Living with Osteoarthritis after Failed Treatments

With all the advances in medical science the past few decades, there are so many options when it comes to treating chronic illnesses. There’s often a wide range of treatments for patients, with varying levels of side effects and invasiveness. Osteoarthritis is one of these conditions where the average sufferer may spend years exploring treatment…

Pain Management after Shoulder Replacement

* Snap! Crackle! Pop! * There are a handful of reasons to undergo a total shoulder replacement (TSA). No matter what, everyone wants a quick and comfortable recovery. Luckily, TSA is one of the most common joint replacement surgeries in the United States. Even though it is a common procedure you may have many questions…

Traveling with a Chronic Illness

Whether you’ve struggled with a chronic illness your entire life or it’s a newer condition, you may already know how difficult it can be to enjoy travel. From seating on planes, trains, and buses designed for a special kind of torture to beds made out of granite, it can sometimes feel like the experience may not be worth…

4 Surprising Facts about Lupus

With about 1.5 million people living with lupus in the US, this chronic disease might not be on your radar. The average American may be more likely to see it on a medical TV show rather than know a person with lupus. In fact, nearly 75 percent of Americans surveyed were unaware of what lupus…

5 Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic health condition characterized by widespread pain and tenderness throughout the body. In spite of its long history being studied by medical professionals, it took over a century for this condition to be recognized as a physical — and not a mental — illness. Today, doctors are much more willing to diagnose…

The Grey Area of Disabilities & Chronic Pain

When it comes to defining a disability, it’s easy to think about the extremes. Those who have a physical or mental condition that clearly prevents them from doing the daily activities they’d like to engage in, and those who would say that they don’t have these impediments. But, as with everything in life, disabilities come…

The Road to Recovery: What Should You Expect After Surgery?

Planning for surgery can be physically and mentally difficult. While we leave surgery to the trained professionals, the rehabilitation phase that you will experience in the first days following surgery is critical to achieving a successful recovery. Being informed on what to expect will help ease your road to recovery. After surgery, you can expect…

Smoothie Add-Ins to Help with Chronic Inflammation

According to Harvard Health, the foods we eat can play a major role in how we feel. For some, this may be as simple as avoiding refined carbohydrates or sugary drinks to keep their allergy symptoms in check and help them maintain a healthy weight. For those suffering from conditions such as lupus or type…

A Healthy Summer with Your Chronic Illness

Summer is often thought of as a time for fun, play, and adventure. If you’re a parent, the kids are out of school and itching to go exploring. For those in colder climes, summer is when the snow is finally gone for good and it’s time to enjoy the parks and hiking trails. When it…

How to Live Well with a Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness can often feel frustrating and limiting. Though there are many physical, emotional and mental daily struggles that people with long-term conditions may experience, that doesn’t mean they can’t live fulfilling and happy lives. With just a few strategies and tips, you could be smiling a little bit more each day….