The California Fires-A Story of Chronic Pain

By Ed Coghlan You may remember that our friend Terri Lewis, Ph.D. ran a survey trying to identify chronic pain patients and the issues that face them. During the recent California wildfires, Dr. Lewis remembered that she had received several responses from chronic pain patients who lived in Butte County in rural Northern California and … Read more

CMS Looking at Acupuncture for Back Pain

By Ed Coghlan, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it is considering adding coverage of acupuncture for chronic low back pain. The notice states that HHS is focusing on providing more evidence-based non-drug treatment options for chronic pain in response to what agency calls “the opioid crisis” in the U.S. The Agency … Read more

6 Practical Tips for Getting Rid of Back Pain

By Dr. Charles-Davies. This Guest post by Dr. Charles-Davies, a medical doctor that loves to share relevant health information. He is the founder of a website that simplifies health education into relevant, easy-to-understand methods. That uncomfortable knot in your back or that sharp pinch you feel when standing from sitting can be very annoying … Read more

COVID-19 – Chronic Pain – Are We Listening?

As the COVID-19 public health emergency expands—dramatically in some parts of the country—the impact it’s having on all of us—particularly those with chronic illness—is beginning to sink in. Fill your state in this graph and you will see how your state is faring as far as coronavirus cases are concerned. Let us share that these numbers will … Read more

Pain Psychology – Opportunities to Participate

The impact of the various forms of “shelter-in-place” that are being imposed across the world are now impacting literally billions of people—up to 3-billion people according to some estimates. We have been exploring the impact of this radical change in how we live on our audience—chronic pain patients and the people who love them and … Read more

Is Chronic Pain Undertreated and Underrepresented? An Advocate Says Yes.

The FDA wants to hear from you—but don’t be distracted by the title. A noted chronic pain advocate believes this is an opportunity for chronic pain advocates to comment. The official announcement is that the FDA wants input and comments from stakeholders, including racial and ethnic minority, underrepresented, and underserved populations in establishing strategic priorities … Read more

And Today, I Will Next…

Are you starting to wonder, as I am, what other creative activity you can come up with to keep the day rolling and interesting? I have cleaned cupboards, closets, baked, cooked, written, read, made calls to others, sudoku, scrambled words, worked in the garden when the weather cooperates, worked out daily, walks on nice days, … Read more

National Pain Report Says Goodbye

It is classically a bittersweet moment for those of us at the National Pain Report. We are saying “Goodbye”. When we started this idea nearly a decade ago, we asked ourselves a question: “Is there enough content to sustain a news blog about chronic pain?” Turns out the answer was yes. There weren’t many information … Read more