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Swearing the Pain Away

Swearing the Pain Away July 5, 2019 / Reid M. Jacobs, APHSW-C, MSW Don’t tell my mom, but sometimes I cuss. Not all the time, but occasionally. When I stub my toe or get a paper cut, swear words will inevitably fly out of my mouth. This is a common experience. But it turns out […]...
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Refusing Pain Medications

Refusing Pain Medications June 28, 2019 / Reid M. Jacobs, APHSW-C, MSW Earlier this month, we discussed the connection between pain and suffering <link> and briefly noted that some people refuse pain medications. We’d like to explore that further here. People are often concerned about the ri...
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Non-verbal Signs of Pain

Non-verbal Signs of Pain June 21, 2019 / Reid M. Jacobs, APHSW-C, MSW It can be difficult to know when someone is in pain, especially if they can’t say that they’re in pain. This happens a lot when someone has severe cognitive impairment or advanced disease that hinders communication. This can b...
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Pain vs. Suffering

Pain vs. Suffering June 14, 2019 / Reid M. Jacobs, APHSW-C, MSW Not everyone with pain suffers and not all those who suffer have pain. That sounds wrong, doesn’t it? The nature of pain and suffering seem almost identical, and the terms are often used interchangeably. However, there are some import...
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About Palliative Care

About Palliative Care May 23, 2019 / Reid M. Jacobs, APHSW-C, MSW Sitting in a waiting room. IV dripping and my abdomen is aching. Headed into radiation for the fifth time this week. My guts burn like they’re on fire. I know I shouldn’t complain. This radiation is going to get rid of the cancer....
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Complimentary Therapies

Complementary Therapies  May 5, 2019 / Reid M. Jacobs, APHSW-C, MSW Complementary therapies have become quite popular in recent years, but what exactly are they? Conventional medicine, especially the American medical system, focuses on treating illness, disease, injury, and symptoms using medic...
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