Cancer Pain

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 »

Patient-Doctor Talk

Sometimes two people can view the same thing in completely different ways. This presentation will illustrate some of the ways that patients and their providers commonly view the same thing in very different ways by sharing views of patients and doctors in a variety of common scenarios. Click the “expand” arrows at the bottom right… Read more »

Opioid medication and addiction

This lesson will help you learn: What the terms addiction, tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal mean How many people have been prescribed opioids to treat pain, and what percent of them become addicted to the opioid Can a person with a history of addiction, or a person at high risk of addiction, use opioids safely to… Read more »

How to take, store, and dispose of opioid medicine

Opioid medicine can work well for pain relief when used properly. In this lesson about taking your medicine responsibly, you will learn. The importance of taking your opioid medicine as directed How to store your opioid medicine in a safe way How to safely and correctly dispose of leftover medicine Click the “expand” arrows at… Read more »

How to set realistic goals when you have chronic pain

You have been living with pain for a while, and you’re probably wondering if your life will ever get better. Will you be able to do any of the activities that you used to enjoy? In this lesson you will: Understand the trade-offs between getting good pain relief, and being able to reach your activity… Read more »

How to safely try complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)

Even when you get the very best medical treatment, it doesn’t always mean that your pain will disappear and you’ll be “cured.” People who think that their usual medical care isn’t helping any longer may decide to look around at other types of treatment. That’s how many people first learn about complementary and alternative medicine… Read more »

How to make housework work for you

It’s no surprise that household chores and yard work can be tough on your back. But consider this: If you already have problems with your lower back, it might be hard to get those chores done at all. Just ask anyone with back pain who happens to be looking at a sea of laundry, or… Read more »

How to keep working when you have chronic pain

  You’ve been living with pain for a long time, and you’ve probably heard the phrase, “I can’t find anything wrong with you,” far too many times. You’ve known all along, though, that your pain is real. And now, you’ve finally learned that your pain has a name: It’s called neuropathic pain. How will this diagnosis… Read more »

How to increase social support

In this lesson, you’ll: Learn about your own support needs: Decide when you need support, how much is needed and from whom. Learn how to find people and places for support. Understand the benefits and risks of online support. Click the “expand” arrows on the right-hand corner of the presentation to view in full screen.

How to face the challenges of living with pain

This lesson will help you to: Learn ways to deal with pain, physical discomfort, and frustration Understand how your self-image affects the way that you deal with pain Figure out what to do, when you don’t know what will happen next Click the “expand” button to view the slideshow in full screen.