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Our Pain Does Not Define Us - Tools and Resources to Better Understand, Manage and Overcome Chronic Pain
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Depression and Webcomics: How a Comic About Mushrooms Taught Me to Love Myself

Depression and Webcomics: How a Comic About Mushrooms Taught Me to Love Myself | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
Just a heads up: this article is going to talk about my experience with depression, anxiety, and self care. If some or all of these things make you uncomfortable, or are a trigger for you, proceed ...

 

"Including themes of mental health and self-care in webcomics makes them easily and widely accessible."


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Discovery Channel: Pain Matters

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100 million American adults live with chronic pain. That's more than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. According to the Institute of Medicine, the high prevalence of chronic pain suggests that the condition is not being adequately managed. Undertreatment of chronic pain creates large costs to the healthcare system and the U.S. economy; we spend more than $560 billion in the U.S. each year on chronic pain-related healthcare costs. Moreover, chronic pain can carry significant physical and emotional burdens.

 

The Institute of Medicine has called for a better understanding of the impact of pain in an effort to reduce its toll on the people who suffer from it including the impact on their economic, physical and emotional wellbeing.

 

Pain Matters seeks to do just that. The documentary explores what chronic pain is, its individual and societal impact, and the future of pain management through the stories and struggles of six individuals living with chronic pain and their loved ones, as well as perspective from leading national experts in pain management. For more information about chronic pain and the documentary, please click here.

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Chronic Pain, It’s a Family Affair

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Most blogs and books about living with chronic pain focus on the feelings of the one in pain. But chronic pain affects everyone...

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A new book published discussing pain from a different perspective.

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Looser Marijuana Laws May Reduce Painkiller Overdoses - Q13 FOX

Looser Marijuana Laws May Reduce Painkiller Overdoses - Q13 FOX | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
Q13 FOX Looser marijuana laws may reduce painkiller overdoses Q13 FOX (CNN) — States that have legalized marijuana for managing chronic pain have significantly fewer deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses each year, according to a new study...

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askdrmaxwell's curator insight, August 27, 2014 1:55 PM

Medical marijuana has shown promise in treating chronic pain. 

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Yoga For Chronic Pain - Latest Research and Developments with Neil Pearson, PT

Yoga For Chronic Pain - Latest Research and Developments with Neil Pearson, PT | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it

Neil Pearson PT, physiotherapist, yoga teacher, and internationally renowned pain expert joins us to discuss the latest developments and research into yoga as a tool to better manage chronic pain. We will be discussing how pain changes the body, mind and spirt, and how a yoga practice can address each of these areas. 

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Why Journaling Promotes Healing - Smitten By...

Why Journaling Promotes Healing - Smitten By... | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
      Hi, my name is Kallie and I am a journaling junkie.   It’s been said that “the written word is power” and through my journey I have come to believe this as a TRUTH!   I have been known to have a journal or two or ten. It’s my thing. It’s one …
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Journaling is one of the things I struggle with the most. How about you...do you journal? Are you thinking of starting one?

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Journaling is one of the things I struggle with the most. How about you...do you journal? Are you thinking of starting one?

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Hypersensitivity to pain produced by early life stress is worsened by later stress exposure - The Almagest

Hypersensitivity to pain produced by early life stress is worsened by later stress exposure - The Almagest | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
Childhood neglect and abuse, whether physical or psychological, confers a lifetime vulnerability to stress, anxiety, and mood problems. Such early-life stress is also suspected to contribute to the development of chronic pain in adulthood.
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Sugarplum Visions and Coping During the Holidays

Sugarplum Visions and Coping During the Holidays | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it

 

This is the time of the year when we find ourselves surrounded, if not bombarded, by a multitude of media messages suggesting what we should be doing for the holidays and how we should be doing it. These messages are designed to conjure up sugarplum visions of beautiful, festive, picture perfect, storybook holidays with smiling families and all the trimmings that will surely bring us all peace and joy and incredible holiday happiness. Like a Norman Rockwell painting, or a Hollywood movie, or even our own romanticized memories of tradition-soaked holidays past, these images are seductively appealing—but the problem is that they aren’t real. They are fictionalized, idealized versions of the holidays.

