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Living With Someone Who Has Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is relatively common, affecting about 1 in 5 adults in the United States. This condition also has an impact on the families, friends, and acquaintances of people with chronic pain. If you live with someone who has chronic pain, you might already know that this condition can have unpredictable effects from day to…

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Download Your Pain Diary

Keeping a pain diary can help you explain to your doctor how pain affects your life. You can download our pain diary here and bring it with you to your next appointment.

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When Is Pain Considered Chronic?

At Integrated Pain Solutions, we’re recognizing Pain Awareness Month by sharing some helpful facts about pain. Why? Because the more you know about this common issue, the more empowered you’ll be to take action and seek the care you deserve. Today, we’re answering one of our patients’ most commonly asked questions: “When is pain considered…

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How Stress and Pain Can Become a Cycle

Living with chronic pain can be incredibly stressful. And it turns out that the relationship between stress and pain is often an ongoing cycle – pain can increase your stress level, and stress triggers reactions in the body that may make pain worse. Understanding this relationship is essential for improving outcomes. How Stress Amplifies Pain…

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4 Reasons Why Pain Medication May Not Be The Best Option for Pain Relief

At Integrated Pain Solutions, we believe that medication is just one tool in the pain control toolbox. But it’s not the only tool, and many professional organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) consider drug-free treatments like physical therapy and exercise as “first-line” treatment for non-cancer-related pain. Pain is a complex issue,…

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The Link Between Pain and the Immune System

Did you know living with chronic pain can have a negative impact on your immune system? According to a 2016 study published in Scientific Reports, chronic pain can reprogram (or turn “on” or “off”) thousands of genes inside immune system cells, including white blood cells. Researchers believe this can negatively impact immune system strength and…

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