Tag Archives: chronic pain

What You Need to Know About Pain

(ĐTĐ) – As with other subjective experiences, such as love, fear, or anger, there’s no way to objectively measure pain. We asked Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, chief of the Pain Management Division and associate professor of anesthesia at Stanford University School of Medicine, to explain the unpleasant sensation we all feel in different ways.   […]

Exercise, Talk Therapy by Phone May Help Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain

(ĐTĐ) – Exercise and/or talking with a therapist on the phone once a week may significantly reduce chronic pain, a new study shows.   About 20% to 40% of adults report experiencing chronic pain, Seth Berkowitz, MD, and Mitchell Katz, MD, of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services write in an accompanying editorial. […]

Sex and Chronic Pain

(ĐTĐ) – Maryann Lowry was 42 years old in 1995, when she woke up one morning with severe pelvic pain. She was diagnosed with vulvodynia — which literally just means severe pain in the vulvar area. Today, 14 years later, she says that she’s “95% recovered” — but the many years of dealing with chronic […]

100 Million Americans Have Chronic Pain

(ĐTĐ) – More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at a cost of around $600 billion a year in medical treatments and lost productivity, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM).   An IOM committee commissioned by Congress concluded that pain is not optimally managed in the U.S. and that […]

Pain: Chronic and Acute

(ĐTĐ) – Pain is purely subjective, difficult to define, and often hard to characterize or interpret. It is currently defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional response to a stimulus associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage (3–5). However, pain has never been shown to be a simple […]

Stress Relaxation and Natural Pain Relief

Stress Relaxation And Natural Pain Relief

Chronic pain is complex. Research over the past 25 years has shown that pain is influenced by emotional and social factors. These need to be addressed along with the physical causes of pain. Chronic stress is one factor that contributes to chronic pain. The good news is that you can get natural pain relief by […]

Chronic Pain: Cause, Symptoms, Exams and Tests

Chronic Pain: Cause, Symptoms, Exams And Tests

Cause The cause of chronic pain is not clear. When you have an injury or illness, certain nerves send pain signals to your brain. With chronic pain, these pain signals continue for weeks, months, or even years after you recover. Chronic pain can develop after a major injury or illness, such as a back injury […]

What Should You Do With Your Chronic Pain?

What Should You Do With Your Chronic Pain?

What Happens In some cases, chronic pain develops after an injury or illness. The pain continues even after you have recovered from the injury or illness. For example, many people who have had a limb amputated report feeling chronic pain in the missing limb (phantom limb pain). Chronic pain can also develop even though you […]

Effects of Chronic Alcohol Abuse on Pain Management

(ĐTĐ) – Many people turn to alcohol to solve problems. Alcohol is more than a way to relax or a way to forget hard times for some of these people. They use it in an attempt to self-medicate for a number of situations: sadness, insomnia, stress, and in some cases, even pain relief. Since pain […]