Chronic Pain

Embody Empathy This Pain Awareness Month

September 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

Do you embody empathy when you cross paths with others? The homeless person in the subway station carrying a backpack and all of his worldly possessions in a shopping cart. The mother with a screaming kid in the grocery store. The woman who parked in the handicapped space, but walked into the store unassisted. We’ve all seen situations like this and likely judged those people. Why can’t the homeless man go to a shelter and get a job? Why isn’t that mother doing anything about the temper tantrum her four-year-old is having? That woman must be abusing the handicapped system by parking when there’s clearly nothing wrong with her. How often do you think about walking in their shoes instead of judging? If you talked to each one, you may understand that the mother in the grocery store has chronic migraine and is so exhausted that she barely had the…

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Photo Friday – Pain Week 2017

September 8, 2017 / 1 Comment

Pain Week is an annual conference focused on pain for the health care professionals who see patients who have a multitude of disorders and diseases. Doctors, pharmacologists, nurse practitioners, and those who offer complementary and alternative therapies all gather to attend seminars on the latest research in this field. I was there to represent US Pain Foundation and the INvisible Project. Spending time in the exhibition hall, I had interesting conversations with attendees about what they do in the pain community and how the various projects of US Pain could be a good resource to offer their patients.           During the 5-day conference, topics included ketamine, pain management coaching, regulatory issues, prescribing guidelines, biofeedback, virtual reality for pain management, microbiome, patient-centered practices and addiction. Disease specific seminars included erythromelalgia, arachnoiditis, occipital neuralgia, neuropathy, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. For the first time, the American Headache Society hosted an…

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Why Being “Disabled” is a Full-Time Job

July 26, 2017 / 3 Comments

*************************SEEKING APPLICANTS************************* Job Title Chief Medical Officer of Personal Health Affairs (AKA Social Security Disability Beneficiary) Job Description Full-time position, flexible hours. Prerequisite: Ideal candidate would have a background in all of the following areas: analytics, accounting, patient advocacy, medical billing, insurance underwriting, legalese, pharmacology, healthcare administration, Social Security Disability, Medicare & Medicaid. Preference for those with M.D., Ph.D., CPA, RN, NP or Esq. behind their name. Skills: The ideal candidate would be well organized, exhibit patience, possess a friendly phone manner, anticipate problems, show initiative, diligent in finding correct answers and keep meticulous notes. Job Duties May Include: Schedule, prep and arrange transportation for 1-3 doctors’ visits per month. To include compiling a list of questions, a list of medications, changes in symptoms and provide medical records from other healthcare providers Interpret insurance policies and medical billing codes Reconcile medical bills Track payments toward deductibles Inquire about incorrect medical…

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Migraine Takes. But It Also Gives Sometimes.

July 12, 2017 / 0 Comments

My eyes were full of tears so many times in June for different reasons. Sometimes because of my own pain, but more often due to the stories of others that I have had the privileged to know. I’ve seen the despair of a life with migraine disease, robbing those of the future they had envisioned. Lost with what to do next. I got messages from many who were preparing to enter the hospital, full of questions and anxiety over the unknown. Upon hearing of a suicide in the cluster community, I felt utter despair for the family and a sense my own powerlessness. Migraine takes. I also saw people connect in different ways in the name of migraine awareness. My Facebook feed was inundated with people (and dogs) wearing #shadesformigraine or #haturdayforheadaches. I watched the brightest minds in headache medicine present their research, making me hopeful for the future. I…

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My Favorite Articles as a Migraine Writer – Part Four

June 26, 2017 / 0 Comments

In less than 4 years, I’ve written over 100 articles sharing my world with chronic migraine disease & pain. For migraine awareness month, here are my favs. June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, so I thought I’d share with you the ones that have meant the most to me. Images of an Invisible Illness Disability Income Preparation Guide Botox Basics

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My Favorite Articles as a Migraine Writer- Part Three

June 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

In less than 4 years, I’ve written over 100 articles sharing my world with chronic migraine disease & pain. For migraine awareness month, here are my favs. June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, so I thought I’d share with you the ones that have meant the most to me. Bellamy Young- Out of the Darkness and Into the Light Former NFL Star, Ben Utecht, Talks TBIs Chronic Pain Finds a Place in Holllywood with “Cake”  

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My Favorite Articles as a Migraine Writer – Part Two

June 12, 2017 / 0 Comments

In less than 4 years, I’ve written over 100 articles sharing my world with chronic migraine disease & pain. For migraine awareness month, here are my favs. June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, so I thought I’d share with you the ones that have meant the most to me. The Kid Conundrum Social Media and Migraine Stigma 10 Things I’m an Expert On Professional Patient

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Grandma’s Gout Story for Gout Awareness Day

May 22, 2017 / 0 Comments

My colorful grandmother, whom I am very close with, relayed to me her personal story about living with gout. May 22nd is Gout Awareness Day and I found it fitting to share this today. As always, Golden Graine is not just about living with chronic migraine, it’s about understanding all forms of chronic pain. In her own words, here is my grandmother’s story, originally written two years ago. ____________________________________________________________________ Age is Relative A woman never tells her age…well, almost never. My doctors know because it’s in my chart and I’ve never had a driver’s license so you won’t find it there. However, with you nice folks, I will share my age. 2015 is the year of my 8th decade … or if 8+0 = 8, then I am 8 years old again! My birth month found me celebrating said birthday several times. The final event was a large family gathering…

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Get Moving After a Migraine Attack

May 17, 2017 / 0 Comments

I’m sitting at the original muscle beach in Santa Monica by the pier. In the middle of the swinging rings, balance beams, ropes and slack lines, there is a large patch of astroturf dedicated to yoga. At times there can be 50 or more people crowding the space- all wanting to practice, learn or support anyone who enters the inner-sanctum. Today, moving seems like an impossible task.

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Medical Monday- The Fire of CRPS/ RSD

April 24, 2017 / 0 Comments

Golden Graine is not just for those living with chronic migraine, it’s for anyone dealing with chronic pain. We are all in the same boat. Feeling misunderstood, wanting others to take the time to listen. For this Medical Monday, I want to talk about a condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). These two terms are often used interchangeably.

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Katie Golden

Katie is a professional patient, writer for Migraine.com, US Pain Ambassador, patient advocate, speaker, and freelance writer.

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