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The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief

A Mayo Clinic professor shows you science-based lifestyle choices that can help you manage chronic pain.
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The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 62.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review of pain management strategies I watched this with my wife who suffers from multiple sources of chronic pain. Hope was to learn something more that might help and for me to get a better understanding of her journey. The last part was successful. We did discovered that she is already doing many of the strategies they are recommending... so we are on the best path probably. The presenter was so low key that at times I worked to maintain my attention, not something I normally have an issue with. If you are a loved is having chronic pain issues this is a good survey of possible strategies.
Date published: 2022-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relieved I Took This Course! The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief lectures in this course are very helpful for anyone who is experiencing pain. Barbara Bruce, Ph.D., LP., outlines the course in a way that educates you in many reasons why people have pain. The 12 lectures each build on one another in order to take you through the reasons for pain, what can help to lessen your pain, and how to build support.
Date published: 2022-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good course! I have painful arthritis in most of my body, and that's why I ordered it. It was very helpful in dealing with my issues. She went into the physiology of pain to help understand, but not so deeply that I got lost. The teacher has a very soothing voice and attitude, as well. Good offering, and I definitely recommend it. I saw some reviewers who didn't appreciate this course, but I found it interesting and helpful.
Date published: 2021-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Without opioids, pain science has nothing I've been dealing with chronic pain since 2017. I've lost count of the number of medical specialists I've seen, but only one doctor was of any real help. I watched this course because I wanted to see if modern pain science had any other useful tips to offer. My main reaction, after watching these videos, was, "My goodness. Without medication, pain science has NOTHING." All of the tips and strategies that Dr. Bruce suggests are laughably obvious to anyone who has suffered from chronic pain for any length of time. Most of the information presented could be found in a 10-minute Google search. I found standard tips on getting better sleep, reasons to start exercising, and admonitions about the importance of social support. I mean...duh? I felt like I learned everything Dr. Bruce said, without being taught, in my first year of suffering from chronic pain. I don't disagree with most of the advice offered, but it's insufficient for anyone who is suffering from truly debilitating pain. The one advantage of taking this course, I suspect, is that you will save yourself a visit to an ineffective pain clinic.
Date published: 2021-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a wonderful course Dr Bruce is extremely helpful in giving hope and enlightenment on this heartbreaking debility of chronic pain. She approaches everything with a calm attitude and is so caring and knowledgeable it helps increase determination and confidence to overcome any difficulties. I'm so grateful to her and all her guest speakers at Mayo Clinic.
Date published: 2021-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Take a Guess I learned some stuff, but the message was mostly the same sort of thing you hear from a crisis line: 1. Eat Right, 2. Exercise, 3. Get Plenty of Sleep, 4. Find a Hobby, 5. Talk to Friends & Family. Make SMART goals and work towards them. And if the exersice is too much, then do less. Speaker was excellent and I did learn some stuff, but a little bummed.
Date published: 2021-09-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief Need closed captioning! Can't understand a word. Waste of money!
Date published: 2021-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bigger Picture View of a Painful Subject Do you know what it is like to wake up each day knowing that yesterday's pain will be present all day and tomorrow too? Ignoring, toughing it out, diversion, masking, pill world, novel touch sensations, etc. - trials and failures all part of the chronic world - all lead to some level of reluctant acceptance of that's the way it is. Depressing isn't it. I found there was an encouraging message buried in these lessons. The instructor's command of the subject matter seemed self evident. I found the her tone and pace comforting as well as her non-threating and non-intimidating presentation manner. The inclusion of other medical specialists added breadth and depth. This is not the world of action/reaction/fix but one of the bigger view where time has a different meaning. It includes both the mental and the physical. It values involvement over isolation - active over sedate. It depends on you - probably more than you realize. Direction is given to help guide you to "your" program. The physical demo's were very helpful. The meditation mind demo was outstanding. Reminded me so much of the self-hypnosis exercises of yesteryear. I liked this course very much.
Date published: 2021-07-15
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Overview

If your life or the life of someone you love has been hijacked by pain, you're not alone. One out of every three U.S. adults lives with chronic pain. In The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief with Barbara K. Bruce, Ph.D., L.P., you will learn new science-based behaviors that can lessen your pain, how to build a health care team, and how to create your individualized pain-management program addressing issues of physical stamina, stress management, social support, sleep, and mood.

About

Barbara K. Bruce

Everyone agrees that pain is a universal human experience, but not everyone knows what to do about it.

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Mayo Clinic

Barbara K. Bruce, Ph.D., L.P., is a clinical health psychologist in the Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, and Associate Professor of Psychology at the Mayo Clinic College of Science and Medicine, Mayo Clinic. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she also earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. In addition, she holds a Master's Degree in Physiological Psychology from the University of New Orleans.

