I recently began a gig as a contributing writer and integrated medicine columnist at Pain Pathways magazine, the publication of the World Institute on Pain. It’s exciting to be able to write regularly on topics that are close to my heart, that can help improve the lives of people in chronic and debilitating pain, and that can help promote natural pain relief methods.
My first article in the magazine, “Kiss Your Isolation Goodbye,” came out in the Spring 2010 issue. For this story, I interviewed a fantastic group of people, representing a cross-section of chronic pain patients, advocates, and healthcare practitioners. This article takes a look at the benefits of starting or joining a chronic pain support group, identifies the red flags and pitfalls to look out for, and offers practical advice on getting the ball rolling. There was so much helpful information that couldn’t fit into the article! So I also have been publishing a series of blog posts featuring the full-length interviews.
I hope you enjoy this piece (click the link in the paragraph above, for a PDF version), and be sure to keep your eye out for my upcoming articles in Pain Pathways magazine. I have three stories in the Summer issue — one about the Good Patient Syndrome, one about the benefits of massage in treating pain, and one on the recent Pain Care Act that was part of the health care bill signed into law.