Tag: chronic pain

  • Why did a psychologist who studies families develop an app for tracking pain?

    Why did a psychologist who studies families develop an app for tracking pain?

    The fact that the 1step2life app grew completely out of our experience as a family is so deeply ingrained into the fiber of my being that I forget to tell people about it. Hence this post. I was asked for information about 1step2life by the editors of MyChronicBrain – an online magazine and newsletter for […]

  • Pain and the TMJ: It’s complicated!

    Pain and the TMJ: It’s complicated!

    It’s really sort of amazing how complicated the working of the jaw is and how little we even think about chewing and swallowing until something goes wrong. I became interested in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and its related dysfunctions a couple of years ago when my mother took a really bad fall. She got a […]

  • Reminders Of Progress

    Reminders Of Progress

    It’s been discouraging lately. Things seem better. Classes finished. Social life opening up. Exercise improving. But the setbacks still get you. The mourning for where you think you should be instead of where you really are. That’s where I was today. Until I got into my car. I opened the back door. The dog jumped […]

  • How does multi-disciplinary pain treatment work?

    How does multi-disciplinary pain treatment work?

    Understanding pain helps people understand why they feel the way they do. It can be part of a multi-disciplinary approach to treating chronic pain. Here, I talk about the bio-psycho-social model of pain, focusing on different parts of the pain process and how they can be modified. I gave this talk on May 17, 2021 […]

  • Chronically Ill Teen? Fighting the Dread

    Chronically Ill Teen? Fighting the Dread

    I remember that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach every Sunday afternoon. Sunday at 3:00 was youth orchestra. When my son first developed migraine disease, attacks came like clockwork. Every Sunday around 2:30, he’d begin to yawn. Then the auras would start. I’d see him start wincing from light and then, just as […]

  • We’ve Launched! The Weekly Check In

    We’ve Launched! The Weekly Check In

    Everyone’s pain is different and everyone is in a different place in their journey.

  • Allodynia: Smell the Roses

    Allodynia: Smell the Roses

    Focusing all your attention on one manageable area of sensation can drown out the sensation of pain.

  • 5% of US teens live with life altering chronic pain

    5% of US teens live with life altering chronic pain

    Acute pain is protective. With chronic pain, the pain itself becomes the disease.