Low Back Pain: Yoga Helps

Low Back Pain: Yoga Helps

By Ed Coghlan As yoga grows in popularity, there is growing evidence that it can help treat chronic lower back pain. The Cochrane Library published…
The Comfort That Doesn’t

The Comfort That Doesn’t

By Cynthia Toussaint If you’re like me, you’re tired of hearing that “everything happens for a reason.” People have been sharing empty clichés like this…
Hope is a Verb

Hope is a Verb

By Suzanne Burnett Stewart We all lose hope at some point in our lifetime or another. We get sad and start feeling hopeless when too…
Why I Went on a Media Diet

Why I Went on a Media Diet

The power of disconnection in pain management (One in a series of columns by Jenni Grover Prokopy - founder of ChronicBabe.com and Illinois State Pain…
Pain and Politics

Pain and Politics

By David Nagel, MD Author:  Needless Suffering, How Society Fails Those with Chronic Pain Lost in perhaps the most interesting presidential campaign in my fifty-seven…
The Good Doctors

The Good Doctors

by Cynthia Toussaint Despite my motto to keep a healthy distance from western healthcare professionals, I gotta admit they recently saved my ass. As part…
Time to Roll Up Our Sleeves

Time to Roll Up Our Sleeves

By Shaina Smith Now that elections are over, patient advocates like me are waking up and realizing that there is an even larger up-hill battle…
Veterans in Pain

Veterans in Pain

by Staff Today is Veterans Day, an official public holiday that honors and celebrates US military veterans.  It started on November 11, 1919 as “Armistice…
My Story: Adjusting

My Story: Adjusting

by Jenny Picciotto Editor's Note: Jenny Picciotto is a writer who has CRPS and facilitates a CRPS support group. She is currently working on a…
PTSD Study to Start in January

PTSD Study to Start in January

By Ed Coghlan The National Institutes of Health defines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as what develops in some people who have experienced a shocking,…
How We Define Ourselves

How We Define Ourselves

by Katelyn O'Leary Katelyn O'Leary is a CRPS Survivor who lives in Los Angeles and is a frequent contributor to The National Pain Report. I…
What do I do now? Advocate!

What do I do now? Advocate!

By Terri A. Lewis, PhD Editor's note: Terri A. Lewis, PhD, is a regular contributor to National Pain Report and is involved with the Rally Against…
Opinion: A “Dah!” Moment

Opinion: A “Dah!” Moment

By Krissy Anderson My comment on recent National Pain Report story:  NIH Study Gives Primary Care Docs Needed Evidence to Complement Chronic Pain Treatments NIH…
My Passion for Distraction

My Passion for Distraction

By Cynthia Toussaint I’ve been using distraction as my #1 painkiller for 34 years without knowing it. Now that I’ve come to  understand the power…
Why Do My Medications Cost So Much?

Why Do My Medications Cost So Much?

By Steve Ariens, P.D. Pharmacist I started working in a local community pharmacy in the summer of 1967 as a pharmacy student. “Way back then”,…
DEA Moves on Kratom Classification

DEA Moves on Kratom Classification

by Ed Coghlan The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing to try and squeeze what it believes are addictive drugs and properties.  Today it announced…
Opiate Tolerance – FACT OR FICTION

Opiate Tolerance – FACT OR FICTION

By Steve Ariens, Ph.D. We often hear about chronic pain patients need to increase their dosage because of tolerance to their medication(s). Many of the…
3rd Annual US Pain Summit

3rd Annual US Pain Summit

By Katie M. Golden Making your way in the world today Takes everything you’ve got; Taking a break from all your worries Sure would help…
Rebutting Media Hype About Opioids

Rebutting Media Hype About Opioids

By Angelika Byczkowski Open Letter to the Media: Ever since you started writing about the "Opioid Crisis in America", you have ignored the millions of…
The Crime of Chronic Pain

The Crime of Chronic Pain

By Cynthia Toussaint I met Eddie on my first date with my life partner John nearly 36 years ago. John took me to a premier…
Burnout

