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A couple of interesting podcasts


If you haven’t ever listened to a podcast, maybe today’s post will be an eye-opener.  PainAwareness was set up during the month of September which is Pain Awareness month, but has extended beyond that.  While the content is a little limited at present, there is an interesting podcast about chronic pain (three, actually!).  While it has been sponsored by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen, the emphasis is on exercise and chronic pain.  People from the US will recognise the Olympian Nikki Stone who features on the podcast and experiences chronic pain herself.  This is a good mode for providing patients with a positive message about the usefulness (and safety) of exercise despite experiencing ongoing pain. (more…)

BIG list of pain-related websites


Pain Treatment Topics is a big site full of wonderful resources.  They’ve just reviewed a whole range of sites on the web and listed those that meet their criteria.  To quote:

Pain Treatment Topics evaluated the Internet sites below as being essentially non-commercial and serving the information and education needs of the pain management community. Websites do not qualify for linking if they have a primary purpose of selling specific products or services, offer opinions or viewpoints that are not scientifically substantiated, present information in a way that might be confusing or misleading to our audience, and/or have primarily a political agenda.

This is a VAST list of sites – if you can’t find something of interest in here, I’d be very surprised!

They don’t include me 😦 – but I’m only a little fella in the Big Big world of pain information.  The only comment I’d make is that there are an awful lot of medically-oriented sites, and a LOT fewer psychosocial or management sites.  That’s a shame, since there are so many people who don’t find pain reduction ‘solves the problem’ and there are a lot of health professionals who would like to find out how to help them.

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Psychology of pain…


A couple of links to some interesting reads…. One of them I picked up from Psychology of pain, written by  which a link to this RSS feed… If you’re not certain about RSS feeds, don’t panic! Most of our browsers (Firefox or Internet Explorer, for example) have the ability to add in a gadget to the toolbar (menu bar at the top of the browser) which means you simply click and a list of headlines appears below.  You can always go to Google to find out more, but it’s pretty easy.  I just did that, and found this link to PRESSfeed, which gives you a nice easy overview, and a ‘how to’.

Anyway, this particular RSS feed is based in ‘HubMed’ which I hadn’t heard of, but today when I clicked on the link, listed a good bunch of posts all from journals on topics about psychology and pain.  Worth linking to if you’re not currently subscribed to any Table of Contents links like Amedeo.  If you haven’t looked at Amedeo before, you simply subscribe, identify the topics you’re interested in, and each week, or more often, you’ll get an email listing the most recent articles in a range of listed journals.

This is another RSS feed I found on Psychology of Pain site, again it covers a range of articles, this time from the PubMed database.  Yesterday’s listings included a study on sleep, and a study on the Dimensions of Pain Quality…

PsychBlog is an interesting psychology blog – it’s readable, been running for a while now so not likely to disappear unexpectedly, and it has some great links.  This post is about a study I posted on a while back, but perhaps a bit more thoughtfully than I did – so worth a look.  And while you’re there, take a look at the wealth of other information that’s on that blog.  Fantastic!  BTW – this area is his ‘Resource’ area, take a look NOW, or you’ll be missing out on a lot of info!

‘Nuff from me for now – have a browse, and think about subscribing to one of those feeds.  Oh and if you’re wandering through the internet and find some cool stuff – give me a quick email and I’ll post them on here to share!  And that would be one way I could find out if there is anyone else out there…. *echo**echo**echo**echo*

July Pain Blog Carnival


Yes! It’s that time again, and the range of topics for this month’s pain blog carnival include
In Sickness and in Health discussses 2 sides of pain in Chronic Pain: Tormentor and Mentor.
Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living discusses Smoking and Pain.

A Chronic Dose sends in 2 articles. What’s in a Treatment explores the promise of medical research and what makes “good” research for patients. An Open Mind values open minds in physicians – being open to the less obvious diagnoses, and in patients – believing you can get answers.

One Big Health Nut also treats us to 2 posts. Relaxation Alleviates Stress describes the health benefits of taking time to relax – are you enjoying that lemonade? And The Alternative to Hip Replacement for Arthritis Sufferers talks about another, less-promoted procedure that could provide earlier and longer-lasting relief.

Speaking of that lemonade, Working with Chronic Illness realized that she made lemonade out of some pretty bitter lemons in writing a book about working with a chronic illness. Her post: Lemonade, Anyone?

Another article which evaluates a type of treatment is by Somebody Heal Me: The Musings of a Chronic Migraineur. Deciding Whether to Gamble on Botox for Migraine Prevention evaluates the conflicting and confusing studies around Botox. (And is that a pretty new picture at the top of your blog?)

And wondering about an epidural? The Back Pain Blog presents a series on epidural injections, with Sciatica and the Epidural: Are You a Candidate?

Fighting Fatigue shares some of the latest research which shows that exercise can improve both the mood and physical function of people with fibromyalgia.

Discussing an economic viewpoint on Interstitial Cystitis (a painful bladder condition) is a new contributor to the pain-blog carnival, IC Disease.

Thanks to Gary at Psychology of Pain blog for the text and links today!

Friday Funny!


If you’ve got someone you’re working with that just needs to learn how to SLOW DOWN, this website is for you!

Did you know that multitasking is a moral weakness?
Although if you’re a woman, this is slightly less of a problem…

Some great posts here – including this one on the benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep
and this one on the horror of work – I suggest this one for you when you have your next performance review….

And what you really need on a Friday afternoon….A beginner’s guide to slowing down.

Can I suggest you start with a cup of tea and a moment or two reading this blog? It’s a good start! Don’t forget the cup of tea…

Mind, body and pain


For lots of therapists, the connection between mind and body is so clear that we forget many people just have no concept of how the two might be connected. So often in the web there are wild statements about pain that it’s tempting to think that no-one’s prepared to get it right or to spend some time (and web pages) discussing it…

So when I found The Psychology of Back Pain by Jonah Lehrer (with some stunning photography by Craig Cutler) I knew I had to link to it here!
Although many of us know this material through and through, it’s great to find someone who writes well and puts the pieces together for nonclinicians…
Jonah also writes this piece about MRI’s, Back Pain and Transparency – linking in to a couple of other people writing also about MRI’s and the myth that MRI can ‘show everything’. Take a look, enjoy – as a clinician, it’s always great to see someone in the media putting what I talk about ‘out there’ to people in the community!

MedBlogEN rankings – going up!


For a wonderful list of medical/health-related blogs, you can’t beat MedBlogEN, with a list of over 300 blogs to choose from, all ranked according to a ‘mysterious’ algorithm based on visitor numbers, google rankings and a bunch of other things that I don’t quite understand.

And Healthskills – Skills for Healthy Living – has gone up in the ranking to 208 (up 139 from last time!) Woohoo!

Thanks for your visits – and for those who comment – I love you heaps!!

Click on over to MedBlogEN – there are heaps of blogs I haven’t visited yet, so —- race ya!