The Pain Companion

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The Pain Companion

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Are you suffering from chronic pain due to back injury, arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, or other chronic illness? I’ve lived with debilitating nerve pain from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome since 2007, so I understand the challenges all too well. I know how lonely and isolating it can be, and how misunderstood we often feel. On this website, I offer solace and support through practical insights, meditations, and emotional understanding through my blog posts, books, videos, and free resources. Feel free to connect and let me know what else you might like to see here. With warm best wishes, Sarah

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Comprehensive, well-written. Prolific. Some ads.

Links:

https://www.thepaincompanion.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahshockley/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ9F7KcLrkZRWLVtseDnA3Q

WellBrain

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WellBrain

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We are a physician created and managed company that cares about patient outcomes.
Our team has incomparable expertise and experience in the industry. Our doctors are Harvard, Stanford, and Mayo Clinic trained, all who completed accredited fellowships and are board certified in Pain Medicine. We have worked in clinics around the world trying to make people better. Over 50 years of collective experience has taught us what can make real patients better.

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Recommended by Beth Barnett

Links:

http://wellbrain.io/

Avoid the Hospital Opioid Trap

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Avoid the Hospital Opioid Trap

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The surgery went well. But now, a year later, the patient is still in trouble.

The problem is neither the surgery nor some mysterious postsurgical complication. It’s those pills in his pocket—the opioid painkillers first prescribed in the hospital. When he was discharged, he took home a renewable prescription…and still is taking the pills. He feels like he needs them. And he’s not alone. Medical or dental surgery often is the trigger for a long-term opioid dependency.

The truth is, it’s not primarily the post-op pain that leads to depen­dency—it’s the drugs themselves. And that’s a tragedy because there is growing evidence that long-term use of opioids actually can increase the body’s sensitivity to pain.

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The article focuses on how to avoid opioids when having surgery. The pain management techniques are sound.

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https://bottomlineinc.com/health/acute-pain/avoid-hospital-opioid-trap

American Chronic Pain Association

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American Chronic Pain Association

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Since 1980, the ACPA has offered peer support and education in pain management skills to people with pain, family and friends, and healthcare professionals. The information and tools on our site can help you to better understand your pain and work more effectively with your health care team toward a higher quality of life.

ACPA Mission: To facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain. To raise awareness among the health care community, policy makers, and the public at large about issues of living with chronic pain.

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Rich resource with Pain Management Tools: Self-Management, ED visits, Communication, etc

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https://www.theacpa.org/

https://www.facebook.com/The-American-Chronic-Pain-Association-113362482021895/

https://twitter.com/TheACPA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3CjcsOtwkQ&list=PL3b5rra5yuj3oUpsjAa4oep8agYIO0buZ

https://www.pinterest.com/theacpa/

Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review

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Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review

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To assess which noninvasive nonpharmacological treatments for common chronic pain conditions improve function and pain for at least 1 month after treatment.
Chronic low back pain: Exercise, psychological therapies (primarily cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT]), spinal manipulation, low-level laser therapy, massage, mindfulness-based stress reduction, yoga, acupuncture, multidisciplinary rehabilitation (MDR).
Chronic neck pain: Exercise, low-level laser, Alexander Technique, acupuncture.
Knee osteoarthritis: Exercise, ultrasound.
Hip osteoarthritis: Exercise, manual therapies.
Fibromyalgia: Exercise, CBT, myofascial release massage, tai chi, qigong, acupuncture, MDR.
Chronic tension headache: Spinal manipulation.

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Most effects were small. Long-term evidence was sparse.
There was no evidence suggesting serious harms from any of the interventions studied; data on harms were limited.

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https://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/topics/nonpharma-treatment-pain/research-2018

Attacking the Opioid Crisis on a Budget

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Attacking the Opioid Crisis on a Budget

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Political talk is cheap, substance abuse programs are expensive, and the nature of the crisis demands fast action. Sadly, while an official ‘public health emergency’ declaration helps, it doesn’t give a quick infusion of cash to help embattled front line substance abuse workers. To allocate funds, the Health and Human Services (HHS) budget (that currently cuts $4B in funding) must be revised so that Congress has funds to allocate. As it looks like the crisis will continue to be fought on a shoestring, in addition to immediate definitional changes to access existing funds, it’s time to get the biggest bang for addiction intervention bucks: prevention innovation.

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Interesting. Innovative

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https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/public-health-emergency-requires-innovation-attacking-amy-baxter-md/

The British Pain Society

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The British Pain Society

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The British Pain Society is the oldest and largest multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain within the UK. Chronic pain is suffered by over a third of the population. It is commonly distressing and commonly highly disabling. It is devastating for individuals who suffer. Many cannot work and lose their jobs.

Treatment of pain is a fundamental human right, yet sadly there is an enormous gap between the care people require and what happens in practice. We also do not know enough about the cause and treatment of pain. Our alliance of professionals works collaboratively with patients and industry partners to advance the understanding and management of pain. We strive to reduce the suffering of people enduring daily pain.

Our multidisciplinary nature is pivotal in making The British Pain Society a uniquely relevant representative body on all matters relating to pain. The British Pain Society is a Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain

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Articles, special interest groups. It’s good to look outside the US.

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https://www.britishpainsociety.org/about/

https://twitter.com/britishpainsoc?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/thebritishpainsociety/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-british-pain-society/

The Pain Companion

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The Pain Companion

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The Pain Companion came out of years of feeling very isolated and alone in my pain. I wanted to offer others in a similar situation the emotional, psychological, and pain management exercises and approaches that I eventually developed for myself.

As you probably already know, being injured or ill to the point of debilitation is an incredibly intense experience. Besides feeling a certain level of shock from the trauma of having your whole world turned upside down, there are a multitude of other emotional and psychological reactions that arise. These include loneliness, confusion, loss, frustration, depression, and hopelessness.

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Comprehensive, accessible, vetted

Links:

https://www.thepaincompanion.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thepaincompanion

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ9F7KcLrkZRWLVtseDnA3Q

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

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Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

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The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is a six week workshop for those living with chronic pain. Over the course of the sessions, participants will learn about:

*Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep
*Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
*Appropriate use of medications
*Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
*Nutrition
*Pacing activity and rest
*How to evaluate new treatments

Examples of chronic pain conditions are: chronic musculo-skeletal pain (such as neck, shoulder, back pain, etc.), fibromyalgia, whiplash injuries, chronic regional pain syndromes, repetitive strain injury, chronic pelvic pain, post-surgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months, neuropathic pain (often caused by trauma), or neuralgias (such as post-herpetic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia), and post-stroke or central pain. The CPSMP may also benefit those who have conditions such as persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, or those who experience severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

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Comprehensive, practical, vetted

Links:

http://www.eblcprograms.org/evidence-based/recommended-programs/chronic-pain-self-management