Burnout

By Angelika Byczkowski I’m starting to burn out from the relentless onslaught of anti-opioid propaganda. I started my blog about chronic pain years ago, before…
My Fight with the VA – Updated

My Fight with the VA – Updated

By Judith Bruno On Sept 19, 2015, a pharmacist at the VA, Loma Linda (in California) just decided to not send me the Morphine I…
Why  I Wrote A Book About Chronic Pain

Why I Wrote A Book About Chronic Pain

By David Nagel, M.D. Dr. David Nagel has written a powerful book about chronic pain called Needless Suffering—How Society Fails Those with Chronic Pain. (order…
CRPS: A Stacked Deck

CRPS: A Stacked Deck

By Cynthia Toussaint Yesterday, I raged… and raged. Some days I’ve had enough of this damn disease. Five years ago, a rheumatologist told me that…
The Medical System Has Failed Me

The Medical System Has Failed Me

By Sami Jankins Editor's Note: This article was originally published on Chronicality.com. My declaration is not the first time this problem has been pointed out,…
Update on Cannabis and Pain Relief Research

Update on Cannabis and Pain Relief Research

By Staff Although a US congressional panel recently blocked medical cannabis research, deciding that the federal government’s search for potential solutions to the nation’s prescription…
Five Unusual Things to Improve Your Sleep

Five Unusual Things to Improve Your Sleep

By Donna Gregory Burch Nonrestorative sleep is one of the primary symptoms of fibromyalgia. But words like “nonrestorative” and “unrefreshing” don’t adequately describe fibro sleep.…
A Migraine Story

A Migraine Story

By Staff June is Migraine Awareness Month. The U.S. Pain Foundation submitted this extensive story about one of their Pain Warriors and how she battles…
The Opioid Story Needs a New Chapter Written

The Opioid Story Needs a New Chapter Written

By Ed Coghlan The government’s crackdown on opioids has “boomeranged” on the pain patient. That’s the assessment of Jerry Henderson, a Physical Therapist who helps…
My Story: What About Our Rights?

My Story: What About Our Rights?

By Douglas Marsh I believe that one of the worst things that our wonderful government has done is target a group like the chronic pain…
Purple Tears: It Could Have Been Me

Purple Tears: It Could Have Been Me

By Cynthia Toussaint In April this year, it snowed. When I got the news that Prince, my all-time favorite performer,  was gone I was devastated.…
Have Peripheral Neuropathy? Tell the FDA

Have Peripheral Neuropathy? Tell the FDA

By Staff On June 10th, the FDA is convening a Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Neuropathic Pain Associated with Peripheral Neuropathy. The Agency…
Anti-Opioid Propaganda and Profit

Anti-Opioid Propaganda and Profit

By: Angelika Byczkowski I'm sickened by the tone of the anti-opioid lobby these days, which has become aggressively hostile to pain patients. They present more…
Migraine Sufferers Hoping June Helps

Migraine Sufferers Hoping June Helps

By Jeannette Rotondi June 1st kicks off Migraine Awareness Month, during which the Migraine community, advocacy groups and like-minded organizations, strive to raise public and…
Opioids: Medicine or Candy?

Opioids: Medicine or Candy?

By Cynthia Toussaint Last month I treated myself to my heavenly bi-annual facial. I love facial days because I get a great massage on the…
Reduce Opioids – Then What?

Reduce Opioids – Then What?

