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Kimby Maxson And The Bendy Twisty Zebra: The Story Behind The Book

Posted on March 29, 2023

The story of Rose, a young girl zebra, is the heart of Kimby Maxson’s children’s book The Bendy Twisty Zebra. Rose, her friends, and the book’s encouraging message are all based on Kimby’s real-life experiences navigating the world of doctors, hospitals, and diagnoses for her daughter, Jade. Kimby, a massage therapist and bodywork specialist from […]

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Parental Preparation for Securing Accommodations at K-12 School for Children with the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes

Posted on March 28, 2023

Please note: the author is based in the United States, so these are resources available in the US. Check with your school or local government education office or website for processes available in your country. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the law in the United States that ensures every child in public […]

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AI Meets Medicine: Can ChatGPT Unlock Answers to Your Medical Questions?

Posted on March 26, 2023

By now, you’ve probably heard the buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) and the hottest new thing in ChatGPT. ChatGPT is growing more rapidly than TikTok – currently averaging a user base of 13 million people every day! Talk about a craze, and it got us thinking. The Chronic Pain Partners media team was curious about […]

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PT Elan Schneider on Neuroplasticity and New Approaches to Treat Chronic Pain

Posted on February 28, 2023

Widespread chronic pain is one of the main symptoms for people with any type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and can be debilitating. At the same time, many common treatment options, particularly with pain medication, lead to side effects. But what if we could reduce our pain without any negative consequences? Chronic Pain Partners’ Editor-in-Chief Karina Sturm […]

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Unaccommodating Accommodations

Posted on February 26, 2023

I want to be okay. Some days I am. But some days, it feels like my words slosh about disjointed. My eyelids are heavy shades that won’t stay open. Pain suffuses every joint in my body, and the throbbing in my head makes it impossible to tolerate light or noise. Day-to-day is unpredictable, sometimes moment […]

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Surviving the Rollercoaster of EDS and Chronic Fatigue: Tips and Tricks for Managing the Boom-and-Bust Cycle

Posted on December 26, 2022

When you’re doing okay, it can feel like a high, a return to normalcy even. It is hard to figure out the level of functioning that is going to allow you to get things done without making your symptoms send you into another flare. It’s a tiny little fine line between doing too much and […]

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The Six Steps of Proper Pacing

Posted on December 26, 2022

Pacing techniques, such as the “spoon theory,” can be incredibly helpful for managing energy levels and preventing overexertion. This involves breaking activities into smaller chunks and taking breaks as needed to allow for rest and recovery. Sounds easy enough, right? UGH- NO!! You kinda need to plan to do this successfully to know which spoons […]

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Advocate Nthabeleng Ramoeli on her EDS journey, EDS care in Lesotho, and why she established an NGO to help all rare disease patients

Posted on December 23, 2022

For our January newsletter, journalist Karina Sturm spoke with rare disease advocate Nthabeleng Ramoeli. Ramoeli was born in Lesotho, a country encircled by South Africa, and lives with Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and many other comorbid conditions. The young woman relentlessly fights for improved access to health care for rare disease patients in her home country and […]

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