• dealing with pain

    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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    Coping with Pain: Five Ways to Improve Your Self-Efficacy

    by  • 4 July 2013 • abdominal pain, back hurts, back pain, chronic pain, chronic pain management, Coping, coping with chronic pain syndrome, coping with pain, dealing with pain, Goals, living with pain, pain coping, Pain News, pictures, Self-Efficacy, severe pain

    Chronic pain often gets in the way of life. Pain can cancel, interrupt, delay, interfere with, and diminish living.  The worst part is that it can make you afraid to try again tomorrow. It can challenge  your beliefs in your […]

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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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    Living With Pain: Two Types of Coping

    by  • 16 May 2013 • abdominal pain, aches and pains, chronic pain, chronic pain acceptance, chronic pain management, Coping, coping with chronic pain syndrome, coping with pain, dealing with pain, depressed, Featured, Goals, living with pain, Pain Acceptance, pain and coping, pain and stress, Pain News, severe pain

    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, […]

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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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    Chronic Pain Management: Improve Your Sleep

    by  • 18 April 2013 • abdominal pain, back hurts, back pain, chronic pain, chronic pain management, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, coping with chronic pain syndrome, coping with pain, dealing with pain, Emotion, insomnia and pain, living with pain, Managing Your Thoughts, Pain News, severe pain, Sleep, treatment for chronic pain, Worry

    Sleep plays a crucial role in the daily experience of people with chronic pain.  Of course, research (and probably your own experience) has demonstrated that pain can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. In a study involving […]

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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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