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When your brain helps the pain: Cognitive therapy in action

As they say, the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. But what about pain? We all have that, too – although some feel it more than others. And some people with chronic pain conditions have a 24/7 pain problem that can be ruthless. How do they handle it? Medication isn’t the only answer: A person’s… Read more »

When pain doesn’t let you sleep

Sarah waited until midnight before she turned off the TV, and then she slowly walked down the hallway to her bedroom. Why go to bed any earlier, she thought, when I won’t have a good night’s sleep anyway? With each step, Sarah tried to ignore the pain shooting through her feet. It felt like she was walking… Read more »

Sharing stories: Understanding our differences

Have you ever felt like there were invisible barriers between you and your health care provider?  Dealing with chronic pain is difficult enough, and it gets even harder when you feel like your provider doesn’t understand you.  In an ideal world, everyone understands each other and everyone gets equal treatment, but this is not always… Read more »

Communication: Improve your game

Would you like to improve your communication skills? Effective communication involves both talking and listening. It can be compared to a game of catch in which the words are the ball. This article will try to give you a different way to think about your “communication game.” The pitcher and the catcher If communication is the game… Read more »

Pain that continues after breast cancer surgery

Pain and breast cancer It has been known for a long time that only one out of three people who are newly diagnosed with cancer experience pain.  However, one out of two people who are undergoing cancer treatment, and more than three out of four who have advanced cancer, experience pain. Now, because of medical… Read more »

The emergency department: A last resort?

Lisa had been dealing with chronic pain for years, but her medication and other treatments usually kept it under good control.  One Sunday, Lisa’s pain began getting much worse. She panicked, thinking that something really bad was happening to her and that the pain would continue to get worse.  When she couldn’t reach her health… Read more »

Cancer and neuropathic pain: Tingling, numbness, and sensitive nerves

Cancer is a harsh illness no matter where it strikes in the body. When cancer treatments also lead to health issues, the situation may seem overwhelming.   Today, we’re taking a look at the problem of neuropathic pain in people who have cancer. When nerves are injured by tumors, surgery, or by certain types of… Read more »

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 »

‘Off-label’ use of medication

What is a medication label? Before a new medication can be sold on the market, the law requires that the manufacturer prove to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the medication is an effective and safe treatment for a particular medical condition. This is done through months, and sometimes years, of costly scientific research,… Read more »