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Join Lyndsay Soprano and her guests weekly on The Pain Game Podcast about the game of living in and with chronic pain and trauma getting to the heart of how to heal with you by her side.

The Pain Game Podcast Lyndsay Soprano

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

Join Lyndsay Soprano and her guests weekly on The Pain Game Podcast about the game of living in and with chronic pain and trauma getting to the heart of how to heal with you by her side.

    The Colorful, Healing Power of Creativity

    The Colorful, Healing Power of Creativity

    Welcome to the vibrant and imaginative world of creativity and healing with this episode of The Pain Game Podcast. Your host, Lyndsay Soprano, opens up about her lifelong battle with insomnia and the darkness that fueled her creative spirit. From transforming her childhood bedroom into a sanctuary of color to managing OCD tendencies as an adult, Lyndsay's journey is a testament to the power of creativity in coping with trauma.

    Lyndsay welcomes the incredibly dynamic Jenni Grover, a wellness coach who merges craft and health to help her clients navigate their physical, mental, social, creative, and spiritual concerns. Jenni shares her insights on the importance of creativity in wellness practices and offers practical advice on how to incorporate creative activities into daily life, even for those who may feel creatively stifled.

    Join us for a conversation that promises to inspire you to embrace your innate creativity, explore new avenues of self-expression, and find joy in the process of creation. Whether you're a seasoned artist or someone looking to rediscover your creative spark, this episode is a colorful journey you won't want to miss.

    Find Jenni Grover Here:

    Instagram: @coachjennigrover
    Website: Coach Jenni Grover
    Facebook: Coach Jenni Grover
    LinkedIn: Coach Jenni Grover

    Episode Highlights:

    (00:00) This podcast focuses on chronic pain and trauma, getting to the heart of healing
    (02:15) Lyndsay's childhood struggles with insomnia and creativity as a coping mechanism
    (10:30) Introduction to Jenni Grover and her colorful journey
    (15:45) The intersection of craft and health in Jenni's coaching practice
    (20:20) The importance of play and creativity in wellness
    (25:50) Overcoming fears and ego to embrace creativity
    (30:15) How trauma influences our need for safety and structure
    (35:00) Creative practices tailored to individual needs
    (40:10) The role of creativity in processing pain and trauma
    (45:20) Jenni's book "Chronic Babe 101" and its impact
    (50:30) The importance of a trauma-informed approach to chronic illness
    (55:00) Final thoughts on living a colorful, creative life despite chronic pain

    • 43 min
    Understanding The Many Faces of CRPS

    Understanding The Many Faces of CRPS

    Step into the raw and unfiltered world of chronic pain and resilience with this compelling episode of The Pain Game Podcast. Your host, Lyndsay Soprano, dives deep into the complexities of living with chronic pain and trauma, sharing her personal journey and the relentless pursuit of finding purpose amidst suffering. This episode features a heartfelt conversation with Audrey Marie, an author, anti-trafficking advocate, and fellow CRPS warrior, who brings her unique perspective on managing pain and trauma while striving for empowerment and healing.

    Audrey's story is one of unimaginable pain, beginning with a mysterious lump in her armpit at the age of 17 that led to multiple surgeries and a life-altering diagnosis of CRPS. Together, Lyndsay and Audrey explore the emotional and physical toll of chronic pain, the importance of mindset, and the power of pushing through adversity. They also discuss practical pain management strategies, the significance of pacing, and the delicate balance between seeking help and maintaining independence.

    Join us for an episode that promises to inspire, educate, and remind you that even in the darkest times, there is hope and the possibility of a brighter future.

    Find Audrey Marie Here:

    Instagram: @chronically_unstoppable 
    Website: Chronically Unstoppable

    Episode Highlights:

    (00:00) This is your pain game podcast about living with chronic pain and trauma
    (02:15) Introduction to Audrey Marie and her journey with CRPS
    (06:48) Audrey's early experiences with pain and the initial surgeries
    (15:30) The emotional and physical toll of living with an open wound for a year
    (22:05) The moment Audrey realized something was seriously wrong
    (28:20) The struggle of getting a proper diagnosis and the endless tests
    (35:10) The importance of mindset in managing chronic pain
    (40:55) Practical pain management strategies and the significance of pacing
    (47:30) The role of supportive relationships in the journey of chronic pain
    (53:20) Audrey's work in anti-trafficking and her passion for advocacy
    (57:45) The process of writing her memoir, "Chronically Unstoppable"
    (01:03:15) The importance of grieving lost abilities and finding new passions
    (01:10:00) Final thoughts and words of encouragement for listeners

    • 47 min
    Exploring Alternative Methods for Pain Management

    Exploring Alternative Methods for Pain Management

    Step into the world of chronic pain management and empowerment with this enlightening episode of The Pain Game Podcast. Your host, Lyndsay Soprano, brings her signature blend of humor and tenacity to a deeply insightful conversation with Dr. Sarah Merritt, a board-certified anesthesiology, pain medicine, and addiction medicine practitioner. With a focus on saying "yes" to life despite pain.

