Catastrophizing: Monitoring Your Thoughts and Feelings

Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling higher-than-normal pain and thought, “Oh no! It’s going to be a bad pain day!” Your attention is completely on your physical pain because you can’t possibly get past the experience. Then, your mind goes on a journey of its own. Are the following thoughts familiar? “I… Read more »

Cox-2 Inhibitors: Popular Yet Controversial Drugs

An article for patients If you are among the estimated 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, then you are probably familiar with coxibs. Coxibs is the abbreviation for cyclooxygenase inhibitors. They belong to the family of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) of which aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve) are the most well known…. Read more »

Comorbid chronic pain and substance abuse: Guidelines for management

Pain management presents many challenges for the healthcare provider, but among the most challenging patients are those with histories or current problems with substance abuse or dependence. Observations that persons with an active substance abuse problem (for example, the IV drug abusing person with end-stage AIDS and severe painful peripheral neuropathy), or even more provocative,… Read more »