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Painiac, the first podcast about mindfully living with chronic pain, is a free resource for people living with chronic pain or illness. Painiac is for people living with chronic pain and the awesome people who love them. We also explore what it means to live with various types of pain whether it be emotional, mental, or physical, and we share inspiring stories of other painiacs who are learning to live well even when life hurts. With host Shelly Jackson Buffington, listeners learn about topi ...
 
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Chronic pain and illness come with their own inherent stressors, and with 2020 shaping up to be one of the most challenging year in most of our lifetimes, we could all use more moments of calm and ease. This is why Shelly recorded a short, guided body scan meditation to help you soothe and relax during these trying times.…
 
I love poetry. It reminds me of music, in away that it has its own deep language and it has the power to move you like music does. When I came across poet Camisha L. Jones’ work, I was immediately moved and struck by its power and heart. I knew that I had to invite her on Painiac to share more of her art and her story. I hope you enjoy this convers…
 
In this episode, we explore what it means to get better. I’ve been thinking a lot about healing and recovery, and what it means to get better. Last month marked my 12 years anniversary of living with debilitating chronic pain, and this past May marked the 3 year anniversary of my most recent and most invasive surgery. When I look back at how I had …
 
Do you know your rights to request accommodations in the workplace? Did you know that you even have rights to request accommodations to make your job more comfortable? I’ll be honest, I had no idea that I had these kinds of rights back when I wasn’t self-employed, and chances are you don’t aren’t in the know either. That’s why I can’t wait for you …
 
Virtual reality therapy is revolutionizing pain management by offering painiacs non-invasive and non-addictive ways to effectively manage pain. Today, I’m talking with Josh Sackman, President and Co-Founder of Applied VR, about the new app Ease VR. Josh has been featured in Wired, Forbes and MIT Technology Review and has spoken at international con…
 
Painsomnia the difficulty of falling and staying asleep when dealing with chronic pain is a real challenge for painiacs. Research shows that one of the most important predictors for pain intensity is the number of hours slept the night before. If you sleep poorly, your pain will likely be worse the next day. Years ago, when the pain I live with was…
 
What does fear do to us? Fear shows us what we do not know. When we’re scared, if we peel back those layers of fear, we usually find that we are afraid of the unknown, of outcomes that we can’t predict and unforeseen obstacles that we can’t anticipate. Pain reminds us that we aren’t unbreakable. I took a walk in the forest the other day, the moss w…
 
"When you go through pain, we all will, some way and someday, hit rock bottom, and we will find that strength to keep going and to keep moving on." In 2014, Danielle experienced an accident that left her with debilitating neck pain that became chronic. I loved this conversation with Danielle, and I know you’ll love it too. I find her so bright and …
 
Hi, this is Shelly. I hear you loud and clear, painiacs. You're ready for season two to start, and I'm ready to get it off the ground. Join me for an update on season two of Painiac, and hear how you can help support the continuation of the show. Painiac the podcast is free and widely available to anyone in the world who has access to a wifi connec…
 
In this season one finale episode of Painiac the Podcast, Shelly reflects back on what we've learned, discussed, and shared in the inaugural season of the show. She also shares wisdom about what it means to continue on the path of mindful pain management and encourages listeners to commit to changing their relationship to pain. Be sure to download …
 
Now more than ever, chronic pain patients are considering using medical marijuana for pain relief from a myriad of conditions such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, seizure disorders, back pain, arthritis, anxiety, and migraines, just to name a few. If it works, and it’s legal in many places around the world, including in…
 
Today we’re talking with licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Kirsten Cowan. Kirsten is trained as a physician of traditional Chinese medicine and she’s also the founder of Angelica and Peony, a natural health and wellness beauty product line inspired by herbal medicine. I asked Kirsten to join us to talk about holistic medicine and to discuss natu…
 
Kira is a coach and counsellor, and the author of Aches, Pains, and Love: A Guide to Dating and Relationships for Those With Chronic Pain and Illness. In her book, Kira provides down-to-earth, practical advice drawn from 20 years of experience living with a chronic pain condition. Shelly and Kira talk about the many challenges and obstacles of lear…
 
One of the fundamental foundations of mindful pain management is all about the practice of prioritizing the ultimate health and wellness of YOU. It’s about taking active steps to better manage the pain so that you can continue to thrive and live, rather than stay feeling helpless or stuck. Today, we’re talking all about self-care treatments you can…
 
Today we are featuring a conversation with a powerful painiac, Jen Lake. Jen is an East Coast transplant living life in the high deserts of New Mexico with her better half, Trevor, and her pack of three very large rescue pups, Miesha, T-Bone and Bumper. By day, Jen is a web designer and photographer, but by night, she is a graduate student working …
 
