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Keeping it Simple Tips for Effective Chronic Pain Management

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.

Dr. Grinstead On How Different Pain Signals Impact Chronic Pain Management

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.

Exposing Stigma Directed Towards People Living With Chronic Pain

I’ve been working with people with chronic pain for over three decades and I cannot tell you how frustrating it is for me to hear the negative shaming and blaming statements directed at people who are only trying to live with a debilitating chronic pain condition. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this 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.

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.

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