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    Pain Assessment – What is your Profile?

    by  • 22 May 2014 • abdominal pain, aches and pains, Assessment, back hurts, back pain, chronic pain, chronic pain acceptance, chronic pain management, Communication, coping with chronic pain syndrome, dealing with pain, Doctor Patient Communication, living with pain, pain assessment, Pain News

    When you think about your own pain experience, you may first think about how much you hurt. But, the full pain experience is actually broader than “how much”. The Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials (IMMPACT) […]

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    Talking About Chronic Pain

    by  • 27 February 2014 • abdominal pain, aches and pains, back hurts, back pain, chronic pain, chronic pain management, Communication, coping with chronic pain syndrome, dealing with pain, living with pain, Pain News, Relationships, Social Support, social support and pain

    People with chronic pain often say that their partner, family, friends, co-workers, or boss don’t seem to understand their pain problem or what it is like to live with pain. You may wonder if  others understand the impact of chronic […]

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    Living With Pain: The Challenge of Habituation

    by  • 1 August 2013 • abdominal pain, aches and pains, back hurts, back pain, chronic pain, chronic pain acceptance, chronic pain management, Communication, dealing with pain, living with pain, Pain News, Relationships, Social Support

    I have written a number of blog posts about the relationship issues associated with chronic pain. Today, I want to focus on your relationships with family – they live with your pain too. Not directly of course. They do not […]

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    Chronic Pain Can be Lonely: Nine Ways to Reconnect

    by  • 17 July 2013 • abdominal pain, aches and pains, back hurts, back pain, chronic pain, chronic pain acceptance, chronic pain management, Communication, coping with chronic pain syndrome, coping with pain, dealing with pain, depressed, Pain News, Relationships, severe pain, Social Support

    Chronic pain can make it hard to feel connected to others. Pain puts a strain on friendship – whether you have fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, arthritis, or any other type of chronic pain. You may have found that you see […]

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    Chronic Pain Management: Anger, Pain, and Relationships

    by  • 5 June 2013 • abdominal pain, aches and pains, Anger, anger management, back hurts, chronic pain, chronic pain management, Communication, Coping, coping with chronic pain syndrome, dealing with pain, Emotion, living with pain, Pain News, Relationships, relaxation techniques, Relaxtion techniques, severe pain, Social Support

    Living with chronic pain can be very frustrating. Not surprisingly, people with chronic pain tend to report greater levels of anger than those without pain. Expressions of anger differ, with some people being more likely to suppress and hide it, […]

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    Coping with Pain: Rebuilding Intimacy

    by  • 30 May 2013 • abdominal pain, aches and pains, chronic pain, chronic pain acceptance, chronic pain management, Communication, Coping, coping with chronic pain syndrome, coping with pain, living with pain, pain and intimacy, Pain News, pictures, Relationships, relationships and pain, Social Support

    One of my first research studies involved examining the significance of the three most important people in one’s life to psychological well being and distress. I asked study participants to identify the most, 2nd most, and 3rd most important people […]

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    Chronic Pain Management: Rebuild Friendships

    by  • 1 May 2013 • abdominal pain, aches and pains, back pain, chronic pain, chronic pain management, Communication, coping with pain, dealing with pain, living with pain, managing pain, migraine headaches, Pain News, Relationships, severe pain, treatment for chronic pain

    You may have noticed that pain puts a strain on friendship.  Whether you have fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, arthritis, or other type of chronic pain,  chronic pain can take a toll on your relationships, especially with friends. You may see …

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    Understanding Chronic Pain

    by  • 11 April 2013 • abdominal pain, aches and pains, anxiety, anxiety and pain, back hurts, back pain, chronic pain, chronic pain management, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Communication, Coping, dealing with pain, Depression, Emotion, living with pain, managing pain, Managing Your Thoughts, migraine headaches, Pain Acceptance, Pain News, Relationships, severe pain, treatment for chronic pain

    In the presentation below, Dr. Ruehlman discusses the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain. Pain is so much more than the pain signal. Once you understand all of the factors that impact your pain experience, you can better appreciate the importance […]

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    Coping with Chronic Pain: What are the Barriers to Sex?

    by  • 27 March 2013 • abdominal pain, Activity, back hurts, back pain, chronic pain, chronic pain management, Communication, Coping, coping with chronic pain syndrome, coping with pain, living with pain, pain and sexual desire, pain and sexuality, Pain News, Relationships, severe pain, Sexuality, treatment for chronic pain

    Paul Karoly, Aaron Taylor, and I conducted a study of over 2,000 people with different forms of chronic pain from across the United States and found that 63% reported that pain interfered with sexual functioning. Other researchers have found similar results; […]

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    Chronic Pain Management: Talking to Your Boss About Your Pain

    by  • 28 February 2013 • abdominal pain, aches and pains, back hurts, back pain, chronic pain, chronic pain acceptance, chronic pain and work, chronic pain management, communicating about pain, Communication, Coping, coping with pain, dealing with pain, living with pain, pain management, Pain News, severe pain, Work

    If you are like many people with chronic pain, you maintain a full- or part-time job, despite your pain. Working with chronic pain can be challenging. Sometimes your performance may be reduced or you may miss full or partial work …

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