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Five Things You Can Do To Help Your Chronic Pain

Five Things You Can Do To Help Your Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be so debilitating it can feel like it dominates every aspect of your life. Here are some steps you can take to deal with your chronic pain. Exercise Although it may seem counterproductive, exercise can help with chronic pain. Exercise produces endorphins, which act on the opiate receptors in our brains. Endorphins help to reduce pain and increase pleasure, causing a feeling of well-being. Ask your doctor about what kinds of exercise might be best for your specific situation. They can give you advice on the best types of physical activities to help...
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Side Effects: A Throat Cancer Diagnosis

Side Effects: A Throat Cancer Diagnosis

Viktor felt like his world was ending when he received his throat cancer diagnosis. He always figured that cancer would be something he might have to deal with when he was older, not something he would deal with while he was in good health at only 41. Of course, Viktor didn’t have much time to dwell on his misfortune. He entered treatment immediately and was grateful that his doctors had spotted the problem early. They told him that the throat cancer had not yet spread, and that his prognosis was good and that he should be able to make a full recovery. But that didn’t...
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Why is My Employer Giving Me a Deadline? Frustrated Contracts and Disability Claims

Why is My Employer Giving Me a Deadline? Frustrated Contracts and Disabilit...

When you are forced to go off work due to illness or injury, it isn’t a happy time for you or your employer.   For employers having employees off on a disability claim creates a difficult situation where employers may have to scramble to ensure that your work gets done. If your claim is denied for short term or long-term disability benefits, an employer will often put pressure on you to return to the workplace or risk losing your job.  In order to reduce costs and minimize disruption in the workplace, employers may choose to try to end the relationship with...
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A Painful Awakening, Living with Fibromyalgia

A Painful Awakening, Living with Fibromyalgia

As a remote online support specialist, Joseph knew his job wasn’t physically demanding. And yet, he was always trying to rub the tension out of his arms and legs, and his lower back would usually be sore (sometimes agonizingly so) when he finally clocked out at the end of the day. Things finally reached a breaking point shortly after Joseph turned 37. Though his pain had been getting worse for several years, it had never prevented Joseph from doing his job. He decided to consult his doctor for tests only after his performance at work began to suffer. ...
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The Memory of a Classroom: Debbie’s Story

The Memory of a Classroom: Debbie’s Story

Debbie was relieved when the doctors first told her that she had a concussion. She’d always been under the impression that concussions were relatively minor, so she figured she’d be back on her feet and back in the classroom in a matter of days. Unfortunately, Debbie didn’t yet realize that no two concussions are the same. Some people do indeed recover quickly with few long-term side effects. Other people experience persistent symptoms that can last for months – or even years – beyond the initial trauma. Debbie would eventually learn that she was in the latter camp. She...
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A Nurse’s Denied Disability With Multiple Sclerosis

A Nurse’s Denied Disability With Multiple Sclerosis

Like many chronic condition diagnoses, a multiple sclerosis diagnosis can change a person’s life. In many ways, it can mean anticipating flare-ups of chronic pain and discomfort at any given time throughout the day. Lauren, a 45-year-old Nurse Practitioner working at a busy medical clinic and single mother with two teenage boys, leads a chaotic but fulfilling life. Having worked at the clinic for nearly 15 years, she loved her job and managed to work around its long, tiring hours on top of taking care of her home and her children. But one day that started to change. While...