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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 »

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 »

Knowing when to find a new healthcare provider

Your primary care provider (PCP) is the person you see for yearly physicals and when you’re sick. Your PCP also sends you to see specialists and other care providers. The relationship that you have with your primary care provider is important. You want someone who understands you and the health issues you’re facing. In a… Read more »

REMS: Reducing the risks

Julie was in a car accident during her senior year in college.  She was admitted to the hospital for evaluation and treatment, and was discharged with a physical therapy program and a prescription for long term opioid (narcotic) pain medication for her chronic injury-related pain. When she was ready to return to college she needed… Read more »