Understand Chronic Pain

There are two fundamental aspects to the perception of pain: The source: Three Sources of Chronic Pain Possible structural problem Inflammation of soft tissues Neurophysiological Disorder – “short circuits” The receptor—your brain Three additional variables affect your perception of pain: Sensitization Memorization The “Modifiers” –1) anxiety 2) anger 3) sleep … Read More

C – Neurophysiologic Disorder (NPD)

There have been numerous terms used to describe the body’s response to chronic stress and the physiological response. The original descriptor was Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) coined by Dr. John Sarno in the 1970’s. Other terms have included Stress Illness Syndrome Psychosomatic Disorders Central Sensitization Syndrome (CSS) Mind Body Syndrome … Read More

Systematic Approach to Sleep

Get some sleep – NOW Sleep is number one and I ask all my patients with insomnia to work with their primary care doctors to find a solution – and quickly. There are many ways to get a good night’s sleep and most physicians are comfortable with their own combination … Read More

Societal Disintegration – Untreated Anxiety

Relentless untreated anxiety is the core driver of destructive human behavior. Anxiety is simply the sensation generated by your body’s stress chemicals in response to a mental or physical threat. It is not primarily a psychological issue and is the mechanism that permits survival of any living creature. Species that … Read More

Neurophysiological Basis of Pain

To say that the wave of mass shootings over the last few years is disturbing would be grossly understating how most of us feel. One of the most basic of human needs is to feel safe and we largely depend on our society being reasonably civilized. We count on our … Read More

The Pain of Social Isolation

Many people suffering from chronic pain are socially isolated. When you are trapped in pain you have a difficult time reaching out. Others do not necessarily want to interact with angry people. The problem becomes greatly magnified in that it has been shown that social rejection shares the same neurological … Read More

Fighting a Forest Fire – Your Pain

The negative impact of chronic pain on quality of life is more severe than heart failure, renal failure, or major depression and comparable to terminal cancer (2,3). Failing to adequately manage chronic pain has additional major consequences, which include: (1) Cardiovascular High blood pressure Heart attack Physiologic Loss of appetite … Read More

Solving the Unsolvable

Chronic pain is a complex situation with multiple factors affecting your perception of it. Regardless of the source of the pain, your brain is being rapidly bombarded with unpleasant sensations that become magnified and memorized with time. Being trapped by mental or physical pain creates sustained elevated levels of your … Read More

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