Entries by Katie Dashtban

What is your pain fear number?

Most people are familiar with the pain scale. It is a subjective way of measuring one’s pain level at a given moment. There is no medical device or medical test that can objectively measure one’s pain level and so health care providers rely on the patients’ own report. The pain scale asks patients to rate […]

It Takes a Village to Manage Chronic Pain

Dear Readers, An idea just came to mind that I thought might be worth sharing with you. Have you heard the saying: “It takes a village to raise a child?” Well, I think the same concept applies to successful management of chronic pain. By the time your pain condition has changed from acute (imminent, only […]

Pacing is the name of the game

Hello readers, If you are a chronic pain sufferer, you have probably noticed that pain level goes up and down seemingly by itself, some days it is worse, other days it is better. If you are one of those who has a tendency to “make up for the lost times” during your “good days”, read […]

Who is the “owner” of the chronic pain I feel?

It is easy to confuse ownership of your pain with blaming yourself for it. Taking ownership of the pain means 1) exploring exactly in what ways has the pain affected your personal and professional life, 2) recognizing ways that you have been successful in taming the pain, 3) and of course recognizing the ways that […]

Sleepless with pain?

Hello readers! I’d have to tell you, of all the complexities I hear about from my chronic pain patients, the most disturbing of all is lack of adequate sleep which by itself causes all kinds of health problems, even if you did not have chronic pain. So, let’s talk about how to get to bed!! […]