Pain Management Resources for Patients

Chronic pain doesn't discriminate and neither should your care but racial disparities exist. If you are a Black or Indigenous Person of Color (BIPOC) here's what you need to know to find a pain doctor who will treat you right. 

Chronic pain doesn't discriminate and neither should your care. If you are a BIPOC, here's how to find a doctor who will treat you right.

Isolation and holding back on activities are nothing new for those living with chronic illness. They’ve been here, and done that, and they need you to take notice.

Isolation and holding back on activities are nothing new for those living with chronic pain and chronic illness. Patient advocate and creative resilience coach Jenni Grover wants you to take notice.

A conversation with the U.S. Pain Foundation’s Cindy Steinberg on the status of legislation, research and care – and how sharing your pain story can help.

The U.S. Pain Foundation’s Cindy Steinberg discusses the status of opioid legislation, pain research, and pain management in the year 2020, four years after the CDC guideline on prescribing for chronic pain.

A patient advocate’s view of “progress” in pain management.

 

Pain patient advocate Dr. Richard Lawhern shares his view on the lack of progress in pain research and pain management.

Your go-to guide for managing chronic pain around the clock.

Devices can be a crucial part of a pain management strategy. Find out which pain device is best for you here.

Inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, as well as fibromyalgia, wreak havoc on your joints – and a lot of this inflammation can stem from eating the wrong foods. Here’s how to rethink and reshape what you eat.

Anti-inflammatory diets can help manage conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and more. Learn how these diets can help here.

Designer Justus Harris is transforming the way people view health data and communicate chronic conditions.

Tedx Speaker and Artist Justus Harris and his MedSculp team are using health data to create tactile art that visualizes and communicates chronic illness, such as diabetes.

For this Brooklyn-based artist who fell in love with paint as a child, the key to her chronic pain recovery has been to harness her creativity.

For Annika Connor, an artist based in Brooklyn who fell in love with paint as a child, the key to her ongoing nerve pain has been to harness her creativity.

HealthyWomen’s Dr. Monica Mallampalli shares some unsettling data—across sex, gender, and race—and offers measures for moving women’s healthcare forward. 

Women with chronic pain face healthcare barriers across sex, gender, and racial lines. A call to action for erasing physical and institutional obstacles and moving women’s healthcare forward.

If you live with a chronic pain condition, you may be worried about potentially being admitted to the hospital with the coronavirus. An emergency medicine expert shares what to pack and what to expect for pain care.

If you live with chronic pain, you may be worried about being hospitalized with the coronavirus and how you will manage your pain. A member of the CDC Task Force on emergency care shares what to pack and how to communicate with the ER staff.

After living with pain for 10 years, patient advocate Tom Bowen shares how empathy and education can overhaul the provider-patient relationship. It starts with understanding the long-haul journey that comes with pain care.

After living with pain for 10 years, Tom Bowen shares how empathy and education can overhaul the provider-patient relationship.

While trying to avoid the coronavirus and maintain care, individuals living with chronic pain are facing yet another uphill battle – this time, for telemedicine coverage, open clinics, prescription refills, and more. Inside a US Pain Foundation Survey with CEO Nicole Hemmenway.

US Pain Foundation CEO Nicole Hemmenway on how people living with chronic pain are facing new battles as a result of the coronavirus pandemic - and how they can move forward. Strategies for insurance coverage, medication shortages, and telemedicine troubles.

The take-action plan that people living with chronic pain need now to battle the coronavirus pandemic. 

Panic disorder – whether you’ve lived with it for years or have developed it due to the pandemic – can cause chest pain, but cardiac and other physiological issues need to be ruled out before treatment can begin. And remember, any kind of chest pain requires medical attention.

How to tell the difference between chest pain resulting from an anxiety disorder or panic attack, a heart attack, and even COVID-19 symptoms.

Being a mother to a toddler while living with a chronic illness is difficult in itself for a multitude of reasons. How one woman is coping with the additional stresses of COVID-19 and navigating to a new normal.

Parenting a toddler while living with a chronic illness is difficult in itself. Here's how one mother is coping with the additional stresses of coronavirus and forced isolation in hopes of navigating to a new normal.

