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.