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Understanding and Managing Chronic Pain

Most of the time pain serves as a critical part of our sensory system, and is therefore a necessary though unpleasant function of a healthy body. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that chronic pain may be more like a disease or pathology of the nervous system associated with abnormal responses in the brain and spinal cord. Chronic pain has an impact on every facet of patients' lives. If you have chronic pain it is important to develop a pain management plan that works for you.

Topics: CAM, Complementary & Alternative Treatments, Fact Sheet, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Lower Abdominal Pain, Pelvic Pain, Pain Management

About the Author

  • Bruce D. Naliboff, PhD

    Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; Co-Director, UCLA Center for Neurovisceral Sciences & Women's Health (CNS/WH), UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases; Chief, Psychophysiology Research Laboratory, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA

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