Dr. Liza LealLiza Leal, MD, DAAPM

Intimacy and Chronic Pain: How to Bring Back that Lovin’ Feeling

      Intimacy and Chronic Pain: How to Bring Back that Lovin' Feeling

Dr. Liza Leal, M.D., is a specialist in pain management and a member of the Faculty of the American Academy of Pain Management for 2004. Cupid’s Challenge provides the double authority of the author’s medical expertise and her firsthand experience as a chronic pain survivor and thriver. After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1995, Dr. Leal spent three years in a wheelchair while completing her medical degree at the University of Texas and doing her internship. She now works closely with patients who live with chronic pain, many of whom must deal with its effects on their relationships. A strong advocate for patients’ rights, she is also a frequent lecturer to academic and community audiences and has written for several publications. Doctor Leal’s expertise in pain management methods and her experience in treating and advising patients whose sexual relationships are adversely affected by recurrent pain make her eminently well qualified to write authoritatively about chronic pain’s multifarious effects on couples’ sex lives and the many strategies that partners can use to deal with chronic pain in the bedroom.