NHBPM – Chronic Pain And Illness Links

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This post is another roundup of some articles related to chronic pain and illness that I hope you will find helpful.

First up is a series that devoted to chronic pain called Who will stop the pain – Canada’s invisible epidemic of suffering. A sample of the articles in this series are:

‘I live this life in pain’: Canadians with chronic pain struggling to find help, hope,

Sometimes, when the pain drugs don’t reach her, Lous Heshusius lies on the floor as still as a corpse. “Please,” she’ll whisper to herself, “Please, let it pass.”

The burden of no proof

Because there is no objective way to measure chronic pain, people who suffer from it often struggle to convince others that their pain is real.

Salvation or slippery slope?

Fears about addiction, abuse keep pain sufferers from effective drugs.

This may not come as a complete surprise to you but The Institute of Disability at the University of New Hampshire has found that “Compared to racial and ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities are generally more likely to experience poorer health…”. The report called Health Disparities Chart Book on Disability and Racial and Ethnic Status in the United States.

The basic purpose of this chart book is to answer the question of whether working age (18-64) people with disabilities in the United States experience health disparities similar to those experienced by members of racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States.

This article from the Invisible Disabilities Association called Just Take Something helps explain how, no, we’re not faking it, being lazy or not following doctors orders. And if we are able to take something for our illness, we sometimes have to jump through hoops trying different medications, tests, surgeries and procedures to help in our day-to-day living.

Do your managers know the FMLA ‘contact’ rule? is an article about a court ruling that says not returning a call a court ruling says it might qualify as evidence of FMLA retaliation. A registered nurse on medical leave regularly kept in contact with her manager. Her manager however, failed to return many of her calls. The nurse, was fired for shortly before she was scheduled to return to work.  She filed suit, and won, claiming the hospital retaliated against her for taking leave.

And, since I started this post about chronic pain, I’ll end it with this article that states that British scientists have identified a gene responsible for regulating chronic pain.

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J

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