Fibromyalgia

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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.
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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...
By Dr. Peter Abaci More than a third of Americans (78.6 million) are now estimated to be obese. Obesity is typically defined as having a body mass index of over 30, and it is widely considered to be a significant risk factor for a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancers. Obesity also tacks on an estimated $1429 to a person’s yearly medical expenses.
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Managing chronic pain on a daily basis can be challenging enough, but on top of that many patients with chronic pain are often faced with dealing with other significant chronic diseases at the same time. In fact, I have had countless patients over the years tell me that they developed medical problems like hypertension and diabetes only after their injuries occurred, and many report weight gains of 15-20 pounds after the onset of their pain...
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Being healthy doesn’t just happen. It requires work and dedication. Likewise, effectively managing pain also takes special effort and commitment. When you have a chronic condition like fibromyalgia or back pain, you can’t expect to just wake up one day and be rid of all that ails you. No, in order to get chronic pain under better control, you need to invest in the process.
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It might be helpful to divide your pain treatment strategies into two categories- active and passive. Coming up with the right balance between these two types of approaches just might be the tipping point that you need to successfully control your pain and gain that boost in quality of life that you are looking for. 
It’s important to understand the difference between chronic and acute pain. Acute pain is what you experience when you first get injured. It is caused by tissue damage and the swelling and inflammation that come along with it. Once the injury starts to heal, the inflammation subsides and the acute pain starts to resolve. This type of discomfort serves to protect you from further damage. For example, if you sprain an ankle, it becomes acutely...
The experience of pain impacts so many different things in a person’s life, and it is fair to say that it can really disrupt the homeostatic balance of the body. Living beings naturally try to maintain internal stability of their operating systems, so when things get disrupted, actions take place to restore a new sense of order. A prime example of that would be with temperature control of the body where shivering is a way of maintaining a...
By Dr. Peter Abaci When I helped launch http://painreliefrevolution.com/ last year, I didn’t expect to be writing about magnets, but here I am, writing about magnets, or more specifically, using magnetic fields as a means of therapy.  Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been an emerging area of research and treatment for depression and now chronic pain conditions.  What is TMS? 

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Testimonials:

“This book is a powerful tool for patients who don’t understand why the pain management system needs changes....Dr. Abaci lays out the compelling reasons for this and backs [them] up with [his] personal experiences as a pain-management provider and as someone who has faced living with chronic pain himself.”

— Barby Ingle, president, Power of Pain Foundation

"Conquer Your Chronic Pain is a must-read for anyone living with pain. Following Dr. Abaci’s simple steps, you will learn important tools to not only manage (and heal) pain, but also reclaim happiness, purpose and overall wellness in life.”

— Paul Gileno, founder & president, U.S. Pain Foundation

 

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