All Pain Is Real

Finding creative and innovative ways to approach the problem of chronic pain.

Emotional Balance for Healthy Aging – 1st in a new series

While emotions can affect people of all ages, older adults are particularly susceptible as their bodies begin to exhibit the signs of normal wear and tear after decades of use. And because seniors are also at risk of being over-medicated for physical pain by doctors who do not assess its emotional components, I’ll be focusing on that topic during the next several months.

Expectations Influence Outcome

Mind over matter, mind and body connection, and the power of the mind are all related to very real confirmed scientific experiments, which show that the neurochemistry of the brain is influenced by what we believe.

Treating Chronic Pain to Improve Function

Dr. Pohl addresses the attendant emotional issues that occur with chronic pain and explains how they are just as important as the physical healing process itself.

The DSM-5 and Addictive Disorders

Dr. Pohl shares his thoughts on the recent publication of the updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-V) and Substance-related disorders and addiction.

Chronic Pain: It Is All in Your Head, and It’s Real

In a previous post I shared five of the most surprising lessons I’ve learned about chronic pain from treating patients. I now want to expand on the first two: that all pain is real, and that emotions drive the experience of pain. These two points are inextricably linked, and I want to clear up some common misconceptions about the connection between the two.

Opioids Don’t Always Make Chronic Pain Better (and They May Make It Worse)

Questioning the common practice of prescribing opioids for the long-term treatment of chronic pain