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Posted: Apr 01, 2016
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... Read More
Posted: Mar 29, 2016
The 2016 National Pain Strategy has placed self-management firmly in the spotlight as a critical pathway to better treat pain in the U.S. Cue Dr. Kate Lorig, the Godmother of Self-Management. Dr. Lorig spearheaded the development of self-management education and... Read More
Posted: Mar 15, 2016
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. This expanded presence is a reflection of... Read More
Posted: Feb 22, 2016
AN HISTORIC MOMENT FOR PAIN PSYCHOLOGY Pain Psychology made history this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) in Palm Springs, CA. The inaugural AAPM Pain Psychology Shared Interest Group (SIG) meeting took place... Read More
Posted: Jan 24, 2016
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. The article is a report of the national needs for pain psychology services... Read More
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Posted: Oct 04, 2014
Many people think about pain psychology as being a way to help them cope with pain. In this sense, the thinking is that psychological factors – depression, anxiety, fear– happen in response to pain. While this is true, the important part of the equation is often... Read More
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Posted: Sep 13, 2014
Paul Costello on September 3rd, 2014 I have to admit: When it comes to pain, I’m a total wimp. The few times I’ve approached anything near chronic pain was in my neck – the result from unilateral breathing as a lap swimmer. When I had the pain, I was obsessed... Read More
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Posted: Sep 13, 2014
LAS VEGAS—Opioids have diverse and important functions, with opioid use and taper affecting many domains of experience and behavior. In fact, long-term opioid use patterns suggest that opioids treat not only physical pain, but social pain. “While discontinuation of... Read More
Posted: Sep 12, 2014
Dr. Darnall explains her latest research findings on a single-session pain psychology treatment she developed, published April 2014 in the Journal of Pain Research.

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