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Understanding Your Fascia

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You've got this injury you just can't shake.You take time off. You ice and stretch and do all the right things but you're still limping home.
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» Positive Thinking, Dream Boards and Happiness - Living with Chronic Pain

» Positive Thinking, Dream Boards and Happiness - Living with Chronic Pain | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
This article discusses a personal experience of acceptance of the negative aspects of life and the active attempt to be positive and happy whenever possible.
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NIH-funded study suggests brain is hard-wired for chronic pain : National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

NIH-funded study suggests brain is hard-wired for chronic pain : National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
NIH-funded study suggests brain is hard-wired for chronic pain

 

Brain’s white matter may determine susceptibility to chronic pain


Scientists used the structure of the brain’s white matter (green lines) to predict whether a subject would recover from low back pain.  Red dots represent differences in white matter structure between subjects who recovered and who suffered chronic pain.  Courtesy of Apkarian lab, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The structure of the brain may predict whether a person will suffer chronic low back pain, according to researchers who used brain scans.  The results, published in the journal Pain, support the growing idea that the brain plays a critical role in chronic pain, a concept that may lead to changes in the way doctors treat patients. The research was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Finding Freedom through Chronic Pain –

One of the most elusive and difficult conditions to bear and treat is chronic pain. In this article I refer to three forms of chronic pain – physical, emotional/mental and existential/spiritual. These three forms are similar in quality, in that they torture and can lead to despair. They are however dissimilar in distractibility – as you move from the physical to the mental and finally the existential form, it gets easier to find ways of distracting yourself from the pain. In other words, physical chronic pain is the form that is most ‘in your face’, inescapable and hard to find distraction from. In an ironic twist of logic, of the three forms it is therefore also the most efficient teacher of awareness. As you read on, you will therefore see me focus on physical chronic pain.

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Making sense of stress and its effect on your health - Health & Wellbeing

Making sense of stress and its effect on your health - Health & Wellbeing | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
Many of us have felt the damage stress can cause; but connecting the dots between chronic stress and disease is more difficult than you'd think.

 

Your stress response plays a vital role in how you respond to the dynamic world around you.

 

This network of hormonal pullies and brain-based levers helped your forebears roaming the African savannah evade predators and stave off infection. But these days your stress response can be more enemy than ally.

 

Much of our stress response machinery is designed to respond to short-term, or acute stress. So swerving your bike away from a careering car, or knuckling down to meet a work deadline are the modern equivalents of leaping away from a lion's swipe. Once the danger has been averted, your body sets about calming things down again.

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Safety Profile of HPV Vaccines Under Review in Europe

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In the article, Dr Martínez-Lavín proposes a hypothesis that small fiber neuropathy and dysautonomia could be the common underlying pathogenesis for this group of rare, but severe, reactions that follow HPV vaccination.

 

"Clinicians should be aware of the possible association between HPV vaccination and the development of these difficult to diagnose painful dysautonomic syndromes," he concludes.

Earlier this year, the Danish Medical Journal published a systematic review of 53 patients with symptoms of orthostatic intolerance and generalized dysautonomia as a suspected adverse effect of vaccination with the quadrivalent HPV vaccine, Gardasil.

 

The authors, Louise Brinth and colleagues, from the Frederiksberg Hospital, Denmark, say all the patients had been referred to their Syncope Unit. "All patients had symptoms consistent with pronounced autonomic dysfunction including different degrees of orthostatic intolerance, severe non-migraine-like headache, excessive fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, gastrointestinal discomfort and widespread pain of a neuropathic character," they write....

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McGill-led projects awarded Brain Canada grants | Channels - McGill University

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PUBLISHED: 12 SEP 2014

Four innovative projects led by McGill University researchers have been selected to receive major grants under the Canada Brain Research Fund.

 

Canadian Minister of Health Rona Ambrose, along with Inez Jabalpurwala, President and CEO of Brain Canada, announced today funding for 32 projects designed to accelerate research that will fundamentally change understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction and their impact on health. The research will advance knowledge and support development of new ways to diagnose and treat all types of neurological and mental illnesses.

 

Funding for all 32 projects totals nearly $51.4 million, half provided by the Government of Canada and half provided by private donors, research institutions, provincial funding agencies, and charitable organizations partnering with the Brain Canada Foundation.  The grants are provided under two Brain Canada programs: Platform Support Grants and Multi-Investigator Research Initiatives.

 

“The team grants and platforms we are announcing today showcase Canada's important contributions to the global effort to understand the brain and brain diseases,” Jabalpurwala said. “This historic investment of over $50 million in Canadian brain research is a testament to the success of the Canada Brain Research Fund public-private partnership.”

 

The McGill-led projects, and others involving McGill researchers, include the following...

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Yoga Reduces Chronic Pain and Is Effective for Stress Management

Yoga Reduces Chronic Pain and Is Effective for Stress Management | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
Yoga is an important tool for reducing chronic pain and is also effective for stress management because it simultaneously addresses the needs of body and mind. One study funded by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), found that people suffering from low back pain who practiced Iyengar yoga regularly for just six months […]

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This article talks about the importance of Yoga in dealing with chronic pain and reducing stress.

This is something that is gaining more and more acceptance in the mainstream media and something that is being applied more and more in American homes.

If you are interested in learning more about stress management or meditation instructor certifications, then please review the program

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Gentle, relaxing yoga poses can help increase strength and flexibility while reducing pain. 

