Chronic pain in the pediatric and adolescent population is becoming increasingly prevalent.
Fibromyalgia is regularly defined as chronic generalized musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, anxiety and mood disorders. Recently, the medical community has come to understand much more about this severe form of widespread chronic pain.
Pain is a subjective experience that feeds on both psychological and emotional elements. We each view and respond to pain differently. This makes pain exceedingly susceptible to placebo responses, and pain is the arena in which the placebo effect has been most extensively researched.
We are all familiar with the sense of hope when we experience it but hope isn’t concrete, easily measurable, or available in pill form (not yet anyway). Regardless, if you or someone you care about suffers from chronic pain, understanding and tapping into the power of hope can be a game changer.