In this Video Blog I talk about three resource articles I’ve posted on my website to help reduce chronic pain suffering. You’ll see a link to go to my Articles Page to learn more about these three areas. Those of us living with chronic pain may need other options in this time of staying home and not being able to access our former tools. These three areas then are crucial to explore on my articles page - https://drstevegrinstead.com/chronic-pain-articles
In this Video Blog I talk about two simple but powerful practices I use and teach as part of an effective chronic pain management plan. I think of Mindfulness as the means of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment with openness and without judgement. I talk about Cognitive Behavioral Restructuring as a parallel process.
In this Video Blog I talk about two different types of chronic pain management plans: 1) Chronic Pain Management Maintenance; and 2) Chronic Pain Flare Up Planning. Since being ordered to stay at home and having the Local YMCA close a week before that, I have really missed my main chronic pain management maintenance plan – swimming and aquatic exercise classes. In this video I also share how I utilized my Pain Flare Up Planning tool box for a recent event.
In this Video Blog I talk about three conditions that need to be addressed for those of us living with chronic pain. Increased levels of stress can lead to becoming anxious and afraid. Anxiety can also trigger self-defeating behaviors that are precursors for chronic pain flareups. I talk about some of the things we can do to reduce anxiety and stress thus making us more resilient. I share my five core tools. These tools can be very helpful for everyone during this International Pandemic.
In this video blog I talk about the importance to maintain hope in this time of Pandemic. I cover the importance of good self care especially for people with chronic illness, chronic pain or other health challenges. We are all in this together and the human spirit can overcome this adversity.
In this video blog I encourage people to connect and also work on reducing fear and anxiety. Since we are “put in timeout” we need to make the best of it. I discuss how together we can reach out via the cyber world and start video connecting with family, friends and colleagues. I also discuss the importance of stress reduction that for me starts with diet, nutrition and exercise with my emotional support dog Becka.
Onward and Upward with Hope and Love,
In this Video Blog I cover the importance of healing the whole person by understanding the Chronic Pain Syndrome™ and how to develop a body mind spirit approach to better chronic pain management and an improved quality of life. I describe some of the important interventions needed to assist healing in four quadrants – Biological, Psychological, Social/Family and Spiritual. This video has information that can lead to improved functioning in all four Domains.
In this video I discuss the problem and the solution for the Synergistic Opioid Chronic Pain Syndemic – the Synergistic Treatment Problem. You will see the many factors that led to the current problem and more importantly my ideas about moving into the solution.
One of the areas for chronic pain management that we need to reevaluate is the over-utilization of the Bio-Medical model and how we need to start healing the whole person – Biologically, Psychologically, Socially and Spiritually!
In this Video Blog I discuss many of the challenges and hidden obstacles that confront many chronic pain patients and why they do not obtain optimum treatment outcomes. Often healthcare providers "Blame the Victim" so to speak and do not realize that their very thinking is a part of the problem. I believe that there are three primary areas that problems occur: Family Systems; Healthcare Provider Bias; and Patients Self-defeating Patterns. I explore each of those three areas and discuss possible treatment solutions for better outcomes.
In this video I discuss my new book Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test and offer it as a solution to the Synergistic Opioid Chronic Pain Syndemic – the Synergistic Treatment Problem. I discuss how Thank You Adversity was designed to help people with complex chronic pain problems, many of whom do not benefit from the traditional bio-medical model because of their coexisting mental health issues, including unresolved trauma and opioid medication use disorders.
This synergistic treatment problem needs the synergistic treatment solutions I outlined introducing Powerful Solutions for Transforming Adversity Into Hope and Healing.
In this Video Blog I talk about my new book as a way to help people re-evaluate a pure bio-medical approach to chronic pain and use a Balanced Body-Mind-Spirit Approach for Relieving Chronic Pain Suffering. As I mentioned in the video if you purchase my Book TODAY you will Receive a 20 % discount, by using the code "Save20" at checkout - https://booklocker.com/books/10660.html
As promised the link to my publication page I mention in the video - https://drstevegrinstead.com/publications
In this Video I cover how To differentiate between pain and suffering for more effective chronic pain management. We also explore the four components of chronic pain and I explain why it’s important to learn as much as possible about pain to help stop the suffering.
I also discuss Anticipatory Pain – what you believe it will be like when you experience pain and how it affects your brain chemistry; it can either intensify or reduce the amount of physical pain that you experience. You get what you expect!
In this video I discuss utilizing an integrated whole person approach to chronic pain management. I share why it is important to take a step back from a pure bio-medical model and work on healing the whole person. My Addiction-Free Pain Management® System is designed to transcend the Bio-Medical Model.
I explain how for some people one component of effective chronic pain management might incorporate a bio-medical approach – medication, interventional pain procedures and/or surgery. But I emphasize that there are other Biological, Psychological, Social/Family, and Spiritual interventions that are crucial. I give several examples in each of the four quadrants.
In this video I talk about The Role of Recovery-Friendly MAT for Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorders. I cover how many people suffering with chronic pain and coexisting disorders including addiction need Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). The bad news is that only about a third of the people who need MAT will get it and of those many are not getting what I'm calling “Recovery-Friendly MAT.” This webcast clearly covers the need for MAT, some of the obstacles that prevent its implementation and a strategic call to action for my viewers.
In this Video Blog, I share why it is important to take a step back from a pure bio-medical model and work on healing the whole person. My Addiction-Free Pain Management® System is designed just for this purpose. I explain how for some people one component of effective chronic pain management might incorporate a bio-medical approach – medication, interventional pain procedures and/or surgery. But I emphasize that there are other Biological, Psychological, Social/Family, and Spiritual interventions that are crucial. I give several examples in each of the four quadrants.
In this Video Blog, I share why it is important to understand the connection between stress levels and pain symptoms, as well as recognizing how managing stress can decrease the perception of pain. You can't manage chronic pain without learning to manage stress.
Of course, before people can learn how to manage stress, they first need to know how to describe their level of stress at any given time. What is important to remember is that when someone reaches the upper moderate to severe levels of stress (6-10 range or what I call the “stress reaction”) thinking, emotions and behaviors are affected. The goal is always to keep the level of stress at six or below as much as possible.
In this Video Blog, I cover why it is important to understand the connection between stress levels and pain symptoms, as well as recognizing how managing stress can decrease the perception of pain. Physically, chronic pain raises stress levels and drains physical energy, while psychologically it affects the ability to think clearly, logically and rationally, as well as how effectively people manage their feelings. Not only that, it can also impact memory. Lower Stress - Lower Perception Pain!