I believe people suffering with chronic pain an coexisting problems including addiction need to be treated by professionals knowledgeable about the obstacles they face and how to overcome them. Please watch m y video below and then read the remainder of my post for information about some of the information you’ll get at my December 10-12 Training—You should Sign Up NOWbefore watching this video as space is limited.
When people are undergoing chronic pain management they want help stopping or relieving their pain symptoms and are looking for anything that will stop their suffering—I know as I’ve been in that place. What they may not realize is that some pain medications can actually cause or increase the pain symptoms that they are using the medication to manage—this is called opioid induced hyperalgesia or pain re-bound. That is why it is crucial for people undergoing chronic pain management to educate themselves and learn as much as possible about their chronic pain condition as well as the most effective treatment options. Please watch my Video Blog then read the remainder of my post.
Some pain disorders require pharmacological (prescription drug) interventions. Other conditions may respond to over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen. Still other conditions may need a combination of both. However, some pain disorders can be effectively treated without any chemical interventions at all. Please review my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
Because you believe that you’re going to hurt, you can activate your physiological pain system just by thinking about doing something that you believe will cause you to hurt. This is called anticipatory pain. I’ve been living with chronic pain for over three decades and I know for me if I’m not careful this anticipatory reaction can lead to increased perception of pain and eventually suffering. Please watch my Video Blog and then check out the remainder of this post.
An important part of developing an effective pain management plan is obtaining an accurate understanding of what effective pain management really means. Please watch My Video Blog and then read the remainder of this 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.
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.
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.
Many people undergoing chronic pain management have a challenging time finding relief for their condition. Sometimes medication is not enough. That is why most of the latest chronic pain management outcome research is recommending a multidisciplinary team approach for better treatment outcomes. One treatment component that has helped many of my patients over the years is the interventional pain management procedures. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
Posted on September 15, 2014 by Dr. Steve Grinstead
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.
Posted on September 11, 2014 by Dr. Steve Grinstead
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.