Major Pain launched in 2021, creating a library of stories and experiences from people living with chronic illness. Our goal is helping those with chronic pain, undiagnosed disease or rare conditions to feel seen and heard. You can share your thoughts, your story, or inquire about appearing on the show at firstname.lastname@example.org. Major Pain is hosted and produced by Jesse Mercury, a content creator with a long history of chronic undiagnosed illness. Learn more at majorpainpodcast.com.
Living with Chronic Migraines, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and More
India is a retired nurse living with a complicated collection of health conditions. She was born with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome that went undiagnosed most of her life, and has experienced several related comorbidities including bronchiectasis. Her pain situation reached a fever pitch due to a Chiari malformation, where part of […]
Living with POTS (Postural Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)
Michelle has always known that something in her body wasn’t functioning correctly. Throughout her childhood she sought help from her parents and doctors, but was told over and over that her symptoms weren’t real or serious. It wasn’t until her late 20s that Michelle was finally diagnosed with POTS, or […]
Life after a Traumatic Brain Injury
Eight years ago Christelle was hit by a texting driver while riding her bicycle. Her head went through the driver’s windshield, fracturing her skull and causing a traumatic brain injury. Three lobes of her brain were affected, resulting in a variety of symptoms including issues communicating, emotional dysregulation and difficulty […]
Accessible Recreation at Achieve Tahoe
Achieve Tahoe is a nonprofit organization offering year-round outdoor recreation activities for people with cognitive, sensory, and physical disabilities. They offer a wide variety of accessible activities including snowsports, water skiing, hiking, archery, climbing, equestrian skills, paddle sports and sailing. Their goal is to make these activities available to people […]
Born Positive: Living with HIV since Birth
Joseph Kibler is a 32 year old actor and writer who was born HIV positive. As a baby he wasn’t expected to live past 4 years old, but an experimental drug trial run by Dr. Fauci in the 80s gave him the chance to thrive. The virus altered the gray […]
Fighting Medical Gaslighting while Living with Chronic Illness
Aimée has been experiencing chronic pain and increasingly debilitating neurological symptoms throughout her life. She was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia at just 12 years old, at a time when that diagnosis carried little to no actionable recourse and significant stigma. Due to a lack of helpful doctors in the face […]
The first time I’ve been compelled to write a podcast review
I learned about this podcast the other day on TikTok from Zoe and I am SO GLAD she shared it! I’ve already listened to the Born HIV Positive and Adaptive Sports episodes and I’m hooked. I was initially hesitant when I saw how long the HIV episode was, but it was fascinating and engaging. Ultimately, the episode flew by and I was eager to listen to the next episode.
I’ll definitely be binging the back catalog. If you have a chronic illness or know someone who is, this podcast gives excellent insight into the lives of people in the disabled community. As someone with rheumatoid arthritis who lives in chronic pain, I’ve loved the positivity that I heard on the two episodes I’ve listened to so far. I cannot recommend this podcast enough.
A podcast you NEED in your life!
As someone who was just diagnosed, this is the exact type of podcast I’ve been looking for. I love how there is such a wide variety of guests when it comes to their stories and chronic illnesses. I’ve only listened to a few episodes so far and am so happy I have a bunch more to listen to. Listening has helped me not feel so alone and to know that there is always more to come. Thank you for the podcast and I hope you never stop making episodes!
Also I borrowed my family’s iPad to write this review because I have an android and just need everyone to know that they should LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST
The best part of this podcast is the accessibility anytime. On my bad days I know I’m just a few clicks away from others that understand.