Year: 2012

When chronic pain gets between you and your intimate partner

People living with chronic pain often turn to their intimate partners for emotional and physical support.  Partners may also be deeply affected by the chronic pain.   Providing support, every day, to someone with chronic pain can add a great deal of stress to a relationship. What happens between intimate partners when one is living with… Read more »

Enjoy what you love this holiday season

Contributed by: Cindy Reviewed by: Jonas I. Bromberg, Psy.D. Living with chronic pain is a daily challenge. Your doctors and other healthcare providers can help you with medicines, physical therapy, and other treatments. But for coping with everyday life, the best advice often comes from other people like yourself—people with chronic pain. For many of… Read more »

The perks and pitfalls of caffeine

Extra-large coffee, black! Grande vanilla latte! Double cappuccino! Cup of tea with two bags! Sound familiar? You might count on caffeine to keep you alert and get you through the day – but have you ever thought about the other ways caffeine might affect you? Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in many foods including… Read more »

Alternative treatments for pain: Telling fact from fraud

You’ve seen the ads on TV, online, in magazines, or even at the drugstore. They promise to end your back pain, stop your headaches, or fix your sore joints. The treatments they’re selling may be “traditional” and “natural,” or “the latest scientific breakthrough”– and all available without a doctor’s prescription. You may be tempted to… Read more »

Using acupuncture to treat pain

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world, and it’s now a popular treatment for all kinds of pain. In traditional Chinese medicine, it’s believed that acupuncture can reduce pain by changing the flow of energy in the body. This energy, known as qi (pronounced like “chee” or “kee”), travels along… Read more »

When caregivers need care: Supporting the people that you rely on

If you’re living with chronic pain, you might need someone to help you take care of your everyday needs – a caregiver. Caregiving can include anything from shopping, cooking, doing household chores, and driving to appointments, to being a companion and providing emotional support. It’s tough knowing that your health problems might affect the people… Read more »

Don’t let flare-ups be a pain!

Contributed by: Sandy Reviewed by: Wendy Williams, BSN, M.Ed., August 2012 Sandy says: “I am an author, a wife, mother of three, grandmother of four, at the beck and call to one dog and two cats, friend, author, wellness & lifestyle coach, facilitator for a wellness support group, collector of frogs, maker of chocolate candy,… Read more »

The facts about prescription monitoring programs

A lot of states are fighting prescription drug abuse by setting up prescription monitoring programs (PMPs). You might want to know how this type of program affects you or the people you care about. If you’re in a lot of pain, you may wonder if PMPs will make it harder for you to get your medicine when… Read more »

Day to day living with difficult pain

Contributed by: Julianne Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July 2012 Julianne is a 51 year old woman who lives in Florida.  Before an accidental fall she worked as a nurse. I live in Florida and was injured 13 years ago at work. I am an RN and fell down a flight of cement stairs and… Read more »

It might not be safe to drive WITHOUT your pain medicine

Contributed by: Sue Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July 2012 Sue is a 52-year-old woman who lives in Colorado. She has had chronic pain for 8 years due to fibromyalgia, back pain, neuropathy, and arthritis. She finds every day a challenge. I learned that a person with chronic pain should not drive when not taking medication to… Read more »