Tag: patient resource

School-age children: Should I share my fears?

It’s important to be honest with children between the ages of six and twelve, because they can be good at figuring out how a parent feels. But it’s also important to show your feelings in a way that gives them the least amount of worry. Try not to lean on your children as your main… Read more »

How to talk with my teenager about pain

Teenagers will sense and understand when you’re in pain, so it’s important to be honest with them about your experience. Talking about pain Teenagers understand medical facts, so you can be honest with them about what’s happening. You might tell your teenager, “My blood counts are down and I feel very tired today.” Have an… 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 »

Talking to your children about migraines

Many parents worry about what and how much to tell their children when they are in pain. Some people think they are protecting their children by avoiding the subject. But children are very observant and usually sense when a parent is not feeling well. When you don’t tell them about your pain, they may feel… 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 »

Understanding migraine triggers

What is a migraine trigger? Many factors can cause the pain associated with migraine headaches. During a migraine, levels of chemicals in the brain go down, leading to the release of proteins, which can cause blood vessels to swell. The result is severe headache pain. Migraine “triggers” are stimuli that interact with the body and… Read more »

Thinking of joining a clinical trial?

 What is a clinical trial? A clinical trial is a research study that is designed to answer health questions. This research study is performed on human volunteers who consent to participating. This article explains some basics of clinical trials and discusses some of the pros and cons of participating in a trial. There are many… Read more »

Why physical therapy?

If you have back pain, you may benefit from physical therapy, a well-established method for treating all types of back conditions.  Using techniques such as therapeutic exercise, functional training, mobilization/manipulation, massage, electrotherapy and ultrasound, physical therapists help restore function, reduce pain and prevent disability. When should you see a physical therapist for back pain? If… Read more »

When nothing else works: Is back surgery right for you?

Surgery for back pain should usually only be considered after all other treatments have been tried and failed to provide relief.  In such situations, surgery may indeed be the only remaining option.  In order to understand the risks and potential benefits of various types of back surgery, it is important to re-visit the anatomy of… Read more »

Breakthrough pain: Finding the right balance

The term “breakthrough pain” was originally coined by anesthesiologists. After surgery, patients are almost always given some type of post-operative pain medication. Sometimes, however, pain “breaks through” the medication’s ability to control pain. In recent years, breakthrough pain has come to mean any pain that occurs despite pain medication. The meaning of the term is… Read more »