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Submitted February 02, 2016 by Recovia

Many people in today’s fast paced society have a love/hate relationship with sleep and that relationship can be even worse with chronic pain patients. According to the CDC, some 50 to 70 million American adults suffer from sleep disorders or the inability to stay awake and alert.

Sleep deprivation not only makes us foggy and grouchy but lowers sex drive and jeopardizes our immune function. Here are some surprising - and serious - facts about sleep deprivation:

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Submitted January 21, 2016 by Recovia

Freedom is defined as "The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint." In this country we are blessed to have the RIGHT to enjoy many freedoms that are embodied by the quote above. However, I think it is interesting that freedom is defined as the "power or right" to it, not simply the feeling of being Free.

In other words, it doesn't mean that we actually take advantage of that freedom. We are often hindered by our physical pain to do things, by our schedules and responsibilities, by our lack of funds, by our time-management.

If you...

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Submitted January 12, 2016 by Recovia

The body is extremely intelligent. Everything it does, it does for optimal survival. Chronic pain is a learned response that activates both the physical body and the emotional centers of the brain. Acute pain has a very important function for the body. It alerts us that there is an issue that needs to be addressed for optimally healing. However, chronic pain is a boosted response to even minor irritations that alerts us before an injury can occur. It is a learned response involving complex circuitry in the brain that makes one more sensitized to future pain...

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Submitted January 05, 2016 by Recovia

Have you had more than one back surgery? Are you still in as much pain as you were in before surgery, or even more years later? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be suffering from failed back syndrome. Unfortunately, a large percentage of spine surgeries do not end up in symptom relief for the patient. Subsequent surgeries often only add to the existing deconditioning, core weakness, and decreased mobility that was there to begin with, fueling the cycle of back pain. Once an individual has reached this point, they are often depressed due to their lack of mobility and...

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Submitted November 19, 2015 by Recovia

Exercise and physical activity is often the last thing someone wants to do if they are experiencing pain. When an individual is living in chronic pain, they often adapt their lifestyle habits over a period of months, or even years, to include as little physical activity as possible for fear of creating more pain. These behaviors only facilitate continuation of the cycle of chronic pain.

The body is designed to move, not to be a stationary object. When the body is mostly sedentary, or only using small movements to complete their daily tasks, it will then become stiff and weak. This...

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Submitted November 17, 2015 by Jennifer Gitt

Chronic pain is most commonly defined as lingering pain that lasts more than three months. Oftentimes, this type of pain is the result of an injury or developed condition and can be difficult to cope with.

The immediate thought is most likely: “how do we fix this?” In today’s world, we have a plethora of treatment modalities to address injuries and common aches and pains. However, chronic pain can often be difficult to treat.

If you have received the chronic pain diagnosis, chances are this may be a condition you will be dealing with for years to come. What it does not mean...

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Submitted November 13, 2015 by Jennifer Gitt

Prescription narcotic medication has pros and cons, and has been proven to be helpful in addressing pain, both acute and chronic. However, narcotic medication can be extremely addicting. Long-term use of prescription narcotic medication can lead to physical dependency, where the body becomes reliant on the daily intake. For some, ongoing narcotic use can negatively impact lifestyle habits and the need for a safe method of tapering off of these medications becomes apparent.

A number of programs exist across the country, which offer various detoxification programs and protocols....

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Submitted November 10, 2015 by Jennifer Gitt

Stress is a natural, human reaction to change that nearly everyone experiences at one time or another. Stress can be brought on by a number of factors, and tends to be a commonality for individuals struggling with chronic pain conditions.

Interestingly, everyone experiences stress differently, meaning there is no one definition of stress that exists in our world, making it difficult to measure. However, the most common definition of stress is “physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension.”

 Stress can be caused by internal or external factors:

 Internal...

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