By Ed Coghlan When we read that opioid prescriptions are not only being reduced, but also Cigna, a major health plan, was committing to reduce…
An Open Letter To My Body:

An Open Letter To My Body:

By Katelyn O’Leary Hey there, it's me, the part of you that isn't on the same page. I don't know what I did to deserve…
Let’s Talk About Chronic Pain

Let’s Talk About Chronic Pain

By Ed Coghlan I’m more than willing to admit that I’m looking forward to meeting many of our readers online tonight. I have been invited…
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

By Ed Coghlan The pain associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be quite intense.  The pain associated with fibromyalgia is also difficult to endure.…
CNN: I Was There and Ready to Talk

CNN: I Was There and Ready to Talk

By Gracie Gean Bagosy Young When your producers contacted me about coming onto the Prescription Addiction show, I was flattered and very thankful!  I’ll admit,…
Dear CNN

Dear CNN

(There have been a great number of very articulate letters written by National Pain Report readers about the CNN Town Hall on Opioids that was…
Making Ourselves Heard – Part Two

Making Ourselves Heard – Part Two

Richard A. (“Red”) Lawhern, Ph.D. Two weeks ago, the National Pain Report published my suggestions to chronic pain patients for making themselves heard in public…
Opinion: CNN Stigmatizes Pain Patients

Opinion: CNN Stigmatizes Pain Patients

By Paul Gileno, Founder/President US Pain Foundation Anderson’s Cooper Town Hall Meeting on Prescription Addiction in America further stigmatized people with pain. I am deeply…
Fibro Patients – A Survey for You

Fibro Patients – A Survey for You

By Ed Coghlan May 12 is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and the National Pain Report wants to know what your experiences have been in seeking diagnosis…
When A Doctor Gives Up On A Patient

When A Doctor Gives Up On A Patient

By Donna Gregory Burch I've been working remotely with a fibromyalgia specialist for the past nine months, and we had our final phone consult on…
Does Medical Marijuana Help PTSD?

Does Medical Marijuana Help PTSD?

By Ed Coghlan There is strong anecdotal evidence that medical marijuana positively helps people suffering from chronic pain. The reason the evidence is anecdotal has…
My Story: Painted Into a Corner

My Story: Painted Into a Corner

By Konnie Parke Scared, worried, anxious, and sleepless. These are only a few words which describe the emotions I’ve felt these past few days as…
My Story: “So Far, So Good”

My Story: “So Far, So Good”

By Tracy Cabanting Tracy is a 37-year-old Reno, NV woman who wrote last week for the National Pain Report about her trepidation regarding an upcoming…
Fibromyalgia – A Q & A with Dr. Liptan

Fibromyalgia – A Q & A with Dr. Liptan

By Ed Coghlan Dr. Ginevra Liptan’s latest book on fibromyalgia was released this week. The Fibro Manual—A Complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You and Your…
New Fibro Book for Patients AND Doctors

New Fibro Book for Patients AND Doctors

By Ed Coghlan Fibromyalgia impacts an estimated 10-million Americans, many of whom are frustrated by their inability to get help from their doctor. That’s exactly…
Opinion: Making Ourselves Heard

Opinion: Making Ourselves Heard

by Richard A. Lawhern, Ph.D. The National Pain Report coverage has prompted many recent discussions on the CDC revised standards for prescription of opioids to…
Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

If you are a chronic pain patient, you can be excused for saying, “Well, how about that!” The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has granted approval…
“Scared”

“Scared”

By Tracy Cabanting I can't remember the last time I was this scared. I'm scared of going to see my doctor of 10 years tomorrow. I'm…
RSDSA and the Achilles Walk

RSDSA and the Achilles Walk

Every year, people with CRPS travel from all over the country to meet up in New York City’s Central Park. People have even made the…
Can Phantom Limb Pain Be Frozen Out?

Can Phantom Limb Pain Be Frozen Out?

By Staff A pioneering technique significantly reduces phantom limb pain according to findings presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting. Phantom…
Pain Patients – Time to Do Something?

Pain Patients – Time to Do Something?

By Ed Coghlan When the National Pain Report ran this story about a US Pain Foundation survey that showed pain patients expressing overwhelming skepticism about…
Catastrophizing or Rational Alarm?

Catastrophizing or Rational Alarm?

