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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Painkiller Safety 101

Painkiller Safety
Most people don't think twice before taking painkillers. We've been taking Tylenol since we were children, and other over-the-counter painkillers don't seem particularly threatening, either.When used correctly, painkillers can be very beneficial, especially to those with chronic pain. However, it's important to be well-informed about...

A Parents’ Guide to Help With Childhood Cancer Pain

Help Your Child Through The Pains of Cancer
Facing childhood cancer is devastating for the entire family. A parent may be overwhelmed and unsure how to help. The tips below explain tactics to help ease your child's pain and fears. Be honest about what's happening Though you don't want to tell your child that a...

The Pain and Stress Connection: Control Both for Better Living

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Pain feeds on stress. Stress feeds on pain. Break the vicious cycle by taming tension once and for all. Almost no one denies there's a link between pain and stress. Pain activates stress and stress activates pain. It's a vicious cycle says Rollin Gallagher, M.D.,...

Managing Chronic Pain in College

Managing Chronic Pain in College
Adjusting to college life can be challenging—especially when chronic pain weighs you down. However, it's a challenge you can overcome with proper planning and preparation. Instead of giving in to the stress or giving up on your dreams, use these tips to manage your...

Don’t Let Fibromyalgia Ruin Your Sleep

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Like many chronic pain conditions, fibromyalgia causes everything from trouble falling asleep and difficulty staying asleep to outright insomnia. Even if you manage to sleep through the night, your fibromyalgia might cause you to wake periodically, whether you remember or not. That means mornings...

The Underlooked Link Between PTSD and RA

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are two seemingly unconnected conditions. PTSD is a mental health condition with symptoms such as anxiety, nightmares, and uncontrollable thoughts about a traumatic experience. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting joints. Surprisingly, several studies...

Can Meditation Be the Answer to Relieving Back Pain?

Can Meditation Be the Answer to Relieving Back Pain
The Problem Most people resort to popping over-the-counter pain medications to get rid of their back pain. While pain medications are convenient, they aren't necessarily the safest or most effective method of reducing back pain.Over time, your body will build up a tolerance to pain...

Analyzing Your Child’s Stomach Pain

Analyzing Your Child Stomach Pain
Pinpoint the Location One of the most serious causes of stomach pain in children is appendicitis. While you can usually wait to see how other types of pain develop, symptoms of appendicitis should be treated immediately. The most telling indicator of appendicitis is the location...

4 Common Causes of Fibromyalgia Flares

Common Causes of Fibromyalgoa Flares
Overexertion It's important to make sure you don't push yourself too far physically. If you do, you can trigger a flare. The balance of staying healthy and exercising regularly while not overexerting yourself can be difficult. Make sure you increase your activity level gradually, rather...

Does Your Child Have Chronic Pain? 3 Parenting Tips to Benefit You and Your Child

Does Your Kid Have Chronic Pain
Does your child suffer from chronic pain? Pediatric pain is not very common and something that may cause your family to feel isolated. Use the tips discussed below to build a plan that will benefit you and your child. Build a Strong Support System Your child...

How New Technology is Aiding Fibromyalgia Sufferers

What is Fibromyalgia?
Reduced Impedance Noninvasive Cortical Electrostimulation Technology Reduces Symptoms It's clear that fibromyalgia isn't in your head, but the stuff that is could be the key to treating it. Researchers are experimenting with a treatment that uses noninvasive cortical electrostimulation technology. High-frequency signals can affect parts...

How to Help Someone With Chronic Pain

How To Help Someone With Chronic Pain
More than 100 million Americans live with chronic pain. Injuries and various conditions can cause problems that take a toll on sufferers and the ones they love. It's natural to feel helpless when someone you care about is dealing with chronic pain, but you...

What Exactly Is Phantom Limb?

What is Phantom Limb Pain
What Causes Phantom Limb Pain? After the amputation is complete and the limb is no longer in place, the nerve endings at the amputation site may continue to function in an unusual way. When phantom limb pain occurs, the nerve endings generate pain signals that...

How to Host a Pain-Free Summer BBQ

How to Host a Pain Free Summer BBQ
Hosting a backyard barbecue can be stressful for anyone, but chronic pain makes it especially difficult to manage. After all, as the host you have to worry about menu planning, shopping for supplies, preparing the food, and getting your home into a presentable state...

A Brief Guide to the Different Types of Back Pain

A Brief Guide to the Different Types of Back Pain
Everyone has experienced some form of back pain. But while back pain is incredibly common, no two people experience it in the same way. With so many different muscles, nerves, and bones making up the back and spine, there are many opportunities for things...

5 Ways to Manage Fatigue From Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ways to Manage Fatigue from Rheumatoid Arthritis
When your body feels like lead and your energy level is next to zero, the last thing you want to do is contend with life. Fatigue is a daily reality for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers whose autoimmune systems are working in overdrive and depleting the...

Housework Can Be a Pain: 3 Tips to Make Cleaning With Fibromyalgia Easier

Housework Can Be a Pain
When suffering from fibromyalgia, daily chores can seem insurmountable. What once seemed easy, like dusting or taking out the garbage, is now a chore you dread. Follow these three easy tips to make cleaning easier when you suffer from fibromyalgia. Set Up a Daily Chore...

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day May 12, 2017

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
May 12th has been designated as International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND) since 1992. The CIND illnesses include Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Of the included diseases,...

Relationship Advice for Those With Chronic Pain

Relationship Advice for Those With Chronic Pain
Communicate With the People Around You Communication is the foundation of any strong relationship, so make sure you remember to talk with the ones you love when chronic pain takes its toll. Staying silent will only isolate you and make your loved ones feel cut...

Concussions: Underestimated and Misunderstood

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The Effects of a Concussion Can Last a Lifetime A concussion can affect the brain in a number of ways. Some of which can linger for a long time. A concussion can impair cognitive abilities like speech and memory, disrupt normal vision, cause irritability and lead...

3 Signs Your Back Pain is Actually Osteoarthritis

Signs Your Back Pain is Actually Osteoarthritis
Most of the time when people have back pain they attribute the aches to muscle soreness. Many people experience back pain after sitting in the same position for too long, from doing strenuous exercise, or by injuring their back in some way. However, there's...

Recognizing Pain in Alzheimer’s Sufferers

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Alzheimer's disease is a brutal affliction that strips away a person's humanity. It robs patients of their memories while simultaneously removing their ability to communicate coherently. Often, those afflicted are difficult to treat due to the communication issues. Here's a guide on recognizing pain...

Damaging Myths About Chronic Pain

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Chronic pain is hurtful enough without enduring the harmful myths that surround this challenging condition. Discover six damaging myths about chronic pain, and learn the truth behind these false claims. Chronic Pain Is Natural Whether you consider yourself young or old, many people think of chronic...

Sports Injuries: Why You Shouldn’t Play Through the Pain

Sports Injury Why You Shouldnt Play Through the Pain
Sports injuries, though unintentional, are incredibly common. Each year about 12 million people between the ages of 5 and 22 suffer a sport-related injury. Numbers are high among adults, as well. In 2012 alone, there were nearly 80,000 basketball injuries and more than 40,000...