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

An Integrative Approach to Wellness Really Works

I had a cerebral bleed causing me to black out resulting in a serious automobile collision. Months later I had brain surgery. I was told by my doctors I was permanently brain damaged. Determined to get better, I set out on my journey to regain my life. So I experimented with a variety of different approaches to treatment, and got better!

Managing Pain Versus Recovering From Pain

By Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C on February 25, 2015 in Chronic Pain 360
A pain management approach is frequently considered as the first line of attack when the degree of pain exceeds a person’s ability to cope on his or her own. When pain moves from the acute to the chronic stage, some people may continue with a pain management regimen because they’re unaware that other modalities exist.

How to Talk to Yourself

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 23, 2015 in Turning Straw Into Gold
When the going gets rough, I often speak to myself silently or softly in a soothing and compassionate voice. If I feel let down by a friend, I might repeat silently, “I feel hurt by her behavior but I mustn’t blame myself.” When I don’t deny that I feel bad, and even acknowledge it in a self-compassionate way, I’m better able to cope with disappointment and sorrow.

Good Reasons to Join the Mindfulness and Yoga Trend

By Temma Ehrenfeld on February 23, 2015 in Open Gently
You do have time to meditate--all you need is 12 minutes a day.

Chronic Fatigue in the Context of the History of Medicine

In the way that lives were once ruined with such toxic diagnoses as ovarian hysteria, lives today are ruined by CFS.

Mindfulness for Chronic Pain

By Michael Hogan Ph.D on February 20, 2015 in In One Lifespan
There is a strong emerging body of evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness- and acceptance-based approaches for a range of difficulties, including chronic pain. We tried to take mindfulness for chonic pain online. We called our programme Mindfulness in Action (MIA). The results of our MIA trial were interesting.

No, You Don’t Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 19, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
SEID should not be relegated to the misfit land with those other “diagnoses of exclusion,” but should instead, ideally, be viewed as a diagnosis that is actively made. Maybe the SEID patient will now not only start to be diagnosed, but also heard.

Writing a New Pain Prescription

In the past few decades, chronic pain relief in the U.S. has come primarily in the form of prescription opioids. And it’s taken a deadly toll. Sales of these painkillers have increased 300 percent since 1999; meanwhile, overdose deaths from opioid pain relievers have quadrupled.

The Ultimate Coping Device

By Dan Mager MSW on February 18, 2015 in Some Assembly Required
Everything we encounter in life ultimately breaks down into two categories: things that we can change or at least have some influence over, and things we cannot change or influence. Simply recognizing which grouping a particular challenge belongs to makes our lives more manageable. Mindfulness practices greatly expand & strengthen the Serenity Prayer's therapeutic value.

Sleep to Lower Body Fat

By Shelby Harris Psy.D. on February 16, 2015 in The Land of Nod
Find out what can impact two hormones in your body, thereby increasing body fat composition.

Want to End Dependence on Rx Pain Meds for Chronic Pain?

By Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C on February 13, 2015 in Chronic Pain 360
I helped create the Prescription Pain Medication Self-Assessment (PPMSA), along with a team comprised of a medical doctor and licensed mental health counselors specializing in treating patients with chronic pain. We developed the assessment to help people struggling with long-term use of prescription pain medications.

Escape The Emotional Eating Cycle

By Jason Lillis Ph.D. on February 13, 2015 in Healthy Change
Emotional eating is a common trap many of us fall into where we use food to feel better right now, despite the fact that eating often makes us feel much worse later. Stepping out of this struggle requires a different view on emotions.

Treating the Person not the Part

By Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C on February 09, 2015 in Chronic Pain 360
Aristotle said, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." This sentiment certainly applies when working with people in chronic pain. It makes perfect sense that when a body part is injured or in pain, that part is treated. But what if someone has a chronic pain condition?

Caught Off-Guard by Breast Cancer: First Impressions

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 09, 2015 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Except for what I’ve been told by people who’ve written to me about their experiences with cancer, this was a new medical arena for me. I’ve learned that it’s a world onto its own in many ways. Nothing was familiar to me. It’s been a disorienting experience.

