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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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