J T Junig, MD PhD  
Male, 54
Fond du Lac, WI

Specialties: Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, addictions

Interests: Psychodynamics, psychiatrist, wisconsin psychiatrist
Fond du Lac Psychiatry
Fond du Lac, WI
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Chronic Pain Study

Jul 11, 2009 - 14 comments



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The National Pain Foundation has announced that they are seeking participants in a new study about chronic pain.  Here is the official notice:


Seeking Study Participants

Do you have chronic pain that has lasted for six months or longer? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study to examine the effectiveness of the Pain Self-Management Program, a new internet-based pain self-help program for people with chronic pain.

The project is funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The researchers are requesting help from 308 persons with chronic pain to test the program. The online program will be offered to you at no cost. The program will take six weeks to complete. You will be asked to fill out a set of online questionnaires on three occasions: prior to the program, immediately after completion, and three months after completion. The questionnaires contain questions concerning your current pain history and experience, your pain attitudes and coping strategies, your use of health care services, your physical activity level, and your emotional well-being. In addition, you will be asked to answer questions about the content of the program to determine how well you have learned the material. Brief (5 minute) daily assessments will also be required. You will receive $75 as compensation for your time in completing all assessments.

To qualify, please review the consent form at http://painmanagement.speedsurvey.com. You must have access to a computer with internet access, be between the ages of 18-80, and be able to speak, read, and write English. If you have questions or concerns about the study, you can contact Dr. Linda Ruehlman at ***@****.


I do not know anything about the study other than what can be read on their web sites, at www.nationalpainfoundation.org.

Jeffrey T Junig MD PhD

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by sandee1818, Jul 11, 2009
Thank you for the information Dr. Junig. I am sure our members in the PM community will want to look into doing ths study.
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by J T Junig, MD PhDBlank, Jul 11, 2009
Great-- let me know what you find out!

by ChitChatNine, Jul 12, 2009
I'm going to look @ this .. thanks!

by peekawho, Jul 12, 2009
Too bad I didn't know about this when I had chronic pain!  

by mleedix, Jul 12, 2009
I will check it out thank you Dr.

by ChitChatNine, Jul 13, 2009
I've posted a link to your blog on our MSK (Medullary Sponge Kidney) community.  Thanks!   Many on our community are in constant pain from kidney stones and/or complications/reference to this disorder that one is born with and I'm sure they'll stop by and read your blog Dr. Junig!


by lruehlman, Jul 13, 2009

I am the principal investigator on this study. If you have questions, please feel free to email me at LRuehlman@cox.net or review our consent form at http://painmanagement.speedsurvey.com.

Linda Ruehlman, PhD

by lruehlman, Jul 13, 2009

I am the principal investigator for this study. If you have questions, please email me at LRuehlman@cox.net or review our consent form at http://painmanagement.speedsurvey.com.

Linda Ruehlman, PhD

by didee1961, Jul 14, 2009
Hi Doc,  I asked the "secondary withdrawal" question a while back.  I have another for you....IS there a difference between addiction and being "physically dependent"?   The reason I ask is my lack of desire for the oxy.  Since quitting cold turkey on May 21st, the ONLY time I have had a thought of it is when my pain becomes exacerbated.   I have the thought "I need to take a pill", followed immediately with "Oh yeah, I don't HAVE pills anymore!".  Aside from a couple of those, NOTHING.

by ColleenJ, Jul 16, 2009
Am I correct in assuming that this is a study for managing chronic pain without the aid of narcotics?


by hot_momma520, Sep 08, 2009
Hello Doctor,

I Really need help, after ready your posts, blogs and info, I realize you are unlike ANY Doc I've ever met, Very Confident you can help, and are happy to do so. I have been addicted to hydrocodone for 11 months. I do realize that there is a deference between physical dependance and addiction,I am 16 weeks pregnant and terrified to tell my OB. I started at 3 or 4 500mg's a day and after my tolerance increased, the doc increased, the dosage and switched to lortab 1000mg, and I can 10-15 a day now. HELP!!!  Oh I am 25 year old stay at home mom of three boys, and hubby works 80-100hrs.a week! I live in VA. and ALL my family is in MO! So no help with the kids!! I have to do something! PLEASE HELP!!

by jameskildare, Nov 26, 2009
The doctor gave me lortab long time after suffering from back pain, I did not take importance to this icon in order to feel pain, until no stamina, after many doctor visits and many tests I found chronic fibromyalgia, and after evaluating and conduct a comprehensive review told me that the most appropriate to ease the pain were lortab, vicodin or oxycodone, but I asked my doctor to prescribe me the most effective and less addictive and prescribed Lortab, have already taken this medication 2 years and though it causes some kind of anxiety I control myself properly, I have no problems so addictive, I think if they know their anxiety is effective restraint, this is good because these narcotics findrxonline indicate that opioids can be very dangerous.

by jameskildare, Dec 30, 2009
Chronic pain is very severe and this affects people's life, long known to people who suffered from a strange disease, were strong back pains, which were intense and not let them work, as was what they said were the doctor and he prescribed vicodin, hydrocodone, norco for pain, but knew it was a very powerful medicine, and moreover, anxiolytics, and worry that they were doing things that previously did not like eating too much, smoking, etc, and read in findrxonline that this drug is well and that we must be very careful with their use, and everything must be under medical prescription.

by soulmate515, Dec 06, 2012
Any more pain studies scheduled ?  4 years of cronic everyday pain plus other symptoms is wearing me thin

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