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November 13, 2019

How to Manage Brain Fog Caused by Chronic Pain

Do you find that you’re more forgetful or fuzzy-headed when you are in pain? Is it harder to concentrate? […]
November 13, 2019

How Your Pain Can Spread

ain that starts in one place doesn’t necessarily stay there. Over time, pain can spread, shift, expand, or radiate, […]
November 13, 2019

Your Anger Could Be Making Your Pain Worse

When you’re living with ongoing pain, there can be a lot of very good reasons for being upset, frustrated, […]
November 13, 2019

Less Sleep Means More Pain

Difficulty sleeping is a common source of frustration that I often hear from patients. While pain often causes insomnia, […]
November 13, 2019

When Your Pain Is Disabling

Pain can entirely change our lives. Ongoing pain problems can lead to disabilities like not being able to work, […]
May 5, 2019

Should You Try Injections for Pain Relief?

When pain is at its worst, we’re tempted to try just about anything to get some relief, including procedures […]
May 5, 2019

When No One Believes You’re In Pain

As a pain specialist, I’ve learned that one of the most powerful things I can do when I meet […]
May 5, 2019

Why You Need Hope

“Is there hope?” is a question I hear often. One of my patients struggling with a low back injury […]
May 5, 2019

Can Your Gut Health Impact Your Pain?

You may have noticed that at any given moment your pain levels can fluctuate based on many different variables, […]
May 5, 2019

5 Ways to Boost Your Pain Management

Right about now there is a good chance that you have been thinking about ways you might “hit the […]
May 5, 2019

When Chronic Pain Takes Away Your Life

Pain changes us. The minute we start to hurt, we make adaptions to how we move, what we do, […]
May 5, 2019

How to Recover From Surgery Without Getting Addicted to Painkillers

Pain management is an important consideration when you’re having surgery – not only to minimize discomfort, but also because […]
October 30, 2018

How Past Trauma Can Affect How You Experience Pain

Our experience of pain can have a lot to do with our past – especially when our past includes […]
October 30, 2018

Is Virtual Reality the Future of Pain Management?

As scientists and physicians race to explore new and more effective strategies to treat pain, many are investigating how technology might play […]
October 30, 2018

5 Ways to Manage Pain Flare-Ups

If you live with chronic pain, one of the most important things you can do for yourself is to […]
June 16, 2018

How to Let People In When You Have Chronic Pain

When someone is in pain, their whole family is impacted. I was reminded of this truth recently as visitors […]
June 16, 2018

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 […]
April 17, 2018

Getting off Opioids: 6 Tips From a Pain Expert

As pressure to cut back on prescription opioids continues to mount, doctors and patients are feeling the heat. If […]
April 17, 2018

Fibromyalgia: How to Create a Recipe for Relief Based on New Research

Invisible and misunderstood. If you have fibromyalgia, you’ve probably used these two words at some point to describe your […]
April 17, 2018

2 Mistakes That Can Make Your Pain Worse

What if I told you that, besides being generally unpleasant (to put it mildly), pain can also be deceiving […]
April 17, 2018

How a Positive Attitude Can Improve Your Pain – and Your Life

I often hear my pain patients express regret about treatments they chose in the past (“I should have never […]
December 26, 2017

How to Avoid Pain Flares During the Holidays: 5 Tips From a Doctor

The holiday season can be a challenging time for pain management. For many, the transition to colder and more […]
December 26, 2017

A Pain Doctor’s Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Appointment

Are you feeling frustrated every time you see your doctor? Like you aren’t being heard and not getting the […]
September 27, 2017

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 […]
September 27, 2017

Exercise for Pain Relief: How to Establish a Habit That Really Helps

It can feel like a Catch-22: Everyone is telling you need to exercise, but when you’re in pain, exercising […]
July 16, 2017

Can Acupuncture Solve Your Pain Problem?

Don’t be surprised if the next time you see your pain doctor they suggest you go to an acupuncturist. […]
June 12, 2017

4 Reasons to Think Twice About Back Surgery

As you may have read in the news, Tiger Woods is recovering from a recent back surgery – his […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]