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

16 Tips from 16 Years Sick

There’s been one constant in my life since I began writing for Psychology Today six years ago: chronic illness. Because 10 + 6 = 16, it’s time for “16 Tips from 16 Years Sick.”

Marijuana: The Newest Invasive Species

By Mark Borigini M.D. on April 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
As if cell phones and one-more-Corona were not enough to keep those of us who do value our lives off the highways, now we all must contend with a large population driving stoned.

A Practice to Help You Handle Life's Difficulties with Grace

In this piece, I want to share a practice I’ve been using for a couple of years. It’s simple, really. I intentionally start a sentence by saying to myself “It’s okay if…”

Thoughts About Opioid Addiction

Taking a look at the thinking processes underlying opioid addiction.

Why Do Dopamine Levels Fluctuate During Migraines?

New research examines fluctuations in dopamine levels in those experiencing migraines. This research could help improve our understanding of dopamine-based treatment.

Learning to Live With Pain

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 05, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Are there effective ways for people to deal with chronic pain? A new research study examines how resilient pain patients can truly be in coping with their symptoms.

When Our Chronically Ill Bodies Say “Rest,” Why Don't We?

Most people who are chronically ill (which includes chronic pain) benefit from scheduling at least one rest period into their day because it helps keep symptoms from flaring.

No Walking Away from the Pain of Depression

By Mark Borigini M.D. on March 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
Despite the impact of depressive symptoms on the experience of OA knee pain, the condition is not recognized by adequate numbers of rheumatologists and orthopedists.

Top "Turning Straw Into Gold" Pieces from the Past 6 Years

I always celebrate my anniversary of writing for Psychology Today with a post that offers some of my past pieces for reading.

Physical Activity May Be a Drug-Free Elixir for Chronic Pain

Lower levels of sedentary behavior and higher levels of physical activity may be critical for maintaining effective endogenous pain inhibitory function, according to a new study.

Top 10 Reasons Chronic Illness Can Make Me Want to Scream!

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 28, 2017 in Turning Straw Into Gold
I’m trying to ride the waves of disappointment and frustration with quiet patience. That said, I have days when I want to scream, "Enough is enough!"

Internet Pain Relief

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 28, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
Let’s hear it for the laying on of the latest operating system.
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Six Reasons Why Individuals Choose Suicide

By Dr. Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC on February 10, 2017 in A New Beginning
Have you been affected by a suicide this year?

Everything You Need to Know About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 07, 2017 in Turning Straw Into Gold
"Lighting Up a Hidden World" is the most comprehensive guide to-date on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a little-understood illness that can have a devastating effect on people’s lives.

Treatment for Fibromyalgia: Nice Work When It Works

By Mark Borigini M.D. on January 31, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
The commercials tell us it works. The studies say it works. And now the analyzers of the studies agree. If only it worked for everyone.

Treating Lyme Disease: Mouse as Weapon of Mass Destruction?

By Mark Borigini M.D. on January 29, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
Many readers have expressed their concerns regarding the negative impact that infection with Lyme disease has had on their lives.

Watching Football Is a First World Guilty Pleasure

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on January 29, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Many of us will tune into the upcoming Super Bowl. Enjoy it for what it is but also respect what these players go through. And see if there isn't a bit of guilt there too.

VA Says 68,000 Vets Addicted to Opioid Painkillers

By Eric Newhouse on January 23, 2017 in Invisible Wounds
Opioid painkillers are addictive, but the VA has been prescribing them to about a half million vets—and treating nearly 70,000 of them for addiction to their meds.

Is It OK To Have Fun When Someone Is Dying?

By Bernard L. De Koven on January 23, 2017 in On Having Fun
Sure, you need to take death seriously. But even a regular guy like you can take it playfully.

Opioid Abuse May Be Fueling a Heroin Epidemic

By Eric Newhouse on January 19, 2017 in Invisible Wounds
Prescriptions for painkillers like OxyContin have soared in recent years, then dropped way back. Some who became addicted to opioids are now believed to be turning to heroin.

The Pain of Leadership Change

By Aneesh Singla M.D. on January 07, 2017 in Why It Hurts
Experiencing Post-Election Pain? You're Not Alone.

The 9 Most Frustrating Things About Being Chronically Ill

Healthy or not, everybody has his or her share of frustrations in life. This piece focuses on frustrations that are unique to those with ongoing health issues.
Image: By NEUROtiker (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Something with Poison in it …. Poppies.

By John Cline Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Pain medicines such as morphine have been of great benefit to those suffering from terrible pain but they can have serious side effects and can affect sleep in unexpected ways.

Picking a Winner

By Mark Borigini M.D. on December 30, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
These new research results should be of interest to those who suffer from chronic joint pain.

Why Some Stress Is Good for You

We all know some pretty successful and happy people who have experienced difficult childhoods. Does this mean stress can actually be good for you? Research shows us the answers.

Running May Actually Be Good for Your Knees, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on December 09, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Contrary to popular belief, running may actually decrease inflammation in the knee joint and protect against degeneration linked to osteoarthritis.

Lady Gaga’s PTSD and the Mind Body Connection

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in The New Normal
Lady Gaga recently announced that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain from being sexually assaulted when she was 19.

Improve Clinical Outcomes by Caring for the "Second Brain"

What do migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS and mental illness have in common?

Like Kryptonite for Kratom

By Mark Borigini M.D. on November 30, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
The American Kratom Association (aka, AKA) raised $400,000 from its newly motivated membership—its usual intake being $80,000 a year—to fund an army of lobbyists and keep kratom.

Complement This

By Mark Borigini M.D. on November 29, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
If conventional therapies don’t work, and complementary therapies cease to complement anything, then maybe, just maybe, we start to face failure.