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Autoimmune Illness & Pain, 2016

Healthy Heart Facebook Chat: February 25, 2016

Managing Cancer-related Pain: October 29, 2015

Opioids and the Treatment of Chronic Pain: September 24, 2015

Neuropathy: May 20, 2015

Fibromyalgia and Sleep: April 29, 2015

Clinical Trials 101: March 15, 2015

Women and Pain: November 6, 2014

Women and Pain-IC Optimist Magazine 2014

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Understanding Neuromodulation Therapy: September 17, 2014

Maintaining Fitness While Managing You Pain: May 28, 2014

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain: April 24, 2014

Caregiving for Someone You Love In Chronic Pain: March 18, 2014

Lower Back Pain: Nov. 14, 2013

Finding Resources: Sept. 25, 2013

RSD-CRPS: Sept. 4, 2013

Migraines: July 31, 2013

Defining Your Path to Wellness: June 27, 2013

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October 2015 Sex, Diet & Other New Findings from OIC Patient Survey

October 2015 Joan Lunden Speaks at NC Breast Cancer Awareness Event

September 2015 Opioids

September 2015 PainWeek

September 2015 Joan Lunden

September 2015 September is National Pain Awareness Month

June 2015 Lou “The Hulk” Ferrigno

May 2015 Dawn C. Buse, PhD, Joins PainPathways

March 2015 Fibromyalgia Facebook Chat

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September 2014 Neuromodulation Facebook Chat

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Pain: Defined


Pain: Defined


Pain brought on by injury, that goes away when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed, and that disappears in a reasonable amount of time is considered acute. Most acute pain comes on quickly and is often described as sharp. Acute pain may be mild and brief, or severe and last up to several months.


When acute pain doesn’t go away after the injury or cause of pain has healed, it is considered chronic pain. Typically, chronic pain lasts more than six months. Chronic pain is now considered a disease that may best be managed with a complementary, team-based approach. Relaxation technique and water therapy, for example, may be used along with medication, nerve blocks or surgery to control pain.


Acute pain and discomfort from surgery or cancer treatments is typically reported by people with cancer, but pain is subjective and not all people with cancer report significant pain. Breakthrough cancer pain, a flare-up of pain that occurs even if medication is being used to treat pain, comes on suddenly, and may last for a few seconds or a few hours. There are effective treatments for breakthrough pain..