Chronic Pain

As pressure to cut back on prescription opioids continues to mount, doctors and patients are feeling the heat.
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Invisible and misunderstood. If you have fibromyalgia, you’ve probably used these two words at some point to describe your condition. You look perfectly healthy despite feeling just the opposite. Your bloodwork, X-rays, and MRIs come out pretty normal – making it hard for doctors to find evidence that something’s wrong, even though nothing feels right.
Dr. Peter Abaci, MD, is one of the world’s leading experts on pain and the director of the Bay Area Pain Center.
What if I told you that, besides being generally unpleasant (to put it mildly), pain can also be deceiving and misleading? Yes! Pain can play tricks with our heads and fill us with thoughts that can be harmful and hold us back from getting better. Here are two of the most powerful mind tricks that pain plays on us (they may surprise you!): Catastrophizing
Dr. Joe Tatta and Dr. Peter Abaci
Dr. Peter Abaci joins Dr. Joe Tatta on The Healing Pain Podcast.  For a complete transcript or an audio-only version of the podcast visit drjoetatta.com.
Yoga pose for neck pain
Neck and shoulders stretches - Cole's 15 minute seated neck pain and tension relieving deep stretches can be done by anyone, and anywhere! Neck pain and shoulder tension is something we all experience in our lives, from athletes to computer workers. The poses in this sequence were designed to open space in the neck and shoulder areas and provide much-needed relief for a creaky neck or waking up with neck pain, or a quick neck, shoulder and upper...
The holiday season can be a challenging time for pain management.
Are you feeling frustrated every time you see your doctor? Like you aren’t being heard and not getting the help you need?
This beginners level yoga stretch session is great for anyone just beginning their yoga practice. What is really special about this 15-minute yoga sequence is that you get to stretch, and relieve back pain without standing at all! Certified yoga instructor, Cole Chance, guides you through this beginners level 15 minute FREE yoga class!
As a doctor who sees firsthand the damage that chronic pain creates in people’s lives, I believe improving how we treat pain is the single most important public health challenge that we face – but not because of the opioid crisis or the $ 600 billion spent each year on treating pain and lost productivity. From my perspective, chronic pain’s most devastating effect, hidden just below the surface of all the tragic stories, is its impact on our...

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