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.

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Recent Posts on Chronic Pain

Resetting Chronic Pain Alarms

In When Your Child Hurts, Rachael Coakley provides practical suggestions to parents about the chronic pain of children, one of our nation's most persistent and invisible problems.

Haunted by the Demon of Maladaptive Psychophysical Habits

By Mark Borigini M.D. on January 31, 2016 Overcoming Pain
Most of us are not as completely aware of our Self as we interact with, and attempt to impact, the world beyond our skin.

5 Tips for Sleeping Well with Chronic Pain

Is your child with chronic pain not sleeping well? Check out 5 tips to improve your child's sleep.

Stop, It Hurts! Three Reasons to Avoid Prescription Meds

If you are considering seeing your doctor about prescription pain medication to treat your chronic pain, here are three things to consider before filling your prescription.

More Evidence for a Pain-Related Description of dACC

More evidence on the role of the dACC in pain

Risks of Boredom through the Adolescent Stages

Passing boredom is a dissatisfying part of adolescent life that can beget constructive changes. When boredom is protracted, however, seeking relief can result in harmful choices

Feeling Guilty About Back Pain Makes Everything Seem Worse

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on January 20, 2016 Minding the Body
People with chronic back pain often end up feeling guilty about it. And that guilt, in turn, is linked to increased depression, anxiety and disability.

Learning to Live Well with Chronic Illness/Conditions

By Dan Mager MSW on January 13, 2016 Some Assembly Required
If you experience a chronic illness/condition, with time and practice, you can make the adjustments necessary to establish a “new normal.”

The Myth of Heroin Use as "Self-Medication"

When in chronic pain, responsible people seek medical help; they don't use heroin

A Day in the Life with Chronic Illness

Chronic pain and illness don't affect everyone the same way. That said, I’ve heard from people all over the world and our day-to-day lives are strikingly similar.

Top Ten Breakthroughs in Neuroscience for 2015

This blog post is a year-end wrap up of my "Top Ten" favorite discoveries in neuroscience for 2015.

Mindfulness and Compassion for Pain

Can we, as the poet Rilke suggests, "live everything?"

The Ozone Layer in Your Knee

By Mark Borigini M.D. on December 16, 2015 Overcoming Pain
Ozone may reduce the immediacy of the need for joint replacement, with patients lined up to be pumped up with ozone at the local rheumatology clinic.

Comparing Pain, Cognitive, and Salience Accounts of dACC

Is the dACC for pain processes or cognition? The debate continues.

A Holiday Letter to Loved Ones from the Chronically Ill

It’s a hard time of year for me, and so I thought I’d write a holiday letter, but not the usual “here’s-what-I-did-this-year” kind.

Getting Kids in Pain to School: Tips From the Trenches

The recommended rehab for kids in pain is to send them to school. But how? Some thoughts. Please add your own.

Chronic Pain and the Risk of Suicide

By Judy Foreman on November 24, 2015 A Nation in Pain
Chronic pain significantly increases the danger.

More Indispensables for Those With Chronic Pain and Illness

My "comfort food" is a cup of decaf coffee with cocoa powder, stevia, and coconut milk in it...

Standard Interpretations in Psychotherapy

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 22, 2015 Fighting Fear
Psychotherapists who cannot think of something sensible to say sometimes make facile interpretations which do not apply to any particular patient and which are, for the most part, wrong.

What You Should Never Say to Someone Who's Suffering

To me, saying that illness and pain happens 'for a reason' or 'for the best' or that 'there's a plan' steals efficacy. It tells me that there's a divine plan for my son to suffer. And I cannot accept that.

A Rose by Any Other Name: Is All Pain the Same?

Modern medical approaches to chronic pain have not been dramatically successful. Therefore it is generally assumed that chronic pain will never go away, so the best we can do is to cope with it. Scientific advances in understanding the brain reveal that many times the pain is literally "in the brain." It is critical to recognize when the brain is producing pain.

Why Are So Many People Unhappy?

Our brain evolved to scan for danger and we end up with a constant sense of threat until we know how we're creating it. Then you can easily rewire yourself to see the world in new ways.

Kids in Pain, Part 1: Chronic vs. Acute Pain

A surprising number of children spend significant amounts of their lives in pain. What is chronic pain?

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation and Pain Relief

This post offers a comprehensive overview of the latest scientific findings on how mindfulness meditation can reduce social and physical pain at a neurobiological level.

Butts, But, and Buttes: The Bottom Line

By Vance Z. Johnson M.D. on November 09, 2015 What Hurts?
Productivity, efficiency, and goals are not words that resonate with our biologic imperative. But butt, does.

10 Indispensables for Those with Chronic Pain and Illness

I know the joy of hearing the actual voice of a loved one. That said, email is the principal way I communicate with people...

7 Ways to Relieve Chronic Pain

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on November 06, 2015 Urban Survival
Here are seven strategies to help you deal with chronic pain.

Blowing the Bugles for Buccal Buprenorphine

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 31, 2015 Overcoming Pain
Belbuca. It is indicated for the treatment of chronic pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment, in the patient for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate.

The Heartful Way, Part 2

This post explores how heartfulness can also be internal (intra-personal) and will relay tips for practicing it and the research that supports these ideas.

One Woman’s Suicide Reignites Right-to-Die Debate

Assisted suicide relieves unmanageable suffering for some