Take the Pain Quiz!

In 2011, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at a cost of around $600 billion a year in medical treatments and lost productivity, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
Phillip Pizzo, MD, of Stanford University School of Medicine and chair of an IOM committee commissioned by Congress said that “for many patients chronic pain becomes a disease in its own right. We need to address this in a more comprehensive and interdisciplinary way and include prevention as a very important goal.”
WebMD has a 15-question Pain Quiz that takes only a few minutes to complete. Click here!
My score: 13/15.
Here are 10 daily habits that can reduce chronic pain:

  1. Exercise
  2. Deep breathing, biofeedback, meditation
  3. Avoid alcohol
  4. Quit smoking
  5. Eat a well-balanced diet
  6. Keep a pain journal (info for your doctor)
  7. Schedule relaxation; set limits
  8. Keep busy with activities that take your mind off pain
  9. Know your meds; educate yourself about other treatment options
  10. Reach out: Tell friends & family; ask for help

Two things that aren’t on the above list are buried in the correct answer to one of the questions in the Pain Quiz:

  • Positive thinking: People who expect less pain may feel less pain.
  • Intense feelings of love can provide pain relief similar to the effects of painkillers, according to a Stanford study.

The latter — intense feelings of love — may explain my best friend, FOTM’s Joan’s management of her constant excruciating pain, from osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. In addition to medication, she offers her pain as redemptive suffering to Christ.

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Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most interesting post. I am so humbled and honored as to your kind comments. Our Lord, Jesus, was tortured in such horrible ways that we have no idea how much he suffered, no idea. His loving gift of Himself for our redemption provides us with the ultimate and clear example of how to handle pain. There is no other better way to handle suffering spiritually, mentally, than to look at a crucifix and let Jesus speak to you. He will help you. Also, it is important to do everything you can from your own… Read more »


I am very blessed to be free of any kind of chronic pain. I truly feel empathy for those with migraines and arthritis since both diagnosis can be debilitating. God bless you, Joan for your faith and endurance.


Thank you so much hrmfc! May God bless you and keep you, may the Blessed Mother Mary help you, as well as our precious angels and saints!


i’ve been acquanted with pain for a long long time the only 2 i got wrong was pain in the hair. and sleeping on a firm mattress when you have lower back pain which i do have and have been sleeping on a firm mattress for about forever. motrin, advil and a jar of cherries and plenty of walking
cherries are an excellent cure and preventative for hmm can’t remember how to spell it (gout) i think which is a kind of arthiritis cherries end gout pretty darn quick


Joan, I whine about my pain sometimes, then I remember what you go thru. Then I recall what Jesus went thru. I have started offering up my day for others too. Seems to help.