Painiac, the first podcast about mindfully living with chronic pain,
is a free resource for people living with chronic pain or illness.
I started Painiac to help people live well even when life hurts.
Painiac the podcast is free and widely available to anyone in the world who has access to a wifi connection. My mission is that Painiac is, and always will be, a free resource for people who need it because more people need free, accessible resources for pain management, and that’s where you come in.
We explored topics such as managing expectations, asking for help, talking with your doctor, confidence, and self-care. We featured conversations with inspiring people across the globe who live with pain and thrive in spite of it. In each episode, I share simple and practical tools to help people reframe their relationship with chronic pain or illness.
It is estimated that, globally, 1.5 billion individuals suffer from chronic pain. In the United States alone that number is 100 million. That’s more people than individuals suffering from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.
Chronic pain is often an invisible condition; the typical individual does not outwardly show signs of suffering from emotional and physical pain. Due to this invisibility, painiacs often struggle silently and may even be negatively judged because they might not “look” like they are not well.
Chronic pain isn’t choosy; it affects individuals no matter your race, gender, age, or location. However, many painiacs are young women. This poses a unique challenge because physicians, health care workers, and counselors may not fully realize the magnitude and severity of the suffering and they may try to downplay, discount, or deny the validity of the pain. Young, otherwise healthy and fit individuals are often told “it’s in your head”, “ you’re too young for this”, “you’ll learn to live with it”, or “give it some time and it will pass”.
Painiacs are very often stigmatized, isolated from friends or family, unsupported in the workplace, and struggle with depression, loneliness, and frustration. The suffering is destructive and impacts the individual's social, economic, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Painiac is a bright resource for when everything else and everyone else seems dark.
I started PAINIAC the Podcast because I am committed to changing the landscape of chronic pain. In my own experience I noticed how, as a chronic pain sufferer, options for help and support are limited. I recall being ignored by doctors or handed aggressive and addictive pain killers that just made me feel sick, disconnected, and just not "me". I joined support groups but observed that instead of lifting me up it just made me feel worse. I got tired of talking about feeling better; I just wanted to be better, already! I felt as if I was treading water just to catch my breath, but not getting anywhere. I knew that, deep down, I was strong, positive, and loved life, and that even though I lived with chronic pain it wasn't the only part of my story. I just needed to remind myself of that.
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Why support Painiac?
Each month, we get a few thousand downloads of the podcast. That's awesome! We love that people are listening to, sharing, and loving the material we put out there. We want to continue to provide helpful content for painiacs, but it's a lot of work.
That's where you come in. Your contribution lets us continue to produce quality pain management content—helpful tips on how to manage pain, ideas for self-care, interviews with experts, inspiring stories about people living with pain or illness —and share it in a free, uncommercial way. And, people who feel strongly about our mission, our approach to pain management, and our commitment to changing the landscape of pain, can donate to a cause they feel passionate about.
Let's change how we talk about, treat, and respond to pain. Together, we can create a network of painiacs who are supportive, informed, enthusiastically determined, proactive, empowered, and self-advocating individuals leading lives of thriving rather than surviving.
Thank you for your support!