What Is Mindfulness and How Does It Work?

By Gregg Henriques on February 06, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
Mindfulness is one of the most important developments in mental health in the past twenty years. Understand what it is and how it works.

Ashley Graham's Curves versus James Brown's Moves

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 05, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
We, men and women, boys and girls, should not feel compelled to strive for perfection, but we should care about our bodies. My concern is that the embracing of curves will be a substitute for taking care of oneself, for fighting the sedentary life that seems to envelop so many of us, and for not giving up on the effort it takes to exercise.

A Choice Between Chronic Pain and Dementia?

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 01, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
Dementia is a much-feared condition. Patients want to know what medications that might increase the risk of this condition should be avoided.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Versus Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

By Mark Borigini M.D. on January 31, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
Whether one is considering CFS, ME, or CFS/ME, the challenges seem daunting, whether it be in the diagnosis or the treatment of these conditions. These challenges seem beyond daunting when one stops to consider that we are still waiting, in 2015, for the right name for the CFS/ME phenomenon.

Exploring the Medicalization of Emotions

The team of professionals at The Pain Recovery Program at Father Martin’s Ashley believes that an integrated pain recovery treatment approach can successfully help chronic pain sufferers get well without reliance on pain medications.

Implanting Weight Loss

By Mark Borigini M.D. on January 27, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
How times have changed. Some 40 years ago we watched a couple of prime time television shows about a bionic man and woman. The devices built into those television heroes allowed for super-human running speeds and the ability to jump heights unheard of. Today, we have different goals for our bionic men and women: Maybe one less pancake, one less bag of chips.

Inheriting Suicide

By Mark Borigini M.D. on January 25, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
According to the current psychiatric literature, adoption, twin, and family studies have established that suicidal behavior is familial. Disturbingly, what is passed down from generation to generation is suicide or suicide attempts, and not just suicidal ideation. Photo: Google.

Adult PANDAS: Seek and Ye Shall Find

By Jory Goodman M.D. on January 24, 2015 in Attention, Please
The autoimmune disorder PANDAS is common in adults. Unfortunately it is not diagnosed because it is not looked for. Psychiatrists in particular, and all physicians need to learn the key features that will lead to the diagnosis. Patients need to know as well and push for proper evaluation and treatment.

How to Relieve Chronic Pain With Mindfulness

Relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and restore wellbeing with week three of our mindfulness meditation course. Recent clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can reduce chronic pain and suffering by 90 percent....

Starting Antidepressants? About the Weight Gain

After the hectics of the holiday season and the reality of a New Year setting in, many become depressed and turn to a physician for help. Must the proposed cure cause a physical overexpansion?

Can Mindfulness Really Reduce Chronic Pain?

Pain, suffering and stress can be intolerable – but it doesn’t have to be this way. The second week of our t three-week course reveals a series of simple practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers. We

Painkillers and the NFL: Why the Players Sued

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on January 13, 2015 in Brain Babble
The legalities of the claim that the NFL got their players addicted to painkillers will likely be argued for a long time. But the questions remain: why are prescription opioids used so often for pain relief, and why are they so addictive?

Neuroscientists Identify How Mindset Alters Pain Perceptions

By Christopher Bergland on January 13, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have identified a specific brain pathway that makes independent contributions to perceptions of pain and can be altered by changes in mindset.

A Before and After Snapshot of Chronic Illness, Part 2

In 2013, I wrote a “before” and “after” snapshot of life with chronic pain and illness. Since posting that piece, I’ve added sufficiently to the list that I thought I’d add Part 2 to “life before” and “life after”...

3 Tips For Love and Pain

By Beth Darnall PhD on January 09, 2015 in Less Pain, Fewer Pills
Couples in hot romantic love feel fantastic! They glow. And, it turns out that love has a surprising protective effect against pain. Intense romantic love brings euphoric pleasure and also confers analgesic benefit, according to two separate Stanford studies.

Can Mindfulness Meditation Really Reduce Pain and Suffering?

Recent clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can reduce pain and suffering by 90 percent. This three week course by bestselling Mindfulness author Dr Danny Penman shows you how to begin.