With in-person doctor visits limited, here’s how you can still communicate with your provider about medication, symptoms, your mental health, and more.

 

How to use and access telemedicine during coronavirus (COVID-19). A guide for patients with chronic pain conditions.

If combined, chronic pain and coronavirus can be extra scary. But with a few simple precautions, you'll be prepared.

If you live with a chronic or disabling condition, or have a weakened immune system, you may need to take a few extra precautions to avoid the coronavirus.

With years of chronic pain under his belt, the author found refuge, support, and relief in Rochester.

Pain patient and advocate Tom Bowen shares his experience after attending a pain rehabilitation clinic within the Mayo Clinic.

Tom Bowen elevated his 10-year chronic pain journey into a space of purpose, positive thinking, and pride.

After 10 years of living with chronic pain, Tom Bowen decided to share what he had learned about pain science, biopsychosocial pain management, opioids, and more through Chronic Pain Champions and a book called Chronic Pain WON’T Stop Me!

Tired of waiting for a breakthrough treatment for your chronic pain? Join a clinical trial and be part of the push for progress.

How individuals and pain advocates living with chronic pain syndromes can learn about pain research and/or join clinical trials to move therapies forward faster.

When his wife suddenly developed trigeminal neuralgia, the author took it upon himself to learn the science and regulations to raise awareness and help others facing complex chronic pain conditions.

After his wife developed trigeminal neuralgia, Richard Lawhern turned toward advocacy to help others living with complex intractable pain conditions.

A new method for assessing chronic pain requires more input from patients and more dialogue from doctors.

When describing pain levels, numerical ratings and face scales are being replaced by questions and communication around function.

A new visual art and public awareness initiative not only gives a face to chronic pain but also aims to remove the stigma around this complex disease.

A new public awareness campaign from the American Chronic Pain Association and BioDelivery Sciences International not only gives a face to chronic pain through digital body art but also aims to remove the stigma around these complex conditions. This is Pain.

When you love someone living with a chronic pain condition, your life changes too. Three family members share their side of the story.

During this season of giving, we honor those who give their time to care for those living with constant pain.

PPM’s Annual Holiday Gift Guide for Easing Chronic Pain Symptoms

Our annual holiday gift guide is here and includes art therapy, foot massagers, TENS units, and more!

After a near-fatal accident left her in chronic pain, Becky Curtis turned her energy to helping others. 

Much like life or career coaching, pain coaching may be an added strategy to your chronic pain management plan.

Chronic pain can easily disrupt one’s social life but maintaining relationships is crucial to healing. Here’s how both parties can better communicate.

Chronic pain: how patients and caregivers can better communicate about needs, limitations, and frustrations. With Dr. Linda S. Mintle and Dr. James W. Kribs

A Q&A with novelist and patient advocate Marcus Sedgwick.

Novelist Marcus Sedgwick, author of Snowflake, AZ, answers a few questions on his experience being diagnosed and living with the condition.

The author cultivated a craft that helps distract from her pain, and you can, too.

Unlock your inner creativity and find new ways to help manage your chronic pain.

Resilience is not just a trait we want our children to have, it is a trait that individuals living with chronic conditions can develop, nurture, and improve every day. Civil rights attorney and TEDx speaker Kate Nicholson shares how this characteristic helps her deal with chronic nerve and back pain.

Here, civil rights attorney, pain patient advocate, and TEDx speaker Kate Nicholson shares how resilience helps her deal with chronic nerve and back pain.

A few tricks and tools from Dr. Laura Meyer-Junco to help keep your pain at bay whether at home or on the go.

Self-management tricks and tools can go a long way toward easing pain symptoms so that you can participate in the activities you love.
Individuals living with chronic intractable pain answer questions about their quality of life and how they manage, from finding sleep to maintaining relationships.

How Jenni Grover, founder of ChronicBabe, cultivated her artistic curiosity to boost resilience.

 

How Jenni Grover, founder of ChronicBabe, cultivated her artistic curiosity to boost resilience and manage her chronic fibromyalgia pain.