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Evanescence (The Art of Invisibility). ~ Domini Anne

Evanescence (The Art of Invisibility). ~ Domini Anne | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
Here, in nature—feet draining into the river and arms slipping through the breeze—the stronger my connection was, the less I existed. Nature was embracing my practice and taking me in, and the rhythm created was one that was in harmony with all the universe; not only myself and my thoughts.
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Self Esteem - Chronic Pain

Self Esteem - Chronic Pain | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
Chronic pain touches every aspect of your life which makes it critical to surround ourselves with others who are supportive and understanding of our pain.

 

Healthy self-esteem enables us to accept, respect, trust and believe in ourselves. Having opportunities to develop confidence and problem solving skills early in life are important. Self-esteem comes from our genetics, environment and other life experiences. Genetics accounts for things like our temperament and a predisposition to physical disability or chronic depression. Environmental factors include poor parenting practices (being overprotective, overindulgent), abuse and/or neglect, and enabling behaviors. Life experiences with our teachers, coaches and friends impact our self- esteem as well.

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The Best Weight Loss Advice You Can Use This Year

The Best Weight Loss Advice You Can Use This Year | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
If your 2014 goals included weight loss plans, how did you define them? Was it to lose 2, 20 or 200 pounds, followed by exercise more and eat less of something (carbs, gluten, dairy, or animal
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Get Intimate with Chronic Pain

Get Intimate with Chronic Pain | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
There is no doubt that living with chronic pain can be extraordinarily taxing for the person experiencing it and for their loved ones. It can be an all-consuming experience that infiltrates many

aspects of life—sleep, appetite, moods and relationships. The sense of desperation and powerlessness that can accompany chronic pain can bring a person to their knees, evoking existential questions such as – ‘why me?’

To understand chronic pain, it is important to note that it’s not just about damage to a particular area in the body that, once repaired, simply goes away. Instead, it is influenced by several variables that can contribute to it, exacerbate it, or help to manage it; this speaks to its complexity. Relying solely on pharmaceutical drugs and medical doctors to treat it is insufficient.

A comprehensive treatment approach, known in the scientific spheres as the biopsychosocial model, explains the interconnectedness of physiological, psychological and social factors that influence health as well as one’s experience of pain (and other illnesses), Engel, (1977). The following will provide a description of this model and some general strategies to assist with pain management at each level.

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NEJM editor: "No longer possible to believe much of clinical research published"

NEJM editor: "No longer possible to believe much of clinical research published" | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it
After two decades as editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Marcia Angell drops a bombshell opinion of medical research and doctors who can't be trusted.
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Discovery Channel Documentary

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Discovery Channel Documentary "Pain Matters" Chronicles the Burdens of Living with Chronic Pain--Loved Ones Provide Significant Support, But Many Still Struggle with Pain's Invisibility, New Survey Finds

NORTH WALES, Pa., Nov 04, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- There are 100 million American adults who live with chronic pain - more than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. A new documentary titled "Pain Matters," airing Nov. 16 on the Discovery Channel, explores the realities of chronic pain through the eyes of individuals who live with it, as well as the perspective from leading national experts in pain management.

The film features a range of stories of people living with chronic pain including a U.S. Navy veteran and a two-time Stanley Cup-winning hockey player. "Pain Matters" chronicles their individual challenges in managing their condition, including validation of their pain due to the difficulty in objectively measuring it and working with healthcare professionals to develop an individualized treatment plan

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For many Canadian doctors, managing pain is 'not a high priority'

For many Canadian doctors, managing pain is 'not a high priority' | Conquer Chronic Pain | Scoop.it

A researcher at McGill University says that for the most part, the health care community focuses on medical advances and shows little interest in finding treatments for chronic pain.


The headlines are full of breakthroughs heralding new treatments and cures for a host of debilitating and lethal diseases and conditions.

 

But for the millions of Canadians who suffer from chronic pain, relief - let alone a cure - is still elusive. 

 

According to the Canadian Pain Society, one in five Canadians suffers from chronic pain. Yet treatment has not been a priority in our health care system; instead, people who complain of chronic pain are all too often derided as whiners.

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Does RSD Spread?

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It still amazes me, that some doctors which treat patients who suffer from RSD/CRPS, are still questioning whether or not RSD spreads. They are telling patients they are not experiencing spread, on...

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Paulette's curator insight, September 7, 2013 1:40 AM

Unfortunately, RSD/CRPS does spread. I hope the information shared here will be helpful.

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4 Lies We Believe About Life With Illness

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Chronic illness creates major changes in our body. Understanding the challenges you face with your illness, and then planning a life despite them, may be one of the healthiest decisions you will ever make.

 

When it comes to making the daily decisions about our illness it's easy to rely on instinct. Occasionally, however, our instinctive decisions about dealing with our disease can lead us astray. What we once believed about our body and its limitations when we were healthy may no longer apply, and yet we can still have those same clichés running through our thoughts, trying to dictate how we live.

 

Here are four lies we can easily listen to that can cause us grief or even physical harm.

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