Welcome to the home of my 'blogs'.
It is difficult to write in a way that will be necessarily understood by everyone because inevitably medical terminology can be quite hard to understand. At this stage the main audience for my blog will likely be other health professionals. However, if you are a layperson it is probably best if you read my 'Understanding Pain and Persistent Pain' document and explore the resources on the 'for patients' page and I would be happy to answer questions if seeking more clarification on an individual basis.
If you are looking for the standard stuff on pain, you won't find it here. This is amply covered elsewhere and seems to me to be as yet lost in translation. Despite the excellent research available, this is struggling to permeate into standard practice versus the tsunami of 'technology' focussed management methods. I attended the Australian Pain Society meeting for the first time in 2015 and an observation was that the pharmaceutical and interventional sessions were very well attended. This contrasted with the substantially lower attendances at the psychology / sociology / educational focussed sessions. I think that says it all.
I will keep a list of the titles of my topics here.
Please click the link to the sub-page for whatever topic you are interested in or just read them all!
- What do the common cold and persistent pain have in common?
- The extraordinarily different body structure of the compensation patient.
- Sorry, but there are SO many more than 50 shades of grey in pain.
- "He (or she) done it!"
- Pain is SUCH a pain!!
- The ZOO in the room.
- Making a mountain out of a 'pain' hill.
- Twenty two pain 'catch 22s'.
- Crime and punishment.
- 'I feel your pain'.
- My first visit to Planet Academia.
- Be careful what you believe; it can become your reality (parts a & b).
- Politics, fear and pain.
- The problem with carrots.
- "Save a life, save the whole world"
- Le Bouchon de la Douleur ie: The Traffic Jam (literally ‘the plug’) of Pain.
- Harnessing placebo – “When I say whoa, I mean whoa!”
- A Sports & Exercise Medicine and Pain Revolution Copulation.
- Painless informed consent?
- Coming soon - 'The SYNDROME syndrome'