Tips for pain management from a doctor

I have lived with chronic pain for decades. First, my episodic migraine evolved to chronic intractable migraine then I developed shingles and resulting post-herpetic neuralgia as well as small fiber polyneuropathy. Along this journey, I have learned lessons as a pain patient that are informed by my training as a physician.  First – decide that …

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Tips for the holiday season when dealing with chronic illness

Communicate with your family and friends about your limits. You don’t need to give health specifics but relay that you have an illness and x,y,z is difficult. If you can’t stand and help do dishes – let people know. If you’d prefer to skip hugging and kissing everyone as your immune system is low – …

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Opioid users are treated like AIDS patients were in the 80s

Stigma towards health conditions interferes with access to compassionate care. Both social stigma from friends and family and medical stigma from professionals are issues. Perhaps the worst recent example of medical stigma is how people with HIV/AIDS were treated in the 1980s. They were isolated physically and spiritually. While in medical school a professor related …

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