Living With Chronic Pain

Smoking Hurts!

As if lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and emphysema weren't enough, researchers now say smoking may be to blame for some common aches and pains, too. A new study shows smokers are more likely to complain about pain in their back, neck, arms, and legs than non-smokers. The report, published in the Annals of Rheumatological… Continue reading Smoking Hurts!

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Being Hungry Can Impact How Pain Is Felt

Research presented at the meeting of The European Pain Federation Congress (EFIC) , held in Florence this year, covered all aspects of pain management. It was attended by 4,000 pain specialists from 75 countries. There was some interesting news. One of the more unusual experiments reported at The EFIC was that UK researchers found that… Continue reading Being Hungry Can Impact How Pain Is Felt

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The Financial Impact Of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is expensive. From personal experience, I know this is true. The costs of evaluations, scans, provider visits, injections, medications. . . it just never seems to end. Especially in this day of exorbitant deductibles and co- pays. As a physician and chronic pain sufferer, I'm struck by the lack of attention and coverage… Continue reading The Financial Impact Of Chronic Pain

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Exercising Helps Lessen Pain

I've been saying this for decades- exercise is the number one way I treat my chronic pain. No matter how long, exhausting, or painful the day, exercise always helps! I can procrastinate and justify like everyone else why today I should let it go, but after I'm always better for it. Now there's solid research… Continue reading Exercising Helps Lessen Pain

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13 Ways To Improve Pain Tolerance

Pain tolerance and threshold varies from person to person. They both depend on complex interactions between your nerves and brain. Pain comes in many forms, whether it’s from a burn, joint ache, or throbbing headache. Pain tolerance refers to the maximum amount of pain you can handle. This is different from your pain threshold. That… Continue reading 13 Ways To Improve Pain Tolerance