Pain Management Resources for Patients

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.

Almost 17,000 deaths a year in the United States are attributable to opioid overdose—a major public health problem. Unfortunately there has been an alarming increase in the number of children who have come into contact with these dangerous medications and hospitalized for treatment. Learn how you can keep your little ones safe from accidental ingestion and your medication out of the hands of curious teenagers. Here, expert advice and practical tips to use now before it's too late.

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.

An estimated 100,000 Americans have sickle cell disease, an inhertied condition that shortens the life cycle—and deforms the shape—of normal red blood cells. Severe pain results as the body struggles to replace them.

During a crisis, people who have sickle cell disease experience severe pain as the body struggles to replace mutated red blood cells with healthy, new ones. Read this patient's account of life with unpredictable pain.

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.
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.