Tag: patient article

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 »

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 »

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 »

Searching for a support system

Contributed by: Kelly Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2010 Kelly has a wife and family but needs more support for his chronic pain.   I would love to see some information on Chronic Pain and the support system. I am talking about how effective a good support system is to a person with chronic… Read more »

What are some things you should never say to a person with chronic pain? (Part I)

Contributed by: Three subscribers to the painACTION newsletter Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, March 2009   Here are three responses to a question in the painACTION Newsletter on March 23, 2009. Response #1 Never say, “I know how you feel.” Each person’s reaction to pain is affected by so many variables: family/friend support, pain tolerance,… 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 »

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 »

Back at work: Managing pain on the job

Work is a big part of our lives. When chronic pain and work coincide, there are consequences. Sometimes the consequences of a chronic pain condition lead to choosing another line of work, or stopping work altogether. However, a study published by the Harris Allen Group found that 29% of employees work with ongoing problems with… Read more »

How neuroimaging is used in diagnosing migraines

Finding the right diagnosis is the first step in getting the correct treatment for your headaches. There are many possible causes of headaches, so a thorough medical evaluation is important to determine why you have headaches, and whether you have migraine or another kind of headache. Headache evaluations usually include: Gathering a personal and family… Read more »