A shift in approach delivers a dose of hope. Because of the opioid epidemic, physicians are looking at ways to treat chronic pain without narcotic pain medications. And attitudes and treatments are changing, to the ultimate benefit of the 50 million Americans who face this kind of unrelenting discomfort.
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Most of us think of pain as something that arises after a physical injury, accident or damage from an illness or its treatment. But researchers are learning that, in some people, there can be another source of chronic pain.
Pain signals interact with many different brain areas, including those involved in physical sensation, thinking and emotion.
It’s more than a distraction, researchers say. It’s more like a brain hack that occupies the brain so fully that it has no room to process pain sensations at the same time.
Mindfulness meditation reduced pain and disability in people with chronic lower back pain.
In the past century, many Americans have lost the ability to sit in a way that doesn't strain their backs. Specialists say we could take a lesson from excellent sitters from other cultures.
The best new, non-opioid therapy for pain may actually be a very old one.
There is strong evidence for using psychological treatment for chronic pain, but that does not mean the pain isn’t real.
Chronic pain from rheumatoid arthritis almost forced Seamus Mullen out of the kitchen, until he decided to take control of his health with the thing he knew best -- food.
Using words that describe your pain when talking to your doctor may help you resolve the condition faster. Learn what most MDs want to know.