One of the most maddening things you could ever hear as a patient is, “I don’t know what’s wrong with you, maybe it’s all in your head.” Putting aside the obvious (and really tired) joke that, yes, it IS in my head, there is… Read More »What to Do When Your Doctor Doesn’t Believe Your Pain
Myth: Pain Killers Lead to Addiction Fact: When taken as directed, prescription pain medications rarely cause addiction. However, as with many drugs, your body can become physically dependent on pain medication. Although this doesn’t mean you’re addicted, you may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop the… Read More »Myths and Facts About Pain
According to research, there are differences between men and women when it comes to chronic pain. Women experience pain more intensely and more often than men. Females also respond to pain management differently, and their pain is not only often under-treated, it is treated less… Read More »Is There Gender Bias in Pain Management?
“One of the things that patients cry out the most for is having someone actually listen to them and understand them,” says Micke Brown, director of advocacy at the American Pain Foundation. Patients should think of themselves not as being a part of the problem,… Read More »Common Mistakes Made by Patients in Chronic Pain