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Think of pain as being your “harm alarm,” a signal that is designed to get your attention, to motivate you to escape whatever is causing it. After all, pain—potential harm—could mean injury or even death.  In this way, pain serves a useful purpose because it is functions to keep you safe and alive.  This all works quite well if you simply cut your finger while dicing vegetables for dinner.
There’s a misconception that hormonal acne is a teenage problem, but the truth of the matter is that it can affect anyone with a hormone imbalance. Even dermatologists are finding that late onset acne is becoming increasingly common in women in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and even 50’s.
I was honored to be interviewed by Pain Pathways Magazine about Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain (Bull Publishing). Though Less Pain, Fewer Pills published almost 2 years ago, today it is more relevant than ever.
For the past three years, Kathleen had been taking daily opioids prescribed by her primary care doctor to treat her chronic back pain. Despite the medications, her pain persisted and even worsened. She came to see me in the pain clinic, and it was apparent that her stress and anxiety were serving to amplify her pain — and her need for opioids. The problem is, opioids do not treat the psychological factors that worsen pain.
A lot has happened in the world of pain recently from a public policy standpoint. First, on March 15 the CDC released its much publicized guidelines on prescribing opioids for chronic pain. A few days later, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quietly posted the National Pain Strategy (NPS), outlining the federal government’s strategy for “reducing the burden of chronic pain that affects millions of Americans.” The CDC...
With the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) opening its doors to psychologists in 2015, the pain community has been witnessing a shift in how these healthcare professionals are being included in annual pain conference symposia.
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By Nicole Hemmenway While the issue of pain medication and addiction has been a hot topic in the media and government for quite some time, a TV commercial shown during the Super Bowl seemed to add more fuel to the fire.
In late January 2016, Pain Medicine published the article "Pain Psychology: A Global Needs Assessment and National Call to Action." The article is available free of charge here.
A Power-over-Pain Handout Eric Johns, SPT • Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, OCS Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, Philadelphia Pennsylvania   


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