Take a Pain Check

Take a Pain Check

"Impacting our community faster than our inflammation" Take a Pain Check (TAPC) is hosted by Natasha Trehan, a 19 year old university student. This is a podcast that engages in conversations about relationships, school, advocacy and much more while living with chronic illness. The host brings her life experiences and talks to guests about their lived experiences. If you're looking for inspiration and support, Take a Pain Check is the community for you. Tune in every other Sunday at 12pm EST on Youtube, Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts, and iHeartRadio. https://instabio.cc/takeapaincheck

Episodes

August 14, 2022 48 min

“Managing my arthritis can be compared to being the mayor of a village” Sadiq told Natasha, on this week’s episode. Sadiq Jiwa, a 26 year old professional golf player from Vancouver, Canada currently on the road for the PGA tour. The conversation starts off with Sadiq’s diagnosis story at the age of six and what life was like being young with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Moreover, the comments from people in school as well as the...

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“Don’t say you're disabled” they said. These were comments Anna Samson received when they were using mobility aids to help them get through their daily tasks while living with a chronic illness. This week on Take a Pain Check, Anna Samson comes on the podcast to to talk about their life with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia as a 23 year old. They start off the conversation by talking about their initial symptoms and expl...

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During the pandemic, Haley and her boyfriend went to the grocery store and a few minutes later, she fell to the ground. On this week’s episode, Haley Crespo joins Natasha to discuss her journey with lupus and Evan’s syndrome. Haley starts off the episode by discussing how her boyfriend was her main support system through her diagnosis story. Consequently, Haley discusses her symptoms and how her lupus varies from others in the sens...

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Imagine being 30 and needing to plan your funeral while also planning your will. This is the exact experience Amanda Ishii had to go through a few years ago. On this week’s episode, Amanda discusses her journey living with Lupus, Crohn’s disease, Colon cancer and Multi Organ Dysfunction. Amanda explains her initial symptoms and jumps into the importance of social and mental support when it comes to dealing with a chronic illness. M...

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Devyn Nichols, a 14 year old content creator for Take a Pain Check, comes onto the podcast to discuss her diagnosis with undifferentiated Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. When talking about Devyn’s diagnosis journey, she brings up medical gaslighting to which led to her seeing many family doctors and rheumatologists. Natasha and Devyn discuss side effects they’ve experienced on Methotrexate and Prednisone, as well the insecurities th...

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June 5, 2022 49 min

On this week’s episode, Afshin Bhimani discusses her journey living with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. She starts off by explaining her lengthy diagnosis process and how she felt during this time. Once she started to go to doctors to figure out what was wrong, she was unable to find a physician who took her seriously. Moving from India to the States, Afshin discusses the cultural changes that occurred in her life. Natasha ...

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On this week’s episode, Aleina Margos joins Natasha to discuss her journey with Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA). Being diagnosed during the pandemic, Aleina starts off the episode by elaborating on her rheumatoid arthritis, including symptoms, topicals and  pill medications that she was prescribed at first. Aleina and Natasha discuss the affects of their medication, like discolouration and how they abstain from scratching the skin. Alein...

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May 8, 2022 34 min

Take a Pain Check’s Mother’s Day special features Jenni Weaver, a mom of 3 kids, that comes on the podcast this week to discuss her diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis and pustular psoriasis. The discussion starts off with the basics, specifically talking about Jenni’s original symptoms that led to a diagnosis after several years. Natasha and Jenni discuss the set backs in terms of communication in health care, focusing on the stru...

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April 24, 2022 57 min

Dr. Rae Yeung started off her education journey dreaming to be pilot or an astronaut. But she realized quickly, that she had a passion for medicine, children, and rheumatology. The conversation on this week’s podcast episode starts off with a timeline of Dr. Yeung’s journey on becoming a pediatric rheumatologist and a researcher. Dr. Yeung talks about her primary research interest - precision medicine and specifically how this will...

