Chronic Pain

Can Laughing Relieve Pain?

Monday I talked about the powerful benefits laughing has on our physical and emotional health. That's equally as true when it comes to decreasing pain. I know it sounds crazy. If I went to a doctors office wanting pain relief I'd be pretty unhappy if I were told to "just laugh". But frankly, laugh you… Continue reading Can Laughing Relieve Pain?

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What Is CBD?

Highlights From This Post:  -CBD is a component of marijuana called a cannabinoid. -CBD does not cause a high, but does appear to exert pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects. -Several studies show that CBD significantly reduces chronic inflammation. -CBD may also help people with anxiety and those trying to stop smoking. -Most drug screens are not… Continue reading What Is CBD?

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Does Medical Marijuana Help Relieve Pain?

Marijuana is increasingly being prescribed and used for a variety of medical reasons, including pain relief. But its use is controversial. In the United States it continues to be illegal under federal law. Despite this fact, over half the states in the U.S. have legalized it. Many tout its ability to ease certain of types of chronic… Continue reading Does Medical Marijuana Help Relieve Pain?

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Intermittent Pain

Last week I defined chronic pain as any pain lasting longer than the reasonably expected healing time for the tissue involved. Most consider it to be after 3-6 months. But a variation of chronic pain is the type that's intermittent, which is when pain-free times alternate with weeks or months of daily pain. In some ways. I think intermittent pain… Continue reading Intermittent Pain

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Defining Chronic Pain

According to multiple studies, it's estimated that between 20-30% of people in this country suffer from what the CDC terms "high-impact chronic pain," which is pain severe enough that it frequently limits life or work activities. But chronic pain syndrome (CPS) is a common problem that presents a major challenge to health-care providers because of its complex natural history,… Continue reading Defining Chronic Pain