Coping with Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is a pandemic affecting 1.5 billion people worldwide and nearly one-third of all Americans (over 100 million people). There are more chronic pain sufferers in America than those with diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer combined! So it’s not surprising that opioid abuse and overdose statistics have been in the news headlines a great deal lately.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people die every day overdosing on opioid medications. Not only are opioids highly addictive, they lose their painkilling powers with prolonged use. People end up with a drug addiction yet their pain is still there. The truth is that too many people who suffer from chronic pain end up addicted to opioids yet unable to get relief. So what can be done to help those living with chronic pain?
Research has repeatedly shown that psychological factors are important in coping with chronic pain, increasing quality of life and decreasing disability in people who struggle with a multitude of chronic pain conditions. Dr. Rosenquist uses a bio-psychosocial model to help her chronic pain patients redefine how they understand their pain symptoms.
She teaches patients self-hypnosis along with many other coping strategies. Her goal is to help improve their ability to self-manage pain and related problems, manage their fears about pain and injury, and motivate their efforts to avoid exacerbation of symptoms and further injury or re-injury.