Understanding Stress, Cortisol, and Chronic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Chronic pain is a complex and often misunderstood phenomenon, one that many struggle with daily. While it’s common to think of pain as a purely physical issue, pain neuroscience research suggests that our brains play a significant role in the experience of pain. This connection between the brain and pain is profound, with stress, anxiety, and a history of trauma … Read More

How Addressing Suppressed Anger Can Transform Chronic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Living with chronic pain entails more than just managing physical symptoms—it involves navigating the relationship between emotions and pain perception. While pain treatment often focuses on the physical aspects of chronic pain, emerging research highlights the significant role of suppressed emotions, particularly anger, in exacerbating pain symptoms. Impact of Suppressed Emotions If you have chronic pain, you may have learned … Read More

Understanding Alexithymia and How It Influences Chronic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Have you ever found it challenging to recognize and feel your emotions? If so, you’re not alone. Alexithymia, a condition marked by difficulty identifying and expressing emotions, affects a significant portion of the population. This inability to connect with your emotional experience can have far-reaching implications beyond emotional intelligence—it can also influence how we experience chronic pain. Pain neuroscience has … Read More

Separating Fact from Fiction: 5 Myths About the Brain and Chronic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

If you live with chronic pain, you know it can feel like navigating a never-ending maze of discomfort, frustration, and uncertainty. Whether it’s persistent back pain, migraines, or fibromyalgia, chronic pain can impact your quality of life and overall well-being. However, amidst the challenges of chronic pain lies truth you may not be aware of: the brain plays a pivotal … Read More

Is Chronic Pain All in Your Head? The Truth About Neuroplastic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Chronic pain is an affliction that impacts millions of individuals around the world daily. Yet, despite its prevalence, chronic pain often remains misunderstood and stigmatized. One of the reasons behind this misunderstanding is the resistance to consider the brain’s significant role in chronic pain. Many people find it hard to fathom that chronic pain can be intricately tied to the … Read More

Exploring People-Pleasing and Its Impact on Chronic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Have you ever found yourself saying “yes” when you really wanted to say “no”? That’s the sneaky trait of people-pleasing. Many of us have been there, striving to meet the expectations of others while silently neglecting our own needs. Yet, could this habit not only impact our minds but also potentially contribute to physical symptoms in our bodies? People-pleasing is … Read More

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Transform Your Relationship with Chronic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

As we get ready for a new year, it’s not just a time for resolutions focused on healthy eating, fitness, or career goals—consider turning your attention inward to address chronic pain through the power of intention. The intricate relationship between stress, anxiety, and chronic pain is often underestimated, with the key player being the complex network of neural pathways within … Read More

Embracing Discomfort for Chronic Pain Relief

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Chronic pain affects over 50 million Americans and many people struggle to find relief. Chronic pain isn’t just a physical ailment – it’s a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Let’s dive into the connection between your brain, the fight-or-flight response, and how embracing discomfort can bring relief to chronic pain. Understanding the Brain’s Role in Chronic Pain … Read More

Procrastination And Chronic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Procrastination is something that we all do from time to time, but for some this habit is more than just a nuisance. Studies show that up to 20% of people report having chronic procrastination, which means they’re struggling with the constant cycle of avoidance and delayed action.  What does this have to do with chronic pain? Let’s examine the connection … Read More

Neuroplasticity and the Vicious Cycle: How Anxiety Rewires the Brain to Fuel Chronic Pain

Annie MillerAnxiety, Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain and anxiety, then you know how these conditions can impact your quality of life. The complex relationship between these two diseases has been heavily researched, often finding that neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to rewire based on certain stimuli) plays a role in how they coexist. In this article, we’ll investigate how worry alters brain … Read More