The Morning Stiffness

The hard truth of living better with arthritis

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A Podcast For The Rest Of Us Who Don’t Live On The East Or West Coasts

A respectful and honest discussion about arthritis that some people aren’t going to be able to handle. Texas-based host Jared keeps you current, and regulars Dr. Laurie, a psychologist and reverend from upstate New York, and Miss Trish, the tough love queen from New Mexico tell you what your doctor and friends won’t about your arthritis.

If you’re looking for a pity party, or if you want to show off your medications and wonder why you can’t get opioids for your arthritis pain, you’re not going to be comfortable here. But if you enjoy hearing reality-based conversations with refreshing humor, smart – but not snotty – guests and science-based perspectives that don’t make you feel stupid, you’re going to love The Morning Stiffness.


Check out season one of The Morning Stiffness below and wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe for access to future episodes. Tell your family and friends to listen, too, so they understand what living with arthritis is all about.


Episode 1: Why You Don’t Take Your Medicine

In our first episode, we dive into what’s holding you back from taking your medicine with Dr. Laurie, how to get in the mood to take your meds with Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), and we have a quick chat with Ms. Trish to give you some tough love.


Episode 2: Why We Lie to Our Doctors

We might not “lie” to our doctors and loved ones, but we also don’t always tell the full truth. In this episode, get tips from Dr. Laurie on being more honest with your doctors, check in with our patient who uses autonomous sensory meridian response to prep their medicine, and listen up as Ms. Trish gets real about why it’s important to be honest with your friends.


Episode 3: Why We Feel Guilty About Our Illness

If you’re feeling guilty about your morning stiffness, you’re not alone. Dr. Laurie shares how handicap parking stickers can be judgment inducing – but remember: pain is an invisible illness. Having some compassion and kindness goes a long way – both ways. We checked in with a patient who uses Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) to calmly clean an injection site, plus we have a chat with Ms. Trish about how your friends might be a little sick and tired about hearing about how you’re sick and tired.


Episode 4: Why We’re All Angry

Yes – it’s safe to say we’re all angry at this point. We’re not here to tell you to calm down. In this episode, Dr. Laurie educates us on why the way we talk to ourselves matters and how that shows in our day-to-day life. Also: Our patient who uses Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) preps for her biologic injection, and Ms. Trish gives it to you straight about treating mental illness.


Episode 5: Why Your Mood Matters

Your mood impacts, well, everything! How you make it through the coronavirus, how you treat your neighbors, and how you talk to yourself. In this episode, Dr. Laurie answers the question “do you need to be in a good mood to take your medicine?” and how that impacts your quality of life. And it’s finally here! Our patient who uses Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) gives herself her biologic injection – give it a listen. We wrap up this episode with Ms. Trish, who gives advice on why talking to ourselves matters.

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Call us at 1 (888) 767-8433 to submit questions to Dr. Laurie and Ms. Trish or let us know if you want us to pay your bills!

Listen And Watch

It’s chicken skin time! Listen in as our patient who uses Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) helps you calm the heck down! Click the image to watch!

*Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response


Season 1, consisting of five episodes of The Morning Stiffness, aired on consecutive weekends on Salem Radio Network, from April 18 to May 9.
Season 2 is in production now. Call us at 1 (888) 767-8433 If you want to be part of Season 2.

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