Author Sarah Anne Shockley shares how she has managed to mitigate the chronic pain and how you can too. Her book is The Pain Companion: Everyday Wisdom for Living With And Moving Beyond Chronic Pain.

According to data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, 11.2 percent of American adults ( 25.3 million people) experience some sort of pain – often at severe levels- every day and have for the previous three months.

Living with pain is one of the most challenging things one has to undergo in their lives.

We talk aboutsarah shockley chronic pain

  • Why over the counter pain pills are not the answer
  • Why opiates are dangerous
  • How to manage pain without opiates
  • The emotional life of chronic pain
  • When pain is the teacher
  • Why traditional doctors cannot help you with your pain
  • How to get your physician to listen and really hear you regarding your pain
  • When pain is actually a good thing
  • Why pain is often misunderstood by those who are not in pain
  • To medicate or not

Anything we are fighting has the power.  You have the opportunity to not give your power away through the pain. It is time to understand it and manage it using various options.  Pain is not a cookie cutter experience.  What works for one person may not work for another.  Your pain is REAL!  Do not deny what you feel.

About the author

A native of Connecticut, Sarah Anne Shockley is a multiple award winning producer and director of educational films, including Dancing From the Inside Out, a highly acclaimed documentary on disabled dance.

She holds an MBA in International Marketing and has worked in high-tech management, as a corporate trainer, and teaching undergraduate and graduate business administration.

As the result of a work-related injury in the Fall of 2007, Sarah contracted Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) and has lived with debilitating nerve pain since then. She has been a columnist for Pain News Network and is a regular contributor to The Mighty.