In this week’s episode Shelly talks about an important piece of mindful pain management: pacing and how to manage our expectations about our goals and productivity. Pacing is all about managing our activity level and energy output in order to maintain a healthy baseline of pain. Just like with all aspects of mindful pain management, effectively pac…
 
Focusing is an experiential, body-oriented process of self-awareness and emotional healing. It can help you manage the overwhelming emotions and strong physical sensations of pain that disrupt your overall sense of well-being and ability to live your life with ease. Today, Shelly speaks with Anne Weiser Cornell. Anne is internationally recognized a…
 
When living with pain it can be a challenge to feel as productive as you once were. It can feel like you can’t get anything done on your to do list. Everything, especially goals, can feel out of reach. Even without including pain into the equation, in general, Goals can be so overwhelming as a concept, but it doesn't have to be like that. Listen in…
 
Today we’re featuring a powerful painiac, Jennifer Lesea-Ames. Jen is a former triathlete and training coach, who lived an active life until congenital bilateral hip dysplasia caused her to be debilitated from pain. She’s the editor of Onward: Navigating through Hip Dysplasia, Periacetabular Osteotomy Surgery and Beyond. And she now manages the web…
 
Let’s face it. Living with chronic pain or chronic illness isn’t “sexy”. Not only can living with pain make us feel uncomfortable in our daily lives, but especially in the bedroom and in our intimate relationships. Studies estimate that 75% of people living with chronic pain experience some form of emotional and sexual dissatisfaction, discomfort, …
 
Description: Living with chronic pain is not only challenging, but it's also often lonely. It can feel like no one "gets it" and that there isn't anyone to talk to. That's why we invited painiacs to submit questions about pain management and living with pain, so that we can provide more support, guidance, and encouragement. Listen to this week's ep…
 
Why is it so hard to take time for self-care? When living with pain, it can feel like all we do is think about how we want to feel better, but do we actually make caring for our bodies a priority? Unfortunately, self-care is often placed on the bottom of our to-do lists, which only results in an increase in pain. But it doesn’t have to be so hard. …
 
Living with chronic pain is hard enough, but when you add the typical strains of travel like jet lag, uncomfortable seats, unpredictable accommodations, and general exhaustion, pain can increase and be difficult to manage. Whether traveling for work or for fun, it doesn’t have to be so painful and worrisome and it doesn’t have to be impossible, eit…
 
It’s rare when you meet a person with contagious optimism, a bright, big spirit, and riveting talent, but musician and disability rights advocate, Gaelynn Lea, is one of these rare and inspiring souls. Gaelynn Lea was recently named the winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. She has been playing violin for over twenty years. Gaelynn also regularly spea…
 
How to Talk with your Doctor about Living with Chronic Pain or Illness Do you ever feel like your doctor isn't hearing you? It's a common challenge that many people face, not just painiacs. Communicating about pain -- and the emotional and mental struggles that come with it -- is hard to do. Listen to this week's episode that suggests simple, pract…
 
Why is asking for help so hard? In this week’s episode, Shelly talks about the reality of what it means when we don’t ask for help when we really need it. She’ll help you determine how to effectively reach out and get the help you need to make living with chronic pain or illness more manageable. Although Shelly Jackson is a certified professional c…
 
Join Shelly in a conversation with Mindfulness­based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator and fellow painiac Cecily McGaw. M BSR and its curriculum integrates both seated and walking meditation, gentle movement, and simple body­awareness practices. T he MBSR program started in the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Ce…
 
Last week, we explored about what it means to change the vocabulary we use to talk about pain. Today, we’ll talk about the nitty gritty reality of limiting beliefs and the false truths we tell ourselves and how they keep us from doing what we are capable of. Fear not, Shelly will help you learn how to move beyond these unhelpful thoughts, expectati…
 
On this week’s episode, we’re discussing how our vocabulary can affect how our bodies perceive and experience sensations and pain. We’ll also talk about what it means to take back the story and rewrite your personal narrative, so that your story is less about pain and more about power and resilience. Although Shelly Jackson is a certified professio…
 
Today we’re talking about what it means to manage pain mindfully, so that you can maximize your ability to reduce anxiety, lower stress, and shift how your mind and body respond to pain. Although Shelly Jackson is a certified professional coach, she is not providing medical advice. The pain management information on Painiac the Podcast for Mindful …
 
Welcome to Painiac! In our inaugural episode you’ll learn more about this podcast and what you can expect from subscribing. Living with pain can be an isolating, frustrating, and exhausting experience. It can feel like no one understands and nothing helps. We understand what it means to live with pain, so we made a podcast about it. Join Shelly as …
 
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