One of the worst things about chronic pain – besides the daily slog of the pain itself – is the isolation. If you don’t live with another family member or have a friend who is also in pain, chances are good that it feels like no one understand what you [...]
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Meditation for chronic pain has been steadily gaining support in the research. No longer just the practice of a few isolated, New-Age yogis, meditation has spread across the U.S., and with good results. Recent research has shown that even just three 20-minute meditation sessions can help decrease the perception of [...]
In chronic pain research, scientists often distinguish between structural and neural pain. Structural pain – whether acute or chronic - has a physical cause that can be identified and potentially treated. Neural pain is pain that is not traceable to a particular cause but that persists. Essentially, the brain experiences [...]
As chronic pain gains more and more attention, the race is on to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat it. In 2016, chronic pain research has yielded some surprising findings. Here are six new studies with the potential to change the way we look at and treat chronic [...]
It is widely reported that chronic pain affects nearly 100 million people in the U.S. annually – more than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. While this figure is high, it is still not quite accurate. Chronic pain affects more than just the patient – millions more are affected by [...]
When we talk about chronic pain sites we love, often we choose those sites that highlight one person’s experience with chronic pain. This puts a face to the pain to build connection and offer people with similar conditions hope and support. This connection to a larger community helps people cope. [...]
The April 21st death of Prince Rogers Nelson, the revered music icon more popularly known as Prince, sent shockwaves across the world. His contribution to music spanned five decades and inspired generations of musicians. Comfortable playing guitar, keyboard, and drums, Prince was also a prolific songwriter, writing not only for [...]
Chronic pain patients know the drill. Family and friends, try as they might, just don’t quite get it. They don’t understand what chronic pain feels like. Sometimes they don’t even quite believe that the chronic pain patient is ill. “But you don’t look sick!” is a common refrain. For an [...]
Chronic pain and anxiety are deeply connected conditions that often feed upon each other. While researchers found that those with chronic pain are more likely to have anxiety, new studies are also looking at the prevalence of anxiety in general in the U.S. and how that might even be causing [...]
Chronic pain can be a very isolating condition. Friends and family members may not be able to understand the daily struggle to complete the simplest of tasks, and they may be worn down from caregiving. It is essential that chronic pain patients get the support they need as part of [...]