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Cyberhugs: Easing the Isolation of Chronic Pain

Online forums offer much needed virtual support.By Margaret JaworskiWhen she received an invitation to participate in an online workshop for chronic pain sufferers, Karin Becker eagerly registered for the six-week program sponsored by a local health group. Becker, a Ph.D. candidate in communications at...

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Trigeminal neuralgia
Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is an excruciating type of facial pain brought on by irritation of a nerve in the brain that has three arms, each of which supplies sensation to different parts of the face, including the teeth, gums, lips, jaw, cheek and nose,...

Nerve Damage May Explain Chronic Pain in Children

Patients seen for chronic pain had test results indicating small-fiber polyneuropathyBy Lisa DavisCould a newly identified disease explain some cases of chronic pain and other symptoms in children and young adults? According to a paper in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics, researchers led...

Footwear Relieves Arthritic Knees

Flexible soles slow down knee osteoarthritisBy Margaret JaworskiRelief for knees swollen and stiff from osteoarthritis looks like a shoe-in. The results of a soon-to-be published study confirm that wearing footwear with flexible soles can alleviate the pain of knee osteoarthritis and potentially slow down...

Life Goes On: A Mom’s Chronic Pain and a Debilitating Illness Impacts The Entire Family

Carla Valentino knows all too well the toll pain can take on a mom and her loved ones.By Mary Beth SammonsThe 45-year-old mom of two from Land O' Lakes, Fla. was an active small business owner and wife when she slipped and broke her...

A Tribute to the Inspiration Behind Pain Resource

Today is the birthday of our founder Kimberly Grady Brock, and that alone makes it a very special day for us here at Pain Resource.However, we are also celebrating what would have been the 40th birthday of Kim's identical twin sister, Kristen Grady Milligan,...

Add These Steps to Your Anti-Arthritis Plan

For the more than 46 million people in the United States living with arthritis, life means some amount of pain most days, and, for some, every day. With so many millions affected, it's little surprise to hear that arthritis is the top cause of...

Living Easier with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Woman's Hands Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an immune disease characterized by inflammation of the lining of the joints (synovium).By Margaret JaworskiThe persistent inflammation leads to painful stiffness, redness, and swelling in the joints that over time can cause long-term damage to the joints resulting in decreased...

Heads Up!

Head Ache
Medical Societies Release Top Five Lists of Don'tsBy Margaret JaworskiAs part of Choosing Wisely, a national campaign by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation aimed at sparking conversations between doctors and patients about what care is appropriate for their condition, avoiding unnecessary...

Can An Anti-Inflammation Diet Cure Your Pain?

Inflammation is at the Heart of Practically Every Serious Disease, Including Many Chronic Pain Conditions. By Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D.Have you ever been so mad you could scream? You feel the anger rising from your belly, your face turns red, your heart races, you start...

Preventing Chronic Pain with Stress Management

Chronic Pain Treatment with Stress Management
For those who live with pain, stress management might be the key to help relieve chronic pain By Lisa DavisFor people who live with chronic pain conditions like back pain and arthritis, stress management may be vital to managing their health. This is particularly important...

Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Stress Management
Use these relaxation strategies to reduce, prevent, and cope with stress. By Lisa DavisCould stress be causing your chronic pain? According to a study in Brain, people who live with chronic pain conditions like back pain and arthritis, avoiding stress may be vital to managing...

Pain in the Brain

Pain in the Brain
Abnormal Brain Activity Linked to Psychological Illnessby Margaret Jaworski"It's all in your head." The comment, usually meant as a dismissal of unexplained physical symptoms, turns out to be accurate --in a reassuring way. Researchers at the University of Cambridge and University College London found...