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Peter Abaci, M.D.
Peter Abaci, M.D., is certified in anesthesia and pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He serves as the Medical Director of the nationally recognized Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, located in Los Gatos, California, which he cofounded with Dr. John Massey. A widely respected expert on chronic pain management and a highly successful chronic pain sufferer, he is the author of "Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain: The Latest Research, Cutting-Edge Tools, and Alternative Treatments for Feeling Better." Dr. Abaci is the host of Health Revolution Radio, editor and co-founder of, and also serves as an expert and weekly contributor for the chronic pain community on WebMD.

Dr. Abaci began his quest to radically change conventional chronic pain thinking and treatment after dealing with the agony of his second anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. His mission is to help transform the way medicine treats pain and to restore hope for healing and optimum long-term health. Dr. Abaci focuses on developing alternative solutions to treating chronic pain by drawing on neuroscience research, evidence-based medicine, ancient Eastern spiritual traditions, stress management techniques, nutrition principles, exercise programs, art therapy, and real-life lessons.

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Entries by Peter Abaci, M.D.

Pain and Addiction: A Crisis of Empathy

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2016 | 11:03 PM

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb in his skin and walk in it." That was the immortal advice given by Atticus Finch to Scout in the classic American novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" by the late Harper Lee. Scout's...

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Buprenorphine: A Key Ingredient in the Fight to Solve America's Pain Crisis

(7) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 4:11 PM

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." -- Lao Tzu

Over the last few weeks, the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the president of the United States have all separately hit the emergency button over the subject...

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Raiders of the Lost Art: Medicine in the Digital Ice Age

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 1:30 PM

Walk into any coffee shop or other public gathering place and what do you see? If your neighborhood is like mine, you probably stumble onto lots of people looking down at their digital devices of choice, tapping away. It's even commonplace to see couples, old and young alike, spending more...

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6 Things Big Pharma Doesn't Want You to Know About Painkillers

(10) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 3:55 PM

Perhaps no health problem in America is in bigger need of an infusion of quality care right now than the treatment of pain. One form of treatment that has been under the microscope as of late is the prescribing of opioid-based pain killers, with concerns largely being fueled by the...

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Pain Awareness Month: More Questions Than Answers

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 1:16 PM

According to the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA), September was anointed Pain Awareness Month in 2001 "to raise awareness in the issue of pain and pain management," with a goal of creating "greater understanding among health care individuals, individuals and families who are struggling with pain management, the...

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Pain Medications: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 8:28 PM

I know how emotionally charged the topic of pain medications can be. This is one subject that usually garners strong opinions from pain patients, their doctors, pharmaceutical companies, the insurance world, and now even the military and our government. But certainly those who suffer with chronic pain carry the strongest...

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When It Hurts to Be Touched

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 10:47 AM

Our sense of touch is one of our most basic and fundamental aspects of the human experience. We use our ability to feel as an integral tool to discriminate and better understand our environment, almost without thinking about it, because we do it all day long. Likewise, being touched by...

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Epidural Cortisone Shots: Yea or Nay?

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 5:31 PM

Epidural steroid injections have become one of the most commonly used pain treatments in modern medicine. In the U.S., we perform an estimated 10-11 million of these procedures each year, with about 20 percent of those coming in the more elderly Medicare population. In fact, I would say...

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The Pain of the Unknown

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 2:20 PM

For many, a big source of anxiety involves living with daily pain but doing so without a clear-cut diagnosis or understanding to explain why. There is a strong inherent need within us to be able to put a label on things, and when we can't do so, this becomes unsettling....

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Injured and Hurting: Time to Fix How We Treat Pain on the Job

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 2:40 PM

September is Pain Awareness Month, but I can give you 600 billion reasons why we should really call it Awareness of Bad Treatment Month. According to the Institute of Medicine's 2011 report, chronic pain costs our nation up to $635 billion in medical treatment and lost productivity, making...

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Got Pain? Learn to Love Your Body Again

(4) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 6:31 PM

The pain experience can not only change our view of the world around us, but it also contorts the way we see ourselves. Alterations to our own personal view of who we are and what we look like can mean that we see ourselves as different from the person we...

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Inspire Healing: Why Lance Armstrong Isn't All Bad

(5) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 3:35 PM

Last weekend, spring hit my neck of the woods. I live in Los Gatos, Calif., about an hour south of San Francisco, nestled against the Santa Cruz Mountains and home to Silicon Valley icons like Steve Wozniak and Netflix. So last Sunday I took the bait and hopped onto my...

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A Radical Shift to Better Pain Relief

(4) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 1:48 PM

I want to propose a radical shift to how we approach treating chronic pain. In very basic terms, I suggest that we redirect treatment toward remodeling the brain as opposed to just focusing our attentions and therapies on painful body parts like the back or neck. In other words, we...

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It's the Health Care, Stupid: As Our Health Goes, So Does Our Economic Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 11:25 AM

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." -- Albert Einstein

As we head into the final stages leading up to election day, expect the fight over whom and what is best for our economy to rage on. Debating how best to stimulate...

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How to Recover Like an Olympian -- And Finally Understand Men at the Same Time

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 11:05 AM

After finishing up a rousing weekend with of group of my childhood buddies at our annual reunion near the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe, I have come to realize the essence of what drives the male species. For you ladies who are wondering what men want to talk about and...

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NFL Head Injuries: Creating Recovery With Lessons From the Battlefield

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 3:19 PM

Ten years ago, I had an opportunity to observe up close the high-profile life of NFL athletes. A friend of mine had the good fortune of being on the receiving end of a travel package to spend a weekend with the Oakland Raiders during a road trip to play their...

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Regulating Pain Pills: How Do We Decide Who Gets What?

(9) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 12:09 PM

"A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels." -- Albert Einstein, 1946

The other day I received a call from a doctor in Maine asking to talk to me about the comprehensive pain management programs that I help run here...

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Transforming Pain Relief: The First Steps

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 1:46 PM

Last month, The New England Journal of Medicine published a call to action for a "cultural transformation in the way clinicians and the public view pain and its treatment." The authors, Dr. Philip Pizzo, dean for the Stanford School of Medicine, and Dr. Noreen Clark from the Center...

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Conquering Fear Improves Pain Control

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 5:49 PM

If you or a loved one is one of the estimated 116 million Americans with chronic pain, then you appreciate what a game-changer pain can be when it comes to things like performing daily activities, functioning at work or trying to exercise. Your pain may leave you feeling...

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The 'Best Kept Secret' to Understanding Your Health Risks

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 2:59 PM

Pay a visit to a genetic expert and ask what the single most important piece of information is in assessing your risk for specific diseases, and what do you think they will tell you? Well surprisingly, the answer won't be one of the expensive new-age genetic tests that have come...

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