Chronic Pain

Inspiring stories about people persevering despite living in invisible pain.

Helping My Son Escape The Migraine Curse

I often wonder how my childhood would have turned out if I'd better understood my migraines. Through my son, I can find out.
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The Stigma Of Fun When You're Disabled

Why do so many people assume that just because I'm in too much pain to work, I shouldn't be allowed to do anything else?

Hands As Big As Pillows, And Other Weird Migraine Symptoms

Aphasia, hallucinations, and synesthesia are all proof that there's more to a migraine than just a bad headache.

I'm A Refugee Addicted To Painkillers In Canada

But when you have chronic pain and have to work 12 hours a day in a factory or else people back home starve, what's the alternative?

Why I Lied To Friends About My Chronic Pain

When you lie about something like migraines out of shame, the lies keep stacking up until you've got a tower of them, ready to topple.

When Mom Started Vaping, Her Chronic Pain Disappeared

My mother had given up on ever finding relief for her chronic fibromyalgia. Then her doctor prescribed medical marijuana, and everything changed.

How Imaginary Light Soothes My Chronic Pain

I was skeptical that guided imagery could help my rheumatoid arthritis. I'm pleased to say I was wrong.

How Chronic Illness Helped Me Perfect My Craft

By writing poetry about the migraines that have afflicted me since my twenties, I gained a mastery over my craft I might otherwise never have found.