Communication Skills

Control your pain by working with your health care provider

Have you been dealing with chronic pain? If you have, then it might be time to see your health care provider, if for nothing else, just to touch base and communicate. First of all, it’s important to know when pain is chronic. Generally, chronic means that you have had the same pain for at least 3 months… Read more »

Teaming up with family and friends

It takes emotional energy to deal with pain and stay focused on your goals. A person who is well-rested and without work or family stresses, can deal with pain more constructively than someone who is exhausted and working through tough issues. One way to restore emotional energy is to spend time with supportive family members… Read more »

Online support groups: Getting connected

If you have chronic pain or a chronic illness, there are times when you might feel alone, depressed, or misunderstood. Maybe you’ve been accused of being overly dramatic, or “faking it” when you don’t feel well. This can be so upsetting! You know that you’re in pain and/or sick, but no one else seems to… Read more »

Does your health care provider understand your pain?

How can you communicate so that your health care provider really understands your needs? Good communication involves both speaking and listening. Some people are great speakers and poor listeners, while others are great listeners and poor speakers. If people don’t both speak and listen, communication will not be successful. How good communication helps patients Good communication helps… Read more »

Caught in the net? Online health information you can trust

On a typical day, millions of people type “back pain” or “migraine” into an Internet search engine. A 2011 Harris Poll found that three quarters (74%) of all adults have gone online at some time to look for health information, and that 60% have done so in the previous week. Are you one of them? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed… Read more »

Back in the bedroom: Sex and back pain

The well-known sex expert, “Dr. Ruth” Westheimer, Ed.D., has said, “The most important sex organ lies between the ears”. This fact is so widely accepted that the quote appears on a Food and Drug Administration website! Since the mind and the body both influence how sexuality is felt and expressed, both need to be thought… Read more »

Are they listening? Talking about your pain

According to a thesaurus, complaining is “to express dissatisfaction, pain or resentment, usually tiresomely.” Similar words are “bellyache, fuss, gripe, and whine.” On days when your pain is high, you might feel like complaining. If you’ve had chronic pain for a long time, you know that people in your life can get tired of hearing… Read more »

Safe surfing: Finding online pain support

Online support When you have a chronic back problem, no one understands how you feel like other people who share your condition.  By using the Internet, it’s possible to find literally thousands of people with similar problems.  Just as there are countless health information websites online, there is now a wealth of health boards, forums… Read more »

Raising the Red Flag: When to Get Help — Now

Back pain is one of the most common types of pain people experience.  Most episodes of back pain are due to strains or sprains and often get better with common sense approaches and self-care.  If the condition is not serious, it will improve in a few days and gradually go away in a few weeks.  However,… Read more »