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How to support a loved one who is living with chronic pain

Couple The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:00am PDT or 2:00pm EDT titled “How to Support a Loved One Who is Living with Chronic Pain”. The webinar is co-sponsored by Pain BC and The Canadian Pain Coalition. Register for the webinar now.

In the webinar, you will learn:

  1. Strategies for supporting a loved one who has chronic pain.
  2. Things to avoid when attempting to support your loved one.
  3. The ways in which chronic pain can impact family members, for better or worse.

Dr. Susan Holtzman, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus) and registered psychologist, will draw from her experience and training and share the most effective strategies for supporting the people you love, as well as some of the patterns of support that can be damaging to your relationship and health.

Dr. Holtzman is especially interested in how social relationships can help or hinder people’s efforts to cope with their illness, and how chronic illness can impact the family. Her research has been supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the National Institutes of Health.

“In Sickness As in Health” – A book review by Chronic Marriage

The Arthritis Broadcast Network would like to share with you below Chronic Marriage’s blog post titled “In Sickness As in Health”, where Helena shares her response to a book on navigating marriage (and life) with chronic pain.

In Sickness As in Health

Every once in a while, you stumble upon a really helpful book that you want to share with everyone.  In Sickness As In Health – Helping Couples Cope with the Complexities of Illness (Roundtree Press, 2013) byBarbara Kivowitz and Roanne Weisman is one such book.

Book Cover for In Sickness As in HealthIn Sickness As In Health is full of hope as well as lessons learned; a breath of fresh air for those of us desiring new and sound strategies for navigating marriage (and life) with chronic illness.

Co-author Barbara Kivowitz has herself lived with chronic pain since 1999 so she writes from experience and with authority.  She is also a psychotherapist, organizational consultant and advisor to several health systems.  In other words, she knows her stuff.

The book is broken down into three parts and 12 chapters:

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Free webinar: My Older Parent Hurts – Pain in Older Adults and How You Can Help

picture of an old ladyThe Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) will be hosting a free webinar tomorrow at 11:00 am PDT or 2:00 pm EDT. The webinar is titled “My Older Parent Hurts: Pain in Older Adults and How You can Help”. This event is co-sponsored by CIRPD, Pain BC and The Canadian Pain CoalitionRegister now for this event.

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Small fiber neuropathy may be responsible for pain in fibromyalgia

Woman readingResearchers announced that small fiber neuropathy, rather than central sensitization, may be the underlying cause of pain for people living with fibromyalgia. According to one researcher’s interview with MedPage Today, Xavier J. Caro, MD, of Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Northridge, Calif., skin biopsies revealed lower mean epidermal nerve fiber density among patients with fibromyalgia compared with controls at both the calf (5.8 versus. 7.4, P<0.0002) and thigh (9.3 versus 11.3, P<0.0007). The decreased epidermal nerve fiber density could indicate a peripheral nervous system injury contributing to pain. Continue reading

Fibromyalgia: Myths, Facts, and Future Hopes

Woman with hand on faceThe Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) will be conducting a webinar tomorrow (April 16) at 11:00am PDT/2:00pm EDT on fibromyalgia. The webinar will feature Connie Leudtke, MA, RN-BC, Assistant Professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Nursing Supervisor at the Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center and Mayo Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Clinic. Drawing from 25 years of experience, Leudtke will dispel some common myths about fibromyalgia. She will also provide up-to-date information on diagnosis and treatment.

At the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:  Continue reading