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…

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?…

You are not alone

Chronic pain is one of the loneliest, most isolating experiences ever. No-one else feels what it feels like to have pain. No-one can tell whether you have really bad pain today, or if it’s just a nuisance pain. Some people think they can tell whether you have “real” pain or not (in other words, they…

Passion and pain: come on baby, light my fire!

Have you ever met a really passionate person? You know, the kind of person with eyes all lit up and sparkling, energised and enthusiastic? A bit like a Labrador puppy, nothing can stop them! I’ve spent the past few years talking to people who cope well with pain. These people have chronic pain, with diagnoses…

Making sense of pain

Chronic pain doesn’t make sense. I mean, pain is meant to be a message or a warning, and then it’s meant to fade away and everything’s meant to go back to normal, right? Chronic pain doesn’t. It hangs around nagging away at everything you do. It doesn’t make any sense. If you want to get…