May 1, 2023

Put Down The Sword

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This week we speak with someone who has walked in the patient's shoes.

Tom Bowen is a patient advocate who shares great experience and perspective.

There is a ton to learn in this episode, as Tom shared some great points


Tom's website
Tom's Facebook Group

00:00 - Start
01:39 - Tom's background
02:42 - Tom's journey with pain
04:28 - Biomedical vs biopsychosocial
09:44 - The mental or psychological journey
12:33 - Is anger a common barrier?
15:38 - How to fix our system
20:24 - Recommendations for people currently struggling
24:02 - The struggle
26:17 - Slipping back into past behaviors
28:23 - Mindset around getting off pain medications
31:00 - Shifting focus
36:20 - The good and bad with support groups
38:31 - There is hope
40:55 - Stop fighting a battle

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Tom Bowen

Pain advocate/author/strategist

Tom Bowen is a pain advocate, educator, author, and self-management pundit with 14 years of lived chronic pain experience. He shares what he has learned during his personal journey and his time at an interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation program to educate both patients and providers via a resource website, Facebook support group, and other media. He is a member of the Practical Pain Management Editorial Board and has numerous published articles. Before retiring, he worked in marketing and communications for a Fortune 500 company for more than 20 years. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with his wife. His free e-book, Chronic Pain WON’T Stop Me! Tools to Make the Most of Life, Despite the Chronic Pain, was self-published in December 2019 and is available on his website.