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Why Chronic Pain Is So Difficult To Treat

A whopping 50 million Americans wrestle with chronic pain. Our bodies are trying to tell us something, but what? A recent study by the National Institutes of Health found that more than one in three people in the United States have experienced pain of some sort in the previous three …

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3 Ways Psychotherapy Can Help with Chronic Pain

I will never forget one woman who came to see me for help with chronic pain. This was a woman who stood tall—she gave off the image she was functioning well despite living with chronic pain. She had long, dark hair, perfect makeup, and a confident smile. As she sat …

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Dealing With Chronic Illness: How to Feel Better When You Aren't Better

A few weeks ago, when I walked into the bathroom at work, I was greeted by sticky notes all over the mirror. They bore messages like “Good Morning Gorgeous! Go Get ‘Em!” and “You Are Good Enough. Accept Yourself.” and “Smile!” and “Hello, Lovely!” and many more. Even though I …

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Interesting Facts and Tips About Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is real. I suffer from it myself every day. I currently treat mine with heat, ice, stretching, and meds. But what’s right for me might not be right for you. In the past I’ve done traction, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, and acupressure. Each has provided the proper relief …

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The Stigma Around Aging And Chronic Pain

“Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.” – Physician and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) When you’re in pain, nothing else seems to matter. And if you’re an older adult, you are not only more likely to have pain, but also to get less help for …

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Top 12 Ways To Manage Chronic Pain Illness

Top 12 Ways To Manage Fibromyalgia For the five million people in the U.S. with fibromyalgia, each day can be a struggle. The most commonly reported symptom of this chronic condition is pain focused on nine tender points in the body (mirrored on each side of the body, so 18 …

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What You Say To Someone With Chronic Pain And What They Hear

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8 Natural Foods to Eat for Pain Relief

Whether it’s residual aches from an exceptionally tough workout, the beginnings of a pesky cold, or waking up on the wrong side of the bed, some research suggests supplementing those pain pills with certain foods could be just as helpful. Believe it or not, those healthy fruits, veggies, and whole …

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