Dr. Bruce has spent her entire career in the field of pain management. She served as Clinical Director of the Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center Program in Rochester, MN, where she also led the development of the Mayo Clinic Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program. She is currently located at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, where she has developed and currently leads its fibromyalgia and chronic abdominal pain treatment programs.

Dr. Bruce is widely published in scholarly journals addressing issues of pain management, including The Clinical Journal of Pain, Clinical Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Her research interests include the effective treatment for chronic benign pain and cancer pain, controversial use of maintenance opioid therapy in chronic non-cancer pain, and understanding the role of multidisciplinary psychosocial factors in treatment.

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The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief
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The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief

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Why Pain Matters

01: Why Pain Matters

One out of every three people suffers from chronic pain-pain that either never goes away or returns again and again. Although pain is a universal experience, there are ways you can manage pain effectively - and live an enjoyable and fulfilling life. Learn from case studies of people who have dealt with chronic pain and how their experiences may help you.<

30 min
What Is Pain?

02: What Is Pain?

The latest neurological research reveals that the brain's physical, emotional, and cognition centers all play significant roles in our perception of pain. The fascinating neurology of pain reveals why the most effective pain-control programs address the body, the mind, and the body-mind interaction.

29 min
Common Causes of Chronic Pain

03: Common Causes of Chronic Pain

Many conditions can lead to chronic pain, but one more recently discovered cause is central sensitization. This syndrome is caused by dysregulation of the spinal cord, the brain's thalamus, hypothalamus, and amygdala, and alterations in how pain is experienced. Central sensitization is thought to be the underlying cause of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and more.

32 min
Medication for Chronic Pain: Why and Why Not

04: Medication for Chronic Pain: Why and Why Not

What are the short-term benefits and the long-term risks of using anti-inflammatories, analgesics, opioids, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and other pharmacological treatments for chronic pain? Learn when drugs can be helpful and when it's time to address the bigger goal of successfully managing chronic pain-and managing life-without them.

31 min
How Exercise Helps with Chronic Pain

05: How Exercise Helps with Chronic Pain

Study after study has shown that exercise releases endorphins, improves blood flow to the brain, reduces fatigue, improves sleep quality, and even helps build emotional resilience. But what's the most significant issue in developing an appropriate exercise program for a person with chronic pain? Moderation. Moderation. And more moderation. Learn why.

33 min
Manage Your Stress to Manage Your Pain

06: Manage Your Stress to Manage Your Pain

No matter its cause, stress signals your body to release cortisol-its primary fight-or-flight hormone-which increases your perception of pain, causes more stress, and even doubles the symptoms of pain that you experience. Learn how to break this cycle by identifying and reducing the real stressors in your life and adopting new behaviors that reduce stress and pain.

32 min
Social Support for Pain Management

07: Social Support for Pain Management

Medical research consistently shows that people with rich social support networks are healthier in almost every way. But you might be surprised to learn what type of social support doctors have found most helpful for those with chronic pain, and who benefits. Learn how to initiate, develop, and nurture these significant relationships.

30 min
How to Sleep When You Have Pain

08: How to Sleep When You Have Pain

People with chronic pain are more likely to have sleep problems that impact their daily lives and are three times more likely to be diagnosed with a sleep disorder. Recent research reveals many complex relationships between pain and sleep-and the best ways to get the sleep needed to lessen stress and pain.

30 min
The Vicious Cycle of Pain and Mood

09: The Vicious Cycle of Pain and Mood

Symptoms of chronic pain are rarely stable, leading to good days and bad days - and unpredictable changes in mood. It's impossible to completely disentangle chronic pain from mood, especially since the emotions and pain that you feel travel along the same nerve pathways through your body. But help is available for mood disorders, and you can learn how to minimize their impact on your life.

31 min
Building a Pain Management Team

10: Building a Pain Management Team

Do you wish you had one person to lead your health care team? One person to coordinate, explain, and integrate information from your other doctors-to explain all your options and develop the best possible pain-management plan for you? You do. Learn why your primary care physician is almost always best for the job.

32 min
Creating a Pain Management Plan

11: Creating a Pain Management Plan

Use everything you've learned in the first 10 lectures of this course to create your own effective pain management plan - one that meets your personal goals and identifies the lifestyle interventions that are most appropriate for you in the areas of exercise, stress reduction, social support, improved sleep, and emotional health.

29 min
Active Sessions: Exercise and Relaxation

12: Active Sessions: Exercise and Relaxation

Begin two aspects of your pain management plan right now. Let experts gently guide you through physical exercise and meditation practices that will start you on your journey. Learn how to calm your busy mind and improve your chances of directing it where you want it to go-toward relaxation and comfort.

33 min