    Dr. Merritt shares her expertise on alternative pain management strategies, the importance of patient education, and the power of lifestyle changes.This episode isn't just about the struggles of living with chronic pain; it's a beacon of hope, offering practical advice on navigating healthcare, advocating for oneself, and exploring non-opioid options for pain relief. Whether you're a patient, a loved one, or a healthcare provider, you'll find valuable takeaways in this candid discussion.

    If you or someone you know is feeling alone in the fight against chronic pain, let this episode remind you that there are passionate professionals like Dr. Merritt who are dedicated to improving lives. Join us for an episode that's not only informative but also infused with the relentless spirit of those who refuse to be defined by their pain.

    Find Dr. Sarah Merritt online:

    Instagram: @lifestreamhc
    Facebook: Lifestream Health Centre
    Website: lifestreamhealth.com

    Episode Highlights:

    (00:00) This podcast focuses on managing chronic pain and trauma
    (02:46) Making small changes in our daily lives can empower our pain community
    (03:15) Sarah Merritt is a board certified anesthesiologist and addiction medicine practitioner
    (04:10) Tell us about how you got started in pain management
    (06:12) What do you do in your practice for people with chronic pain
    (07:13) You talk about the importance of nutrition when helping patients with pain
    (11:36) Do you have patients that come to you that have used opioids
    (17:28) There are people who are able to use opioid medicine on a sometimes basis
    (18:59) So can you talk to us about alternatives to opiates
    (23:38) Do you deal with a lot of issues with your patients regarding suicidal ideation
    (27:15) Are there, uh, guidelines within the CDC on prescribing opioids
    (33:40) I think genetic tests can be useful in some pain management situations
    (34:40) Doctor Merritt says focusing on lifestyle factors can help manage chronic pain
    (37:53) Don't ever give up on your pain management journey, whatever that pain might be
    (38:36) Welcome to the Pain Game podcast. Did you need to hear this conversation

    • 39 min
    Grieving to Blooming After Loss

    Grieving to Blooming After Loss

    Embark on an emotional journey through grief, loss, and the path to healing with Lyndsay Soprano and Shannon Villanueva in this profound episode of The Pain Game Podcast. In a candid and poignant conversation, Lyndsay reconnects with Shannon Villanueva, a cherished friend and a beacon of strength who has navigated the tumultuous waters of unexpected loss. From the heartache of losing twin girls to the empowering decision to enter the medical field, Shannon's tale is one of transformation and the unwavering human spirit in the face of adversity.

    This episode is not just about confronting the pain; it's about supporting each other with compassion, honoring the grieving process, and finding solace in shared experiences. Whether it's discussing the challenges of explaining loss to children or the joy of finding one's calling, Lyndsay and Shannon's exchange is a testament to the profound connections that sustain us through our darkest hours.

    Tune in for an episode that promises to touch your heart, offer solace, and remind you that even in grief, there is growth and the promise of new beginnings.

    You can find Shannon online:




    Episode Highlights:
    (00:00) This podcast focuses on chronic pain and trauma, getting to the heart of healing
    (03:09) Shannon Villanueva is a registered diagnostic medical sonographer
    (05:13) San Francisco got pregnant unexpectedly in November of 2001 with twin girls
    (10:04) I started spotting, cramping, the whole thing. I just didn't feel good
    (14:24) You know, the fear factor that comes around child bearing in our world is obviously
    (18:43) Shannon says she went into labor on a Sunday and lost twins Monday
    (22:43) Telling your story on the show has helped with healing, you say
    (25:01) How did you talk to your daughters about losing their twin sisters
    (28:58) After you lost your twins, did that play into your decision to become ultrasound technician
    (33:15) You've raised two pretty awesome girls. And they've been through a lot
    (33:43) Being able to be that loving, caring, nurturing ultrasound tech after loss is rewarding
    (35:48) My girls have decided to become doulas
    (39:22) My place is very private and serene and peaceful. And I welcome families, kids, babies

