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Everything You Need to Know About Cancer Pain

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As if the emotional distress from living with cancer isn’t hard enough on patients and their loved ones, patients also have to find relief from the physical pain. Sadly, a journey with cancer – even as a survivor – typically includes various types of...

Practical Tips for Managing Chronic Pain in the Workplace

chronic pain in the workplace
Unless you live with chronic pain, it’s impossible to understand how far it reaches into every aspect of your life. It’s not only about managing the physical pain and your mental health. It's also about modifying everything you do, including holding a steady, full...

It’s Time to Transition: Top Plant-Based Foods for Better Joints

plant-based foods for better joints
If you experience achy, stiff joints, your diet may play a role in the pain that you feel. Some common foods that may be in your diet right now are known to cause inflammation, making joint pain and stiffness worse. But there are other...

Here’s What Happens When You Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking | what happens when you quit
It's now nearly impossible for someone to not know that smoking is harmful. The warning labels on packages, the successful anti-smoking campaigns, the lessons in basic health classes on its negative impacts, the rise in workplace prevention programs and the sharp downtrend in social...

Fighting Pain: Military Members with Chronic Pain

military members with chronic pain
Members of the United States military serve our country to protect us and our freedom. Once they return home as veterans, we celebrate them and thank them for our service. But it's crucial that our care for them doesn’t end there. Many times, military...

Guide to Managing Mood Disorders With Chronic Pain

managing mood disorders with chronic pain
Living with chronic pain certainly has its challenges and can mean you miss out on some activities you enjoy. If the pain is severe and/or long term, you may need to alter your work schedule, social life and responsibilities. Chronic pain can prompt your...

Shingles Pain: What You Should Know

what you should know about shingles pain
Most of us had chicken pox when we were children. Memories of oatmeal baths and calamine lotion problem come to mind. Shingles are the adult version of chicken pox and typically have more intense and longer-lasting symptoms. Even if you developed chicken pox when...

How Do I Manage Crohn’s Disease?

how to manage crohn's disease
If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed or has lived with Crohn's disease for a while now, you know how life-changing the diagnosis can be. Living a pain-free life while managing signs and symptoms as well as side effects of the...

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week Focuses on Teens and Science

national drug and alcohol facts week
Teens are taught that drugs and alcohol are bad, but teens also have many misconceptions about the substances even in this day and age. Prescription drugs are often used to treat chronic pain, and the current opioid crisis is a hot topic that teens...

Why Taking NSAIDs for Back Pain Isn’t a Long-Term Solution

NSAIDs and back pain
A journey with chronic back pain is usually accompanied by anti inflammatory medications like NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs). While they do provide temporary pain and inflammation relief, if you’ve been taking NSAIDs for back pain for an extended period of time, it may be...

Quick Guide to Acupuncture for Back Pain

acupuncture for back pain
If you have chronic back pain, it is likely that you have tried at least half a dozen techniques and treatments to help and relieve your pain. It is not uncommon that, after having sought western medical treatment without much improvement, people with chronic...

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing spondylitis is likely a term that you haven’t heard before unless you’ve been diagnosed with the condition. It's a condition that affects roughly 1 in 20 adults. There are a wide variety of common symptoms that may be mistaken for signs of other conditions and preventing...

How to Battle Insomnia Caused by Chronic Pain

insomnia caused by chronic pain
Sleep is essential. It’s the time when your body gets the much-needed rest it needs to recover, heal, and stay healthy. Unfortunately, people with chronic pain know the struggle of the pain-sleep vicious cycle. Their chronic pain does not get any better because they...

5 Top Foods that Cause Inflammation

top foods that cause inflammation
Chronic inflammation can lead to long term health issues such as chronic pain, tissue damage, cancer, obesity, asthma, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. The connection between diet and health has been known for millennia. However, only...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Chronic Pain

why you shouldn't ignore chronic pain
According to the National Institute of Health, over 25 million adults in the United States (over 11%) experience pain every day for a duration of at least 3 months. What's more, almost 40 million adults in the United States (over 17%) experience severe pain. Experiencing painful conditions...

Peripheral Neuropathies: What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome?

What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Guillain-Barre Syndrome, also referred to as GBS, can cause paralysis of multiple parts of the body, along with incredible weakness and pain. Often referred to as GBS, the cause of this disorder is unknown, but it’s believed that a trigger related to surgery or...

10 Simple Truths About Managing Back Pain

truth about managing back pain
If you’ve ever experienced back pain, you know that it can be debilitating even if it’s occasional or short-term. What’s scary about back pain - particularly acute low back pain - is when your symptoms are due to a chronic illness or condition. That...

Going Back to School with Chronic Pain 101

Going back to school with chronic pain
If you're a student, this is an exciting time of year for you. You're ready to return to school, springtime is mere weeks away and you're one semester closer to achieving your academic goals. But if you're a student who has to manage going...

A Look at the Facts: What is Fibromyalgia?

what is fibromyalgia
Often misdiagnosed and misunderstood, fibromyalgia is a common condition. People with this condition experience widespread muscle and joint pain as well as intense fatigue. But just what is fibromyalgia? Anyone can develop this chronic condition. It causes many common symptoms. While there isn’t a cure, there...

Cervical Health Awareness Month: What You Must Know

Cervical Health Awareness Month
The month of January is dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s cervical health, which is an extremely important issue for all women to understand. In honor of Cervical Health Awareness Month, today we’re participating by sharing information to raise awareness on prevention, including: how to...

Opioids for Chronic Pain: Are They For Me?

opioids for chronic pain
Opioids are medications that are often prescribed by a doctor to help relieve pain. They work by reducing the amount of pain signals that your body sends to your brain, and also change the way that your brain responds to pain. You may be...

The Best Foods to Avoid and to Eat with Diverticulitis

Foods to Avoid with Diverticulitis
If you haven’t experienced diverticulitis, consider yourself lucky. If you have, you know that diverticular disease is a debilitating condition that’s extremely painful and it can  impact your life for an extended period of time. The good news is that your diet can play a...