stanford_medicine_logoDr. Drew Sturgeon, is a post-doctoral fellow and neuropsychologist at Stanford University conducting a study into resilience and chronic pain.  Sturgeon would like to know why some people with high amounts of pain are able to stay productive while others cannot.

 Stanford has one of the most forward thinking approaches to pain of any University.  When Jarred Younger was there he produced pioneering studies on the effectiveness of low dose naltrexone in fibromyalgia. 

The notice below is from Sturgeon:

“People with chronic pain face many challenges, including greater problems with physical health, higher risks of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, and increased rates of job disability. Traditional research on chronic pain has, perhaps understandably, focused on the many problems that chronic pain can cause.

chronic pain and resilience

Are there ways to increase ones resilience in the face of chronic pain?

However, focusing only on the problematic nature of chronic pain misses an important point: most people have important goals and interests that they want to pursue, even if they are suffering from chronic pain.

Research suggests that many continue to work, do not show high levels of depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric problems, and lead satisfying and fulfilling lives, despite the presence of a chronic pain condition. They are resilient.

My colleagues and I at Stanford University are seeking to understand how some people are still able to function at a high level, despite having chronic pain.

We believe that resilient individuals may interpret the meaning of pain differently, may behave differently when they are in pain, and may have different emotional responses to pain — all of which help them to remain healthy and functional.

By understanding resilience in chronic pain, we hope to identify and treat others who may be struggling with their own pain.

The Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory (SNAPL) is currently looking for people with chronic pain to complete an anonymous online survey, to help better understand how people cope with their pain conditions and how to better meet their needs.

This study is the second phase of a survey development project we posted in the National Pain Report in January of this year. Participation in our study involves answering multiple-choice questions about beliefs about pain and strategies for dealing with pain, as well as questions about physical, emotional, and social health.

Responses from this survey will help us to determine whether our questionnaire can be used to effectively predict healthy functioning in people with chronic pain. Participation takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

[WARNING: the link below is says the survey is closed. The survey was just posted two days ago on another website, however. I have contacted the researcher in an attempt to figure out what is going on.]

If you are interested in completing this online survey, it can be accessed using the following Internet link: https://redcap.stanford.edu/surveys/?s=X7NTKF3DYT .

Alternatively, you can ask to be sent a survey link by emailing me at jasturge@stanford.edu or by calling (650) 724-8783.

Dr. Drew Sturgeon


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