chronic pain

Navigating Dismissive Doctors When You Have a Chronic Illness

I had an appointment with a specialist recently, but I could have been replaced by a blank wall, because she didn’t listen to anything I was saying. “I’ve been seeing a naturopath for almost a year, but the treatments haven’t been helping,” I said. “Well, it seems like you and your naturopath have those symptoms …

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FRINGE Points Out How Healthy People Ignore Chronic Pain, but You May Have Missed It

While re-watching Fringe, a TV show that follows FBI agent Olivia Dunham and her team as they solve supernatural mysteries, I noticed a character I could relate to because of his chronic pain.  In Season Three, Episode Twelve, “Concentrate and Ask Again,” Olivia, Walter, and Peter are investigating a biological attack on a scientist. A …

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What is This Alien Thing That Has Taken Over My Body? (The Crap-tastic Guide to IBS, Pt. 1)

Maybe it’s a new resident, or maybe you’ve cohabitated with this alien thing for years, like me. Don’t worry, I’m here to tell you all the good news about living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Like how it’s incurable. And how doctors don’t really know what it is. And how your friends might not want …

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