Stress

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Managing chronic pain is often a hard battle to win. Sometimes just hanging in there can be a frustrating and draining process, but finding ways to problem solve in order to overcome hurdles can be a key trait to develop for long-lasting success. It’s important to not let the pain that you have today make you give up on what you can achieve tomorrow.
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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.
Reduce Your Stress Did you know that a big driver of your chronic pain condition is chronic stress in the body?  Learn how to recognize the signs physical and emotional signs of stress.  You can have the power to lower your stress and reduce your pain.
“Just relax, and you’ll get pregnant”.  That is the advice that is given over, and over to couples and partners going through fertility treatments.  But anyone who’s gone through this journey knows just what a tall order that can be!  I certainly struggled with it when my husband and I were going through our fertility journey.
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Mood changes are a common and challenging part of experiencing ongoing pain. The more chronic the pain, the more difficult it can be to undo these changes. Common mood disorders associated with chronic pain include depression and anxiety. In some cases, those struggling with prolonged pain problems report no longer feeling like their old selves, as if their personalities have changed into a different version of themselves. Family members and...
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There is never a good time for a migraine headache, but migraines can be especially troubling during the hectic holiday season that is upon us. In fact, this time of year can be a real challenge for many when it comes to headache prevention. While good cheer is the name of the game, the holidays can be a time for late night parties and gatherings, frantic schedules, long-distance traveling, end of year business wrap ups, and stressful family...
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Guided breathing exercises can be one of your best tools for decreasing stress and relieving pain flare-ups. Slow, rhythmic breathing patterns stimulate a relaxation response within a stress out or hyper-aroused nervous system. Learning a few basic breathing techniques is fairly simple and easy to do. Plus, doing so gives you more independence and control over your pain. One breathing exercise that is super easy to do is known as “4-7-8...
Have you ever had a gut feeling or butterflies in your belly when you were in love? Have you ever gotten so frustrated or upset that your stomach was in knots and you felt like throwing up your lunch? It goes without saying our gut and our mind are intertwined. 
All three words do relate to one thing: how we perceive and sense things both within our body and the world around us. Recently a student of mine asked me about interoception versus proprioception. Well, this is complicated because there’s another word, exteroception, to add to the mix. All three terms are relevant to our overall well-being and how our body and mind connect. If the human body were easy to understand, we wouldn’t have to worry...
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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.

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