Where Chronic Pain Hurts the Most

Where Chronic Pain Hurts the Most

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. … Read more

Medical Complications: Nonexistent or Unreported?

This is a cautionary tale about rare medical complications. As many people who follow my blog posts know, I had spinal surgery in mid-December. After undergoing many, many procedures including prior surgery, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, yoga and every other therapeutic modality you can think of, it was the consensus of my doctors that the only … Read more

Finding Support During Your Chronic Pain Journey

Finding Support During Your Chronic Pain Journey

Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, a clinical social worker from Maryland, was 42 when her life was turned upside down by a car accident. The resulting whiplash turned into chronic pain and eventually fibromyalgia, migraines, myofascial pain and more. “The emotional pain was just as bad,” says Herman, now 64. “I was short tempered, and I … Read more