I believe that of the most common factors in someone sabotaging their chronic management plan is what I call Anticipatory Pain. It can actually lead to someone amplifying their pain symptoms to a point of suffering. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
It has been my experience that in order to solve a problem we must first fully understand not only the problem but also what it takes to move into the solution. When I help my patients develop their chronic pain management plans one of the very first steps is making sure they understand what their pain is all about—what it is trying to tell them. Please watch my Video Blog and then read on to learn all about pain.
After meeting with two different pain patients this week I once again got to see how important the role of diet and nutrition is to more effective chronic pain management. One patient had been experiencing several years of gastrointestinal problems and serious constipation—it is important to note that he was not on opiates so this constipation was diet/food related. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today I want to discuss active and passive treatment approaches and what some people call nonpharmacological treatment methods or what others might refer to as Holistic interventions. The term nonpharmacological simply means non-medication or non-medical procedures. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
Since I live with chronic pain when I notice my stress levels go up the first thing I need to do instead of overreacting and amplifying my pain is to use a simple five step process—Pause, Relax, Reflect, Decide and Do. The “Decide” and “Do” part is listed below in the seven strategic stress management tools. You can learn more about this process by checking out my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
Today I want to focus on what I call the chronic pain spiral. I know how dangerous this can be and actually have experienced it myself in my journey to freedom from suffering from my chrnic pain. Please watch my Video Blog below then read the remainder of this post.
First of all, I want to emphasize that the information that follows can be used by anyone who wants to avoid prescription medication abuse or addiction problems, not just those already in recovery. Nonetheless, during my work with people since 1984, I have seen far too many relapse because of poor medication management plans. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.
Below I’ll give you some simple tips for managing pain flare ups. But first I want to explain what I mean by a pain flare up. If you’re living with chronic pain it’s crucial to learn to learn how to manage your pain flare ups—Sometimes called recurrent acute pain. It is important to determine what your base line of pain is, based on a 1-10 pain scale. For some of you this may be levels 2-3, for others 4-5 and others may even be at 5-6. This is the level of pain you experience pretty much every day. Recurrent episodes are acute pain flare ups that might go as high as a level 7-8 (or higher) on that pain scale. These acute episodes are usually brief—anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or so in most cases.
We often receive inquiries from our website and calls at our office asking how do I know if someone is experiencing difficulty with their pain medication. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
If you’re living with a chronic pain condition like I am; you may have noticed that sometimes you are so fearful about conducting basic tasks of daily living that you become immobilized. It can also manifest with overwhelming anxiety, so much so, that you trigger a phenomenon that actually amplifies your perception of pain. We call this Anticipatory Pain. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
There are many different ways of talking about that part of ourselves that both protect us and sabotages us—sometimes at the same time. Some people call this our psychological defense system. Others call it denial, while still others call it the inner saboteur. Have you ever heard the expression “the committee in your head?” For others it’s the angle or devil on your shoulder and for still others it’s the Zen concept of “monkey mind.” Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
I’ve been working with people living with chronic pain and coexisting problems up to and including addiction since 1984. Today I was thinking about how challenging it can be when I’m teaching other healthcare providers how to implement a system that can be very effective. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post about the importance of keeping it simple.
I’m writing this today to help educate people who are living with a chronic pain condition and are having a hard time coping because they’re not sure what to do to achieve more effective pain management and freedom from suffering. Unless someone’s been in their place they really have no idea how challenging this can really be. As someone who has come through the other side I assure you that there is a way to achieve this freedom from suffering and part of that is understanding more about the different components of chronic pain. Please check out my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.
Since 1984 I’ve worked with many chronic pain patients who also were experiencing an addictive disorder and an unresolved trauma history. It takes an integrated multidisciplinary approach to obtain a favorable treatment outcome. Please watch my video below and then read the remainder of this post. Please share this information with people who can benefit.
One of the most powerful and longest lasting pieces of wisdom I received in my martial arts endeavors was how to turn adversity into opportunity by staying in gratitude. I know this has been an integral part of my chronic pain management plan over the years. Please watch the video below and then read the remainder of my post.
Posted on December 24, 2014 by Dr. Steve Grinstead
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.
Posted on December 22, 2014 by Dr. Steve Grinstead
I believe that in order to effectively live with chronic pain and not suffer we need to learn as much about out pain as possible. Many people I’ve worked with the past thirty years have been more into suffering than pain. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post for more information about the difference between pain and suffering.
Posted on December 19, 2014 by Dr. Steve Grinstead
When one person in a family suffers from living with chronic pain they are not alone in their misery. Everyone in the family is affected and attempts to cope in their own way. Unfortunately many of these coping strategies don’t work and often make the problems worse. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.
Posted on December 16, 2014 by Dr. Steve Grinstead
Gratitude Versus Suffering—Gratitude always starts and ends every day for me as an integral component of my own chronic pain management and quality of life. This morning as I was going through my readings I saw several of them focused on gratitude and knew that was my focus for today’s Blog. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of my post.
No one likes to see another human being suffering. It saddens us and can leave us feeling helpless, as well as placing immense burdens on the family and friends of those affected. The Addiction-Free Pain Management® Certification School is designed to help healthcare professionals work with individuals who have chronic pain, and potential or actual addictive disorders. Please watch my Video Blog below about my upcoming East and West Coast Trainings and then read the remainder of this post for more information.
Defining pain is sometimes not well understood. When living with chronic pain or supporting a friend or family member who has this condition it is important to understand the psychological and emotional components of chronic pain. Unfortunately, many people with chronic pain are never taught about the difference between the ascending physiological signal and the resultant psychological/emotional components of their chronic pain. Please check out my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.
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