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It Is Important To Manage Depression for Effective Chronic Pain Management

Depression is one of the common of coexisting disorders for someone living with chronic pain. Unfortunately, the depression can sabotage a chronic pain management plan and chronic pain can intensify depression. Another problem is when the depression doesn’t get identified and treated. Please watch my Video Blog and then check out the brief list of things to do and things to avoid if you or someone you love is living with chronic pain and coexisting depression.

Why Do People Abuse Pain Medication

So why do people end up abusing their pain medication? In my opinion one end of the spectrum is under-treated pain, especially when we’re talking about chronic pain. For some of the chronic pain patients I have worked with, either they or their doctors were too afraid to prescribe opiate medication—opioid-phobia—or they wouldn’t prescribe a high enough dose. Please check out my Video Blog and then read the remainder of my post.

The Role Of Treating Grief And Loss In Chronic Pain Management

I believe that to develop an effective pain management plan one of the most difficult and crucial, emotional issues that must be resolved is the grief and loss of your health and/or prior level of functioning. Obtaining support to work through a painful grieving process improves your chances of a successful treatment outcome with chronic pain. Please check out my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

Do You Believe That Effective Chronic Pain Management Is A Right And A Responsibility

I’m talking about this topic today because I’ve seen too many people not getting the kind of help that they need and deserve. Sometimes it’s because they just don’t know they are having a problem that can be helped. At other times they are limited because of access to appropriate help in their area. And at other times it’s because they are not willing to be active participants in their own pain management process. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Learning To Resolve The Chronic Pain Trance

I’ve been living with my own chronic pain for over three decades and there were times in the first few years where I fell into a deep dark place of despair and hopelessness—the chronic pain trance. People living with chronic pain sometimes develop an automatic and unconscious way of coping with chronic pain that I call the chronic pain trance. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

The Impact Of Seasonal Depression On Chronic Pain Management

I’ve noticed over the past several years that starting in late September all the way through February many of my patients would start experiencing more depression symptoms. I think there are several reasons for this and the two primary ones seem to be the days getting shorter and the other is the Holiday Season. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead On The Role of Antidepressants For Effecitve Chronic Pain Management

Many people with chronic pain disorders become clinically depressed and a medication intervention may be necessary depending upon an assessment of their problem. The Addiction-Free Pain Management® System suggests that a full biopsychosocial evaluation be taken to determine the type and severity of the depression. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead On Chronic Pain Management And The Role of Sleep Disturbances

Over the past 30 years I’ve noticed a recurring issue for most of my patients who are challenged with managing a chronic pain condition – without exception, they all experience some type of sleep disturbance.  For some it is minor inconvenience, but for others it can become debilitating. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead On Understanding Depression For Effective Chronic Pain Management

Many people living with chronic pain develop an automatic and unconscious way of coping with chronic pain that I call the chronic pain trance—I know I was there in my early years. While I was in this trance what helped keep me stuck was my depression. It forced me to finally reach out and get therapy and medication management. Please watch my video below and then read the remainder of my post.

Dr. Grinstead On Utilizing A Team Approach For Chronic Pain Management

If you’re like me you know that living with chronic pain can be very difficult. If you also have a coexisting addiction or other psychological disorders it becomes even harder. Your self-esteem is practically non-existent and many of you may even lose the support of their significant others. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead On Untreated Depression Can Sabotage Chronic Pain Management

I find I needed to be very proactive with the non-medication based tools I learned in therapy especially for my depression. Today when I start feeling some depression symptoms or start developing depression thinking I go back to my tool box and practice what I teach to my patients. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

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