Lives Out of Balance

By | May 18, 2011

We see patients with many unusual conditions in the pain clinic, in part because by the time they get to us, most of the simple diagnoses have already been made. Patient complaints vary, but one recurring theme is the disordered, chaotic and unbalanced nature of their lives.

These patients often have significant problems in diet, exercise, sleep and social relationships. The first visit can quickly degenerate into a chicken and egg discussion with the patients about which came first the pain or the other disorders in their lives. What is clear is that if we do not correct the imbalanced and maladaptive nature of their lives, no meaningful progress will be possible.

Over the next several days I will examine some of these areas as well as programs we sponsor to help the patients reestablish a sense of order and balance. We will look at real people and how they were able to regain control of their lives.


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