25 episodes

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 david@strivingtothriving.com

Striving to Thriving David Hall

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

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 david@strivingtothriving.com

    25 - Pain 101 - Interview with Yoga Therapist Aimee Huffman

    25 - Pain 101 - Interview with Yoga Therapist Aimee Huffman

    In this podcast I interview yoga therapist Aimee Huffman. She explains the layered approach she takes in helping people overcome stress, anxiety and chronic pain. Chronic pain is complex, and there is no single approach that works for everyone. What we understand today is that because of the biopsychosocial nature of chronic pain requires us to look at chronic pain from multiple perspectives and angles, and this is just one. In this series, I explore various aspects of life that must you must specifically target, and diverse therapeutic approaches you can consider in order to reclaim your life from chronic pain. I hope you’ll subscribe and come back for our next podcast. 

    • 54 min
    24 - Pain 101 - Last Minute Holiday Survival Tips

    24 - Pain 101 - Last Minute Holiday Survival Tips

    It really isn't the spirit of brotherly "shove."

    In this episode, David presents some practical tips for surviving the holiday season, while preserving both physical and mental health for those with chronic pain (but the content really makes sense for anyone). This podcast is short for those who are “on-the-go” during the holiday season, and are encouraged to take time to value those things of eternal value, like family and friends and loving them. 

    • 11 min
    23 - Pain 101- Chronic Pain Crisis, Interview with US Pain Foundation CEO, Nicole Hemmenway

    23 - Pain 101- Chronic Pain Crisis, Interview with US Pain Foundation CEO, Nicole Hemmenway

    This is breaking news! The U.S. Pain Foundation is pulling back the veil on the number of public health crisis in the United States. That crisis is chronic pain. 
    Chronic pain affects about 20 percent of the world’s population. That means 50 million Americans live with chronic pain, or pain that lasts most days or every day for three months or more. Of this group, 20 million suffer from high-impact chronic pain, or pain that interferes with basic functioning and activities of daily living, like personal hygiene and household chores. Pain is the number one reason Americans access the health care system, and the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. Estimates suggest pain costs the nation at least $560-635 billion a year in direct medical costs and lost productivity.
    Between March 29 to April 12, 2022, U.S. Pain Foundation conducted a survey of 2,378 individuals to better understand the public health crisis of chronic pain. Respondents included 2,275 people with chronic pain (96%), defined as pain lasting three months or more, as well as 72 caregivers (3%) and 31 health care professionals (1%). The title of the report is, “A Chronic Pain Crisis 2022 Survey Report.”
    Topics explored included types of pain, ability to work, patient-provider relationships, cost, treatment options, concerns about side effects, mental health, COVID-19, and mobility issues.
    The results underscore the devastating impact of chronic pain on quality of life. Some of the main sections of the report include:
    Key findingsRespondent demographicsThe intersection of pain, disability, and povertyPain management therapiesKey barriers to effective pain care And much more, including recommendationsIf you, or someone you know or love, lives with chronic pain, they should have this report in their hands, and should their provider(s). This report provides a deep-dive into the biopsychosocial aspects of chronic pain you won’t find in any research papers in the last two decades. Any practitioner serving those in chronic pain should not only read this report, but should keep it as an educational aid to use with their patients. You’ll learn much from this report; you’ll garner important information needed giving you the voice necessary to advocate for yourself or others in pain. The Foundation packs every page, without exception, with valuable information. But they present that information in a very digestible manner consistently throughout the report’s pages in prose, tables,  and graphics. Few reports possess this level of quality and professionalism. 

    You can access the report at https://uspainfoundation.org/surveyreports/a-chronic-pain-crisis/

    • 44 min
    22 - Pain 101 - Joy vs. Not so much

    22 - Pain 101 - Joy vs. Not so much

    Chronic pain is never a choice. How we respond to it is. In this podcast I profile four people I recently met that contrast choices we can make. Two of these people truly inspired me to produce this podcast, and I want to share them with you. Also, I’m starting a new project and need your input. So, please listen and subscribe. 
    Want to know more? Reach out to us for more details at www.strivingtothriving.com #chronicpain #chronicillness #stress #striving #thriving #stress #anxiety #relief #book #author

    • 18 min
    20 - Pain 101 - Understanding Migraine - Session 3

    20 - Pain 101 - Understanding Migraine - Session 3

    This is the third, and last, in a series of three podcasts that discusses the challenges, symptoms, and treatment options for those with migraine disease. In this podcast David Hall  ends the series with an exciting interview with one of the leading migraine experts from Mayo Clinic Hospital, Dr. Amaal Starling. You'll definitely want to listen to this podcast if you experience migraine. This podcast is packed with lots of information from one of the most passionate, insightful, determined and caring specialists in the field of neurology as it relates to migraine disease and headache disease.  

    • 1 hr 4 min
    19 - Pain 101 - Understanding Migraine - Session 2

    19 - Pain 101 - Understanding Migraine - Session 2

    This is the second in a series of three podcasts that discusses the challenges, symptoms, and treatment options for those with migraine disease. In this podcast David Hall touches on symptoms of migraine attack, various types of migraine attacks, as well as myths and misconception. In the next podcast, he ends the series with an exciting interview with one of the leading migraine experts from Mayo Clinic Hospital. You'll definitely want to listen to that podcast. It's packed with lots of information and insights. 

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Erika Reed ,

Inspiring speaker who has given me hope!

A friend told me about a book she received recently as a gift, Striving to Thriving, written by David Hall. She finds it so motivating and inspiring, I decided to look up his podcast since I deal with a chronic pain condition that flares up and down and I frequently get depressed during the challenging times. These podcasts have helped me so much already. My outlook has improved, I have learned many coping skills and other things I can do to lessen my struggles. I like that he reminds us of the effect my challenges have on those who love me.

I also enjoy listening to the interviews, David finds very interesting people to interview who talk about very relevant challenges and issues.

Thank you David, I’m so glad I found out about you. I have listened to every podcast so far and look forward to many more!

Erika Reed

Aimee C. H. ,

A refreshing approach to chronic pain with PRACTICAL solutions

A must-listen if you’re feeling stuck in the chronic pain loop, searching for holistic solutions and frustrated with traditional treatment approaches. David has a gentle approach but speaks with conviction making it a joy to listen to.

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