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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from December 17, 2008
A Letter to Santa Holiday Exclusive
Dear Santa,

First off, this isn’t a letter asking for stuff. No, we sent that to you months ago. We like to get our orders in early and be on the "Nice Overachievers List." Dear Santa...We're Concerned

Think of this more as an intervention letter. We’re worried about you, Santa. We think you may have a little weight problem, and we want to help.

That little round belly of yours (that shakes when you laugh, like a bowl full of jelly) could lead to a host of other medical conditions, but of course, seeing as we’re SpineUniverse, we’re most concerned about how your weight and lifestyle affect your back.

Here’s why we’re worried:

Happy Holidays Holiday Exclusive
Avoid Holiday Weight Gain This Year

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain This YearThere are 8 days until Christmas, 15 until New Year’s—and then you’re done with the holidays.

However, the holidays may not be done with you:  if you put on extra pounds during the holidays, that new weight can make back pain worse.

Not to be a downer, but that’s not a good way to start 2009—guilty about all the gingerbread men you ate and worried about how to lose all the new weight.

Follow these tips to make it through the holidays with a happy, healthy back…which sounds like a much better way to ring in 2009.

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Psychology and Chronic Pain:
Is the pain all in my head?
Ask the Experts Question Question:
I’m in constant, terrible pain (it peaks at 8 every day), and I’ve lived with this chronic back pain for close to 15 years.  I’ve tried the best I can to keep a good attitude and stay optimistic, but it’s hard, so hard.  Just recently, my doctor referred me to a psychologist.  Why would he do that?  Does he think I’m going crazy and making up my pain?  What good will a psychologist do when it’s my body that’s in pain?
—Ithaca, NY

Ask the Experts Answer Answer:
I can understand how it would feel that way. However, being sent to a psychologist isn’t a sign that your doctor believes that you’ve made up 15 years of intense pain.  Instead, it’s a sign that he’s taking a multi-disciplinary approach to your chronic pain treatment.

Usually a physician will include a...

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Alina M Clavijo-Passik, PhD This Week's Expert
Alina M Clavijo-Passik, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Center for Pain Management
Indianapolis, IN
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