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A Q+A with Chronic Pain Specialist, Brett Snodgrass

This article is published in partnership with Know Your Dose What is chronic pain, and how do I know if I have it? Chronic pain may mean different things to different people. As a chronic pain specialist and family nurse practitioner, I tell my patients that chronic pain is defined as pain lasting longer than… Read more »

Am I ready to return to work?

Going back to work Going back to work after a painful injury or illness can be exciting and scary. Dealing with pain can be a process, and going back to work is often a process as well. While you may be able to do your job again, you can’t expect to jump right in as… Read more »

When acute pain becomes chronic

Acute pain vs. chronic pain Acute pain is usually short-lived (less than a month), and has a specific cause, such as having had oral surgery or spraining an ankle. Acute pain commonly goes away when the original cause of the pain is no longer present or when the healing takes place. Chronic pain, however, may… Read more »

Understanding short-term disability

What is short-term disability? Employees may quickly use up their paid sick days if they suffer from pain related to an illness or injury. Short-term disability plans are intended to replace a percentage of your work income when you have used up your paid sick time. Some employers and government agencies fund these plans for… Read more »

Communicating with your employer about your absence from work

What Is Family Medical Leave Act? The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 work weeks per year of job protected leave, , with continuation of group health insurance coverage, under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. You can… Read more »

Knowing when a treatment is “risky”

Imagine this situation. At a healthcare visit you received a prescription for a new medication. You talk with a friend, who says that you should worry about the long-term effects of this medicine. Then you hear of two people who took the medication. It helped one person, but the other person had to stop it… Read more »

Rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain: Where can you find local support groups?

For people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or newly diagnosed with RA, support groups can offer an opportunity to speak with others who experience similar concerns, struggles, and frustrations. Support groups can help reduce negative thoughts and feelings, and also provide useful information.1 But how do you find the right group or even start your own?… Read more »

I’m 28 and feel like I’m 82! Rheumatoid arthritis when you’re young

At 28, you’re young – your whole life is in front of you. You make decisions and forge ahead. And then, like a hammer, it comes; the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  The diagnosis seems to ruin everything. Now, the perfect career is anything but – it’s too challenging with RA. You feel different from everyone else –… Read more »

Introduction to gout

What is gout? Who gets it? Gout is a type of painful, inflammatory (red, swollen) arthritis. It’s caused by buildup of a salt called uric acid in the joints and other places in the body. It’s the most common type of inflammatory arthritis in men over 40, and is common in men even in their… Read more »

When more than one joint hurts

When you think about arthritis, it’s very important to remember that it isn’t just one condition. In fact, there are more than 100 kinds of arthritis that can affect the joints in your body. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, affecting more than 27 million Americans. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is second most common, affecting more than 1.3… Read more »