Tag: chronic pain

  • What is an “Introvert Hangover”?

    What is an “Introvert Hangover”?

    If you’re anything like me, you might be familiar with this – you go out with friends, and before the end of the night, you’re wiped out. You’re exhausted, your head is killing you, you can’t eat, and you feel like you’re hungover despite not drinking. You could be having the time of your life […]

  • Things Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Sufferers Can Relate To

    Things Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Sufferers Can Relate To

    Chronic pain is a lifestyle, not just a list of symptoms. It’s hard to see the bright side of pain conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis, but it’s also not healthy to get bogged down in the negatives. There’s more to chronic pain than just pain, and it can help to look at it in a […]

  • How to Survive Winter With Chronic Pain

    How to Survive Winter With Chronic Pain

    I would love winter if I didn’t have chronic pain. It’s so lovely to cuddle up under a massive blanket with a mug of hot chocolate. Being warm and cozy is one of my favourite things, and it just doesn’t feel the same any other time of year.  Unfortunately, winter is the time when my […]

  • I’m Chronically Ill, Not an Inspiration

    I’m Chronically Ill, Not an Inspiration

    When you’re part of a minority, people expect you to speak on behalf of everyone in that minority. If you speak publicly about your experiences, they expect you to be a good activist, someone to point to and say: “See? If they can do it, so can you!”  But that’s not fair. My experiences with […]

  • Knitting for Chronic Pain and Mental Health

    Knitting for Chronic Pain and Mental Health

    Having arthritis has me living like a retiree. I knit, crochet, cross-stitch, read, and drink lots of tea under a heavy blanket. Knitting for chronic pain is not a new or revolutionary idea, but it is something I’ve found incredibly helpful!  I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition triggered by […]