By Cynthia Toussaint In March I was honored to be invited to be the person with pain’s voice for a Stanford University Twitter chat that…
My Calendar Hurts as Much as I Do

My Calendar Hurts as Much as I Do

By Kerry Smith It has been one of those weeks. I began the week Sunday night with heart palpitations and nausea and Monday morning torn…
My Story: Perfection and Pain – Connected!

My Story: Perfection and Pain – Connected!

By Jessica Martin "Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” - Anne Wilson Schaef There is a high correlation between chronic pain and perfectionism.  Most people…
Should Others Tell Us if We Are in Pain?

Should Others Tell Us if We Are in Pain?

By Chloe Mathews My 94-year-old mother underwent emergency surgery for a broken hip in October 2014. On the second day, the hospital discontinued the opioid…
The Chronic Pain Room

The Chronic Pain Room

By Cynthia Toussaint Cynthia Toussaint is the founder of For Grace—a non-profit committed to women in chronic pain. She is a frequent contributor to the…
So, What IS Pain Management?

So, What IS Pain Management?

By Dr. David Nagel As many of you have probably been referred for “pain management” defining it is quite important.  The answer, unfortunately, is not…
Pain Discussion Brought to Twitter

Pain Discussion Brought to Twitter

By Ed Coghlan The psychology of pain was a topic of a Twitter conversation hosted by the Stanford University Pain Medicine on Thursday. “It shows…
Medicinal Cannabis Has an NFL Advocate

Medicinal Cannabis Has an NFL Advocate

By Ed Coghlan If you follow professional football, you’ll remember a dynamic quarterback named Jake Plummer. He led Arizona State to the Rose Bowl, and…
CDC Opioid Guidelines Released

CDC Opioid Guidelines Released

By Ed Coghlan The Centers for Disease Control released its anticipated guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. The guideline is aimed at primary care…
What is Remission With CRPS?

What is Remission With CRPS?

By Gracie Gean Bagosy-Young RSDSA says that “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome occurs when the nervous systems and immune system msifre as they respond to tissue…
CRPS Clinical Study Underway

CRPS Clinical Study Underway

By Ed Coghlan People who suffer from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) know that the pain they suffer from the disease is often intense  - and…
Tips from a Pharmacist About Pharmacists

Tips from a Pharmacist About Pharmacists

By Amy Hartmann Editor’s Note: Amy Hartmann is a pharmacist in Oswego, Kansas who read Katelyn O’Leary’s National Pain Report Blog about her frustrations with…
My Story: A Prisoner of Hope

My Story: A Prisoner of Hope

by Krissy Anderson It is Sunday. I have a lot of pain today. Yes, in my body, but much more in my heart. I have…
Accepting and Enduring Chronic Pain

Accepting and Enduring Chronic Pain

By Jessica Martin "Acceptance does not mean resignation.  It means something is what it is and there has to be a way through it." -Michael…
AMA Chief Adds Voice to Opioid Debate

AMA Chief Adds Voice to Opioid Debate

By Ed Coghlan The president of the American Medical Association has added his voice to the national discussion on the use of opioid medication. The…
Do Blacks and Whites Cope with Pain Differently?

Do Blacks and Whites Cope with Pain Differently?

Researchers from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) conducted an analysis of clinical and experimental studies that found blacks employ pain-coping strategies…
Former NFLer Talks About Pain

Former NFLer Talks About Pain

By Ed Coghlan Joe Pisarcik last played in an NFL game in 1985. He has A reminder of the wear and tear of playing football…
Pain Ambassador of the Year Named

Pain Ambassador of the Year Named

Reprinted with permission from US Pain Foundation A new tribute for U.S. Pain Foundation, The Joselynn Badman Ambassador of the Year Award will be an…
My Story: The Suicide Dance

My Story: The Suicide Dance

By Cynthia Toussaint Cynthia Toussaint founded For Grace, a non-profit that focuses on the unique issues facing women in pain. Her organization sponsors the Women…
Finances and Pain: Is There Any Hope?

Finances and Pain: Is There Any Hope?

