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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 »

Am I ready to return to work?

Going back to work Going back to work after a painful injury or illness can be exciting and scary. Dealing with pain can be a process, and going back to work is often a process as well. While you may be able to do your job again, you can’t expect to jump right in as… Read more »

When acute pain becomes chronic

Acute pain vs. chronic pain Acute pain is usually short-lived (less than a month), and has a specific cause, such as having had oral surgery or spraining an ankle. Acute pain commonly goes away when the original cause of the pain is no longer present or when the healing takes place. Chronic pain, however, may… Read more »

Understanding short-term disability

What is short-term disability? Employees may quickly use up their paid sick days if they suffer from pain related to an illness or injury. Short-term disability plans are intended to replace a percentage of your work income when you have used up your paid sick time. Some employers and government agencies fund these plans for… Read more »

Explaining short-term disability to your family and friends

What is short-term disability? Employees may quickly “use up” their paid sick days if they suffer a debilitating illness or injury. Short-term disability plans are intended to replace a percentage of your salary when you have used up your paid sick time, but cannot return to work. Some employers and government agencies fund these plans… Read more »

Communicating with your employer about your absence from work

What Is Family Medical Leave Act? The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 work weeks per year of job protected leave, , with continuation of group health insurance coverage, under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. You can… Read more »

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 »

Bolstering your resiliency

What is resiliency? Think of being resilient as the ability to bounce back in the face of difficulties. For people with chronic pain, it means not letting symptoms interfere with living a full life. Resiliency also may make you feel better; experts have found that people with positive outlooks often experience less pain and stress…. Read more »

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 »