Living with Chronic Pain: Discovering Gratitude

Living with Chronic Pain: Discovering Gratitude

It can be difficult to feel thankful when you live with chronic pain.  Because pain may interfere with important areas of life, you may have suffered some difficult losses. Over time, you may have become more resentful and less thankful.   But, if you take the time to notice, you may find that there are relationships, activities, and experiences to … Read more

Inspiration For Pain Sufferers

Inspiration For Pain Sufferers

Inspiration…from whence does it come? And why do we need to be inspired? The word “inspiration” means to be “in spirit.” It is something that happens within, often because of stimuli that comes from outside. We frequently will see or hear something that illicits a response within us of feeling inspired. From this feeling of … Read more

Chronic Pain and Art Therapy

Chronic Pain and Art Therapy

Pain is a multidimensional experience that affects an individual’s physiological, psychological and social functioning. When pain continues beyond the body’s ability to heal and becomes chronic, the overwhelming stress that can develop in each of these areas of functioning may exacerbate the perception of pain,contributing to prolongation and increased acuity.1 as a result, the pain … Read more

Physician Spotlight: Eric Grigsby, MD

ERIC GRIGSBY, MD, HAS ALWAYS BEEN A RENAISSANCE MAN. AS AN UNDERGRADUATE, THE TENNESSEE-BORN FARMER’S SON PLAYED BASKETBALL WHILE HE RECEIVED AN IVY LEAGUE EDUCATION AT BROWN UNIVERSITY. HE WAS SENIOR CLASS PRESIDENT AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY’S COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, AND AFTER TRAINING AT THE MAYO CLINIC, HE OPENED HIS OWN PAIN CLINIC, FOUNDED A CLINICAL … Read more

Integrative Medicine and What It Has to Offer You

Integrative Medicine and What It Has to Offer You

Described as the future of health care in our country, integrative medicine is getting a great deal of attention.  It combines the best of both conventional medicine and natural, homeopathic medicine.  In his article, Restoring the Heart and Art of Medicine, Dr. Michael Finkelstein shares his philosophy – and reasoning – on why integrative medicine has so much to … Read more

Shingles

Shingles

“It was very uncomfortable to wear a shirt, and between the burning and sharp pain, I was in very bad shape,” Frazee recalls. “The doctor told me that it was shingles and treated me with Valtrex and pain medication. Eight months later, I broke out again with the same symptoms, and I was treated by … Read more

Practical Advice for Parenting with Pain

Although parenting in pain may often be an uphill battle for many individuals, those who have “been there, done that” have some valuable insight into how to improve the process. Kathy Church, MSW, offers advice on chronic pain and age-specific parenting and says that the most important thing to remember about parenting with pain is … Read more

Survey Reveals #1 Fibromyalgia Symptom

Fibromyalgia sufferers deal with a multitude of symptoms that impact their daily lives. However, a recent survey reveals that pain is the #1 fibromyalgia symptom that affects patients on a daily basis. Functioning with Fibro surveyed 1,228 adults in the U.S. with fibromyalgia, a condition affecting more than 5 million Americans and characterized by chronic widespread … Read more

Acute Low Back Pain Quiz

Back-quiz

We’ve all heard or exclaimed, “Oh, my aching back!” But how much do we know about low back pain? Take this quiz to find out. True or False: 1. Many people experience low back pain. True. Back pain affects eight out of ten people at some point during their lives, according to the American Pain Foundation. 2. Low … Read more

Surviving the Holidays When You’re in Pain

Surviving the Holidays When You’re in Pain

What to DO 1. PRIORITIZE. Focus on accomplishing the most important things, and let everything else go. 2. PLAN AHEAD. A large portion of holiday stress comes from the last-minute rush to get everything done. Consider planning your holidays two months in advance, and put your plans on paper. 3. USE A LIST. • Look at each item and … Read more