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Push Pause on Your Chronic Pain with These 6 Tips

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Sometimes it's the little things we do or don't do that sabotage our best efforts to avoid pain. When you're experiencing pain, it can seem to have a mind of its own. It may come and go at will. It likely takes a toll...

Living With Fibromyalgia: Lady Gaga Continues to Raise Awareness

Lady Gaga speaks out about fibromyalgia
In her lead role in A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga brings Ally to life on the screen for the fourth remake of the iconic story. Much of Ally's story centers on the fact that she has "completely gave up on herself," according to Gaga.But much...

10 Must-Knows: What Life is Like with Chronic Pain

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September is Pain Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of chronic pain and common management practices. It's also a time for those of us who live with it to illustrate what life is like with chronic pain day-in and day-out and to share what life...

Seek Hands-on Physiotherapy Treatments To Manage Chronic Pain

woman receiving physiotherapy
Chronic pain can have a devastating impact on your life. It not only keeps you from enjoying the activities that you love the most but affects your overall performance both at home and at work. In the case you are someone who has to...

Symptoms, Treatments And Causes Of Peripheral Neuropathy

peripheral neuropathy | sensation in hands and feet
Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition with multiple symptoms, which is caused by an array of other conditions.It is usually caused by trauma to the nerve or by side-effects of another condition or illness. Not all conditions are the same, and the symptoms and length...

Tips For Dining Out With Celiac Disease

Dining out with any sort of dietary limitation can be a challenge, to say the least. You have to have an eye for ingredients to avoid, and you have to be willing to ask questions. Sometimes, you even have to deal with the potential...

Hot and Cold Therapy to Ease Muscle Pain

hot and cold therapy for pain relief
When you were a child, pain relief was probably pretty simple when you got injured. A bump on the head or a scraped knee required two things – a little TLC from mom and an ice pack. As we get older, injuries get more...

5 Signs Your Back Pain Might be a Bigger Problem

back pain
Back pain is a horrible thing. There’s just no other way to describe it. Since the physical movements you do on a daily basis require a healthy, cooperative back, when one small thing is not working properly, everything hurts.But what if that small...

Float Pods: Are they Worth the Hype?

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If the idea of floating weightless sounds appealing – as if your body is drifting through time and space – then float pod therapy may be exactly what you need to ease your chronic pain symptoms.First of all, float tank (or float pod therapy)...

Healthy Substitutions at 5 of Your Favorite Restaurants

healthy fast food
One of the most difficult things about eating healthy is choosing healthy foods at restaurants. When you eat at home, it is much easier to make healthy choices, since you have control of your shopping list, what’s in your fridge, and what you are going...

Strike A Pose: Yoga for Pain Relief

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These three simple yoga poses for pain relief poses are great for beginners and experienced yoga students alike.If you decide to try yoga at a local studio make sure to tell them about your specific pain condition and ask which classes and instructors would...

Reiki for Pain Relief: Does it Work?

Reiki for pain relief
When you’re trapped in a world of constant, chronic pain, you’ll do anything for relief. Speaking from my own personal journey with Degenerative Disc Disease and a herniated L5, I know this to be true. When Ibuprofen and patience isn’t helping, people seek alternative...

What to Know About Chronic Pain and Suicide Risk

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September 10 Is World Suicide Prevention DayKate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, two high-profile celebrities who killed themselves earlier this year, are just the tip of the iceberg.In 2016 (the most recent year for which data is available), 45,000 people committed suicide—twice the number who...

Foods to Avoid after a Heart Attack

foods to avoid after heart attack
Heart attacks are serious events that affect the cardiovascular system. Some of the main contributing lifestyle factors to heart attacks include lack of exercise, smoking and alcohol, stress, and diet.    A healthy diet is one of the best ways to promote heart health and...

Peripheral Neuropathies: Shingles

Peripheral Neuropathy: Shingles
Shingles is a painful condition that often follows chickenpox, decades later.Shingles, also called Herpes Zoster,"zoster", or "zona", is a condition that causes numerous painful side effects. It is caused by the dormant Varicella Zoster virus, which hides in the nerves for years following Chickenpox. Shingles...

10 Worst Foods for Your Health

There is one important thing we need to know: there is no such thing as “good foods” or “bad foods”. Foods are just foods. However, how we choose to prepare them, and if and how we choose to eat them undoubtedly has an impact...

Back to the Basics: A Guide to Preventing Back Pain

chronic back pain
An everything-you-need-to-know guide to preventing back pain. It's easy to take your back for granted, until it hurts. That's when it dawns on you, once again, just how essential your spine is for everything you do each day's standing, walking, sitting, bending, carrying things and...

I Have Cancer: Now What Do I Do?

When a diagnosis of cancer hits home, it may be hard to figure out how to keep your composure and what to expect. Follow these guidelines to learn the best ways to keep your chin up and move forward.You go to the doctor, and...

What Does a Heart Attack Actually Feel Like?

Heart attack
When it comes to heart attacks, most people immediately think chest pain with pain in the left arm. While those are two of the main warning signs of a heart attack, there are actually an abundance of other symptoms people experience that indicate they’ve...

Lyme Disease is Worse Than We Thought

Summer is heating up, so don't let your guard down about Lyme disease. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the disease is more prevalent and has spread across the U.S. Prevalence and History of Lyme Disease According to the...

How to Reduce the Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

plantar fascitis
Plantar fasciitis is a rather widespread problem that affects a lot of people around the world. Men between the ages of 40 to 70 years are more prone to the foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis. But people of all ages and both sexes...

Peripheral Neuropathies: Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

Charcot Marie Tooth Disease is a devastating, inherited disease, but life with CMT doesn't have to be grim.Charcot Marie Tooth Syndrome is a series of neuropathic disorders that affect the nerves of the brain and spine. It is one of the most common inherited...

Finding That ‘One Thing’ Chronic Pain Sufferers Know to be True

September Pain Awareness Month
Throughout the month of September, chronic pain sufferers can rest easier knowing their stories are being heard. In 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association along with Partners for Understanding Pain and more than 80 organizations united to make September Pain Awareness Month. In honor of...