My Story: Living with Fibro

I was a healthy 22-year-old, I worked 50 hours a week on night shifts at a heavy job that I enjoyed because it kept me in shape. On the weekends I walked pretty much everywhere. I wasn’t a fitness fanatic but I had the energy to look after myself, now I am the opposite. I … Read more

Duke and Stanford Opioid and Fibromyalgia Study Published

When I saw this tweet from Stanford University Pain this week, I was intrigued. Stanford and @Duke Anesthesia researchers find brain data to explain why fibromyalgia patients may feel benefit from opioids even though opioids may not work better to reduce chronic pain. They referred to this article, which I suggest you read. While the use of … Read more

Self-assessing back pain by app just as good as traditional methods

People with back pain can assess it using an app on their phone just as effectively as using the current paper methods, says a study from the University of Warwick. The study, published in the journal Journal of Medical Internet Research, shows that digital versions of established measurements for assessing back pain are just as reliable, which … Read more

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

Back Pain: Is There An Association With Mortality Among Older Women?

By Staff. Researchers have found that persistent back pain is associated with earlier death for older women.  That is based on a study by researchers at Brown University of more than 8,000 older women who were followed for 14 years. The population was controlled for important sociodemographic and health factors. The women who reported frequent, … Read more

Pulsed Radiofrequency Relieves Acute Back Pain and Sciatica

By Staff. Using  pulses of energy from a probe applied directly to nerve roots near the spine provides effective relief for people with acute lower back pain. Herniated disks are often the source of sciatica, or pain that radiates downward from the lower back into the leg. Conservative treatment options for herniated disks range from … 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