Beth Darnall, Ph.D. is the author of "Less Pain Fewer Pills: Avoid the Dangers of Prescription Opioids and Gain Control Over Chronic Pain". (Bull Publishing, 2014) As Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University, she treats individuals and groups at the Stanford Pain Management Center. She is a prominent pain researcher, educator, writer and speaker in the field of pain management. She is an NIH-funded principal investigator for pain psychology research that is examining the mechanisms of pain catastrophizing treatment, including a novel single-session pain catastrophizing class she developed. Find out more about Beth Darnall at www.bethdarnall.com.
The most frequently overlooked pathway to pain relief is the patient. There are powerful cognitive behavioural skills that the everyday patient can begin putting to immediate use for personal pain relief. Calming your nervous system is the key to reduction of pain, distress, and suffering.
As a pain psychologist, I share patients' concerns about limiting opioids without providing access to alternatives. Ethical pain care should emphasize first the programs and initiatives that empower individuals to best control their own pain. When people are equipped to help themselves feel better, they need fewer doctors and treatments.
06/09/2016 01:47 EDT
Think of pain as being your "harm alarm," a signal that is designed to get your attention, to motivate you to escape whatever is causing it. After all, pain -- potential harm -- could mean injury or even death. In this way, pain serves a useful purpose because it is functions to keep you safe and alive. But what about chronic pain?
06/02/2016 05:12 EDT
If you experience withdrawal symptoms, this does not meant that you cannot get off opioids. Withdrawal symptoms mean that your opioid level was dropped too quickly and your body was surprised by the lack of medication. The key is to work with your body to successfully taper your opioids -- by making small changes slowly over time.
05/20/2016 12:14 EDT
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