A Power-over-Pain Handout

Megan Watson, SPT • Ash Robbins, RN, BSN • Jennifer Warshaw, MS, MPH
Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, Philadelphia Pennsylvania 



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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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What are the key traits of highly successful chronic pain sufferers? Everywhere you turn, from television shows to print, there is a wealth of advice devoted to helping you radically improve your appearance. If experts can teach you how to have great hair and look sexier, then it’s high time you got some advice on how to transform the way you feel, too!

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Arthritis is easily one of the most common causes of daily aches and pains in our society, as well as a major source of disability. Osteoarthritis, considered to be the most prevalent form, occurs when the protective cartilage at the ends of bones deteriorates, leading to degeneration of the joint spaces. Aging, injury, and obesity are generally considered to be the most frequent contributors to arthritic joint disease. These statistics on...