From new lupus treatments to fibromyalgia brain signatures to large-scale research on what therapies actually reduce pain, 2016 was an exciting year for chronic pain management research. 1. Non-drug approaches work for chronic pain management Surveys analyze large swaths of data from multiple studies to show more conclusive proof for [...]
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A new study shows that the way chronic pain patients think about their pain and sleeping habits can actually lead to worsening pain symptoms. The study from the University of Warwick Sleep and Pain Laboratory was published on September 21, 2016. Researchers studied how lack of sleep can affect pain patients, [...]
Living with chronic pain may not be inevitable, but for people suffering without a diagnosis (or waiting on test results) sometimes it’s just a part of life. Although it doesn’t have to last forever, sometimes it just feels that way. 29 tips for living with chronic pain 1. Exercise It [...]
The connection between chronic pain and depression runs deep. There are many different ways that these two chronic illnesses overlap. Here are 26 things you need to know about chronic pain and depression. Chronic pain and depression – 26 facts 1. Chronic pain and depression are invisible illnesses The simple [...]
Facet joint injections are an increasingly common treatment for chronic pain of the neck and lower back. Before getting facet joint injections for chronic pain, it’s important to understand how they work, what conditions they are used for, and any risks associated with treatment. Anatomy of facet joint injections To [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]