Link Round-Up.

http://www.bodyinmind.org/does-every-pain-have-its-own-psychology/

Some useful definitions of types of pain and the parts that make up the pain experience, as well as evidence that the psychosocial aspects of pain are similar between patients, regardless of the aetiology of their pain. This supports the notion that chronic pain patients can bond over their pain and be treated to some extent as a homogeneous group, although the pain can result from many different issues. I already knew this anecdotally; I follow health bloggers with fibromyalgia and myositis, cystic fibrosis and other respiratory illnesses, Crohn’s disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, dysautonomia, Marfan syndrome, and assorted other health issues, yet aspects of each of their experiences resonate with me.

http://www.bodyinmind.org/cognition-and-pain/

Some research evidence that the anxiety and attention / concentration issues often experienced by individuals with chronic pain are caused by the pain (as opposed to the idea that people who are anxious and/or have poor attention are more likely to develop pain problems). This gives me hope that if I can get my pain under control I will not always feel quite this brain-dead!

http://theconversation.edu.au/good-news-for-chronic-nerve-pain-sufferers-but-it-could-have-been-better-10818

Lyrica (pregabalin, commonly used to treat neuropathic pain) will be covered by the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme from March 1st this year, which means it will cost just under $6 compared to the current $80-ish, more than half of which is not covered by private health insurance. I cheered.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMqMrDLBYro

An hour-long yin yoga routine for the spine. This is my favourite routine from my favourite teacher; I find her accent soothing and her attitude of “whatever you can do is perfect” makes me feel better that, forget my toes, sometimes I struggle to touch my knees!

http://www.xojane.com/relationships/im-pretty-sure-my-loved-ones-are-going-to-murder-me-if-i-dont-start-getting-more-sleep

Ahh, insomnia. Along with pain and fatigue, poor sleep seems to be a unifying symptom among hundreds of different ailments, and certainly one I battle with (and lose) constantly. This is a funny account of life when sleep-deprived. I think I need a ‘sleep troll’ shirt to wear for those days to warn my family.

http://lethargicsmiles.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/life-is-kind-of-like-an-arcade/

This is a great expansion of / alternative to the Spoon Theory – a way to explain to others how living with chronic illness limits your resources. My friend and I refer to our ‘credits’ rather than spoons.

http://25pillsaday.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/an-animated-version-of-my-sick-week/

This made me laugh so hard, and I wanted to share the love for anyone who hasn’t already seen it. Sometimes, when you’re sick and feeling awful, cute and funny animals gifs are the best medicine.

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