Content Sponsored by National Pain Report In a recent survey conducted by the National Pain Report, one thing was made abundantly clear; chronic pain has…
Opinion: Fed Up with Pain? Advocate!

Opinion: Fed Up with Pain? Advocate!

By Brooke Lee Keefer Screaming into a vacuum about my pain and inadequate treatment wasn’t getting me or any other patient anywhere so I met…
2017: The Year of Thinking Magically

2017: The Year of Thinking Magically

By Ed Coghlan 1.1 Billion dollars has been set aside by the Obama administration for the purpose of addressing the abuse of heroin and prescription…
It’s World Cancer Day

It’s World Cancer Day

Today, February 4th, is World Cancer Day – a day that was established 16 years ago at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New…
Obama Opioid Funding Draws Criticism

Obama Opioid Funding Draws Criticism

By Ed Coghlan “We need to take chronic pain, as a disease, at least as seriously as opioid abuse.” That’s how nationally recognized pain physician,…
NFL, Marijuana and Pain

NFL, Marijuana and Pain

By Ed Coghlan As Super Bowl 50 approaches, the NFL is preparing its biggest event. National Pain Report readers might be asking, "What does the…
Teaching the Physician About CRPS

Teaching the Physician About CRPS

By Ed Coghlan Ask a CRPS patient about his or her experience with physicians and you’ll probably hear something like “It took months for me…
Chronic Pain Patients Overusing OTC Meds

Chronic Pain Patients Overusing OTC Meds

By Ed Coghlan American chronic pain patients who take over-the-counter (OTC) medication are routinely ignoring medicine labels. Physician and consumer surveys released by the American…
The Strongest Weed for Pain Relief

The Strongest Weed for Pain Relief

The 3 top strains of marijuana for pain relief. We discuss what each strain will provide in the way of effects, and which strains are…
Treat the Patient, Not the Label

Treat the Patient, Not the Label

By Terri Lewis, PhD Terri Lewis, PhD is a frequent contributor to the National Pain Report. She is a daughter and a mother who has…
NEJM Report: Opiod-Heroin Link Varies

NEJM Report: Opiod-Heroin Link Varies

By Ed Coghlan A study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine concludes people who use prescription opioids for nonmedical reasons is rare,…
A Chronic Pain Story Told to the CDC

A Chronic Pain Story Told to the CDC

As the deadline for commenting on the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain approaches (January 13), the National Pain Report continues to publish…
My Story: What I Told the CDC

My Story: What I Told the CDC

By Judith Carr Bruno Editor’s Note- Judie Bruno is a 68-year old Army vet and amputee who lives in California. The National Pain Report featured…
2015 Big Year for Medical Marijuana

2015 Big Year for Medical Marijuana

2015 will go down as a historic year for medical marijuana – from new research to changing political landscapes.  Here are some highlights from 2015.…
Fibromyalgia in 2015, What Have We Learned?

Fibromyalgia in 2015, What Have We Learned?

National Pain Report continued its broad coverage of fibromyalgia in 2015, reporting on a new research, treatments, advocacy efforts and personal stories.  Here are a…
CDC: Opioid Deaths and Overdoses Too High

CDC: Opioid Deaths and Overdoses Too High

The CDC is continuing to beat the drum about the dangers of opioid use. It claims that Opioids - primarily prescription pain relievers and heroin - are the main…
Family Physicians Prescribe Opioids the Most

Family Physicians Prescribe Opioids the Most

Who are the largest prescribers of narcotic pain medication? Your family physician. 15.3 million family practice physicians and 12.8 million internal medicine physicians wrote prescriptions…
Is Chronic Pain a Disability?

Is Chronic Pain a Disability?

