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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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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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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Can clothing, one’s wardrobe, really make a difference for those living with Chronic Pain?
If merely getting dressed in the morning is a stressful event due to pain, you just might want to consider the trend of minimalism, specifically adopting a minimalist approach to fashion and dressing.
Not only is it a simpler approach to the actual physical aspect of getting dressed, it also just may help you to live better with your pain, physically, mentally and psychologically.
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There is a lot going on in our society at the moment in respect to Chronic Pain. More and more people are coming to see the condition as “real” and too, the complex nature of it
(which anyone with the condition can tell you – the impact on one’s mind and spirit, mental and emotional well-being when you live in constant pain, the lack of understanding amongst healthcare professionals, our families and friends and the public at large, the often invisible disability nature of the condition, and on and on it goes). There is certainly a lot of attention being given by the media to opiates and other pain medications, which can be concerning (to say the least) for those living in Chronic Pain, but there are also movements afoot such as…
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