Exercise for chronic pain

Exercise. How on earth could anyone expect a person with chronic pain to exercise – surely it’s only going to INCREASE pain? The short answer is “YES” it’s likely to increase pain – BUT without exercising you’ll be able to do less and less over time. Exercising is good for chronic pain, but it’s got…

Sleeping like a baby

Anyone with chronic pain knows the feeling of going to sleep after tossing and turning, waking up in the middle of the night and having trouble getting back to sleep, then finally getting up in the morning feeling as if you’ve had NO SLEEP AT ALL! There’s a number of reasons for sleep being a…

What can I do to help myself?

You are the only person who knows what it’s like to have your pain. No-one else can feel it, can know what you think about in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep, can remember who told you what, and no-one else can do the everyday things that need to be done to…

Getting your head around neuropathic pain

Do you have post-herpetic neuralgia? Diabetic neuropathy? Phantom pain? Neuropathic pain is weird pain – people describe it as tingling, sharp, electric shocks, numbness, burning, hot, cold, random and intermittent pain. There are three major types of neuropathic pain depending on where the problem lies in the nervous system (this is a very, very simplified…

Optimism might help you think more clearly

Chronic pain is well-known as a negative, depressing experience. People find it more difficult to think straight, make decisions, concentrate, solve problems. What if I told you that there’s a possibility that by thinking optimistically, taking some time to dream a little, you might be think more clearly and regain some of your brain power?…