Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Men­tal Health Aware­ness Month. The month is about real­iz­ing how com­mon men­tal health issues are, sup­port­ing each oth­er through them, and remov­ing the stig­ma about them. A few sta­tis­tics: 21% of U.S. adults expe­ri­enced men­tal ill­ness in 2020 (52.9 mil­lion peo­ple). This rep­re­sents 1 in 5 adults. 5.6% of U.S. adults expe­ri­enced seri­ous mental […]

Resource for Chronic Pain Sufferers

The Amer­i­can Chron­ic Pain Asso­ci­a­tion site says the group has been around since 1980, but I had­n’t run across them until yes­ter­day. I spent some time on their site and they have some real­ly good resources as well as a long list of sup­port groups. There aren’t any groups near me, but I think I’ll […]

Chronic Pain and Memory

This is a fas­ci­nat­ing arti­cle with excel­lent sources. Chron­ic pain is ter­ri­ble. A new way of under­stand­ing it may help. The past two cen­turies have pro­duced a cas­cade of life-alter­ing advances in med­i­cine, yet we have been unable to deal with one seem­ing­ly straight­for­ward con­di­tion: chron­ic pain. It affects 1 in 5 peo­ple around the world, […]

How Chronic Pain Leads to Anxiety and Depression

Neu­ronal plas­tic­i­ty in chron­ic pain-induced anx­i­ety revealed Hokkai­do Uni­ver­si­ty researchers have shown how chron­ic pain leads to mal­adap­tive anx­i­ety in mice, with impli­ca­tions for treat­ment of chron­ic pain-relat­ed psy­chi­atric dis­or­ders in humans. Chron­ic pain is per­sis­tent and inescapable, and can lead to mal­adap­tive emo­tion­al states. It is often comor­bid with psy­chi­atric dis­or­ders, such as depression […]

I’m a Mémé!

My grand­ba­by has arrived! So we’re short on sleep, but long on love and joy! Mov­ing up here, the new baby and asso­ci­at­ed sleep loss, change in gen­er­al — they all lead to increased pain. I don’t take any nar­cot­ic pain med­ica­tions any­more because the opi­ates just did­n’t pro­vide enough relief to be worth the has­sle of […]

Getting Better

I’ve been very busy over the last six months and had some major changes in my life that have been very stress­ful. As I’ve said else­where, my main strat­e­gy in deal­ing with fibromyal­gia has been to reduce stress in my life as much as pos­si­ble. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the main source of stress in my life over […]

Hope for Pain Relief

I’ve known of mind­ful­ness prac­tices for sev­er­al years, and read Full Cat­a­stro­phe Liv­ing: Using the Wis­dom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Ill­ness by Jon Kabat-Zinn sev­er­al years ago. It is one of the books I’ve rec­om­mend­ed on this blog in the past.  I have only recent­ly, though, tru­ly com­mit­ted myself to […]

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