Tag: pain care

Frequently asked questions about alcohol and pain medications

People with chronic pain should learn the facts about alcohol and how it can interact with pain medication, even if they only drink occasionally. Here are some things that are important to know: Combining alcohol with some pain medications can cause serious and unexpected health problems, and sometimes can even lead to death.  They both have the… Read more »

How to evaluate health-related research

Did you ever hear about the possibility that some childhood vaccines might cause autism? This claim was based on a study that was published in The Lancet – a reliable British medical journal – in 1998. Unfortunately, it took until 2010 before The Lancet finally removed the study from the medical literature, saying that the author’s results were based… Read more »

Update on Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster (the virus that causes it is the varicella-zoster virus), is an often painful condition that occurs in people who have previously had chickenpox. It is estimated that 95% of all Americans have had chickenpox at some point in their lives. The possibility of developing shingles is quite high, close to 1 of every… Read more »

My coping strategies for breakthrough pain

Contributed by: Vivian Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2011 Vivian lives in Memphis, TN.  She is 55 and worked as a registered nurse for 35 years. She has multiple medical problems causing chronic pain, including diabetic polyneuraphy, postherpetic neuralgia, L3 disc herniation with radiculopathy, and osteoarthritis. In her story Vivian describes coping strategies she… Read more »

Adding fun to your life

When people are in pain, the last thing on their mind may be how to plan to do something enjoyable. They may withdraw from social events and reduce their level of activity. Some people stop being active simply because they fear it will cause more pain. Others want to save their energy for accomplishing what they… Read more »

How I’ve gotten good support

Contributed by: Vern Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2011 Vern is a 55 year old man from Minnesota who sent this story to respond to the painACTION newsletter question, “I have been able to get good support from other people by…”  Vern has had 5 failed back surgeries and has been living with chronic… Read more »

Describing your pain

Receiving good pain treatment can depend in part on how well you can describe your pain to your health care providers. Pain has a language all its own and sometimes people may find it a challenge to clearly describe their pain. One reason that pain can be difficult to describe is because everyone reacts so… 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 »

Gender, pain, and intimacy

We all know the typical “I will fix it” response that many men are prone to take when their female partners talk about being in pain. Adopting a “fix it” approach does make some sense. None of us wants to see our partners suffer, and it is right in line with time-honored theories about pain behavior–… Read more »

Don’t be afraid to discuss money with your health care provider

Money is not a topic that health care providers and patients often discuss.  But health care providers need to know as much as possible about you to plan for your best medical care.  How able you are to afford health care related expenses, without causing a major impact on your life, is important for your… Read more »