    • 44 min
    Navigating Chronic Pain with Purpose + Support

    Navigating Chronic Pain with Purpose + Support

    Dive into an intimate exploration of chronic pain, vulnerability, and the power of friendship in this heart-to-heart episode of The Pain Game Podcast. Join your host, Lyndsay Soprano, as she delves into the daily battles with exhaustion, sadness, and the relentless search for hope amidst the struggles of living with chronic diagnoses. In a candid confession, Lyndsay shares the raw truth of waking up to pain and the mental toll it exacts, challenging her once indomitable spirit.

    This episode takes a turn towards the light with the introduction of Rachel Kalmar, Lyndsay's rock, best friend, and the force behind the show's social media and marketing. Together, they discuss the challenges and emotional complexities of working with someone in chronic pain, the importance of trust, and the transformative power of a supportive partnership.

    Tune in for a story of resilience, the importance of following one's instincts in health matters, and the undeniable strength found in the bonds we forge. This isn't just an episode; it's an ode to the friendships that carry us through our darkest times and a beacon of hope for anyone feeling alone in their pain.

    Episode Highlights:
    (00:00) This is your pain game podcast about chronic pain and trauma
    (04:25) Rachel Kalmar is the director of social media and marketing for my agency
    (05:34) I would like to hear what you have to say about working with me
    (10:02) You know, trust and safety issues have always been part of my problem
    (14:50) Rachel had a business focused on gut health, pain management, chronic illness
    (20:58) Rachel says the number one reason she gets through chronic pain is her dog
    (23:46) Rachel: If you're struggling with any type of symptom, keep digging
    (26:03) The Pain Game podcast is dedicated to helping people through their pain

    • 27 min
    Confronting the Exhaustion of Chronic Pain

    Confronting the Exhaustion of Chronic Pain

    Step into the raw and unfiltered world of Lyndsay Soprano in this deeply personal episode of The Pain Game Podcast. With unflinching honesty, Lyndsay confronts the realities of living with chronic pain and trauma, revealing the toll it takes on her body, spirit, and life. As she shares her journey of hitting rock bottom, we're given a rare glimpse into the struggles that come with managing an overwhelming workload, health issues, and the constant pressure to be the "superwoman" everyone expects.

    In a moment of vulnerability, Lyndsay confesses to feeling lost, unsafe, and suffocated by uncertainty. She speaks candidly about the mental and emotional breakdown that left her questioning her own sanity, and the crushing weight of depression that threatened to overshadow her indomitable spirit. Yet, amidst the darkness, Lyndsay's resilience shines through as she pledges to continue the show, honoring a promise to herself and her listeners to face the pain head-on.

    If you're searching for a community that understands, if you're seeking solace or strength, or if you simply need to feel heard, this episode is for you. Tune in for a story of courage, a testament to the human spirit, and an open invitation to heal.

    Find Lyndsay Online here:
    Instagram: @thepaingamepodcast
    Website: thepaingamepodcast.com
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/lyndsaysoprano/

    🎙️ Episode Chapters:
    (00:00) Lyndsay's raw introduction and the toll of chronic pain
    (02:34) The struggle of maintaining a facade of strength
    (04:50) The downward spiral into depression and mental exhaustion
    (08:15) The impact of chronic pain on identity and self-worth
    (12:30) The power of vulnerability and the importance of self-care
    (17:05) A rallying cry for community, support, and shared healing
    (22:10) An invitation to join the journey and embrace the raw truth of living with pain

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

ChronicBabe ,

Being a guest was a blast!

lyndsay is a powerhouse! we had so much fun, and i love the way she guided our conversation so listeners would get the most value. i can’t wait for folks to hear our episode!

Bunny Dust ,

Love the range of topics!

I enjoyed the podcast you hosted with Shannon. This was my first listen and I will be checking out the rest of your older episodes. Shannon and I went to the same high school together. I never knew she went through that traumatic loss. It hit close to home, as I went through fertility in 2008, and ended up losing my triplets at 19 weeks after weeks of bed rest. Much love to you both for covering such a difficult topic. Most people become uncomfortable talking about things like this. The therapeutic value of being able to talk about it is without measure. 🩵

AmandaBlackwood ,

HOOKED for life.

What an awesome podcast. I feel like this host is now a friend for life and I know so much about her, though I know so little!

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