Compassion
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A Course on Compassion: Empathy in the Face of Chronic Pain Click to view “A Course on Compassion” lecture videos Empathy is an inherent part of the human experience.   Being labeled as a “chronic pain patient” is one of the worst aspects of an already terrible problem. It’s impossible … Read More

The Two Faces of Christmas
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Louis Cozolino, in his exhaustive book The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, points out that that human consciousness developed through interacting with other humans. We all know that people seek connection with others and when deprived of it develop significant health problems. We will do almost anything to stay connected. It … Read More

Solve Chronic Pain – Listen
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You must understand the nature of a problem before you can solve it. It is well-publicized that over 100 million people suffer from varying degrees of chronic pain in the US alone. As I talk to colleagues around the world, it is clear that it an international problem. So whatever … Read More

Understand the Impact of Anger on Your Life
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When you are trapped by any situation, you are programmed to become angry to improve your odds of escaping. This is especially true if you are in The Abyss of chronic pain. Your Hand Stuck Over the Stove.     There are several concepts to consider regarding the interaction between pain, … Read More

Acknowledge Your Disguises
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    None of us like the idea that we might be playing the role of a victim and there are many ways that we disguise it. The list is infinite. I will share a few of my personal favorite methods.  Anger-The Absolute Block “Being right” “Frustrated” Feeling sorry for … Read More

Don’t Share Your Pain
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As has been discussed many times on this website pain circuits are permanent and part of the unconscious part of your brain. There is nothing you can do to “fix” them. Any attention paid to them simply reinforces them. That includes trying not trying to pay attention to them. The … Read More

Be All that You Can Be – or Just Be
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Chronic disease is rampant amongst teenagers. A 2014 paper out of Indianapolis demonstrated an 830 percent increase in hospital admissions for pain in adolescents over a seven-year span. In the vast majority of patients, a cause of the symptoms could not be found. I gave a talk at a high … Read More

Who Do You Choose to be Today?
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One morning I woke up feeling low, having just completed eight straight 15-hour workdays. As I lay there exhausted, I reviewed my choices: either (1) stay in bed feeling sorry for myself; or (2) give thanks for the opportunity to help so many patients during the week, be grateful for … Read More

Awareness, Hope, Forgiveness and Play
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These four elements form a powerful alliance to connect to your own capacity to heal, which is the essence of the solution to chronic pain. The DOC program is a framework that allows you to organize your thinking around these age-old concepts. Awareness You cannot successfully address any problem without … Read More

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