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Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can transcend the purely physical cause that set it in motion and turn into a crisis that envelopes the entire person. Learn more about how to manage it without letting it manage you.

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Brain & Pain

The brain is a very dynamic organ and can play an important role in managing health. Protecting your most valuable resource—your brain— is an important part of a winning pain management plan.

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Lifestyle & Habits

Becoming healthier is a key to helping manage pain.Carefully decide how you spend your time each day and what habits you cultivate. Learn more about the key traits of highly successful chronic pain sufferers.

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Treatments

We see ourselves as machines: If a part is broken, we fix it. Chronic pain doesn't follow this recipe. Standard medical treatments can certainly help, but if you are not careful, they can also stand in the way of progress.

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How Past Trauma Can Affect How You Experience Pain

Our experience of pain can have a lot to do with our past – especially when our past includes trauma.

Research is showing us that the severity of a pain problem, even including levels of physical disability, can be influenced by traumatic events from earlier in life without us even knowing it. In fact, studies on this subject have found that the presence of past trauma was associated with a two-fold to three-fold increase in the subsequent development of chronic widespread pain, and reports of abuse in childhood were associated with as much as a 97% increase in risk for chronic pain in adulthood. The risk goes up not just with abuse, but connections have also been found with other adverse childhood events including hospitalizations, family financial crises, and the death of a parent.

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Featured Experts

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Sue Hitzmann

Creator of the MELT Method®

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Carla Hernandez

Nutritional Therapist at Wise Roots Nutrition

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Beth Darnall

Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University

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Lauren Bringle

YogaTX

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Dr. Peter Abaci

Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center: A Prospira Center of Excellence

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