Living with pain

Physical pain typically is a symptom of a problem. Chronic pain-physical pain that persists for weeks or months or even years-is, in itself, a problem that can lead to job loss, deterioration of relationships, depression and exhaustion.
Kelle Lynn
Apr 6, 2012


Surveys estimate that chronic pain affects about two in 10 Americans.

“Chronic pain colors your everyday experiences and your whole outlook on life,” said Lorie Shier, a counselor and therapist whose clients include several chronic pain sufferers. “It eats up your energy and can make you forget to take care of yourself.”

Shier should know. The Spring Lake resident has lived with pain for about 15 years.

There was no signal cause for it, no trauma, just a gradual build-up of pain in her neck and shoulders to a point where Shier tried acupuncture, biofeedback, yoga and chiropractic care. None of them worked for her. Shier, who is 55, considered surgery, but was not convinced it would be beneficial in the long term.

By word of mouth, she heard about Michigan Pain Consultants in Muskegon. It is among a smattering of clinics that focus on pain relief in the area, including a new clinic, PCA Grand Haven, that just opened at 16986 Robbins Road, suite 180.

Shier’s first clinic visit was in 2007. Following consultation and diagnosis, Shier got relief from injections of corticosteroid in the area between the covering of her spinal cord and her vertebrae.

Even when she is pain free, Shier said, she does have flair ups from sitting for too long or when the weather turns sour.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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