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Valley Forge Medical Center - Addiction-Free Pain Management® Center of Excellence

This past week I’ve been in Norristown Pennsylvania at the Valley Forge Medical Center’s (VFMC) Addiction-Free Pain Management® Center of Excellence program. At VFMC they help people living with chronic pain who were very frustrated when they weren’t receiving the pain relief they want and deserve and unfortunately many turned to continuously increasing doses of pain medications. Unfortunately these people often used the wrong type or too much medication and sometimes it worked but more often it made the problem worse in the long run. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

The Addiction-Free Pain Management® System – A Synergistic Treatment Approach

When someone is living with chronic pain, they can get very frustrated when they aren’t receiving the pain relief they want and deserve. I know because when I experience a pain flare up, I just want the pain to stop—now! Unfortunately they usually often use only medication management and sometimes it works but sometimes it makes the problem worse for the long run. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

Drug Seeking Behavior Comments Are Stigmatizing Chronic Pain Patients

Last year I recorded a Video Blog titled Stop Calling It Drug Seeking Behavior that has generated a lot of interest and comments. This past weekend I had another inquiry and call for help from someone who was on receiving end of this horrible stigma and it led me to re-posting this Video Blog below and re-introducing this topic on the remainder of this Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog. Please view my original Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Information Tools and Tips for Migraine Chronic Pain Management

This past week I’ve experienced two migraine episodes and one was triggered by emotional stressors the other by my allergies. I decided it has been a long time since I’ve blogged about this topic and this time I wanted to include information that I hope you find useful. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

Surviving & Thriving During The Holidays With Chronic Pain – A Prevention Approach

I know this time of year can be especially challenging for people living with chronic pain as the Holidays are upon us. It’s even more difficult when a person is in recovery from any addictive disorder including prescription medication addiction. I just recorded a short Video Blog that you can see below on this topic and then read the remainder of this post to have a better Holiday Season.

Dr. Grinstead On The Importance Of Becoming A Stress Buster

In today’s busy world it’s very important for everyone to incorporate effective stress management tools into our daily living, but especially for those experiencing problems with health or other life problems. Watch my Video Blog below on the importance of becoming a “Stress Buster” 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.

East & West Coast Addiction-Free Pain Management® Training

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.

Understanding Psychological/Emotional Factors for Effective Chronic Pain Management

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.

Avoid The Instant Gratification Mindset For More Effective Chronic Pain Management

Some people develop a “need” for instant gratification (I want it and I want it now). Unfortunately, some of the acute pain medication promises of instant relief lead people into this instant gratification trap to manage a chronic pain problem—they are only interested in the quick fix. Please watch my Video Blog Below and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead Presents At The North Carolina Physicians Health Program

was honored and excited to be invited to present at the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP) this weekend in Asheville North Carolina. My presentation is about managing pain and medication in recovery and it based upon my Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the reminder of the post to learn more.

Five Strategic Tips for Managing Chronic Pain Flare Ups

If you’re living with chronic pain like I am it’s crucial to learn to learn how to manage your pain flare ups—sometimes called recurrent acute pain. In this Blog I want to give you five simple tips for managing these pain flare ups and achieving freedom from suffering. But first please watch my Video Blog below and then read the reminder of the post to learn more.

How Neuropathic Chronic Pain Management Is Different

If you are living with neuropathic pain like I am you know that the treatment can be frustrating and often ineffective. While acute short-term pain is usually easy to manage and many chronic pain conditions can be treated effectively, neuropathic pain management can be a major treatment challenge for both patients and their healthcare providers. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Chronic Pain Management And The Inner Saboteur

This information is designed for people who have experienced problems related to living with chronic pain, but who honestly don’t believe—or don’t want to believe—that they are sabotaging a potentially effective pain management plan. If you or someone you know has a problem with effective chronic pain management this can be the first step towards a better way. To hear some of my thoughts about this 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.

Chronic Pain and Addiction in Recovery - Leave the Judgments at the Door

Yesterday I was reminded of one of the major problems I see to helping someone with chronic pain and coexisting disorders including addiction. This problem is healthcare providers who shame and blame their patients. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

Dr. Grinstead On When Does Pain Relief Become Drug Seeking Behavior?

I have a lot of compassion for healthcare providers who treat chronic pain patients in California. On one hand the DEA is playing big brother and their war on drugs has now moved to a war on pain management. This “war on pain management” must stop. On the other hand some patients are not getting good treatment.  Too much is at stake. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

Looking At Chronic Pain Flare Ups As Learning Opportunities

Whenever I experience pain, I find it very helpful to ask: “What is my pain trying to tell me?” I believe that pain is trying to tell me that something is wrong and that I had better find out what exactly is wrong and find a way to fix it. Please check out 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 Hydrocodone Finally Being Re-Classified By The FDA

The Food and Drug Administration announced on August 22, 2014 that medications containing hydrocodone with Tylenol now must follow stricter prescribing guidelines. Please check out my video blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

 

Dr. Grinstead On Managing Pain Flare Ups

I wanted to share my personal experience of once again having to practice what I teach to others. I find effective pain flare up planning to be one of the most important parts of my self-care and chronic pain management. Please watch my Video Blog below about my recent flare up and then read the rest of this post.

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