Anger-The Absolute Block

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You Will Get Better It has become clear that if a given patient engages in the principles outlined in this book, he or she has a high chance of experiencing a dramatic decrease in pain and improved quality of life at some point in time. The richness of this new … Read More

Video 16/19: “White Bears”

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I talk about how the suppression of negative thoughts associated with chronic pain can really fire up the nervous system.  Dr. Daniel Wegner from Harvard published an elegant paper in 1987 demonstratng the impossibity of trying to suppress thoughts. I’ve talked about it before in White Bears and ANTS. BF

My Call to Action

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Jean was a middle-aged rancher who I saw for a second opinion from a neighboring state. She filled out an extensive spine pain questionnaire, which included many psychosocial questions in addition to a history and diagram of the pain. She was healthy and normally an extremely physically active rancher. Her low back … Read More

Video 15/19: Anger Fueled Anxiety-“The Highway to Hell”

I discuss how anger is the turbocharger that keeps anxiety both covered up and fired up. Until you turn off anger you will not get a handle on your anxiety or your pain. It’s something I talk about more in Anger and Anxiety-“The Highway to Hell”.   BF

Back Pain vs. Mouth Pain

I am a busy spine surgeon, yet I spend most of my time talking my patients out of surgery. When I do recommend surgical treatment, many, if not most, become apprehensive. They have heard that spine surgery never works and will relate stories to me about their friends, family, or … Read More

Video 13 / 19: Memorizing the Circuits: Phantom Pain

Our brain has neurological circuits that can become memorized. In this video I discuss phantom pain, which is more the rule than the exception with amputations. This factor is a significant problem with any chronic pain situation. BF

Compassion and an Italian Dinner

Compassion—First and foremost I am on a much-needed vacation this week in Italy.  From 1980 until 1990, my wife lived in Florence.  We have many friends in Italy we like to visit as much as we can.  It is a unique opportunity for me in that she is fluent in … Read More

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