pain

Searching for Answers to Migraines

Searching for Answers to Migraines By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Migraine headaches can be devastatingly debilitating: When my migraines get so bad, I stare at the wall in complete silence not letting my head touch anything. If my head touches something, it will send more pounding pain throughout my skull. Migraines are [...]

Suffering Through the Opioid Crisis: The Language of Chronic Pain

Suffering Through the Opioid Crisis: The Language of Chronic Pain By Claire Harter, MA Market researchers in the pharmaceutical industry need to know their audience - their unmet needs, language, and experiences. Recent research in chronic pain at Inspire reveals the lexicon of chronic pain patients and their experiences with treatment. [...]

Getting Told You’re Making It All Up: Lupus

Getting Told You're Making It All Up By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Imagine going to see a doctor when you’re exhausted and enduring multiple kinds of pain, and they recommend a “psych” evaluation. When they “can’t find anything,” the medical professional you looked to for help decides you must be making [...]

Warring Parties: Voices of Patients in Pain Vs. “Opioid Crisis”

Warring Parties: Voices of Patients in Pain Vs. “Opioid Crisis” By Sara Ray So many of us have pain management issues. We are fighting the doctors and the state laws and the insurance companies. The "opiod [sic] crisis" is an illegal drug problem; it is not a prescription problem for chronic pain [...]

Video Vignettes: Through Their Own Lens: Neurofibromatosis

Video Vignettes: Through Their Own Lens: Neurofibromatosis Our “Through Your Own Lens” initiative invited members to share their personal stories through short videos. Patients have been describing their disease history, their feelings about their disease and thoughts about Inspire. Living with Neurofibromatosis Neurofibromatosis is a condition affecting the nervous system, causing tumors [...]

Video Vignettes: Through Your Own Lens – Living With Invisible Disease

Video Vignettes: Through Your Own Lens - Living With Invisible Disease Looking "well" is a common challenge among people who live with invisible illnesses and chronic disease.  Some call themselves “spoonies”: people who hear “but you don’t look sick” throughout their lives, while actually managing serious illness.  The term “spoonie” comes from [...]