Tag: Chronic Pain

August 12, 2017

Focus on Function Should be Priority

Chronic pain is distinguished from acute pain which is a more normal part of life e.g. a skinned knee, a bone fracture.
Like all other chronic diseases, chronic pain should be managed with the focus being on optimising function rather than a continual focus on trying to find the “broken part”, searching for a cure or elimination of symptoms.
The chronic pain condition is often related to and complicated by other issues such as:
  • Reduced activity and exercise levels
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Personal, family, work and financial stress
“It’s important that when seeking treatment for a chronic pain condition, your treating specialist understands how chronic pain affects both the individual and their families,” says Dr John Prickett, from Northern Integrated Pain Management (NIPM), in Newcastle.
Dr Prickett is a specialist anaesthetist with over 15 years of experience in all aspects of anaesthesia and pain management.
“Whilst some chronic pain problems can be relatively simple to treat, others require an integrated approach,” he said. “Effective treatment is guided by a patient-centred approach and ide

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November 30, 2016

By Dr Christie Mason, Clinical Pain Psychologist at Northern Integrated Pain Management

Pain is just the catalyst. Its not necessarily about the pain, its about everything it takes away from you. Before Mary had pain, she slept nine hours a night, now she sleeps 2. Before Mark had pain he enjoyed camping and fishing, now he is unable to mow the lawn. Before Melissa had pain she worked long hours in her job and loved it, now she is unable to sit for any more than 20 minutes at a time and works 2 half days per week in a completely different job. These are all very common stories in pain management. The pain wouldn’t be quite so debilitating if it didn’t turn worlds upside down. Then the downward spiral begins. Mary, because she only sleeps for 2 hours a night now, finds she cannot concentrate during the day because she is so tired Mark, who is now unable to complete basic tasks around the home, watches his wife mow the lawn, and begins to feel useless and worthless. Melissa, who can no longer work in her old role, feels a loss of identity and a loss of control in a job she previously loved and owned. Poor memory, physically deconditioning, depression, anger, hopelessness, and a loss of control are all common problems experienced by chronic pain sufferers. As a pain psychologist, I tend to see chronic pain sufferers when they are at their worst. Some people who enter

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June 16, 2015

Ted Talk with Elliot Krane

We think of pain as a symptom, but there are cases where the nervous system develops feedback loops and pain becomes a terrifying disease in itself. Starting with the story of a girl whose sprained wrist turned into a nightmare, Elliot Krane talks about the complex mystery of chronic pain, and reviews the facts we’re just learning about how it works and how to treat it.

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