Fighting to have the effects of my disability believed and respected can sometimes be more painful than the symptoms themselves, writes Erin Stewart.
When Bayer pharmaceuticals launched its new painkiller, Heroin, in 1895 as an over-the-counter medication, it was promoted as a "safer" alternative to morphine. We're still dealing with the consequences, says Dr Jennifer Stevens.
A study by the Monash Addiction Research Centre finds no increase in prescriptions for opioids in the year since the pain medications were more tightly controlled, but pharmacists say they are filling prescriptions at higher doses.
How soon should you tell a date about a hidden chronic illness or mental health issue? Should it be on your Tinder profile, or is it a conversation for further down the track? Kylie Maslen knows how hard it can be.
Jessica, a 41-year-old mother of twin boys who works a demanding job, uses painkillers to manage intense periods of stress. She's one of an increasing number of Australians justifying their use of painkillers when there's no physical pain, writes Kev Dertadian.
Millions of Australians are living with both physical and mental ill health, according to a new report, which has for the first time revealed the link between chronic disease like diabetes and back pain, and mental wellbeing.
The causes of chronic pain can be complicated, so patients typically seek help from a combination of health practitioners.
A father who escaped jail time for juicing cannabis to treat his two daughters who suffer Crohn's disease is now considering sending one of them overseas for treatment.
It's been called the "invisible" condition, but for sufferers like Kirsty Buhlert-Smith, chronic pain has changed everything about her life.
Some scientists and doctors are calling for more oversight of the stem cell industry, as Australians pay thousands of dollars for medical treatments that are unproven and may not even work.