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This week’s episode features Savannah Lohnes - a second year university student from Windsor living with Juvenile Arthritis. Savannah starts off by remembering the time when she woke up bed ridden; she couldn’t get out of bed. Previously, her dad was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and to no surprise, Savannah was diagnosed with JA and then later Hemochromatosis. Natasha and Savannah both bond over being diagnosed with the same...

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In honour of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, our second special guest of the month - Alejandra Van Dusen comes on Take a Pain Check to talk about her story with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis alongside Ulcerative Colitis. Diagnosed at 2 years old with JIA, Alejandra talks about childhood memories of being at the hospital and soon realizing that it’s okay to be different. Her symptoms went from her hands to elbows and at 12 years...

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In honour of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, Morgan Harris comes on Take a Pain Check to talk about her story with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Diagnosed at 8 years old, Morgan discusses how she didn’t know what was happening to her body, let alone even trying to explain the concept to her friends. At 13, Morgan underwent a period of remission. Unfortunately, the arthritis came back. Morgan and Natasha discuss their experienc...

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Carrie Zamudio joins our host Natasha this week on Take a Pain a Check to discuss her journey with rheumatoid arthritis. Her story starts off with a long period of time in which she was not being treated and then finally getting diagnosed during the pandemic. We discuss all things arthritis, including bone deformity, her medication journey prior to pregnancy and the fears of afterbirth with rheumatoid arthritis. Carrie now has a ne...

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February 13, 2022 39 min

This week on Take a Pain Check, we welcome Ravia Khangura who joins our host Natasha to talk about her journey living with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Ravia starts off by explaining how she initially spent weeks in the hospital to get her diagnosis. Growing up, Ravia studied and became a pharmacy technician. However, once we dive deeper into her life, she reveals that she switched her careers to pursue her passion for makeup. Ra...

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“No one knows you better than you, so why let someone else talk for you?” quotes Kasey Bouslaugh, an arthritis advocate from Kansas City. This week Kasey joins our host Natasha on the podcast. We start off with the basics: her story of being undiagnosed for 7 years. Then she opens up about her mental health experiences throughout her arthritis journey. The conversation moves to middle school, when she got bullied, forcing her to pu...

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On this week’s episode, Natasha and Katie converse about what it’s like to live with Scleroderma and Raynaud's. Her diagnosis story went from rheumatologists thinking she was making up her symptoms, to Katie now being under remission. Katie is also a registered nurse who is passionate women’s health. She believes that her story has helped her become a more understanding nurse to her patients. Additionally, the conversation cove...

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“I felt a metallic blood taste coming from my mouth, then my nose, then my eyes. The girl beside me yelled.” This was one of the many situations Jodie Shea was going through in college. This week, Natasha talks to Jodie, a young woman living RA, about what it’s like to enter this world with a chronic illness. The conversation starts off with transitioning at 23 years old and leads into how the media portrays sickness as “acute and ...

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December 19, 2021 33 min

Have you heard of Cassie and Friends? Do you know the face behind Cassie and Friends? Cassie? Well, Take a Pain Check explores Cassie and her life in today’s episode. We discuss more of the social aspects of living with a rheumatic disease. When is it the right time to tell your friends about your chronic illness? The conversations heads into what it’s like living with arthritis but also being diagnosed with celiac disease. We also...

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This week, Take a Pain Check converses with Kayla Mozill, a university student at Dalhousie living with rheumatoid arthritis. We dive into true university life of exams, accommodations, note taking and study strategies while living with a chronic illness. Interestingly, Kayla never received pediatric care and her first rheumatologist appointment was one that she had to attend solo. To wrap it all up, we share and bond about our joi...

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Kristen joins Take a Pain Check this week for a conversation about the impact of therapy and behaviour. Kristen was lucky with her diagnosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjogren's, surprising right? The discussion leads into the topic of friends and family support and jumps right into answering the big question of "how do we as a patient make the right decision for our medications?". Well you might be able to figure that o...

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