July Pain Blog Carnival

Yes! It’s that time again, and the range of topics for this month’s pain blog carnival include
In Sickness and in Health discussses 2 sides of pain in Chronic Pain: Tormentor and Mentor.
Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living discusses Smoking and Pain.

A Chronic Dose sends in 2 articles. What’s in a Treatment explores the promise of medical research and what makes “good” research for patients. An Open Mind values open minds in physicians – being open to the less obvious diagnoses, and in patients – believing you can get answers.

One Big Health Nut also treats us to 2 posts. Relaxation Alleviates Stress describes the health benefits of taking time to relax – are you enjoying that lemonade? And The Alternative to Hip Replacement for Arthritis Sufferers talks about another, less-promoted procedure that could provide earlier and longer-lasting relief.

Speaking of that lemonade, Working with Chronic Illness realized that she made lemonade out of some pretty bitter lemons in writing a book about working with a chronic illness. Her post: Lemonade, Anyone?

Another article which evaluates a type of treatment is by Somebody Heal Me: The Musings of a Chronic Migraineur. Deciding Whether to Gamble on Botox for Migraine Prevention evaluates the conflicting and confusing studies around Botox. (And is that a pretty new picture at the top of your blog?)

And wondering about an epidural? The Back Pain Blog presents a series on epidural injections, with Sciatica and the Epidural: Are You a Candidate?

Fighting Fatigue shares some of the latest research which shows that exercise can improve both the mood and physical function of people with fibromyalgia.

Discussing an economic viewpoint on Interstitial Cystitis (a painful bladder condition) is a new contributor to the pain-blog carnival, IC Disease.

Thanks to Gary at Psychology of Pain blog for the text and links today!

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