Category Archives: practicing medicine

23 Tip For Men on Supporting a Partner with Chronic Pain

I know I have been posting other people’s writing lately. Don’t worry, I haven’t given up writing. The truth is that right now my doctors are futzing with my anti seizure and pain meds and to function successfully both mentally … Continue reading

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Who Are You?

“Who are you?” asked the most likely stoned caterpillar of Alice in Wonderland.  She gave her name, but that wasn’t what he meant so he asked again.  Faced with the same question, talking caterpillar or not, we all have to … Continue reading

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It’s a lie! You aren’t Addicted.

The media, our friends, our family, even our doctors tell us that long term use of opioid pain killers causes addiction.  I bet there isn’t a single person with chronic pain who hasn’t been treated like some twitchy drug-seeking addict … Continue reading

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Suicide is Not About You

Warning: This is a candid piece about a difficult subject.  Please understand I am not advocating suicide nor is this a cry for help.  I’m encouraging understanding and compassion. The chronically ill suffer from severe depression, grief, loss, and a … Continue reading

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My Shoes Fit Funny

My alarm goes off a half hour before I actually need to get out of bed.  That probably isn’t that strange, everybody likes the snooze button, but that isn’t the reason I set mine early.  I need the extra time … Continue reading

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A Happier New Year

I usually do a review at the end of each year.  Take the time to think about what has happened, what I’ve learned, and what I can do or make better next year.  However, looking back on this year seemed … Continue reading

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Where is My Diagnosis?!?

Sometimes I wish I had cancer because even if you look “healthy” people understand that your body is quite ill.  There is an understanding in society regarding cancer and it garners much more understanding and compassion.  In reality, I’m sure … Continue reading

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