Chronic pain is a condition that affects and debilitates millions of Americans. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that an estimated 50 million Americans, or just over 20 percent, have some form of chronic pain. Often, the source of that pain can’t be diagnosed. The patient is told by their doctor, “Your tests are normal or inconclusive. There is no physical reason for your pain.” Doctors may prescribe limited activity or even anti-depressants as a treatment. (It’s true — being told the “pain is in your head” is depressing.)
There is an alternative way to deal with chronic pain, besides “not overdoing things,” or taking pain killers or psychiatric drugs. Understanding the underlying mechanisms of chronic pain can empower both the physician and patient to view chronic pain differently.
In this webinar interview that was hosted by Sally Duplantier of Zing Life, I will help you learn how to view pain through a neuroscience lens, and see how patients have been able to re-balance the pain scale in their brains, gradually returning to increased movement and things they love to do. You will walk away with practical advice for dealing with chronic pain whose specific cause may be unknown. You this link to watch the rebroadcast of You’re Not Crazy! Let me know if you have questions!