Automatic, and Often Negative Thoughts and Pain

Kevin hurts all the time since his accident. After learning how thoughts become automatic, he’s noticing that his pain gets worse with certain ways of thinking. Because this surprises and baffles him, he’s trying to pay attention to the relationship between his thoughts and his pain. So far he’s identified several instances that result in a pain … Read more

Neuroplasticity and Pain

Neuroplasticity and Pain

By Alice Fleenor, TCC® Coach and TCCU® Instructorand Dee Emmerson, TCC® Writer Special thanks to Becky Curtis at Take Courage Coaching Neuroplasticity is the brain and nervous system’s ability to form new pathways or synapses and adapt to change. We know that neuroplastic changes may be responsible for the persistent pain we feel in chronic … Read more

Best jobs for chronic pain sufferers

Best jobs for chronic pain sufferers

Chronic pain can prevent us from doing things we like to do…but it can also impact our ability to do what we have to do – namely work. Studies have shown that people with a chronic pain condition struggle with missing work days, staying employed and finding employment that fits with their condition…and many simply … Read more

Safe Storage and Disposal of Medications

Safe Storage and Disposal of Medications

In 2001, Deborah Simpson was in a car accident that left her in debilitating pain. In the years since she’s had more than 40 surgeries and experienced many complications along the way. After exploring many treatment options, her doctors prescribed opioids to help manage the pain. The opioids didn’t help, and Simpson didn’t like the … Read more