14 episodes

When it comes to chronic pain, everyone has a unique story to tell. But when it comes to the fears, doubts and struggles around pain, we all have much more in common. Join hosts Alan Gordon, LCSW (Founder of the Pain Psychology Center) and Alon Ziv as they respond to the experiences of real chronic pain sufferers and provide techniques based on the latest neuroscience to help listeners overcome chronic pain. Powered by Curable, an online program that teaches people to use evidence-based techniques to relieve chronic pain. For updates and more information about Tell Me About Your Pain, visit curablehealth.com/tellmeaboutyourpain

Tell Me About Your Pain Curable and Alan Gordon LCSW

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 91 Ratings

When it comes to chronic pain, everyone has a unique story to tell. But when it comes to the fears, doubts and struggles around pain, we all have much more in common. Join hosts Alan Gordon, LCSW (Founder of the Pain Psychology Center) and Alon Ziv as they respond to the experiences of real chronic pain sufferers and provide techniques based on the latest neuroscience to help listeners overcome chronic pain. Powered by Curable, an online program that teaches people to use evidence-based techniques to relieve chronic pain. For updates and more information about Tell Me About Your Pain, visit curablehealth.com/tellmeaboutyourpain

    Why is 'No' the Most Important Word for Healing Pain?

    Why is 'No' the Most Important Word for Healing Pain?

    Alan and Alon talk to Christie Uipi, Director of the Better Mind Center, who recently participated in a groundbreaking study on the treatment of chronic pain. Christie explains how they treated the patients in the study and what the results mean for the future of chronic pain. Christie also talks about her own struggles with chronic symptoms (knee pain, wrist pain, stomach issues) and how she overcame them. Alan, Alon, and Christie discuss the power of 'No' - a word that's difficult for many chronic pain sufferers. And finally, Christie reveals what she thinks is the single most important thing for overcoming pain.

    • 37 min
    How Do I Teach My Brain to Deactivate My Pain?

    How Do I Teach My Brain to Deactivate My Pain?

    Fear is the fuel that keeps chronic pain alive. But as many pain sufferers know, it's hard to overcome that fear when it feels so powerful and so automatic. In this episode, Alan and Alon explain how to teach your brain to turn off the fear by introducing a new concept: corrective experiences and setbacks. Alan talks to Sue, who suffers from multiple painful symptoms, and Christie, who feels pain whenever she types. These sessions provide real life examples of corrective experiences and setbacks in action. Finally, Alan and Alon explain how you can use corrective experiences to help your brain unlearn the fear and deactivate your pain.

    • 31 min
    How Do I Feel My Emotions, and How Can That Help My Pain?

    How Do I Feel My Emotions, and How Can That Help My Pain?

    Alan and Alon talk about the role of emotions in chronic pain. They discuss the benefits of tapping into difficult emotions, and provide a simple and effective technique for doing so. Alan talks to Ginger and Chris who are having trouble connecting with their feelings, and he helps them feel their emotions in a safe way. Finally, Alan talks to Mandi and reveals the one emotion that every chronic pain sufferer needs to address.

    • 34 min
    I’m Trying So Hard to Get Rid of My Pain, Why Isn’t It Working?

    I’m Trying So Hard to Get Rid of My Pain, Why Isn’t It Working?

    Many chronic pain sufferers know the heartbreak of working so hard on their recovery, but not seeing any improvement. In this episode, Alan talks to Paula who's endured chronic headaches and dizziness for two years. Paula has tried everything from medication to meditation, but nothing has worked. Alan helps Paula realize that her approach has been the opposite of what she actually needs to heal. Alan and Alon discuss the common pitfall that's kept Paula stuck and explain how pain patients can get past it to finally find relief.

    • 38 min
    How Can I Heal My Pain by Making My Brain Feel Safe?

    How Can I Heal My Pain by Making My Brain Feel Safe?

    In this episode, Alan and Alon explain how making your brain feel safe deactivates chronic pain. Alan talks to Laura, a pain sufferer who's been in "danger mode" for many years. Due to her past experiences (getting bullied as a child) as well as the way she treats herself (pressure and anxiety), her brain feels very unsafe. Alan guides her through a somatic technique that calms her brain and puts it in "safe mode." Finally, Alan and Alon explain how you can use this technique to make your own brain feel safe, and overcome your pain.

    • 29 min
    How Can I Diagnose My Pain Like a Pain Specialist?

    How Can I Diagnose My Pain Like a Pain Specialist?

    In this episode, Alan talks to Howard Schubiner, MD, one of the pioneers of mind-body medicine. Dr. Schubiner has developed a unique protocol to help patients determine whether their pain is caused by their brains, or by a structural problem in their bodies. Dr. Schubiner shares some of his landmark techniques (such as provocative testing) geared toward diagnosing pain. Then, Alan and Dr. Schubiner talk about how you can use these techniques to help figure out the cause of your own pain.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

tayschach ,

Life Changing

There are no words good enough to express how much this podcast has helped me. I was resistant to the mind body concept, but I was at the end of my rope with my chronic pain. After downloading curable, researching and listening to different curable related podcasts, I can honestly say my life has changed. I never thought the pain would go away, or that I’d live a life without pain. Alan and Alon are extremely knowledgeable. I am so sad to hear this podcast is ending, and I’m so excited to read their book! Thank you so much for making a huge difference in my messy world!

oneloveonlifetime ,

Thank you!!!

Finally I have hope! Your podcasts have been so helpful in changing my understanding, perspective, and outlook on what’s been happening to me this past year, so thankful to have discovered your gentle and kind teachings, bought your book this morning! #hopeful #thankful

weedinn ,

Great book, great podcast

I read your book. It’s great. Thanks for this podcast. I would love to hear you have a conversation with Sam Harris.

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