Focus on healthy living with diet, exercise, and using your coping skills even when you are feeling good - every day. This will help minimize pain flares and will increase your ability to successfully use your skills in the moment when you most need them.
*VMAS is a treatment for any type of chronic pain which you can learn to do it on your own! It was developed by Dr. Brewer and studied with individuals who have fibromyalgia pain for her doctorate research study.
VMAS treatment may be scheduled with Dr. Brewer, Holly, or Melanie.
Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Visualization, Mindful Attention, & Stimulation (VMAS)*,
There is a significant co-occurrence of chronic pain and mental health diagnoses, especially those related to trauma, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety. When it comes to managing the physical and emotional pain it doesn't matter which condition came first as it may happen either way. Individuals diagnosed with a chronic medical condition may develop emotional stress and individuals diagnosed with a mental health disorder often develop chronic medical conditions.
Both conditions are real and will impact your daily living. You may find yourself feeling
frustrated, hopeless, helpless, sad, easily fatigued, having difficulty sleeping or sleeping
too much, and having decreased ability to tolerate or manage your physical symptoms,
especially pain. These are all common experiences and you are not alone.
So what do you do about it? There are many treatment options available to manage
both the physical and emotional pain. What's interesting about managing chronic pain
conditions and mental health disorders is that not only will one condition make the other worse - creating a vicious cycle - but more importantly finding relief for one will help the other. This gives you more treatment options and allows you to focus on treating or managing the one you are more comfortable with. However, you may find an option that focuses on both your body and mind is most helpful.