Pain Management

The best methods of management for conditions with chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, TMJ disorder, and foot pain.

How People With Chronic Pain Feel About the Opioid Crisis

Recent discussions around opioids focus on addiction and overdoses. What’s missing from the discussion is the collective voice of 100 million Americans who live with chronic pain and frequently rely on the prescription forms of these drugs for pain relief. We asked the chronic pain community how they felt about the opioid crisis.

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Chronic Pain During Pregnancy: What You Should Know

Whether you had a chronic pain condition before pregnant or pregnancy itself has brought on new pain, these tips can help you manage it.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

Not Your Usual Back Pain Problems

When you hurt your back, you think of it stemming from lifting heavy things, falling, or taking a bad step on the stairs. But really, you’d be surprised at what could actually be the bad back culprit — like your cell phone, or smoking.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

10 Medication-Free Ways to Relieve Your Back Pain

Before you request a prescription for your back pain, consider asking your doctor about these 10 natural remedies.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Here’s Your Back Pain, With a Side of…

What comes first — the back pain, or the other health condition that causes the back pain? Either way, back pain may come with a side of these chronic conditions.

By Eileen Bailey

Battle Back Pain With Yoga

It may seem counter-intuitive to “workout” when you have back pain, but doing these light yoga stretches can actually relieve pain and prepare your body to move around much more.

By Eileen Bailey

Acupuncture for Veterans: Treatment Increasingly Common at VA Facilities

Veterans in need of relief for chronic pain increasingly are finding acupuncture available as a treatment option throughout the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Postpartum Depression Linked to Mom’s Recovery Pain After Childbirth

How well a new mother's pain is managed during her recovery from childbirth appears to directly influence her risk of postpartum depression.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Patients Expect Opioids After Surgery, Crisis or Not

Surgery patients expect their physicians will prescribe opioids to manage recovery pain, and they perceive these highly addictive drugs as superior to all others despite growing concerns about addiction and side effects.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Before You Take CBD Oil for RA, Here’s What You Need to Know

CBD oil, created from the cannabis plant, is an increasingly popular alternative treatment for those in the chronic pain community. But before you “dig in,” you should probably know whether it’s legal — and safe.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

30 Days of CBD Oil for Pain

Our resident “tries it” guy, Emil DeAndreis, took CBD oil for 30-days to see if it would help his RA pain. Sure, he was hesitant, but after 38-days of using CBD oil he was able to ween back on his RA meds.

By Emil DeAndreis

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Living Well with RA

When your body's in pain, how do you move forward? Find expert advice and use the collective wisdom of fellow RA patients and caregivers to live with greater ease at home, work, and beyond.

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Can you guess which world record this mom with RA broke? Find even more stories of men and women staying active with rheumatoid arthritis, from the dance studio to the shores of the Great Lakes.

Meet the Experts

Ginger Vieira

Patient Expert

Ginger Vieira is an author who has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999, and fibromyalgia since 2014.

Lene Andersen, MSW

Patient Expert

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer. She lives with rheumatoid arthritis.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Health Writer

Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.

Ginger Vieira

Patient Expert

Ginger Vieira is an author who has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999, and fibromyalgia since 2014.

Health News

New Generic Drug Could Improve Treatment for Opioid Dependence

The approved the first generic versions of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual film for the treatment of opioid dependence to improve access to these medications for people who need them.

Baking Soda Could Help Fight Inflammatory Diseases

Baking soda is often used as an inexpensive home remedy to treat a range of health conditions, including insect bites, indigestion, and sunburn. New research suggests that it we might soon add autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, to the li...

Think Twice Before Supplement Shopping

Study finds many supplements provide few advantages to wellness (but also, no risk).