Recent survey shows room for improvement in patient-provider relationships when managing chronic pain.

Recent HealthyWomen survey shows room for improvement in patient-provider relationships when managing chronic pain.

The author shares her journey through emotional and physical pain as she transitioned, ultimately forging a path in medicine and advocacy.

A transgender woman shares her journey through emotional and physical pain as she transitioned, ultimately forging a path in medicine and advocacy.

Sex differences continue to play a huge role in the pain experience.

Sex differences continue to play a huge role in the pain experience.

Individuals living with chronic pain conditions often see multiple physicians and clinicians. 

Individuals living with chronic pain conditions often see multiple doctors to help manage underlying causes and related symptoms.

Depending on the type of pain you have, one may be better than the other.

Depending on the type of pain condition you have, ice or heat provide unique kinds of relief. This article describes which to use for joint pain, muscle pain, and nerve pain.

Breakthrough pain is common with chronic conditions but there are ways to get ahead of the attacks.

Breakthrough pain is common with chronic conditions but there are ways to get ahead of the attacks.

Cindy Steinberg shares little-known facts about opioid users and addiction while providing recommendations to move pain care in the US forward.

Cindy Steinberg of the US Pain Foundation shared with the Senate HELP committee some little-known facts about opioid users and addiction.

Being sick, on top of having a chronic condition, can weigh you down. Here’s how to pick yourself up and get better fast.

Being sick, on top of having a chronic pain condition, can weigh you down. Here’s how to pick yourself up and get better fast.

PPM’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

 
PPM’s annual holiday gift guide is full of unique and thoughtful ideas to help provide some relief to loved ones living with chronic pain this season.

Relieve pain while making a unique fashion statement along the way

If you suffer from these common complications from arthritis, finger splint jewelry may be in the cards for you.

What are the statistics for the elderly population?

Chronic pain and aging go hand in hand, but what percentage of this population is affected?

Dr. Grace Wright addresses key considerations for women living with autoimmune diseases.

How to manage pregnancy when you have a painful autoimmune disease.

Women are at a greater risk than men of developing a chronic pain condition. These stats provide insights as to why.

Women's pain is often misjudged among the healthcare population. These statistics show exactly how.

Maya Dusenbery examines the reasons behind clinical research gaps among men and women and digs into the assumptions made by healthcare providers when a woman enters their office.

Why do gaps in treating chronic pain among women and men continue to exist, and what assumptions do doctors make when a woman enters their office? Plus: a history of hysteria and the "it's all in her head" stigma.

Keeping a “pain diary” is a great way to track symptoms, medications, and more

Keep these migraine journal and tracking apps on hand when you make your next doctor's appointment.

Mobile technology aids for better sleep, acupressure, and meditation

Manage your migraine pain from the comfort of your own phone with these helpful apps.

CRPS/RSD charity shares an infographic on use of spoons to communicate invisible, chronic illness

Communicating invisible chronic pain to loved ones and coworkers is not easy. Spoon Theory supporters (aka, Spoonies) may find help with this infographic.
Patients are becoming more aware of the need to adequately track opioid dosages and have emergency plans in place.

A primer for patients trying to understand their symptoms

This introduction hopes to both provide additional help for sufferers, while also educating those who may have a loved one.

Fix daily struggles with these self-management tools

 
Ease chronic pain flareups with these self-management tools, gadgets, and gear for your home, office, or on the go.

The rate of chronic pain among US veterans remains high, but many treatment approaches are available.

While chronic pain is common among veterans, here's five things you may not know about veterans with this condition.

When pain got in the way of her work, this lupus patient changed direction and found new hope.

When chronic pain got in the way of her work, this lupus patient changed career direction and found new hope.

Losing weight can be very difficult when you suffer from chronic pain. Making a few slight changes to your routine, however, may help prevent your condition from worsening.

Patients who are overweight may be able to prevent chronic pain from worsening by maintaining their weight.

For our second annual gift guide, we found 8 gifts we think will bring comfort and joy to friends and family living with chronic pain. Of course we consulted with Santa and our readers while compiling this collection of gift ideas that are practical, soothing, inspirational, indulgent, helpful and humorous.

