Understanding Chronic Pain

Be it back pain, headaches, joint pain, or fibromyalgia, chronic pain persists and persists, with no end in sight. Some 30 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain, which is influenced by many factors, including one's emotions and memory.

Recent posts on Chronic Pain

Living With Chronic Pain

By Ana Nogales, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Family Secrets
The more you fight with your pain, the more pain you will have.

Understanding Depression

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in Think Well
Clinical or major depression is a potentially deadly illness that affects many millions of people at any given time. Here's how to gain a better of understanding of it.
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Don’t Let Chronic Pain Throw You into the Future

By Golan Shahar Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Stress, Self, and Health
The dangers of pain-based catastrophizing.

Effective Non-Toxic Alternatives for Pain and Depression

Effective treatment of inflammation, pain, and depression without NSAIDS.

How-To: Mindfulness-Based Interoceptive Exposure For Pain

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 07, 2017 in ExperiMentations
A simple technique techique for relief from chronic pain using mindfulness-based exposure to internal bodily sensations of pain.

Is Pain Being Treated Properly?

A common reason for referral is “my primary care can no longer or does not feel comfortable with continuing to prescribe me my pain medications."

Bright Lights, Big City, and Fibromyalgia

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 31, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
It is always interesting to find ways to improve sleep, which is known to have a positive impact on fibromyalgia symptoms, but also many other aspects of one’s life.

A Five-Step Approach to the Opioid Epidemic, Part 2 of 2

By Dan Mager MSW on October 31, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
Make no mistake: there is no magic bullets and no quick fixes to this crisis. However, there are several critical steps that can help us make meaningful progress toward solutions.

How to Respond to Unkind Remarks When You’re Chronically Ill

Responding to unkind and insensitive comments can require a lot of thought and energy. This is because there are several factors to consider before deciding what to say.

Light Therapy for Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
In the meantime, open the shades, put your head right into that sunny morning, and wait for your body’s opioids to kick in.

Brain Imaging Shows We Can Unlearn Chronic Pain

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 27, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New hope for previously untreatable pain.

12 Things I Didn’t Expect to Happen As I Age

I’ve noticed some changes in my life as I age, and it’s been interesting to discover what a surprise each one is to me. Some things I’ve welcomed; others not so much.

What to Do When Doctors Haven't Helped You

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
A new approach when the old ones fail.
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Are You Sore, Stiff, and Unrested When You Wake Up?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
The right equipment and attention to your daily habits can help you conquer these feelings.

Pharma Corruption Started the Opioid Epidemic

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 04, 2017 in Saving Normal
Pharma caused the deadly opioid epidemic and should be held accountable for cleaning up the mess it created.

Why Your Mind is Better than Pills at Conquering Pain

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in Feeling It
Conquering pain and stress with the mind is not only possible—it's powerful.

Montel Williams, PTSD and TBI From Auto Accidents

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in The New Normal
New technologies offer great hope for human pain and suffering.

Where Did the Opioid Epidemic Come From? Part One of Two

By Dan Mager MSW on September 21, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
The opioid epidemic is a solely human created catastrophe, born of sincere intent that became mutated by unadorned profit-motivated greed. Here's how it happened.

Listen to Lady Gaga

By Judy Foreman on September 21, 2017 in A Nation in Pain
I'm so sorry for Lady Gaga's chronic pain, but the publicity for pain is good!
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"Only Connect!" (Spinal Cord Injury Group-1)

By Elizabeth Young on September 15, 2017 in Adaptations
The magnetism of spinal cord injury survivors.

My Pain Isn't Your Pain

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 13, 2017 in Open Gently
Some people feel more physical pains than others. Talk about it. Don't let anyone patronize you and also don't judge.

12 Comments That Would Be Welcomed by the Chronically Ill

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 12, 2017 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Most people have the best of intentions when speaking to those who struggle with their health. That said, often remarks by friends and family are off the mark.

Opioid Addiction: Is This a War We Can Win?

Those who are familiar with “recovery from addiction” know that solving the crisis requires action. The battle lines are clear; it’s time to take a stand.

Why Can Training the 'Mirror Muscles' Cause Pain?

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Fit Femininity
Are you exercising but also feeling chronic pain? A functional exercise program can help.

Use Mindfulness To Improve Your Life, Not Escape It

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on September 03, 2017 in Thinking About Kids
Being mindful of what makes us uncomfortable is the first step towards building a better life.

Using Mindfulness with Opioid Addicted Chronic Pain Patients

Mindfulness can be used as an alternative treatment method for chronic pain.

Preserving Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance System

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The New Normal
Prevention is cheaper than the cure.
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No, Mr. President, a Wall Won’t Stop Opioid Overdose Deaths

How does increasing law enforcement to go after international drug cartels serve those who have an opioid abuse problem now? We can help addicts and reunite families, if we act.

Things to Do When You’re Mostly Housebound

I’ve had over sixteen years to adjust to being at home most of the time. Here seven ideas for living a purposeful and fulfilling life even if you’re stuck at home.
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Overdosed America

How did the U.S. become a nation involved in a prescription opioid epidemic?