Tag: acute pain

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 »

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 »

When you’ve had ENOUGH: Pain that won’t let go

Have you ever felt like Howard Beale in the 1976 movie Network? When Howard decided that he couldn’t take any more frustration and emotional pain in his life, he threw open a window and yelled (to paraphrase): I’m MAD and I’m not going to take it anymore!! By today’s standards, yelling from a window is pretty tame –… Read more »

Being pain free, just for a moment

Contributed by: Lori S. Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, November 2008   My husband wakes me up with a kiss on my forehead to say ‘goodbye’ before he leaves for work. He is smiling and asks me how I am feeling. This is the hardest question for me to answer. My lower back is stiff… Read more »

Migraines at menopause

Hormones and migraines Changes in hormone levels occur throughout the course of a woman’s life, associated with the onset of menstruation, oral contraceptive use, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause. These hormone level changes frequently are accompanied by changes in the patterns and frequency of migraines. The sexual hormones, primarily estrogen and progesterone, often play a key… Read more »

Can drinking alcohol cause migraines?

Migraines can be very painful and can knock you out of action. That’s why it’is important to try and find what’s causing them. Both men and women get migraines, but for unknown reasons they’re about three times more common in women. The main trigger in women is hormonal changes related to the menstrual cycle. These changes decrease after menopause. Many… Read more »