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Overcoming Stigmas Living with Chronic Disease

Overcoming stigmas living with a chronic disease
For people living with a chronic disease, the stigma attached to it can be just as painful as the disease itself. Sadly, many people with ongoing physical or mental illness face a life of social isolation.Sometimes this occurs because the disease forces you to...

Avoid These Common Weight Loss Mistakes

common weight loss mistakes
Thousands of women decide to start losing weight each and every day. In many cases, a woman will start her weight loss journey at the beginning of the month. The idea of beginning a month anew is quite appealing, so this approach makes sense.Every...

Living Life to its Fullest with Chronic Pain

Living Life to its Fullest with Chronic Pain
We have all had to deal with some sort of pain at some point. Whether it is lower back pain or foot pain from plantar fasciitis and other common foot problems, pain can prevent you from living life to the fullest and doing even...

Try These Natural Remedies for Glowing Skin

Natural Remedies for Glowing Skin
Dry skin, acne, rashes, you name it. There are so many irritants in the air we breathe and the food we eat (Does milk cause acne?) that there's hardly a woman with naturally flawless skin, unless she lives far from cities and eats only what...

Shifting Focus: Non-Opioid Strategies For Chronic Pain

Non-Opioid Strategies For Chronic Pain
By Arlene Bierman, M.D.One of the toughest challenges for health care professionals and their patients is effectively treating chronic pain. Millions of Americans experience pain daily, and often have difficulty getting relief. Chronic pain affects physical and mental health and functioning, and is conservatively...

How Video Games Are Used to Treat Pain

video games treat pain
If you’ve ever played video games, especially VR (virtual reality), have you noticed everything else just fades away? Call it exciting or creepy, but within seconds, you are literally unaware of your surroundings.The first time I tried a virtual reality game with my children,...

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: When Worry Gets Out of Control

generalized anxiety disorder
What Is GAD? Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might worry about things like health, money, or family problems. But people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) feel extremely worried or feel nervous about these and other things—even when there is little or...

News Update: Is Kratom Safe?

Is Kratom Safe?
Is Kratom Safe? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to three marketers and distributors of kratom products (Front Range Kratom of Aurora, Colorado; Kratom Spot of Irvine, California; and Revibe, Inc., of Kansas City, Missouri) for illegally selling unapproved...

CBD Oil for Pain: Does it Work?

Zion Medicinals CBD Oil for pain
This sponsored post was written in collaboration with Zion Medicinals and the Chronic Illness Network.CBD oil has recently taken the market by storm, promoted as a treatment with the potential to reduce pain, inflammation and general discomfort that stem from many health conditions.CBD oil is...

Exercise and Physical Activity for Seniors: Getting Fit for Life

Exercise and Physical Activity for Seniors
Frequently Asked Questions What are the best balance exercises for seniors? Check out these balance exercises you can do anytime, anywhere. Good balance can help you prevent falls. I find it hard to make myself exercise. What can I do? You're more likely to keep going if you choose exercises...

What is Osteoporosis?

What is Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased risk of fractures of the hip, spine, and wrist. Men as well as women are affected by osteoporosis, a...

Common Causes of Upper Back Pain

common causes of upper back pain
A mix of poor posture habits, bad lifting techniques, and routine overexertion all contribute to chronic upper back pain. Common causes include:Poor body mechanics - especially when lifting something heavy, improper form can lead to muscle strain, microscopic tendon tears, sprains, spinal stress...

Healthy Habits Can Lengthen Your Life

healthy habits can lengthen your life
Have you heard the advice to exercise, choose a healthy diet, keep a lean weight, never smoke, and limit alcohol?Researchers wanted to find out whether people who follow this advice live longer than those who don’t. So, they compared lifespan and other data from...

Can Antioxidant Therapy Reduce Pain Symptoms?

antioxidant therapy reduce pain
If you are a follower of Pain Resource, you know that we are always on the lookout for research and new methods to help people reduce pain chronic pain symptoms.One natural therapy that has recently gained momentum for reducing pain is antioxidant therapy. In...

5 Foods That Reduce Anxiety

foods that reduce anxiety
For those of us who live with anxiety, we know how debilitating it can be. Whether it is going into work for a meeting, socializing with a new group of people, or obsessive compulsiveness, anxiety can define your life experience, and keeps you from...

Reprogramming Genes to Keep Joints Healthy

By: Dr. Francis CollinsOur joints are pretty amazing marvels of engineering, but they don’t last forever. As we age, or if we suffer certain injuries, the smooth, slippery white cartilage covering the ends of our bones begins to fray and degrade. This causes osteoarthritis...

Poor Sleep Habits in Adolescence Correlated with Cardiovascular Risk

poor sleep habits
Just ask any parent or teacher, most of today’s teens and pre-teens don’t seem to get enough sleep. And what sleep they do get is often poor quality—no great surprise, given that smartphones and other electronic devices are usually never far from their reach....

Oatmeal Pecan Waffles (or Pancakes)

Oatmeal Pecan Waffles
 Oatmeal Pecan Waffles (or Pancakes) 1 cup whole-wheat flour1/2 cup quick-cooking oats2 tsp baking powder1 tsp sugar1/4 cup unsalted pecans, chopped2 large eggs, separated (for pancakes, see note)1 1/2 cup fat-free (skim) milk1 Tbsp vegetable oilFruit Topping2 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed, stems...

What is Endometriosis?

What is endometriosis
Endometriosis is most common in women in their 30s and 40s, but it can affect any female who menstruates. It is a disease in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows in other places in the body. The tissue may respond and...

Do You Need Help with Balance Problems?

balance problems
What is a balance disorder? A balance disorder is a condition that makes you feel unsteady or dizzy. If you are standing, sitting, or lying down, you might feel as if you are moving, spinning, or floating. If you are walking, you might suddenly feel...

Medical Marijuana for Pain

Medical Marijuana
The use of medical marijuana has shown to reduce pain for many people. Further, researchers have found that the side effects appear to be mild when compared to other pain management drugs. With marijuana legalization becoming more widespread and more people using medical marijuana...

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

What is chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a serious, long-term illness that affects many body systems. Another name for it is myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). CFS can often make you unable to do your usual activities. Sometimes you may not even be able to get...

Physical Activity is Essential for People with Arthritis

physical activity for arthritis
Why is physical activity important for people with arthritis?If you have arthritis, participating in joint-friendly physical activity can improve your arthritis pain, function, mood, and quality of life. Joint-friendly physical activities are low-impact, which means they put less stress on the body, reducing the...

Researchers may have found answer for neuropathic pain

neuropathic pain relief
For those suffering from neuropathic pain, finding a long-lasting treatment can be a constant struggle.  French researchers who study what causes neuropathic pain recently found that a molecule produced by hematopoietic stem cells, which may tell us more about how this pain reacts in...