropping) and the practice will be monitored for many years. He has been so angry and abusive just to my husband picking up paper that I don't feel safe in the room alone with him. How can I tell new doctors why I'm leaving? How should I wrap things up? *blizzard* [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2013 - 25 answers

How do you know if a counsellor is a good fit?

How do you know if a counsellor is a good fit? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Oct 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Yoga for clumsy but active person with chronic pain

I'm looking for a beginning yoga course (web-based or dvd) for myself. I have chronic pain due to a back injury, and I want to improve my flexibility and balance. I don't know anything about yoga. Please help! [more inside]
posted by vincele on Sep 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Is Paroxetine Any Good For Chronic Pain?

Is Paroxetine Any Good For Chronic Pain? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Jul 31, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me cope with pain

I've been in pain every day for four years, despite physiotherapy and prescription pain medicine. How do I feel like it is worth keeping going? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2013 - 13 answers

I'm looking for a good pain-relief strain of marijuana.

I'm looking for a good pain-relief strain of marijuana. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Apr 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Mind or body? What's up with these symptoms?

YANMD, but what could be causing these bizarre health issues in a previously (fairly) healthy twenty-year-old female? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Nov 15, 2012 - 28 answers

I got what I wanted but the doctor is a quack and I don't trust him. Help?

The doctor I just saw is a quack. I knew he would be, but I set up an appointment anyway. I've been dealing with fatigue and chronic pain, and regular doctors haven't had an answer. So I set up an appointment with a doctor that practices "functional medicine" as a last ditch effort. How do I reconcile what this doctor told me with what I know about real medicine and the load of bullshit I was just fed? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Oct 14, 2012 - 31 answers

Sigh, It hurts.

Rheumatoid arthritis onset after seve infection? Possible? [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Sep 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me support him without being his mother.

New-ish guy friend I've been dating is experiencing a (potential) flare-up of an old, painful and worrying health issue/injury. How can I support him without going overboard into mothering mode, overstepping his/my boundaries, or otherwise screwing things up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2012 - 11 answers

This stoic mask of mine is giving me grief.

I don't show pain very well (if at all), and this leads to problems with doctors. But if I try to show how much pain I'm in, it comes off as false and that leads to different difficulties. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Jul 14, 2012 - 25 answers

To poke or not to poke; that is the question.

To poke or not to poke; that is the question...poked with acupuncture needles, that is. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on May 8, 2012 - 18 answers

You know what worked for me?

Is this a form of giving advice? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Jun 6, 2011 - 27 answers

Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

How can I cope emotionally/psychologically with chronic physical pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2011 - 16 answers

Gallstones are a pain in my back.

Recently found out I have gallstones, and I have some degree of back/stomach pain every time I eat, no matter what I eat. YANMD, but what can I do about the pain? [more inside]
posted by so_gracefully on Apr 9, 2011 - 19 answers

Helping a friend in pain...

Do you have any book recommendations for a friend who has been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Mar 28, 2011 - 2 answers

BDSM and chronic pain

Pain you choose + pain you don't choose. Who is writing (either on the web or in print) about intersections of BDSM and chronic pain/illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Trigeminal neuralgia treatment without health insurance

Trigeminal neuralgia. I recently found out it's the cause of the random, stabbing shocks in my face and I'm looking for experiences and advice, especially with regards to treatment. What helped? How did you deal? Did it go away on its own? I have no insurance, so while I'd like recommendations on ALL treatment forms ones that don't cost as much are especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Apr 26, 2009 - 9 answers

Help my girlfriend find a doctor in NYC who will take her chronic pain seriously.

Help my girlfriend find a doctor in NYC who will take her chronic pain seriously. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Apr 21, 2009 - 13 answers

How do I avoid a fight between my doctors?

How do I handle my doctors' disagreement about what medication I should be taking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2009 - 9 answers

Helful tools for sewers and crafters with chronic pain?

My mother-in-law loves to sew and knit, but fibromyalgia is slowing her down. Can you recommend any tools or gadgets that might help her? [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Dec 9, 2008 - 17 answers

Mom N' Pot Business

Please direct me towards some respectable, wholesome looking websites about medical marijuana usage, especially if they're intended for older folks and/or the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Oct 23, 2008 - 6 answers

Dealing with chronic pain

Are there any resources out there for people who are in a relationship with someone that has a condition that causes chronic pain? Books, websites, groups, etc. I’ve only been able to find either info about the condition or support for the person who has it. [more inside]
posted by pieoverdone on Dec 5, 2006 - 3 answers

Assistive Animation Technology for Creative 17 Year-Old with Chronic Pain

I am working with a 17 year-old boy who has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. He loves doing animation on the computer, and he has been using Windows Movie Maker. In recent months, he has been in a chronic flare and is unable to use his hands. He is also very depressed, and I believe that being able to do something he loves may help his current mental state. Does anyone know of any animation software that has adaptations for use with voice commands? (I know about Dragon Dictate for Word Processing, but can it be used with other types of software?) Bonus points if you can tell me about any benevolent companies or agencies that offer this kind of software/hardware at a discounted or pro bono rates. This boy is not from a wealthy family and he has only the most basic health coverage.
posted by abbyladybug on May 30, 2005 - 12 answers

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