Tag: patient resource

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 »

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 »

Using acupuncture to treat pain

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world, and it’s now a popular treatment for all kinds of pain. In traditional Chinese medicine, it’s believed that acupuncture can reduce pain by changing the flow of energy in the body. This energy, known as qi (pronounced like “chee” or “kee”), travels along… Read more »

Don’t let flare-ups be a pain!

Contributed by: Sandy Reviewed by: Wendy Williams, BSN, M.Ed., August 2012 Sandy says: “I am an author, a wife, mother of three, grandmother of four, at the beck and call to one dog and two cats, friend, author, wellness & lifestyle coach, facilitator for a wellness support group, collector of frogs, maker of chocolate candy,… Read more »

Being realistic when dealing with pain management doctors

Contributed by: Lori Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May 2012 Lori is 48 years old and lives in Massachusetts with her husband.  She worked in biotechnology and law enforcement for over 20 years but is unable to work now due to unpredictable pain. Her chronic pain is a result of rare genetic anomalies, worsened by… Read more »

Sleep struggles and strategies

Contributed by: Night Owl Connie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2012 [Connie is 68 years old and she lives in the state of Washington] I have arthritis, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, a fused neck (C2 to T1), depression, allergies, celiac disease, & more. I’ve had trouble sleeping all my life, but the increasing health issues have… Read more »

Intractable pain: The well-kept secret

Contributed by: Joan Reviewed by: Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD, April 2014   [Joan is a 60 year old married woman who lives in a small farm community in Florida. When she could be more active, she worked as a bookkeeper, taught Sunday school and loved to camp, garden and quilt.] I developed double major scoliosis… Read more »

Downsized

Contributed by: Rand Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January, 2012 [Rand is 60 years old and he lives in Colorado.] I’ve always viewed my body as my enemy. I was a shy, dreamy, chubby boy, and my strong, aggressive older brother harassed me constantly for being fat and weak. As an adult, I worked at… Read more »

I have made my disability into a capability: Part 1 of 3

Contributed by: Dana Morningstar Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July, 2011 Dana is a 36 year old woman who lives in Georgia with her husband and their adopted baby boy. She has several medical conditions and has lived with chronic pain since she was a young child. In spite of these problems, Dana completed college… Read more »

When a family member misuses prescription drugs

Prescription drug misuse: A problem for the whole family Nancy takes prescription pain medication for chronic pain.  She and her husband frequently have their children and grandchildren stay at their vacation house. After a weekend visit Nancy’s husband tells her that one of their teenage grandchildren may be abusing drugs.  What thoughts go through her… Read more »