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Talking About Chronic Pain

Talking About Chronic Pain

People with chronic pain often say that their partner, family, friends, co-workers, or boss don’t seem to understand their pain problem or what it is like to live with pain. You may wonder if  others understand the impact of chronic […]

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Living with Pain: The Challenge of Habituation

Living With Pain: The Challenge of Habituation

I have written a number of blog posts about the relationship issues associated with chronic pain. Today, I want to focus


Chronic Pain Can be Lonely: Nine Ways to Reconnect

Chronic pain can make it hard to feel connected to others. Pain puts a strain on friendship - whether you have fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, arthritis, or any

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Chronic Pain Management: Anger, Pain, and Relationships

Living with chronic pain can be very frustrating. Not surprisingly, people with chronic pain tend to report

Rebuilding Intimacy

Coping with Pain: Rebuilding Intimacy

One of my first research studies involved examining the significance of the

Understanding Chronic Pain

In the presentation below, Dr. Ruehlman discusses the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain. Pain is so much more than the pain signal. Once you understand all of

Coping with Chronic Pain: Sex

Coping with Chronic Pain: What are the Barriers to Sex?

Paul Karoly, Aaron Taylor, and I conducted a 

Talking to your employer about chronic pain

Chronic Pain Management: Talking to Your Boss About Your Pain

If you are like many people with chronic pain, you maintain a full- or part-time job, despite your pain.

Rebuilding Friendship

Chronic Pain Management: Rebuild Friendships

You may have noticed that pain puts a strain on friendship.  Whether you have fibromyalgia,

Chronic Pain and Relationships

Chronic Pain Management: Helping Family Cope With Your Pain

Your family lives with your pain too. Although they can't feel what you feel,

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