Category Archives: chronic pain

Pain But No Gain

I’ve undergone a mess of pretty damned unpleasant medical procedures over the years, ranging from UV light treatment, to an internal biopsy, to cortisone injections. None of them are experiences I care to repeat. However, this past week may well … Continue reading

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Oranges and Buicks

I categorically do not understand the idea that pain and/or disability is some sort of competition as to who has it worse. I once had somebody tell me that they understood my condition because they had rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and … Continue reading

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Not Your Fashion Statement

OK, today we are going to talk about fashion. Yes, really. But first, we need to do some background reading. First, read this. Then, go read that. OK, back now? Good! As somebody who spends a great deal of time … Continue reading

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Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light

Maybe I’m doing this wrong. Maybe I should just accept my fate of chronic pain and learn not to be angry at a body that has betrayed me. Learn not to push for more or want more,  and simply accept … Continue reading

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Losing the power of touch

Today is video day. I could not be any more eloquent than Dr. Verghese if I tried: http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

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Not Your Hypothetical

Before we delve too far into today’s topic, please first take a few minutes and view this video of GOP candidate Ron Paul’s response to a question from Wolf Blitzer during one of the recent GOP debates. Go ahead, I’ll … Continue reading

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Not the Monster You Are Looking For

Interesting conversation with a dear friend last night over dinner. They allowed as how they were surprised I had started this blog. Raised eyebrow. I asked in what way were they surprised. They responded that I had spent so long … Continue reading

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