Learning About the Mind-Pain Connection … A “Leverage Point” for Chronic Pain Management

We now believe that the brain is the root of our sense of pain.

“But if the brain controls all pain, does that mean that we can think pain away? ” ~ Paul Ingraham, Pain Science

No, but, as pain is our brain’s doing (normally it works as a danger/warning sign for bodily injury and harm), we can utilize this information to have some “influence” on our pain…

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NSAID’s and Chronic Pain ~ Know the Risks

A part of Chronic Pain for many, in some way, shape or form is connected to inflammation. Inflammation occurs naturally as the body’s response to many types of injuries, infections and organ, tissue and cellular disturbances. More often then not- if something is awry in the body, the body goes into inflammation-mode, bringing the message of distress to the body-owner (the pain signal) and the rush of needed blood and cellular activity (which we experience as swelling, heat and redness) to initiate the body’s healing process.

NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories) were developed and are commonly used today to decrease inflammation including to lower fevers and reduce swelling.

Many NSAID’s are readily available over-the-counter and others require a prescription, but they can all have serious results and side effects. For those who live in Chronic Pain, taking NSAID’s regularly and/or taking more than recommended, even rarely, can have serious consequences…

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“Dealer or Healer” ~ A Disturbing Tale of One Pain Doctor’s “Run-In” with the Political Correctness of Pain Management

The Documentary, “Dr. Feelgood”, released in late 2016, deals with what has become the very complicated issue of pain management in the United States.

The medications that are prescribed for pain have become headline making, and there is, as we who live in Chronic Pain well know, a very strong “push” in our society against pain medication. For those living with Chronic Pain and too, the Doctors who work to help patients in pain,  it has all become more challenging (and scarier) than ever.

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The President’s Commission on the Opiate Crisis Met for the 1st Time Today, and They Want to Hear From YOU!

The President has put together a special commission to research and address drug addiction and the “opiate crisis”. Today was their first meeting, and their research will conclude with a report to the President in October of this year.

They are STRONGLY encouraging the public to submit their input: your stories, experiences and concerns. *Encourage your friends and family to reach out too. The more the merrier and right about now we can use all the support and help we can get. There is A LOT of publicity on the “other side” of all this.

This is an important opportunity for those of us who live with Chronic Pain and who rely on pain medications and opiates to let our voices and experiences be heard.

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For Chronic Pain ~ Move-It-Or-Lose-It is a True Key

 

One of the things we know about the body, beyond doubt, is that movement, exercise, is crucial to the well-being of our entire system. The body is designed to move…

lying down or sitting for too long can have manifold negative effects on many body systems: the spine,

our vital organs and even our brain, all of which do not function nearly as well if you’re living a highly sedentary lifestyle.

But living with Chronic Pain can make movement of any kind near impossible…

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