Letting Others Down: Living with Lupus

Letting Others Down: Living with Lupus

I’m overly conscientious. Some might think this is a good trait, particularly when they happen to be on the receiving end of my hyper-conscientiousness. I will always arrive on time (or early and sit in my car and wait until the appointed time), deliver whatever it is I promised you, return your calls, and you … Read more

Aromatherapy and Its Use in Chronic Pain

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by Blaire Morriss, ANP-BC, RN If you’ve ever smelled lavender and felt calmed, or had the perfume of a freshly peeled orange brighten a moment, you’ve directly experienced the powerful effects of scent. Aromatherapy, the therapeutic use of essential oils, has experienced renewed popularity in recent years as a tool on the journey of health and wellness. … Read more

Letting Others Down: Living with Lupus

I’m overly conscientious. Some might think this is a good trait, particularly when they happen to be on the receiving end of my hyper-conscientiousness. I will always arrive on time (or early and sit in my car and wait until the appointed time), deliver whatever it is I promised you, return your calls, and you … Read more

The Low Back Pain Treatments Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You About

If you’ve been feeling like your doctor visits aren’t doing much to help your low back pain, there’s now some research to back you up. The health journal, The Lancet, recently published a series of articles looking at how we treat back pain, and the gist of their findings is that most of us who go to a doctor for an … Read more

Encouragement for Pain Sufferers

…Where seldom is heard a discouraging word by Dee Emmerson, TCC Writer The old ballad, “Home, Home on the Range” paints a picture of buffalo, deer and antelope roaming under never-cloudy skies—an idealistic view that omitted any mention of human interaction. The recurring theme did, however, allude to something we get from people or give away generously: discouragement. … Read more

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

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