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A national plan for better pain management (we hope!)

By |2019-06-17T16:17:02+10:00June 17th, 2019|Blog, Learn, Professional Resources|

MEDIA RELEASE 17 June 2019 At last – A national plan for better pain management Painaustralia has today launched the new National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management. Millions of Australians live with ongoing persistent pain. Chronic pain can have [...]

Spinal Cord Stim Trial Day 6

By |2018-12-13T12:45:01+10:00December 13th, 2018|About, Learn, My treatment, Professional Resources|

I'm not exactly enthused about health admin. There's already enough admin and digital filing to do in life. But I've found that my PT health summary is saving me, not only admin time, but alot of stress having to remember details of my experience. I've included a self portrait for my specialist today!

Frida Kahlo: Portrait of Chronic Pain

By |2018-06-09T11:31:59+10:00June 9th, 2018|Learn, Professional Resources, Read|

The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) is one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. Although famous for her colorful self-portraits and associations with celebrities Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky, less known is the fact that she had lifelong chronic pain. Frida Kahlo developed poliomyelitis at age 6 years, was in a horrific trolley car accident in her teens, and would eventually endure numerous failed spinal surgeries and, ultimately, limb amputation. She endured several physical, emotional, and psychological traumas in her lifetime, yet through her art, she was able to transcend a life of pain and disability. Of her work, her self-portraits are conspicuous in their capacity to convey her life experience, much of which was imbued with chronic pain. Signs and symptoms of chronic neuropathic pain and central sensitization of nociceptive pathways are evident when analyzing her paintings and medical history. This article uses a narrative approach to describe how events in the life of this artist contributed to her chronic pain. The purpose of this article is to discuss Frida Kahlo's medical history and her art from a modern pain sciences perspective, and perhaps to increase our understanding of the pain experience from the patient's perspective.

Online Survey to Research the Relationship Between Emotional Expression and Pain/illness

By |2018-05-27T15:25:37+10:00May 28th, 2018|Learn, Professional Resources|

Hawaa Dajan is a psychology honours student at USQ doing her research project on the relationship between emotional expression and pain/illness. Hawaa contacted me through FB and asked if I could share her information.  Of course! Hawaa and her co [...]