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

13 Ways To Get Through A Work Day While Living With Chronic Pain

Many people have asked me how I manage my pain and work long hours. It’s not easy, it takes a lot of forethought, support and flexibility. If you work and suffer from chronic pain, you know how challenging life can be. It’s hard enough just working and keeping up with all of life’s other demands, but… Continue reading 13 Ways To Get Through A Work Day While Living With Chronic Pain

Living With Chronic Pain

Tai Chi

Mention exercise to those who suffer with chronic pain and they may recoil. But it’s an integral part of any management program. Finding some type of exercise that works for you is the goal. I love the stretches I’ve shared on my Tuesday posts and the elliptical. After a long day it’s a great way… Continue reading Tai Chi

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