PPM's annual gift guide: 8 great gifts for loved ones living with chronic pain.

Power outages. Downed trees. Evacuations. The devastating consequences of a natural disaster such as the recent hurricanes (Irma, Harvey, Maria) affect everyone, but the situation can be especially grim for individuals who regularly take prescription pain medications. If patients are unable to get their medications, the consequences can be serious.

A registered dietitian explains how eating whole grains can cause abdominal pain in some people. The good news is there are plenty of grain-free options available today.

If you suffer from chronic abdominal pain, adjusting whole-grains in your diet could give you relief. An expert tells you what to eat.

When you're a chronic pain patient, it's very important to communicate your needs clearly to your healthcare team. Here are tips and advice from two rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and a renowned rheumatologist to help you get the pain relief you seek.

Learn how to accurately express your pain to your physician and caregivers. Tips from two rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and a renowned rheumatologist to help you get the pain relief you need.

Drug overdoses now surpass automobile accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the US. What can be done to keep our roads safer and protect our loved ones from unintentionally misusing their medication, putting them and others in harm’s way? Practical Pain Management recently spoke with Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD, DAAPM, FCCP, FASHP and Pawan Grover, MD for their insight and tips. 
 

Learn what you can do to protect your loved ones and keep our roads safe from the growing problem of drugged driving.

Lack of sunlight isn't the only cause of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). If you live with chronic pain, SAD should be on your radar since some small studies suggest a link.

Some studies suggest a link between seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and chronic Pain. Learn what you need to know.

Accurately measuring pain has been the subject of some debate ever since the American Medical Association recommended (in June 2016) that pain no longer be regarded as the "fifth vital sign". Here, a pain control specialist and the leader of a patient pain advocacy group share views on how to best measure a patient's pain.

Accurately assessing and describing pain can be a complicated task. Two experts agree new tools should be used to more objectively measure a patient's pain.

How to keep your children safe from accidental ingestion and your medication out of the hands of curious teenagers. 

A new report shows an alarming increase in hospitalizations for young children and teens due to accidental opioid poisoning. Learn how to keep your family safe from potentially dangerous medications in your home.

Are you one of the more than 124,000 vets that do not have health insurance? Read on for steps you can take to get affordable coverage today.

If you are an uninsured veteran you may be eligible for health insurance coverage through the ACA. Open enrollment is happening now through 1/31/17. Learn more.

It's important to know the health risks associated with over-the-counter medication. Here's what you should know to protect yourself and still get the pain relief you need.

New survey reveals 1 in 5 Americans don't consider safety factors when choosing OTC pain medication, putting themselves at risk of harmful effects. Here's what you need to know.

Take a long, hard look at what you’re putting into your mouth! What you eat could actually be causing your aches and pains.

More evidence that the unhealthy diet favored by people living in the west is linked to chronic pain and inflammation.

Evzio (naloxone hydrochloride injection) now can be used at home to prevent accidental overdoses

FDA approves auto-inject rescue medication for opioid overdose. Evzio (naloxone hydrochloride) now can be used at home to prevent accidental opioid overdoses.

Teenagers suffering from migraine headaches now have a new FDA-approved option.

FDA approves Topamax (topiramate) for the prevention of migraine headaches in teens (ages 12-17). For FDA-approved treatment in this patient population.
X-rays, MRIs, CT Scans, Blood Tests, and Nerve Tests
Lab and diagnostic tests for chronic pain can’t always provide a clear diagnosis because pain is such a multi-faceted issue. Article explains most common tests, including x-rays, MRIs, and nerve tests used to help diagnose the cause of chronic pain.

What Is It? Why Do We Have Pain?

Pain is divided into acute pain and chronic pain. Learn how pain signals are transported to the brain through the nervous system, and what happens when nerves are damaged.
There are different types of chronic pain, including neuropathic pain (pain caused by your nerves) and nociceptive pain (pain caused by something besides your nerves). Understand the different in types of chronic (or intractable) pain.
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