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    Breaking the taboo of talking about chronic pain –  September is Pain Awareness Month.

      Pain awareness month has been going in the United States since 2001. It’s good to have a time when the wider world is focused on the issue of pain and I often get invited to talk to groups in this month.  I also find it very useful in my psychology and hypnotherapy for chronic / persistent pain clinics in Milton Keynes and Bedford. Not only does it raise the issue, it also helps to break the taboo about talking about chronic / persistent pain. We know that a positive attitude and good support can make a real difference to how we perceive pain. We also know that there are treatments and techniques which can help without the use of drugs. I want to take…

    Pets and Chronic Pain – can they help?

      In this blog I want to talk about how pets can help control pain. I know this works. I have seen the evidence in my own psychology pain clinics in Bedford, Milton Keynes and video link. But now I can show you some hard science to prove it. Pets can reduce reliance on pain medication  There is evidence that pet therapy can reduce reliance on pain medication. Back in 2007 a clinical trial monitored pain medication in adults undergoing rehabilitation for injury degenerative disease or physical disability. The facility where they were being cared for had a therapy dog, a collie called Neil. After Neil’s arrival on the team pain medication dropped by non-less than 48 percent. https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ascp/tcp/2007/00000022/00000007/art00003 How do pets help chronic pain?…

    Pain coverage on the radio: the good and the bad

    Hi everyone, I often listen to the radio whilst travelling between my clinics, so, this is a bit of a radio blog this time. Both the bad and the good from BBC Radio 4. Opiate danger: three things all GPs should do First the bad, I heard a horrific story on the Radio 4 Today programme recently. It was about how opiate problems are spreading to the UK. It focused on an interview with a lady who had suffered an injury, been in chronic pain, and was prescribed morphine. No doctor ever explained to her how addictive morphine could be. She went to the same GP practice but no-one seemed to consider that she should be looked after in any other way. When she became…

    Chronic Pain and depression: My new venture…

      This is a very exciting time for me as I am launching with Steve Miller HypnoAntiDepressant (www.hypnoantidepressant.com) The Hypno AntiDepressant is the brand new premier, aspirational ‘virtual AntiDepressant’  that Steve Miller and I developed. It is designed to lift the emotional spirits through the roof. It’s is a refreshing aspirational hypnotherapeutic and motivational product that is massively strong and supportive, helping those suffering with depression to break free and move forward. Training hypnotherapists At present we are training a select group of hypnotherapists, who will be offering this service to people with low mood and/or depression from March 2019 onwards. Already we have had enquiries from the public wanting to know more about Hypno Antidepressant. Chronic pain and depression This is a natural step…

    Something different to chronic pain: Dental fears and phobias

    No-one likes going to the dentist, but some people are truly terrified. They may try to avoid the dentist, risking their dental health. When they are in the dental chair, they can be so distressed that it is difficult for the dentist to do their work. The process takes longer and the patient still dreads the dentist. It is estimated that up to one in five people suffer from dental fear or dental phobia. No-one knows how many seek help as figures have never been collected. But my experience as a qualified hypnotherapist tells me it is a common issue. It certainly brings a lot of people to my clinic. Many of these people are suffering badly. I see people who are so frightened of…

    WHEN CHRONIC PAIN INTERRUPTS YOUR SLEEP – How positive affirmations can help!

    Whether you have throbbing pains, sharp pains, burning pains, or indeed any other description of pain, it’s frustrating because your chronic pain keeps you awake and its exhausting. I find that many of my patients avoid going to bed or leave it later and later to go to bed because they think that they won’t sleep, so think what’s the point of going to bed? This sets up a vicious cycle as we associate our bed with not sleeping, so that’s what happens! Changing our negative thoughts patterns relating to our chronic pain and sleep will help improve our sleep. “ I don’t know how to change my thoughts about my chronic pain and sleep” Often, I’m told, “I don’t know where to start changing…

    Technology & Chronic Pain

    There have been two very important developments in pain management in the past few years. One has been our growing understanding of how our minds play a crucial role in our perception of our own pain. The other is the new technology which has mushroomed everywhere. There are now websites and phone apps which can also help us manage our pain. In this blog I am going to take a look at a couple of apps, and a wearable device which may help you if you are living with chronic pain. Catch My Pain: A phone app and website to help you track your chronic pain If you suffer from chronic pain then you will know how difficult it can be to explain how you…

    Christmas is coming:

    Pack up your pain and prepare to party!  This month I am going to offer some no-nonsense, easy-to-follow advice. This is because Christmas is coming! I hope you are looking forward to it, but you might also be worrying a bit. There is nothing worse than feeling you are spoiling everything because you are in pain. And of course, if you are anxious this can make the pain seem worse.  What I am going to do in this post is pass on some of the advice I give in two of my books: Managing Chronic Pain in the Family https://www.amazon.co.uk/Managing-Chronic-Pain-Family- family/dp/1999867122/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1543931148&sr=8-4&keywords=sue+peacock and Break the Pain Cycle in 28 Days. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Break-Pain-Cycle-days-Techniques/dp/0995459975/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543931148&sr=8-1&keywords=sue+peacock It is all about taking things steadily, doing what you can and enjoying that. I…

    The psychological impact of cancer – Part 3

    Part 3: Life after cancer This is in the final blog in the short series on coping the psychological aspects of cancer. If you missed the previous two, you can find them here: www.apaininthemind.co.uk/the-psychological-impact-of-cancer-and-some-tips-how-to-manage-it-part-1/ www.apaininthemind.co.uk/the-psychological-impact-of-cancer-and-some-tips-to-manage-it-part-2/ Hearing the words “you have finishing treatment” or “come back for a follow up in x months” are a cause for celebration, but often perhaps within a few days, few weeks or months, it’s not uncommon for me to see people who have difficulty re-joining life.  Life during cancer treatment was focussed on medical appointments, there was always a healthcare professional looking out for you. After wishing all the treatments are over, many people find themselves asking what now? And they feel a great deal of unease and uncertainty as…

    Placebo Experiment By The BBC Shows The Power Of The Mind

    As regular readers of this column will know I am firmly convinced that our minds have a big role to play in helping us control pain. I was therefore delighted to see the BBC has, along with Oxford University, carried out a very important study to test how placebos work. This has screened on TV and can still be seen on Iplayer. I have been looking at this and believe it will give give heart to everyone out there who is living with chronic pain.  The programme explains the strange and still not well-understood, working of placebo. We have always known that a placebo can make a difference to pain, but we have not understood why very well. But we are now just beginning to…

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