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

"I Feel Your Pain" (Literally)

In 1992, Bill Clinton said to a protester at a campaign rally, "I feel your pain." New research indicates that the now famous expression might not just be a figure of speech.

What Are Migraines, Exactly?

By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in Brain Babble
What exactly are migraines, and how are they different from headaches?

Living Mindfully With Chronic Pain and Illness

One of the most useful applications of mindfulness is to help people accept and adapt to uncontrollable circumstances in their lives like chronic pain and illness.

Middle America and the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

The opioid addiction epidemic is raging through middle America, and its families.

What I Would Change Were My Health Restored Tomorrow

In my last piece, I wrote about what I wouldn’t change if I regained my health. Here’s what I would change...

Kratom:The Legal High That Treats Chronic Pain and Addiction

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 08, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
A motley crew consisting of haggard-looking scientists in their white coats and millennials with runny noses, patiently standing in the queue at the local GNC.

A Cue In on Coenzyme Q10

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 01, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
A prominent reduction in generalized pain, fatigue, and morning tiredness, as well as an important reduction in the pain visual scale and a reduction in tender points.

The Pill's Role in the Pain of the Pain-Pleasure Principle

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 30, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
What is consistent is that many women suffer, in many ways, when they assume the burden of contraception in a relationship.

The Chronic Pain of Contraception

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 29, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
It is of concern that adolescents in this research seemed more vulnerable to this risk than women 20 to 34 years old; this is a population often more at risk.

Can Virtual Reality Help With Pain?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Media Spotlight
A new meta-analysis highlights the effectiveness of virtual reality distraction in controlling different types of pain.

On Autumn and Fall, Life's Last Smile

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
Coping with nearing the end of life's conveyer belt.

12 Tech Habits To Keep Healthy For Life

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Thinking About Kids
We spend a lot of time on phones and computers. Developing good habits in how we sit, type, and text can improve our health and reduce pain over a lifetime.

What I Wouldn’t Change If My Health Were Restored Tomorrow

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 19, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
I’ve lived with chronic pain and illness for over 15 years. This is the first of two pieces on the subject of what I would and what I would not change should I regain my health.

Fusion Cuisine

The FATT Initiative: Food as Tasteful Therapy. Why it is good eats and good medicine for us all.

The Man Who Did Not Feel Well

How much has medicine changed since I was a boy?

What Your Back Pain Is Telling You

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in Presence of Mind
Your back pain carries some important messages. Maybe it's time to listen.

"Just a Headache?" You've Never Had a Migraine

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in Thinking About Kids
Minimizing invisible illnesses increases pain and stigma. It's not 'just a headache'. It's the most common neurological problem in the world, causing untold suffering.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Pain" Embodies Citizen Science

By Christopher Bergland on September 07, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking initiative in the UK is using smartphone technology and citizen science to identify whether damp and gray weather really does cause stiffness in your joints

You May Not Need Those Painkillers

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 06, 2016 in Open Gently
The brain can be retrained not to perceive pain.

What Do Doctors' Strikes Reveal About Our Need For Medics?

High-risk patients with heart failure and cardiac arrest hospitalized in teaching hospitals had lower 30-day mortality when admitted during dates of national cardiology meetings

A Nation in Pain

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
With alarming rates of chronic pain and opioid-related deaths in the US, how can we more effectively treat chronic pain?

When Blaming the Messenger Pays Off

By Mark Borigini M.D. on August 31, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
The authors of the paper conclude that these findings underscore the importance of the mind-body relationship and have important clinical implications.

Tense? Four Techniques for Relaxing on the Go

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in Thinking About Kids
Physically relaxing helps you let go of mental stress and physical pain. These are four fast exercises you can do almost anywhere.

Looking Beyond Opioids for Chronic Pain

By Beth Darnall PhD on August 28, 2016 in Less Pain, Fewer Pills
Leverage yourself out of the chronic pain trap. Tap into resources—including pain psychology—that can help you feel better with fewer pills.

10 Strategies to Try When You’re Sick of Being Sick

After fifteen years of chronic illness and writing a book titled "How to Be Sick," I still can feel sick of being sick.

How Medication Can Help Prevent Opioid Relapse

One lapse can be deadly when trying to overcome an addiction to drugs like heroin or prescription painkillers, but medication-assisted treatment can help counter that risk.

Auto Accidents and Brain Trauma

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in The New Normal
What happens to your brain in a car accident?

Natural Remedies for… Pain?

Is your chronic pain starting to wear you down? Natural remedies may be of help.

What to Do When Your Parent-Caregiver Is a Narcissist

I wanted to interview Meredith again so I could get some pointers on how the chronically ill can effectively deal with a parent-caregiver who is self-absorbed and manipulative.

Why Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Still a Mystery?

After fifteen plus years of suffering from this illness with little relief from symptoms, I often feel forgotten by the medical community.