Self Management Skills

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 »

Tips for getting around in the winter

Contributed by: Michael 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. Snow can be… 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 »

Get moving with the whole family

Most health care providers agree that staying physically active is a good thing for people who are living with chronic pain.   While people may think “if it hurts, rest it,” many pain specialists advise that people with chronic pain participate in some form of regular physical activity.  This is because when the parts of the… Read more »

Pain and music: Dealing with pain to the beat of a different drummer

Sometimes, pain persists in spite of whatever treatment health care providers use to relieve it.  While it has become fairly common to add other treatments like relaxation, meditation, and massage, along with standard medical approaches to pain management, music is a less well known non-medical method for helping relieve pain. Actually, using music as a… Read more »

Managing chronic pain at work

Benefits of working Besides providing a regular source of income, working is important to most people in several ways.  People need to feel productive.  Being able to work boosts self-esteem and helps you to feel at your productive best. The challenges of work, a job well done, and interactions with co-workers, can be rewarding in… Read more »

Laugh for the health of it

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” -Proverbs 17:22 “Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility” -James Thurber “Laughter may be a form of courage” -Linda Ellerbee “If you can find humor in anything, you can survive it.” -Bill Cosby What’s funny about pain? If you’re thinking there’s nothing funny about being in pain,… 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 »

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 »

Managing pain due to prostate cancer

What is prostate cancer? Prostate cancer forms in the prostate gland. The prostate gland is found in men, below the bladder and in front of the rectum; it makes and stores semen. Prostate cancer can range from slow-growing, which can be treated fairly simply, to a very aggressive type that calls for a mix of… Read more »