68-year old Judie Bruno his filed a complaint under the Americans with Disability Act regarding discrimination against those who are being refused pain medication they…
DoD Developer to Examine New Drug for PTSD

DoD Developer to Examine New Drug for PTSD

A Department of Defense arm responsible for advancing medicine for U.S. Forces signed an agreement today with Tonix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: TNXP) to explore expansion and…
Untreated Chronic Pain is Acute Pain

Untreated Chronic Pain is Acute Pain

The controversy over non-treatment of pain with pain medicine has filled the pages of pain advocacy journals in recent months. Let’s face it. The CDC…
Montana Doctor Closes His Practice

Montana Doctor Closes His Practice

A Montana doctor who has been fighting state regulators over his narcotic pain medication prescribing practices has thrown in the towel. Dr. Mark Ibsen announced…
Trigeminal Neuralgia – My Dads Discovery

Trigeminal Neuralgia – My Dads Discovery

Editor's Note: The following content is a customer story submitted to AVACEN Medical (an advertiser on NationalPainReport.com) for inclusion on their website; however, Tom Muehlbauer, CEO…
New Concept for Chronic Pain Treatment

New Concept for Chronic Pain Treatment

Sponsored Content Whole-Body Muscular Relaxation is the Key FDA-Cleared Class II OTC Medical Device Put your hand in this futuristic looking machine, which is about…
CDC Does Not Comply with Federal Law

CDC Does Not Comply with Federal Law

What happened? On November 17, 2015 the Washington Legal Foundation sent a formal letter to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and its executive leadership,…
Legal Group to CDC: Start Over!

Legal Group to CDC: Start Over!

The Washington Legal Foundation has called on the Centers for Disease Control to withdraw the Draft Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and essentially…
Stanford Pain Chief Honored by NIH

Stanford Pain Chief Honored by NIH

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, was awarded the highly prestigious National Institutes of Health Director’s Award in recognition of his leadership role on the National Pain…
Another Report Excludes Pain Sufferers

Another Report Excludes Pain Sufferers

A group of professionals led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have now chimed in on the topic of “stemming…

CRPS – Awareness Growing But Much to Do

Halfway through November—which is CRPS Awareness Month—people who are working for more understanding about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome think they are making progress. “But there…
60 Minutes – Telling the Wrong Story

60 Minutes – Telling the Wrong Story

I watched 60 Minutes. And my heart sank. Pain patients don't matter. I know those people are hurting. They lost someone they loved to addiction…
Chronic Pain Data – The Story They Tell

Chronic Pain Data – The Story They Tell

Data that are being cited about opioids, addiction, suicide and overdose may not tell the whole story. That’s the conclusion that a health rehabilitation expert…

RSD/CRPS Doesn’t Own Her

For Christa Whightsel, her "introduction" to CRPS started with what seemed to be a minor accident at work. In 2008, the 20 year old former…
Interview: Coping With Chronic Pain

Interview: Coping With Chronic Pain

Danea Horn is an author who wrote a book called Chronic Resilience: 10 Sanity-Saving Strategies for Women Coping With the Stress of Illness. She speaks…
In Crisis There Is Opportunity

In Crisis There Is Opportunity

I just read Kerry Smith’s story: A Missed Opportunity . Kerry, hello and welcome. Thank you for writing that story. How many of our readers…
A Missed Opportunity

A Missed Opportunity

Totally whiffed. Air ball. Not even close. On Sunday, I watched the 60 Minutes story about the Heroin epidemic and once again, the media have…
Did You Watch 60 Minutes Sunday?

Did You Watch 60 Minutes Sunday?

60 Minutes - the nation's venerable and preeminent television news magazine show - waded into the nation's heroin epidemic issue on Sunday - and laid the blame for it squarely on…
The Stigmatized Pain Doc

The Stigmatized Pain Doc

Editor's Note: This is the second of a two part series on the stigma of chronic pain. This installment features the stigma of being a…
Opioid Use Combined with Heroin?

Opioid Use Combined with Heroin?

Researchers at the Washington University of School of Medicine in St. Louis have released new research that shows drug abusers are not completely abandoning prescription opioids…
Violence against Pain Care Providers

Violence against Pain Care Providers

As the debate over access to pain medication intensifies, apparently violence against chronic pain care providers is a prevalent and serious issue, a new study…