Pain and Smoking

Pain and Smoking

People with chronic pain are significantly more likely to be cigarette smokers than those without chronic pain. Some smokers with chronic pain report that they use smoking as a pain-management strategy. However, smoking is not an effective coping strategy and has been...
Rediscovering Hope

Rediscovering Hope

    IT IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC PAIN TO REPORT FEELINGS OF DEPRESSION. Signs may include sad mood on most days, loss of interest in activities that were once pleasurable, change in weight (gain or loss of 5 percent or more within a month),...

Ready for Your Vacation?

Are you planning a vacation and worried about how you will feel away from home? With a little planning, you can make your trip smoother and lower your anxiety. Here are some suggestions to consider when traveling this summer: Plan Ahead Evaluate where you are going...
Loss

Loss

One of the most difficult aspects of chronic pain management is dealing with the losses that may accompany pain. Your roles may have changed. Your role as spouse or partner, friend, worker, mom or dad, brother or sister, athlete may be modified or lost. You may no...
Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

    If you have lived with pain for a while, you may have tried many options. Generally, a combination of different treatments is most effective. Have you asked you doctor about physical therapy? People with chronic pain may be afraid that physical therapy...
Pain & Anger

Pain & Anger

  4 WAYS ANGER BRINGS MORE PAIN {1} Research shows that negative emotions such as anger can increase sensitivity to pain, making you feel worse. {2} Anger can increase muscle tension that can increase pain. {3} If you suppress anger and turn it inward, you may...
Don’t Give Up on Goals

Don’t Give Up on Goals

    Life is richer when you can pursue the things that matter, such as love, work, feelings of competence, being part of a caring social network of family and friends, growing as a person.  Chronic pain makes goal pursuit more difficult. Pain can interfere...
Two Types of Coping

Two Types of Coping

    From birth, we are all faced with two basic questions: “What do I want or need?” and “How do I get it?”  Of course, we start out wanting the same kinds of things: to eat, to sleep, to be safe, to sit up, to crawl, to walk… Throughout life, our goals...
Stop Worrying

Stop Worrying

If you have been living with chronic pain, you may have found that you worry about yourself. What if your future is one of loneliness and isolation? What if you can’t get the help you need? What if your relationships suffer? What if your pain gets so bad that you...
The Benefits of Napping

The Benefits of Napping

Does napping make you feel better, more productive or just more tired? Whether you are nodding off for five minutes or an hour, napping can increase your level of alertness, increase your mood, stamina, and even have long term health effects. New research also...
Get in the Right Hands

Get in the Right Hands

Consumer surveys suggest that more people than ever are seeking massage for pain management and that they find massage to provide more relief than chiropractic, acupuncture or physical therapy.  To ensure that a massage is helpful and not hurtful, here’s some expert...
Food & Pain Quiz

Food & Pain Quiz

Does food affect pain? When an individual is suffering with chronic pain, establishing a nutritionally sound diet can often fall low on the priorities list. But can the foods, spices and drinks we have daily reduce or prevent pain? Test your knowledge. Are the...
Got a Minute?

Got a Minute?

It’s a new year and what could be more important than your health? Why not take a minute out of your day to make sure you’re taking good care of yourself and your family? Here are some easy simple steps: Wash hands – Wash hands to lower the risk of spreading...