Banishing pain doesn’t work. Teaching patients to live around it does.
Pain is a subjective experience, and fear of it can lead patients to feel it more acutely. Research has shown that disability is driven more by fear of pain than by the degree of pain itself.
“pain free.” If we want to end the epidemic of addiction, we need to relearn that lesson.
Early in my career, I worked at a chronicpain rehabilitation program in Grand Rapids, Mich. Here I was exposed to patients with incurable pain, most commonly in...
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