Imaging Scans Do Not Always Detect A Reason For Pain

Cheryl Weinstein’s left knee bothered her for years, but when it started clicking and hurting when she straightened it, she told her internist that something was definitely wrong. It was the start of her medical odyssey, a journey that led her to specialists,physical therapy, Internet searches and, finally, an M.R.I. scan that showed a torn [...]

By | July 18th, 2015|Pain Awareness|0 Comments

Nocebo – The Contagious Thought that Can Kill You

(Getty Images) To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences. Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues. It’s a consistent phenomenon, but medicine has never really dealt with it — [...]

By | May 12th, 2015|Pain Awareness|0 Comments

Touch as Nutrition

Touch could properly be regarded as a form of nutrition. We mistakenly think that touch occurs on the periphery of our self, a skin thing. But truthfully each surface stimulus travels far into the most hidden interior landscapes of our self, traversing long nerve cells right through the buried spinal core to enter and gather [...]

By | April 26th, 2015|Pain Awareness|0 Comments

Can Gratitude Make You Feel Better?

Being grateful can help you: – Increase optimism and reduces negativity – Relieve stress. Since stress can make pain worse, anything that relieves stress can also relieve some of the negative health effects that stress causes. – Boost your immune system. Gratitude can lead to increased optimism, which has been shown to improve immune function. [...]

By | April 14th, 2015|Pain Awareness|0 Comments

Living With Pain: Chronic Pain Acceptance

You may have heard the term “chronic pain acceptance”.  At first, it may sound a little sad – as though you are being asked to simply give up. But that is not what is meant by the term. It has more to do with moving on from the struggle, the fight, and frustration of trying [...]

By | April 6th, 2015|Pain Awareness|0 Comments