Living With Chronic Pain

Who Is Dr. Susan Courtney?

I'm a native born Tucsonan who graduated from the University of Arizona and trained in Tucson hospitals. Since 1984, I have worked in my community as a primary care physician. I treat patients with all types of medical conditions that can often create significant impacts on their lives, such as obesity, arthritis, cardio vascular, and… Continue reading Who Is Dr. Susan Courtney?

Living With Chronic Pain

While Staying At Home

We are in the midst of incredibly crazy and shifting times. With it comes increased stress, anxiety, comfort eating and inactivity; all enemies to chronic pain. For many, having to stay at home, while financially costly, may actually sound like a benefit- it’ll gives us an opportunity to rest. But there needs to be a… Continue reading While Staying At Home

Living With Chronic Pain

Positive Thinking

Positive thinking. I can just imagine what that sounds like- the pain isn’t real. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. The pain is very real. It impacts and often directs our lives. How we interact with the pain can make all the difference. Ever notice how it’s better when you’re distracted? I have.… Continue reading Positive Thinking

ways to cope with chronic pain beyond pills
Living With Chronic Pain

Beyond Pills

Chronic pain is debilitating. Like that slow, constant, never ending drip from the faucet, it can seep into every aspect of our lives. Too often we look to the medicine cabinet or prescription pad for answers. Those may help, but their impact is temporary and the side effects can be catastrophic. That’s why it’s so… Continue reading Beyond Pills

Living With Chronic Pain

Meditation May Be One Form Of Pain Relief

At some point, all of us who suffer from chronic pain are told we have to live with it. Difficult words to hear. In my practice, when there’s no more “fixing” someone’s pain with surgery or other interventions, learning to pivot and focus on living with the pain becomes the challenge. Too often, unable to hear that… Continue reading Meditation May Be One Form Of Pain Relief