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5 Foods to Avoid with Fibromyalgia

Junk Food
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread pain in conjunction with fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Currently, there is not a specific recommended diet for people with fibromyalgia. However, poor food choices can indirectly impact symptoms.“Fibromyalgia sufferers seem to have too much of...

Chester Bennington’s Death Raises Mental Health Awareness

Chester Bennington memorial
Chester Bennington, best known as lead singer for the rock group Linkin Park, took his own life on July 20. Authorities told PEOPLE that the singer hanged himself from a bedroom door at his home in Palo Verdes Estates, California on Thursday morning.This occurred...

Chronic Pain and Your Immune System

Chronic Pain and Immune System
Pain can be thought of as your body's own alarm system. When you experience pain, your brain signals the alarm that triggers the "fight or flight" response in your nervous system to help your body combat the threat. When your body is in this...

Here’s What We Know About Cannabis and Cancer

Here's What We Know About Cannabis
There are debates all over the country about the effectiveness of cannabis as a cancer treatment. These discussions center around what cannabis can do to help cancer patients, and whether or not it is more beneficial than traditional treatments. While there is still research...

Could You Freeze Out Phantom Limb Pain?

Freeze Out Phantom Limb
Phantom limb pain, or the feeling of painful sensations at the amputation site, affects a large percentage of amputees. Diagnosing and treating this condition can be difficult, but a new treatment might offer welcome relief to amputees. Find out what cold blast treatment is...

3 Foods that Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, you know how frustrating it can feel to be in constant pain to the point where you can’t even move parts of your body. Finding an effective treatment plan is crucial for managing rheumatoid arthritis symptoms....

Diagnosed With Fibromyalgia? Here Are Your First Steps

Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia
Being diagnosed with a condition like fibromyalgia can be distressing. It's a condition that can affect many aspects of your life. Learning to deal with it can be a challenge. The following steps will help you and your family develop a plan that will...

Is it Common Back Pain or Something Worse?

Is it Back Pain or Something Worse
We've all had back pain before. Sit too long at your desk, sleep in a weird position, or pull a muscle lifting a heavy box and you'll have a sore back for a few days. But sometimes common back pain problems are more than...

Modify Your Home for Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief

Modify Your Home for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Your home should be a sanctuary of comfort and safety. But if you live with rheumatoid arthritis, then you know that every day is fraught with challenges, even during the most simple household tasks. Luckily there are many things you can do to make...

Phantom Limb Relief Could Be as Simple as Looking in the Mirror

Looking in the mirror is something that most people do at least once a day. For those with phantom limb pain, however, this everyday action could have a significant impact. Learn what mirror therapy is, and discover what it could mean for those who...

Can Stem Cell Therapy Treat Your Chronic Pain?

Stem Cells
Chronic pain is one of the worst maladies a person can suffer. The constant agony is frustrating enough, but you'll also face the demoralizing awareness that your pain won't go away. Few treatments address this sort of discomfort. That's why stem cell research is...

Manage Your Rheumatoid Arthritis With Physical Therapy

Manage Your RA with Physical Therapy
How Physical Therapy Can Improve Your Life Physical therapy is designed to help you perform your everyday tasks more comfortably and efficiently. You can ask your physical therapist to help you with nearly any activity. For example, getting in and out of the car or...

Pregnancy Pain: 5 Tips for Back Pain Relief

Pregnancy Back Pain Relief
Exercise Regularly Exercise can help strengthen your muscles, which can ease some of the stress on your spine. Swimming is a great exercise for pregnant women because it's low impact and the weightlessness you feel in the water helps take pressure off the spine. Simply...

7 Summer Activities that Fight Pain

Pain Fighting Season
Fight your Pain While Enjoying the Outdoors this summer. It's summertime, and the sun is shining.The birds are chirping and the flowers are in bloom. Stiff, achy joints are loosening up, and it's becoming much easier to get out of the house. Summer is here!...

How to Live with Emotional Impact of Chronic Pain

emotional impact chronic pain
Talk With a Counselor The dark cloud over your head can affect your relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. Your job can suffer from a lack of energy or inability to focus. Your family and employer won't fully comprehend what you are going through no...

Exercising with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Woman working out
Strength Training Many people with Rheumatoid Arthritis think that in order for your muscles to get strong, you have to lift heavy weights, but that's not necessarily true. Your muscles get stronger when you use resistance. All you need is 5 to 15 pounds of...

Is Food Triggering Your Migraines?

Coffee beans
You want the food you eat to nourish your body. For many migraine sufferers food has the opposite effect. Discover some common problem foods and beverages, and learn how to identify your triggers. How Foods and Beverage Cause Headaches Both foods and beverages contain a number...

4 Stress Management and Coping Techniques for Fibromyalgia

Stress Management and Coping Techniques for Fibromyalgia Sufferers
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, you're not only dealing with pain regularly, but you're also dealing with high levels of stress. Unfortunately, stress levels can heighten your other symptoms, making it difficult to get through the day. Good, effective stress management techniques can...

Suffer From RA? Don’t Let Insomnia Get the Best of You

Suffer From RA Dont Let Insomnia Get The Best of You
Sleepless nights are an unfortunate reality for many people with rheumatoid arthritis. Poor sleep contributes to far more than fatigue. If you're not getting enough rest, you're also at a higher risk for depression, functional disability, and more intense pain. Don't succumb to a...

5 Common Causes of Abdominal Pain

Common Causes of Abdominal Pain
Everyone experiences abdominal pain at some point in their lives. There are many causes of abdominal pain, and the reason behind the pain varies. In some cases, the pain is not serious, even if it is extremely uncomfortable. Other times abdominal pain leads to...

Is Stress the Cause of Your Back Pain?

Is Stress the Cause of Your Back Pain
How Stress Can Cause Back Pain While physical pain can certainly lead to stress, the opposite can also be true. In fact, Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) explains the cause and effect of stress-related back pain. A theory developed by Dr. John Sarno of the New...

Leading a Pain-Free Life With Crohn’s Disease

Leading a Pain Free Life With Crohns Disease
Everyone deals with unpleasant digestive issues, such as diarrhea and heartburn, at some point in life. But for people with Crohn's disease, these digestive nightmares become a regular occurrence. In addition to the inconvenience and discomfort, patients can also experience chronic pain. But there...

4 Tips for Helping Others Understand Your Chronic Pain

Help Others Understand Your Chronic Pain
Educate Your Family and Friends Share articles, videos, brochures, and other medical resources about your condition. Show the known science behind your condition and the unknowns researchers are trying to figure out. In the same vein, share literature of medications and other effective treatments and...

Here’s How to Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain

Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain
Get Rid of Stress Stress is your body's natural response to danger to trigger life-saving behavior. Unfortunately, stress has become a daily problem in modern society caused by non-life threatening sources, like financial woes and job security. The toll untreated stress has on your already...