Lifestyle Happy and healthy living with chronic pain.

What is Lifestyle?

Lifestyle encompasses the behavioral and habitual practices we exercise each and every day when living with chronic pain. By better understanding how small changes in our daily life can contribute to our overall healing, we can learn to take control of our condition. This section explores tips for dealing with chronic pain.

Woman practicing meditation tips for dealing with chronic pain.
Stretching class for those seeking healthy living with chronic pain.

Why It Matters

Living with chronic pain or a chronic condition isn’t just about medicine. Chronic conditions influence every aspect of life — from employment and finances, to relationships and interior design. There’s no manual on how to live with chronic pain, so in this section we’ll explore different tips for living with chronic pain, topics and lifestyle changes to help you navigate life with chronic conditions.

How We Can Help

Are there any burning questions you’ve wanted to ask a doctor, therapist or fellow patients? Are your Google searches not giving you the answers you’re looking for — like how to wash your hair during a hand flare up, tips for parenting with chronic pain, or how to deal with chronic back pain in public? Let us know if there are special topics you’d like us to dig into and we’ll do the leg work to uncover research, interview experts and talk to other patients who are living with similar conditions.

Hands stretching, practicing different ways to deal with chronic pain.

Lifestyle Articles


Chronic Voices: Nikki Albert

Nikki describes her experience with multiple chronic conditions in the questions below in our chronic…

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Chronic Voices: Amy Hill

Amy describes her experience with chronic illness in the questions below. Follow Amy @rheumatoidgirls or @amyhill…

1 min read

“For many years I saw my back pain as a sign of failure and tried unrealistically to find cures instead of taking responsibilities for my reactions to the pain. When I saw that the pain was a natural part of life, I felt relief. I realized my lack of acceptance was far more painful than the back pain itself.”

Vidyamala Burch, author of the books Living Well with Pain and Illness and You Are Not Your Pain

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