Striving to Thriving is your resource for those things related to the biological, psychological and social (biopsychosocial) aspects and challenges of chronic pain. My name is David Hall and I am a certified health and wellness coach, and a Chronic Pain Support Group Facilitator, certified by the U.S. Pain Foundation. I worked in the microelectronics and biomedical device manufacturing industries for over 30 years. In 2007, I sustained an injury to my spine in a bad rollover accident, ultimately requiring the implant of a spinal cord stimulator to manage my pain. Three years ago, because of a surgery that didn’t go as planned, I contracted one of the most painful chronic conditions, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), also known as the suicide disease. Despite these challenges, with the help and education I received from my pain specialist, I made the arduous journey from Striving to Thriving despite my challenges with chronic pain. I have devoted my life to continuing her work, helping those struggling in chronic pain.My podcasts will address a myriad of topics related to chronic pain, neuroscience, wellness, lifestyle adaptation, neurology and psychology of pain, various forms of therapy, and more. I will also host special guests from time to time who provide solutions, treatments, technologies and legislation regarding treatment and care of people afflicted with chronic pain. If you find value in my podcast, please leave a positive rating with whatever service you use. If you have some ideas, topic or constructive comments, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
16 - Pain 101 - Pain Management Coaching with Paul Curtis
In this episode of Striving to Thriving, I interview Paul Curtis from Take Courage Coaching and we discuss topics related to health and wellness coaching specific to chronic pain, which affects over 50 million people in the United States and how a coaching relationship can make a significant difference.
Paul is a board-certified health and wellness coach. He is one of the Staff Instructors and student mentor at Take Courage Coaching® also with a background in fitness training. He has prior experience in functional restoration and has been a support and guide to those who live with pain since 2012. He is personally familiar with the challenges and successes of his mother—who not only lives with chronic pain, but thrives in spite of it. Paul is fluent in Spanish, which now makes the TCC® program is available to Latinos. He loves spending time outdoors and when he is not coaching is usually on an adventure with his wife, Kirsten and black lab, Winchester. He currently lives in Big Sky country, Laurel, Montana.
15 - Pain 101 - Coping Skills to Overcome Depression
If you suffer from chronic pain you may wrestle with depression. But take heart. If you make the investment of time and energy in the seven skills I present, you may not only overcome depression but also turn down the volume of your pain. The seven skills are not limited to those with depression, but are healthy things you can do to make your life richer and healthier.
14 - Pain 101 - Cognitive Distortions
If you suffer from chronic pain, you likely are, or have, wrestled with one of more cognitive distortions. But don’t beat yourself up. Remember, nature wired our brains have negative slant. That’s what’s helped us survive in primitive times when we were trying to keep from being eaten by lions. Thankfully, we now live in a modern world and no longer have to worry about being eaten. Today we have the luxury of choice. We can choose positive, healthy rational thoughts, but only if we make the investment of time and challenge or interrogate our thought processes.
In this podcast I discuss 5 of the 15 recognized cognitive distortions commonly affecting those with chronic pain.
13 - Pain 101 - Movement, Fear-avoidance Beliefs
Those of us struggling in chronic pain often, and errantly, rely on guarded movement to keep us from re-injuring ourselves, also known as Fear-avoidance beliefs. This podcast attempts to dispel the notion that guarded movements, or avoiding physical activities, are beneficial for those with chronic pain. Movement, especially intentional movement known as exercise, is our body’s own natural pharmacy that helps us get, or become, strong and healthy.
12 - Pain 101 - Understand Suicide
In this episode I interview suicide prevention expert Paula Fontenelle. Sharing her own experience with the loss of her father and how that changed the course of her life, she shares vital information on how we can prevent tragedy in our families and communities.
Suicide is a highly stigmatized subject. So we don't talk about it, and that's a problem, especially if you struggle with chronic pain. According to a 2008 eight study, those with chronic pain attempt suicide 2.5 times more often than the general public, and suicide ideation is almost twice that of the general population in the US. Given the Corona virus, we are seeing a stark increase in mental health illness. You will find more relevant information if read Leo Sher's report, The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates, QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, Volume 113, Issue 10, October 2020, Pages 707–712, https://doi.org/10.1093/qjmed/hcaa202.
11 - Pain 101 - Handling Holiday Stress
I'm taking a break from the "Movement" series to address handling and minimizing stress during the holiday season offering some suggestions for making this season less painful for those struggling with chronic pain. Simply put, stress and anxiety increases physical pain. We see a great deal more pain during this season because of stress, cold weather changes and the feeling the need to "do more" which with friends and family arriving. I close with a personal story about giving of ourselves.
Be well and be blessed, David