What you will learn

  • 1

    How is Chronic Pain Different From Other Pain Conditions?

    • Introduction

    • The symptoms of chronic pain

    • Chronic pain in real life

    • An uncommonly common problem

    • The measurement of pain

    • Short Form McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ) (pdf version)

    • Chronic Pain Severity Rating Scale (pdf version)

  • 2

    Why chronic pain? and why me?

    • Introduction

    • Rate causes of Chronic Pain

    • Genetics

    • The psychology of pain

    • Pain signals

    • Central sensitization

    • The brain, connectivity and chronic pain

    • Neural networks underlying chronic pain

  • 3

    The effective treatment of chronic pain

    • Introduction

    • Rate treatments for Chronic Pain

    • Anticonvulsants

    • Antidepressants

    • Benzodiazepines

    • Cannabinoids

    • Opioids

    • Non-Pharma: Acupuncture

    • Biofeedback

    • Exercise

    • Massage

    • Psychotherapy (CBT)

    • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

  • 4

    Where to go from here...

    • On getting started...

    • References