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8 Mind-Numbing Chronic Pain Facts

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 14, 2019 9:32:10 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Florida Pain Relief, Symptoms of Chronic Pain, Chronic Pain Facts

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If you live with chronic pain, you might be aware that pain can often be something of a ‘mystery’; the source of your discomfort may be unclear, the frequency and/or intensity of the pain may be inconsistent and unpredictable, and the symptoms of chronic pain can vary greatly from one patient to the next. And the many myths circulated about chronic pain can further add to the confusion.

While we intend to explore some of those myths at a future date, for the purpose of this article we're here to share some fascinating, little-known chronic pain facts.

 

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Chronic Pain and Anxiety Go Hand-In-Hand

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2019 1:27:35 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Pain Prevention, Wellness, Chronic Pain, Chronic Pain and Anxiety

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Chronic pain can be especially difficult to treat when combined with the effects of anxiety. It’s fairly common for sufferers to experience both conditions at once, and in such cases, it can be challenging to determine whether the pain is worsening the anxiety, or the anxiety is intensifying the pain; these often work in conjunction to form a debilitating cycle that may be hard to escape.

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How Chronic Pain Works and What You Can Do About It

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2019 12:52:45 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Chronic Pain, Causes of Chronic Pain, Interventional Pain Management, Pain Relief, Florida Pain Relief

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According to a 2018 study released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50 million Americans are affected by chronic pain. This is not to be confused with acute pain, which is the body's reaction to a physical injury and typically doesn't last very long; the pain usually subsides as your body heals.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, is pain that doesn't go away in 3 months or more. This type of pain produces symptoms that can occur continuously or on an intermittent basis, and may fluctuate in intensity, depending on any number of factors such as time of day or level of physical activity. The causes of chronic pain may vary widely from one individual to the next.

Though chronic pain differs from acute pain in that it may result from a number of long-term conditions, the chronic pain can also be ‘extension’ of an original injury, wherein the initial cause of pain has healed, but the body’s pain processing signals continue to ‘fire’, rather than turning themselves off.

The more typical types of chronic pain, however, can be broken down into two different major categories:

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Chronic Pain Sufferers Often Get a Double-Whammy from Depression

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2019 10:06:19 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Pain Prevention, Wellness, Chronic Pain, Depression

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It is widely suggested that up to half of all people living with chronic pain also suffer from depression. And while it is at times difficult to determine whether pain worsens the depression or vice-versa, it’s not surprising that these two conditions can cause, and exacerbate, one another.

According to Harvard Health Publishing, if you live with chronic pain, the likelihood of developing depression or anxiety is tripled. And by the same token, living with depression in turn triples the likelihood of developing chronic pain. When interacting, these two conditions can ‘feed on’ one another and ultimately cause a downward spiral from which it may be difficult to recover.

How can chronic pain cause depression?

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Healthcare Preparation Must-Do's for Travelers

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 30, 2019 2:05:23 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Health, Pain Prevention, Wellness

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When planning a vacation, business trip or other type of travel, the primary focus is typically on details such as packing, booking accommodations and scheduling the mode of transportation. These are certainly important considerations, but another critical task that is often overlooked is setting the stage for good health on the go.

Anyone with chronic pain conditions or known disease will likely pack any necessary medications as part of their pre-travel activities. But beyond that, and for those who don’t anticipate health issues along the way, planning for wellness is typically not at the forefront of priority items, even though it should be.

For those who haven’t given much thought to prevention and preparation for good health when traveling, we’ve provided a handy checklist that we hope will prove useful in ensuring healthy, pain-free adventures, wherever you may be!

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8 Simple Yet Transformational Healthy Lifestyle Habits

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 18, 2019 9:16:14 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Health, Pain Prevention, Wellness

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We all want to live healthy and pain-free lives, and for the most part, we understand what we should be doing in order to achieve those goals.

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Sarasota Physician Lived with, and Now Helps Free Others from, the Prison of Chronic Pain

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 24, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Interventional Pain Medicine, Medical Care, Sarasota Pain Relief, Interventional Pain Management

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For decades, Dr. John J. Sassano of Florida Pain Relief Centers has truly listened to patients who describe their pain, with unwavering commitment to thoroughly addressing their individual concerns and conditions. Since he has lived with chronic pain in his own life, he  knows firsthand the feelings of emotional and physical suffering, and how this creates a 'prison of pain' for the sufferer.

Dr. Sassano also understands that one of the most difficult parts of living with chronic pain is that patients are often put in the position where they must prove that they have pain before they get any help. They are "guilty until proven innocent."

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Sarasota PRC's Dr. John J. Sassano Discusses Pain Management in Informative Radio Interviews

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2018 3:05:40 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Interventional Pain Medicine, Medical Care, Sarasota Pain Relief, Interventional Pain Management

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Sarasota Pain Relief Center's Dr. Sassano addresses pain management topics in this radio interview series on 106.9 FM Radio's "Daily Health Check" with freelance health writer Heidi Godman.

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Sarasota FPRC's Dr. Diaz-Ramirez Talks Pain Management on "Daily Health Check"

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 12, 2018 11:32:49 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Articles, Interventional Pain Medicine, Medical Care, Sarasota Pain Relief

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Listen as Sarasota Florida Pain Relief Centers' Dr. Diaz-Ramirez answers questions about effective alternative treatments for common pain conditions in this radio interview series on "Daily Health Check" with Heidi Godman.

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5 Tips for Better Pain Control Over the Holiday Season

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 7, 2018 5:26:40 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Pain Relief, Pain Medicine, Florida Pain Relief Centers

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The holiday season is upon us! "It's the most wonderful time of the year..." but suffering from a painful condition can diminish the ability to fully enjoy and participate in all the seasonal festivities this time of year has to offer. 

At Florida Pain Relief Centers, our expert pain management physicians are committed to providing solutions that help reduce suffering for people in pain, and restore them a more enjoyable quality of life. If you are living with pain, we'd like to offer the following useful information to help make your holidays more merry and bright...

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