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May 11, 2017

Starting an Opioid Pain Med? Know This Risk Factor

If you’ve seen the regular stream of stories in the media about the “opioid epidemic,” the thought of starting an opioid pain medication might make you […]
September 19, 2016

When Your Doctor Says No: Tips For Surviving The Opioid Crackdown

To succeed in this new era of painkiller regulation, you will need to be an engaged advocate for your own well-being. It’s been a tumultuous year […]
September 19, 2016

Pain and Addiction: A Crisis of Empathy

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb in his skin and walk in it.” That was […]
April 18, 2016

Buprenorphine: A Key Ingredient in the Fight to Solve America’s Pain Crisis

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” — Lao Tzu Over the last few weeks, the CDC, the U.S. […]
January 20, 2016

Raiders of the Lost Art: Medicine in the Digital Ice Age

Walk into any coffee shop or other public gathering place and what do you see? If your neighborhood is like mine, you probably stumble onto lots […]
December 10, 2015

6 Things Big Pharma Doesn’t Want You to Know About Painkillers

Perhaps no health problem in America is in bigger need of an infusion of quality care right now than the treatment of pain. One form of […]
November 10, 2014

Pain Medications: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

I know how emotionally charged the topic of pain medications can be. This is one subject that usually garners strong opinions from pain patients, their doctors, […]
August 6, 2014

When It Hurts to Be Touched

Our sense of touch is one of our most basic and fundamental aspects of the human experience. We use our ability to feel as an integral […]
July 18, 2014

Epidural Cortisone Shots: Yea or Nay?

Epidural steroid injections have become one of the most commonly used pain treatments in modern medicine. In the U.S., we perform an estimated 10-11 million of […]
March 25, 2014

The Pain of the Unknown

For many, a big source of anxiety involves living with daily pain but doing so without a clear-cut diagnosis or understanding to explain why. There is […]
September 11, 2013

Injured and Hurting: Time to Fix How We Treat Pain on the Job

September is Pain Awareness Month, but I can give you 600 billion reasons why we should really call it Awareness of Bad Treatment Month. According to […]
June 10, 2013

Got Pain? Learn to Love Your Body Again

The pain experience can not only change our view of the world around us, but it also contorts the way we see ourselves. Alterations to our […]
March 28, 2013

Inspire Healing: Why Lance Armstrong Isn’t All Bad

Last weekend, spring hit my neck of the woods. I live in Los Gatos, Calif., about an hour south of San Francisco, nestled against the Santa […]
December 7, 2012

A Radical Shift to Better Pain Relief

I want to propose a radical shift to how we approach treating chronic pain. In very basic terms, I suggest that we redirect treatment toward remodeling […]
September 26, 2012

It’s the Health Care, Stupid: As Our Health Goes, So Does Our Economic Recovery

   “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein As we head into the final stages […]
August 21, 2012

How to Recover Like an Olympian — And Finally Understand Men at the Same Time

After finishing up a rousing weekend with of group of my childhood buddies at our annual reunion near the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe, I have […]
June 9, 2012

NFL Head Injuries: Creating Recovery With Lessons From the Battlefield

Ten years ago, I had an opportunity to observe up close the high-profile life of NFL athletes. A friend of mine had the good fortune of […]
April 24, 2012

Regulating Pain Pills: How Do We Decide Who Gets What?

“A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels.” — Albert Einstein, 1946 The other day I received […]
February 9, 2012

Transforming Pain Relief: The First Steps

Last month, The New England Journal of Medicine published a call to action for a “cultural transformation in the way clinicians and the public view pain […]
January 11, 2012

Overcome Your Fear and Conquer Your Pain

If you are reading this post, you are probably already well-versed in how chronic pain can interrupt your own — or a loved one’s — ability […]
January 11, 2012

Conquering Fear Improves Pain Control

If you or a loved one is one of the estimated 116 million Americans with chronic pain, then you appreciate what a game-changer pain can be […]
December 8, 2011

The ‘Best Kept Secret’ to Understanding Your Health Risks

Pay a visit to a genetic expert and ask what the single most important piece of information is in assessing your risk for specific diseases, and […]
October 27, 2011

How to Prevent Pain at Work

Preventing pain in the workplace should be an essential part of fighting the rising prevalence of chronic pain in our society. The work environment can often […]
October 4, 2011

What the Michael Jackson Trial Really Says About American Health

Imagine that you are not just wealthy but super rich and incredibly famous. You travel the world, know influential people and can basically have anything the […]
September 30, 2011

A Different Normal

If you suffer from chronic pain, then you are now in the company of 116 million other Americans according to a recent report by the Institute […]
August 30, 2011

The Lesson We Can All Take Away From Chronic Pain

First off, I must disclose that I have never taken a business class, always reach for the sports page over the financial section of the paper, […]
August 17, 2011

Why Our Approach To Chronic Pain Is Flawed

If you peered over your child’s shoulder while they were doing their homework and saw that they were doing it all wrong, what would you do? […]
November 23, 2010

Darvon and Darvocet Withdrawn

I imagine that by now many of you have heard the news that pain killers Darvon and Darvocet have been taken off of the market. On […]
October 12, 2010

Feel Better

What does someone in pain really want? I think, deep down, they just want to feel better. That seems reasonable, doesn’t it? You bet. While conceptually […]
August 30, 2010

Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia

Last week The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a study that found tai chi to be an effective treatment for reducing pain and symptoms […]