I’m not sure which is better or worse: having a disability that is so visible that people stare at you in the street or one that is so invisible that people don’t believe you and accuse you of faking it.
Throughout November, Painaustralia would like to hear from those living with chronic pain and to invite discussions on this topic via their media platforms.
Melbourne is coming out of its second COVID-19 lockdown and my feelings about this are mixed. What Will My Post-Lockdown Life Be Like With Chronic Illness?
I’ll tell you this much: Quarantining for the second time is much harder than the first.
Without opioids, my life is sedentary. By taking my opioids away, my pain management doctor is increasing my risk of obesity, heart disease and disability. Not to mention severe, daily pain.
Think exercise is a pain in the butt? Not these. Try these moves to help relieve pain in your buttocks, lower back and hips.
This advice from clinical psychologist Laurie Ferguson, PhD, can help you practice being in the present in order to cultivate emotional and psychological well-being.
Jealousy is one of the seven deadly sins, but it feels justified in these, ahem, unprecedented times.
This advice from clinical psychologist Laurie Ferguson, PhD, can help you be more resilient even when life feels harder than it ever has.
Sorry, family and friends, but the one thing I miss doing the most while staying at home is my weekly yoga class.
Staying active at home when you have arthritis can be tough, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown. Exercise Right Week and new telehealth options can help.
Fatigue is one of the most invisible and misunderstood parts of managing arthritis. It can be difficult for those without chronic illness to understand.
Please. Think of me. Think of my son.
Humiliating moments don’t discriminate — they happen to all of us and they happen wherever we are: at home, at school, at social events or at work.
Must arthritis mean the end to happy hour? The short answer: Probably not.
I wrote this in 2017, when I was 'reclaiming my identity' after years of chronic illness. Today, I am much happier and still discovering the new “me”.
Arthritis often forces us to rethink how we manage everyday tasks like cooking. These tips will help you prepare tasty meals with less effort and energy.
Arthritis patients disagree on whether ditching gluten has helped their joint pain. So, what does the research say about gluten, inflammation and arthritis?
Whenever I struggle to explain the debilitating fatigue that comes with many chronic illnesses, I talk about spoons. Here’s why spoons can help you, too.
Who says you have to suffer to be beautiful?
OTs can help you live with less pain and disruption to your daily routine. Here are their tips for living better with arthritis.
Do you regularly talk to your GP about your chronic illness? Discover how your family doctor can help you manage your condition and make your life easier.
Ever wish a podiatrist could take you shoe shopping? This is a close second
Scleroderma is a degenerative chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as an autoimmune rheumatic disease — and one of its key symptoms is arthritis.
Men’s Health Week was started in 1994 in the USA to increase awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. The event has spread globally and it is now run in Australia from 10 to 16 June.
The prep for a colonoscopy is often worse than the procedure. Here’s how to make it more tolerable.
To better understand Psoriatic Arthritis and how it might affect your life, Medicine X have created a new illustrated story Psoriatic Arthritis Xplained.
March 8 is International Women’s Day. A day for celebrating the achievements of women, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. Across the world, we are slowly moving into a time where women are treated as equals. We...
Rosemary acknowledges World Mental Health Day and World Arthritis Day 2018 through sharing insights into her life managing multiple health conditions.
The National Disability Insurance System (NDIS) is the brave new hope in disability care in Australia.
Christie Gunther shares the challenges of living with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and her frustrating road to diagnosis.
With new codeine regulations on the horizon, we need to rethink pain management strategies to include drug-free alternatives.
I don’t remember life without arthritis. I don’t remember what it’s like not to have to take tablets and be in pain or discomfort every day or to regularly go to the doctors, have tests, and be in hospital. It’s all just a part of my life and I’ve accepted it.
I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for over 13 years. Despite how this has changed my life, I am a positive and happy person. The reason I wanted to write this post was to share my thoughts and hopefully help others who suffer from a chronic illness.
It doesn’t matter if it is a big event (like a 50th birthday party) or meeting friends in a café - whenever an invitation comes up, or I consider planning something myself, my brain starts firing a long string of questions.
We’re interested in what you think and how you feel about issues that impact you and the wider arthritis community. We’ll be updating these questions regularly, so you should check back often. We’ll share a wrap-up of results in future...
I have multiple health issues and my body is a puzzle. A giant jigsaw puzzle made up of many tiny pieces – joints, blood, nerves, muscles and more.
In March 2016, the Australian Government unveiled its plans for a new model of care, Health Care Homes, to help those with chronic health conditions receive improved access to systematic and comprehensive care. The model has recent media attention with...