Complicated Communication: Talking About Pain

If you live with chronic pain, you may relate to the message conveyed by this image. I know I do. The experience of having the severity of your pain doubted is not unique to people with chronic pain; it happens to people experiencing acute pain too.  For example, people with acute back pain may be…

Supporting Someone with Chronic Pain

  If someone you care about has been diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, you may find yourself wondering how to provide support.  Here are some ideas to consider.   Are You Listening? The box of words above contains statements, phrases and expressions that are commonly directed at people with chronic conditions, especially those “invisible…

At a time when opiate use is being questioned as a symptom management tool for chronic pain, Dr. Abaci opens his new book with the challenging (exciting) thought that medications of any sort are not the key to living successfully with chronic pain. Dr. Peter Abaci is a certified anesthesia and pain management specialist and…

The Practicality of the Bright Side

You’ve heard the saying “I’ll believe it when I see it”.  What’s more accurate is that you’ll see it when you believe it.  Perception and perspective make all the difference in how you experience life.  Choosing your perspective is a key practice for cultivating resilience. Every day, I try to publish at least one thought…