Chronic pain patients report struggles under tighter opioid regulations

By Kate Masters Terri Boettcher, a chronic pain patient, in her Middletown home discusses her struggles with back and other pain and treatment. Staff photo by Bill Green. Originally published on The Frederick News-Post. For almost half a year, Susan Haller has watched her husband — a chronic pain patient — slowly erode. Until the summer …

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How Stress Can Impact Pain Perception in Endometriosis

Chronic pain can be paralyzing for women, stopping them from achieving important personal and professional goals. There are many conditions that can be caused by factors such as hormonal changes, responses to medication, and societal interference; one of these, is endometriosis: a disease affecting over five million women in America. In this post, we delve into …

The Mike Schickman Show

Dr. Christo Speaks about Pain Management on The Mike Schickman Show  You can listen to the recording below:

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Futuristic Pain Relief

The excruciating pain of having a burn wound cleaned can make you wish that you could be anywhere else—as far away as possible. An arctic snowscape, perhaps. With immersive virtual reality (VR), that option is transcending the hypothetical. Immersed in a VR world while undergoing painful treatment, people reported a 20-40 percent reduction in pain. …

Four New Year’s Resolutions You Haven’t Made Yet

We are all aware of standard New Year’s resolutions – eat healthier and exercise more to lose weight and improve our lives. Both foods and exercise can have important pain-reducing effects. In addition, let’s consider lesser known strategies for feeling better, and overcoming pain in the New Year. Find someone who inspires you: Many celebrities …

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Dr. Paul Christo’s Chronic Pain Holiday Menu

Eating healthy foods during the holidays can be tough, especially with chronic pain. Many of us reach for pain-inducing foods unintentionally like animal proteins, fried foods, breads, sweets, and canned vegetables. To help, we’ve pulled together a complete meal that will not only meet your needs and feed your hungry guests, but help reduce inflammation …

[FREE DOWNLOAD] Text Neck Stretches

More of us are developing neck pain from smartphones and other handheld devices. More than likely, you are bending your head forward in a slouched position looking at those screens for long periods of time between working on your computer and using your smartphone. In fact, when you bend your head to a 60 degree angle, it’s …

Understanding Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Almost everyone deals with a minor fracture or sprain at some point. A slip on icy pavement, a fall that results in a twisted ankle, or any other trivial accident is a normal part of life. Most of us experience some moderate pain, ice the injury, take some ibuprofen, and expect a full recovery within …

Summit on Balanced Pain Management Underscores Need for Access, Coverage

“I didn’t like feeling like a victim.  I liked feeling like a warrior.”  So explained Ally Hilfiger – artist, author and daughter of fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger – who told her story of overcoming Lyme disease at the annual National Summit on Balanced Pain Management.  The summit featured U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) as well as members of the …