The science and philosophy of the meaning of pain

This is the seventh in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). -- I was delighted to be asked to present a chapter from the recent collection Meanings of Pain. Dr Smadar Bustan's contribution- A Scientific and Philosophical Analysis of Meanings of Pain in Studies of Pain and … [Read more...]

Sympathetic nervous system indeed! … and why some people suffer over your pain

This is the sixth in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). -- Every day we are bombarded with expressions that borrow from the world of pain. Public spokespersons frequently allude to harmful implications of social, environmental or economic policies and events, such as the … [Read more...]

The lived experience of pain-related fear in people with low back pain

This post is the fifth in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). -- For many people low back pain (LBP) is scary. The spine is commonly perceived to be the structure linking our limbs to our trunk. It is also perceived to be the structure protecting the body’s ‘neural highway’ — the … [Read more...]

The moral experience of the person with chronic pain

This post is the fourth in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). -- What does the word ‘moral’ mean to you? These days it is often used to describe a person, or their actions, as being either ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. The ancient Greek thinker Aristotle had a different handle on it, … [Read more...]

Is an objective brain measure of pain possible?

This post is the third in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). -- On the surface, the pursuit of an objective measure of pain seems entirely sensible. After all, if I go and see my doctor and complain of feeling feverish he or she will inevitably take my temperature to obtain an … [Read more...]

N=1 as a reference for general concepts of experiencing pain

This post is the second in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). -- Should we allow our own experiences to guide our research? While ‘objectivity’ is being strived for in quantitative research, Rysewyk and Baeyer (2016) argue that researchers should focus more on their own … [Read more...]

A call to study the Meanings of Pain

This post is the first in a series of posts on BiM about chapters in the edited collection, Meanings of Pain (2016, Springer). We kick off the series with a question and answer session between Simon van Rysewyk, editor and contributor of Meanings of Pain, and Lorimer Moseley (LM), Editor-in-Chief of BiM. LM: Why make a call to study the Meanings … [Read more...]

Reductionism vs The Big Picture – can we have our kayak and heat it too?

I am down on sleep and have penned a rather personal post, because right now, on the back of some outstanding conversations with some truly impressive newly ‘graduating’ Anaesthetic and Pain Medicine fellows*, it seems an important reflection to share. Yesterday I caught up with my good mate Jono.  Conversation with Jono is always rewarding. He … [Read more...]

Endless Possibilities Initiative – EPIc

The Endless Possibilities Initiative (EPIc) is a nonprofit organization with a mission of empowering people with pain to live well. CoFounders Beth and Jo are are two women living with ongoing pain who have found their way forward and want to help others do the same. When they first learned of pain science and the things they could do … [Read more...]

Explain Pain Supercharged is here!

After many years of writing, discussing, researching, washing down toasted ham and cheese croissants with copious amounts of coffee, arguing and testing, Lorimer and I have completed a clinical manual for anyone involved in pain treatment – and after all of it we’re still even talking to each other! We’ve been asked over and over for a book … [Read more...]